tool boxes and chests

Discussion in 'Shop Plans, and some larger shop tool related inf' started by philly, May 11, 2014.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    the more Of my friends that take advantage of this HUSKY/HOME DEPOT tool chest,
    the more I think I need to follow suite and buy one also, I look these over and constantly seem to feel that the budget needs to be stretched a bit to cover the purchase of one of these!
    Ive now got at least 6 of the guys I know that own one and not a single person feels that they got a bad deal once they purchased one,
    now keep in mind this is not a top of the line quality tool chest ,
    but it is a good value for the money,
    as it holds a decent volume of tools and it seems reasonably well built,
    and for $600 that's not a bad deal, and while you tend to get what you pay for I don,t think the VALUE in the much more expensive name brand tool chests is there ,

    GIVEN A CHOICE OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS MAC $9000 tool chest or something rather similar in capacity and cost from SNAP-ON or a similar source
    I think a smarter choice would be too buy TWO of these HOME DEPOT tool boxes ,
    and spend the difference of nearly $7800 less you saved
    ,on TOOLS to fill the drawers


    I got to get a tool carrier like this that works for hot dogs

    most of us find we accumulate tools on the basis of what we need at the time when we run into a job we can,t do with the tools we own.

    Last edited: May 24, 2017
  2. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

  3. NOT A TA

    NOT A TA reliable source of info

    I use the Harbor Freight imitation of those socket holders
  4. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    I really like using the lower box on wheels it is mobile and doubles as a table again a small cart one might be more mobile and easier guess depends on the job at hand.
  5. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    obviously having a good idea what a specific type or brand of tool looks like, how it works or is designed to work, and knowledge of the expected cost would be a logical first step in the acquisition of tools of any type,and yes theres a significant difference in quality in a wide range of tools and your seldom going to find excellent quality tools at dirt cheap prices.

    “If you want nice fresh oats you have to pay a fair price. If you can be satisfied with oats that have already been thru the horse, that comes a little cheaper.”

    yes you'll occasionally get decent prices on name brand tools at sales so pay attention to advertisements.

    while it can be a P.I.T.A. at times you may want to check both craigs list and local yard sales rather frequently, as you'll occasionally find some good and rarely spectacular deals on used mechanics tools, and automotive related tools, like welders.
    old mechanics retire, get divorced, move or change professions, or die and wives have been known too sell off the old guys tool sets they have no use for and are clueless about the value/ cost of, at bargain prices
    its also common for guys to buy cheap crappy tools and place them in a used tool chest,and try too resell them at a profit.
    just be damn sure you know what the current retail price is and verify that the tool or component your looking at is fully functional.
    Be aware that welding tanks need to be re-certified every 3-4 years, and

    PRIVATELY OWNED and many with the owners names or a cereal number that matches your purchase receipt
    (DON,T LOOSE IT MAKE COPY'S, and have the copy with you when you go to refill the tanks)
    but youll frequently be charged with a re-certification charge, with private tanks
    Id also point out that if you buy new tanks the gas fill places will try to swap them out for older tanks rather than re-fill yours , and thus you'll have zero proof you oen the replaced tanks

    so theres always "DEALS" on welding tanks that failed too be re-certified ,
    that no welding gas supply will refill for you,
    and be aware that you'll need to do several test welds with used welders on several setting's as its not at all uncommon for guys to get frustrated with a defective welder , or a welder that has problems or no parts support or one that would be too expensive to repair and try to dump it to re-coupe some of their investment cost

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2017
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  6. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I keep the following parts available in the shop for my corvettes, general maintenance

    dating the oil filter, AIR AND FUEL FILTERS and writing the mileage on it with a non-erasable marker, and ideally writing the maintenance down in a log book you keep in your shop, in a drawer so it won,t get lost, with details like the type of oil used , filters, and other related info, helps, documenting maintenance, is a damn good idea, as so many people don,t have a damn clue as too the last time or at what mileage the last oil change was actually done!
    (and writing the info down in a maintenance log book has some potential of either not getting it written down at all or mis-placing the log book)

    BRAKE FLUID 2 qts
    several qts of synthetic rear diff fluid
    several cases of synthetic transmission fluid
    fuel filters
    ONE complete set of radiator hoses
    several qts of MARVEL MYSTERY OIL
    cans of throttle body cleaner
    several cans of fuel injector cleaner
    several gallons of anti freeze
    the local chevy dealers parts dept. and NAPA store phone numbers

    so I.m walking through home depot and they have these tool boxes on sale and my wife mentions..
    I have a $75 OFF coupon for a purchase of $500 or more

    truthfully I think that its a bargain,
    IF you need one I'd suggest getting one now the price is sure too increase!

    but I have other things I need a good deal more at this time......
    . why is it you always seem to run into sale and bargains,
    when your either broke or
    you know you need to spend what little financial resources ,
    you might have on something you really need more....
    knowing youll be regretting passing up the deal later
    like the girls in the PLAYBOY foldouts
    you would love to have the option...
    but know you really can,t afford to get involved
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
  7. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    a great deal of the rust issue most of us have can be reduced by proper planing,
    tools should ideally be stored in a near moisture free area.
    with good ventilation and no big temp changes that tend to allow condensation,
    to form on tools or components in storage.
    if your planing a shop, mandate the contractor takes the time to place, both a multiple plastic layer moisture barrier under the concrete floor of your shop
    , and spray a strong residual insecticide for termites under the concrete slab,
    before its poured., this will help a great deal,
    if you bought a building that has no moisture barrier under the poured slab, you should consider the better epoxy based floor coatings
    and in either case roof vent fans and ceiling fans that keep the air moving reduce the chances of parts and tools rusting.
    most of us have some type of tool chest and if you have the tools long enough,
    your sure to have issues with surface rust forming on those tools,
    if the area you store the tools in is not dry and well ventilated.
    now most of us will have noticed the better quality tool trays have a felt or plastic pad on the drawer floor
    ,if you spray the tools every few months with a mist of WD40 occasionally,
    the lower surface tends to retain the residue and constant use of the tools,
    and occasional preventive misting with the WD40 will greatly reduce the rust formation issues.
    obviously if your tool chest does not have a lower drawer pad, (ideally thick felt of similar oil retaining material, that will release a protective oil vapor over time)
    you might want to carefully measure and install some floor in each drawer,
    so that lower surface will retain some rust preventative oil the tools are stored on.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  8. T-Test

    T-Test Well-Known Member

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    All are EXPENCIVE to keep and maintain!!!
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  9. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I recently had a friend go down to harbor freight to buy a tool chest he wanted that was on sale
    he was looking at this 72" tool chest for $1100


    I pointed out that if he purchased two of these 44" tool chests he could rather easily save about $150 and have
    88" of tool chest with 26 drawers for less cash outlay
    and in the future there is upper matching boxes that are not available in the 72" size



    thus two lower 44" and two upper 44" boxes costing a combined total of about $1520 for a full 88" wide top/bottom combo from harbor freight, and yes the boxes are not all that badly made.

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2018
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  11. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

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