I noticed that many of the "Rural Lifestyle Stores", such as Rural King and also Family Farm and Home sell the Frontier brand tool boxes and chests. In fact, my local Rural King had a massive lower cabinet along with the nearly same sized upper cabinet on display in their store foyer. I had to stop in there Friday to get some lawn chemicals and they had sold the upper box off the top of the lower cabinet, but still had the lower cabinet for sale.
It is worth noting that Home Depot also sells the Frontier boxes and they are available on Amazon as well. There are a bunch of places online and through retailers where you can purchase them and they also "private label" boxes for retailers if they purchase enough of them.......I read about that somewhere when I was roaming around on the Frontier website as well.
I looked the cabinet over and I would say it's on par with the Craftsman boxes and some of the Husky boxes. Also in my toolbox search, I have found where Husky Boxes are actually built by different suppliers depending upon the price point of the box. I made a detailed Excel spreadsheet about all of the top boxes I have been looking at and it compared the sizes, dimensions, storage capacity, weight limits, gauge of steel used in construction and many other important considerations. I will have to figure out how to post that in this thread in another post.
Personally, I liked this cabinet better than the Harbor Freight lower unit for two reasons;
1. It has more drawers and in my next tool storage devices, I want many shallow drawers and just a few "Deep drawers" as the deep drawers often end up with tool stacking, like this shown in the next photo of my current box. I want to avoid this in the next box.
2. Harbor Freight was offering an upper cabinet for their 72" tool chest and lately, its been missing from their website. I am not sure if it's just unavailable for a short time, but it has been several months now and the upper chest to sit on top of the lower base has not been offered either in their store or on their website. While I could put two base units side by side and use the tops for work surfaces, I would prefer to go as tall as I can for the tool storage to not take up more valuable floor space.
The large drawers on the Frontier Box at Family Farm and Home, all have dual slides on them to carry the weight. The drawers also have a nicely cut, custom fit rubber liner in each drawer and NOT the thinner drawer liners which will wad up and slide with the drawer opening and closing.
The Frontier Box is built as you expect it to be for it's price point. It's definitely not a Snap On Quality box, but this size tool cabinet in a Snap On box would be about 14 times the price this was retail..........
My tool chests are rarely moved, other than to clean the floor under and behind them. If I was using the large tool chest to roll around a shop from project to project, then I would seriously consider a heavy duty American made box like the Snap On, or even the Cornwell Tools chest I recently looked at in a new distributors truck.
For the lower unit like this one the Cornwell box was about $5,500 retail and the guy really wants to sell it, so he mentioned I could buy it for about $4,800. That's still $3,900 more than the Frontier box and as I said, my tool boxes are used almost exclusively to store the tools and keep them organized. Yes, the Cornwell Box was much better built that the Frontier Box. Perhaps if I made a living with the tools I would consider spending more for the "Tool Truck Branded Boxes".
So, I started looking into the Frontier brand and as one would expect, they are made in China. As I am surfing their website, two things I found really surprised me.
The first was somehow, I stumbled into their volume pricing breakdown and on their tool chests which they sell at retail for $599, the more you buy, the cheaper they get to the point that if you ordered 150 toolboxes or more, the purchase price PER BOX for the volume retailers dropped down to $150............I didn't take a screen shot of that page and I will look for it again, as the tremendous drop in the selling price was "eye opening".
Their large $1,400 retail boxes dropped down in price to about $440 per set if you bought in quantities which could be sold by a retail chain. So, there is some room for putting these on sale and still making a very good profit. Normally, you see this type of mark up margin in Jewelry, I was surprised to see it in tool storage cabinets.
Then I also found this on their website. Check out the box down on the lower right.......What the.?.......It's about how their "Human Wigs" are made.....I guess you can get a "Hairy Tool chest"......Very Odd
Also, if you go to their website, which can be found here,
Frontier Tools, Find the Best Way to Store your Tools.
it also links you to various wheels which are apparently either made or sold or both by the companies involved.
Also, on the "About Us" tab, they talk about their sales of $12 million dollars, which if meant to impress me, it speaks to how small they are.
Just an interesting journey and curious things found when trying to learn more about their tool chests............Clearly, their website is not their strength, but it is a big part of how they showcase their products to the retailers. While you can buy on their website, every retailer I have checked that stocks their tool chests and boxes is selling them a little below the MSRP, so buying at full retail on their website as a consumer and dealing with the shipping, etc. surely isn't advantageous.
Please note, the Screen Shot of the Frontier page below is NOT of the tool box I was looking at or considering. I posted this page simply because of the bizarre message box on the right side of the screen........
So, do any of you GTT supporters and members own and or use a large Frontier Tool chest and if you do, what's your opinion of it as well as your satisfaction and experience using it?