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daniel mason

posted on 12/2/12 at 08:15 PM Reply With Quote
tool chests

could anyone recommend me a used tool chest as i currently dont have one. needs to be metal, and drawers to be on roller bearings. i am looking for used as i feel i can possibly get a beter quality one for the money.
ideally the bigger the better, budget around 200 -300 cheers






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owelly

posted on 12/2/12 at 08:38 PM Reply With Quote
Halfords Industrial are good and what I now use. They often have very good deals.





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daniel mason

posted on 12/2/12 at 08:47 PM Reply With Quote
are the professional ones better? beeen looking on the bay at used snap on, mac and usa pro boxes mainly.






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thunderace

posted on 12/2/12 at 09:04 PM Reply With Quote
Halfords Industrial
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MakeEverything

posted on 12/2/12 at 09:19 PM Reply With Quote
I've got a set of halfords professional, and they are good.

I did have my eye on a stainless chest as big as my car, for 400 bt that was a while ag on eBay.





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designer

posted on 12/2/12 at 09:41 PM Reply With Quote
I have a top of the range, both Halfords and Machine Mart, and they are basically the same quality, go for the one with the best offer.
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Stott

posted on 12/2/12 at 10:00 PM Reply With Quote
Go to your local clas ohlson and get their box, 129 new.

Twice as thick as a halfords/Clarke box, ball bearing runners, double gas struts on the lid, document holder, lockable........


Go have a play with it, YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE PRICE WHEN YOU TOUCH IT!!!!!!!!!


Atb
Stott


Edit: if you've got 300 to spend get the cab too, you absolutely cannot get a better box new for under 300

Edit again: sorry it's 320, but it's incredible vfm :

http://www.clasohlson.co.uk/Product/Category.aspx?id=164109889&_path=251882;85177593;164109715;164109889

[Edited on 12/2/12 by Stott]

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greggors84

posted on 12/2/12 at 10:41 PM Reply With Quote
I have one of these for home

http://www.cromwell.co.uk/KEN5945240K

At work we have Snap-On, Lista and Fami tool boxes that cost loads more but I would say the quality is comparable. They feel very heavy duty and the drawers are super smooth.

The best way is to have go have a look at some different brands as they all look the same on a piece of paper but the quality can be miles apart.





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greggors84

posted on 12/2/12 at 11:05 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Venom Project
I use Beta tool chests, they are made in the same factory as Snap On


Im pretty sure Beta tools are made in Italy around the corner from the Monza circuit.





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franky

posted on 12/2/12 at 11:25 PM Reply With Quote
correct!
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Phil.J

posted on 13/2/12 at 10:23 AM Reply With Quote
I have US Pro tool boxes: Roller cab, step-up box, top box and two side hanging cabinets, 30 drawers total all roller bearings, heavy gauge steel construction (weighs about 5cwt empty), all for around 600 from Ebay. Great quality at a very good price.
Just wish I'd bought it in red rather than crackle black!

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Confused but excited.

posted on 14/2/12 at 02:15 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by greggors84
I have one of these for home

http://www.cromwell.co.uk/KEN5945240K

At work we have Snap-On, Lista and Fami tool boxes that cost loads more but I would say the quality is comparable. They feel very heavy duty and the drawers are super smooth.

The best way is to have go have a look at some different brands as they all look the same on a piece of paper but the quality can be miles apart.


I have the Teng Tools one like this, 15 from a car booty. This is LCB after all.
Have to say the guy selling it didn't have a clue.





Tell them about the bent treacle edges!

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escary

posted on 14/2/12 at 07:50 PM Reply With Quote
decent sized tool box

I bought a big roll cab with a top box from an e bay trader , JFS.

it bit mote than your budget at 600, an excellent box, and can be bought in two parts.

I'll try and get some more details and post a photo.

Not snap on quality, but close and a 1/5 of the price.

used by me for the last three years and still as good as new.

Tool Chest on Rollcab cabinet toolbox, Snap lock wheels | eBay

this is the one, get the phone number and talk to them, they are easy to deal with and offer excellent service

regards

Ewan Scrymgeour

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hillbillyracer

posted on 14/2/12 at 08:21 PM Reply With Quote
I've been through a few Clarke Pro, Sealey Premier etc & they've not lasted being used in a workshop every day & lifted in & out of vans etc. I bought a 9 drawer Snap-on second hand for 150 as it had fell out of a van & damaged the bottom corner & scuffed the front, young lad who'd bought it new a few months earlier just couldn't have a damaged box, wouldn't do! A year in the workshop & the damage just didnt show along with the normal wear & tear, had 6 years or more now & it'd be fine if I hadn't knocked it off the top box with a telehandler, OOPS! Just needs drawer runners to make it right again.
This aint to say Snap-on is the best, but buying higher quality second hand has really showed to better for me than new lower quality stuff.

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wilkingj

posted on 15/2/12 at 09:18 AM Reply With Quote
DONT but the Half-Fords budget range!
It has lasted me 6 years and just serviceable now in a home situation / weekend mechanic scenario.
I recon it wouldnt last 6 months in a professional workshop environment.

In Life you get what you pay for. When you dont get what you want / expect, At least you DO get some experience thrown in!

I should have known / bought better






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