I am transferring my tools over to a new toolbox and I am going to be using several new tool and drawer organizers to help keep the tools organized. I ordered 6 different things from socket organizers to special wrench organizers and better ways to store all the pliers, cutting tools, etc. to get started. I thought I would show the new organizers and give my opinion of them so it might be helpful for others either organizing their tools or perhaps outfitting a new toolbox or thinking about it.
I outgrew my old toolbox a long time ago and I kept adding stuff into it and pretty soon I had resurrected my old, old tool box and put it into use along with a Craftsman Rolling work cart. Add in another center section from another Craftsman Box I had somewhere and I was working out of three different toolboxes and once again, out of room. Well, for my birthday, Mrs. Bear solved that problem.
My old toolbox was / is 41" wide and from the floor to the top of the top box, it is 5' tall. There is an extra side cabinet which hangs off the left side of the lower box which is 12" wide and has another 6 drawers in it. This toolbox is 18" deep from front to back. So, the base section is 53" wide and 3 feet tall and the upper box is 41" wide and 24" tall.
It's a Husky box which I have had for about 10 or 15 years (time flies by) and it's been a good box. The lock was broken on it when I bought it as a floor model from Home Depot and I replaced it with a lock set they provided. I never had a need to use the locks as most who have their toolboxes at home don't. This box has met my needs and has been a good box. I got a heck of a deal on it paying $400 for the lower box, upper box and the side box which hangs on the lower section, which is 12" wide.
Here is a picture of my current Husky Toolbox, which is being replaced by the new box
That was the price on the lower box back then discounted for being a floor model and with the broken lock. The clerk argued with me and she refused to scan the other two bar codes, one for the top and one for the side box. In fact, I had the manager who sold it to me come to the cash register when the cashier was scanning just the lower box and he approved it. So, I got the entire unit for $424, out the door.
I tried to explain to them their mistake and they just ignored me. Funny thing was when I said I would take the box, the manager originally was going to sell me a new in the box set and they looked and looked in the store and couldn't find it. I recall him saying "The inventory shows 3 complete sets and the only one I can find is the one on the floor." That's when the discussion of the discount for the broken lock took place and the $400 for the lower unit was arrived upon. Anyways, it's no wonder their inventory was off so far......
My plan was to use the old box in a new location in the garage, to combine the old Craftsman boxes and roller cabinet into it. I say my plan "Was" to use the old box in this other role and then dispose of the Craftsman Boxes and Roller cabinet......but I had a serious incident, which could have turned out far worse. I will get into that in a second, but in the meantime, here are the new tool cabinets.
My new toolbox, sitting in the same place.
The new toolbox is huge, it's 72" wide and about 6' tall and the toolbox is 22" deep. Empty, the box weighed about 600 pounds.
Here is a picture of me lifting it off the trailer and my 1025r with the pallet forks had it's hands full with the toolbox out on the tips of the forks. It was sitting front to back on a trailer when delivered and I had to reach over the side of the trailer and pick it straight up over the side of the trailer and unload it that way. The lower unit was in a protective crate for shipping it while the upper unit was on a pallet strapped to the rear of the trailer.
In the photo, I had removed it from the trailer and unpacked it and now I am getting ready to set the lower unit in the garage.
It also has a lot of shallow drawers , which is exactly what I wanted as I am tired of digging for stuff. The new toolbox has 31 drawers in total and each drawer is heavy duty roller bearing slides and each drawer is rated for at least 100 pounds of tools. Each drawer already contains a very nice fitted anti slip mat in the bottom.
One major difference in this toolbox is many of the new big boxes have a real tall lid and top shelf area where you can store the cordless tools standing up and also store the battery chargers in the top of the box as well. While that is a great idea, I don't have more than 4 or 5 cordless tools and it would only take up a small fraction of the top under lid area. I want to store my sockets there, just as I did on my Husky box, using the socket organizers. So, this new box was more of the style I was seeking without the large lid and top shelf area for standing up the cordless tools.
Here is the worst drawer in the old toolbox, the drawer for pliers, electrical cutting tools, etc. This is the problem I am trying to get away from and I certainly will in the new toolbox.
The new organizer for the cutting tools and pliers is supposed to be here tomorrow, so I will provides pictures of the item and show it being put into use and give you my opinion of it. I ordered the organizer to be able to handle 10 tools per organizer and I ordered enough to organize 60 sets of pliers, side cutters, tin snips (which I have 10 sets with different cutting angles, tips, etc. of as I used to fabricate race car interior panels, etc.)
This is the new organizer for the cutting tools and pliers which will be here tomorrow.