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Home Depot Brand Husky Tool Boxes?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by 1957Willys, May 28, 2017.

  1. May 28, 2017
    1957Willys

    1957Willys Member

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    Does anyone here have any experience with Home Depot brand Husky tool boxes? Because they have a 52" and 56" boxes the 52" is on sale this week but the 56" isn't. How durable are these tool boxes and where are they bad? I guessing probably china I know some Milwaukee tool boxes are made in Vietnam.
     
  2. May 28, 2017
    rusty

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    Don't know where they are made but think they would work ok for a home garage.
     
  3. May 28, 2017
    Daryl

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    I have had several of them over the years. Not quite a Knack box but pretty much a good knock off. The 36" box fits perfectly between the wheel boxes in the back of the Jeep.;)
     
  4. May 29, 2017
    wheelie

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    I was at the Depot today and inspected a couple of their boxes they had sitting there. I wasn't real impressed. I could easily flex the sides of the drawers as well as the bottoms of the drawers. Just seemed very tinny.

    When I got home, I tried the same test on my older craftsman box. The top edges of the drawers on the craftsman box are rolled, which gives extra strength. Not so on the Husky boxes.

    I was considering buying one of the Husky boxes mentioned above. For the price, maybe I still would. I'd like to have a wide drawer like that, or two. But, I load my drawers pretty heavily and I'm not sure this box would hold up over the long haul.
     
  5. May 30, 2017
    Keys5a

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    If you are talking about Husky brand mechanics multi-drawer roller cabinets and chests, I've had one for about 10 years now. I do have a few complains that bug me, but I got the box on close-out, so I didn't pay a lot.
    First complaint is the smaller upper drawers aren't roller glides (even though there is a big "ball bearing" badge on the box) and, over time, the slides have gotten stiff from use. I've cleaned and greased them, but they are worn out and are really stiff to get the last extension to open the last half of travel to fully open.
    Next, the ball bearing glides had rubber snubbers as the glides extend. The rubber parts either crumbled or turned to goo, and the drawers really clank hard and loud when you open them.
    Finally, I use the bottom drawer of the upper chest for socket wrenches. I have a plastic organiser with pegs for all the sockets, but the drawer is fairly heavy. The drawer bottom sags badly and drags the frame under it when opening and closing. It has nearly worn the edge of the frame through. I have to keep grease on the underside of the drawer just to be able to open and close it.
    I guess you get what you pay for!
    I keep watching Craigslist for a Mac or Snap-On cabinet that likely won't have these issues.
    -Donny
     
  6. May 30, 2017
    tarry99

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    I think if your willing to spend a little extra & be patient and maybe travel some..........the Mac & Snap on boxes are out there at a discount.
     
  7. May 30, 2017
    47v6

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    All my boxes are old craftsman stuff from early 70's to early 90s. I have a Cornwall top box and a couple smaller snap on top boxes from the 60's. Got a waterloo bottom box too. I like the nostalgic feel about them. No ball bearings, etc. They look great, but one of these days I am going to just buy a couple HF bottom/ top box combos and be done with it. They are a great value. I know its like selling your soul or something , but unless you want to spend thousands on a snap on box, its the way to go.
     
  8. May 30, 2017
    tarry99

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    Had several Craftsman and then a Waterloo Tool Box that I thought was real good.........Still have a Craftsman bottom ball bearing box in the service truck that has held up quite well, but without the HD ball bearing full pull drawers they do seem to get tired quickly by bending & tweaking , especially if you use them daily and are loaded heavy..........Tool boxes much like the tools inside are an investment......

    If you don't use them daily and don't load them up the lower quality boxes I think are just fine..........I bought the Mac Macsimizer 60"x24" Tool Box years ago cause I was running out of room......bought it from a Cop off CL that hardly used it for a 1/3 of what he paid for it......If you have allot of tools that are heavy these boxes are pretty hard to beat w/ the 24" deep full pull drawers and the sprung suspension on the large casters...........Just be patient , the deals are out there.

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  9. May 30, 2017
    wheelie

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    I agree that the HF boxes are a value. Several articles have been written comparing them with other budget priced boxes and the HF ones always come out on top. The only thing I don't like about them in terms of design is that they have fewer drawers than many other brands, especially the quality names. I think that's part of how they keep costs down.

    I'm sticking with my old Craftsman boxes for now. One day, I hope to spring for some top name stuff. I find it on c-list often. Sometimes priced right, for me, most times out of my league.

    I like this one. I'd like it better a bit used for 500 bucks.

    Snap On Tool Box- New

    I like this one even better.

    Snap on tool box
     
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  10. May 30, 2017
    47v6

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    Those are not bad deals actually. Snap on boxes always bring a premium. If they were 500 bucks, they would be mine!
     
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    wheelie

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    I know. I just can't right now. And I'm cheap. Someday.
     
  12. May 30, 2017
    Danefraz

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    I have a craftsman stack with ball bearing drawers. They work great. I'd love a new base for my power tools, etc. been watching CL for something good and affordable (contrarian adjectives sometimes).

    I have a craftsman 'workbench' thing on casters with drawers that are NOT ball bearing... I think they're just metal sliding on metal... a lot of fun when you have hammers, pipe wrenches and large C clamps in one drawer (~40# of various cast iron stuff)... hard to open and close. I keep it from floating away with my small HF (?) cheapo drill press that uses belts to change speeds.
     
  13. May 31, 2017
    timgr

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    I too have a Craftsman stack and a second bottom cabinet which I'm happy with. I bought them immediately after Christmas several years ago ... they were left-over stock from the gifting season, and attractively priced. They don't match ... one is gray and the other red ... oh well.

    My local Costco has a big cabinet on display now that looks pretty nice. Merchandise comes and goes with the season at Costco. Maybe this one - Costco Wholesale
     
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  14. Jun 1, 2017
    dieseljeeper

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    I have one of the larger HD flat top tool box that I bought when i retired. I spent 35 years prior being a field mechanic on cranes. For a home shop theyre pretty good. Ive killed several craftsman, snap on, and a waterloo box by bolting them in a service truck and beating them around full of tools for 300,000 miles. The one that lived through five trucks, three job changes and is still working as we speak is a Matco roll away. It has a bottom drawer that has to be 14 guage metal with two roller slides that hauled around a puller set from day one.
     
  15. Jun 17, 2017
    GeoffreyL

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    Stanley Vidmar boxes are the strongest built boxes o have ever seen and used. My only complaint is they are really over built and inherently so don't have any small drawers usually. But you can stand on any drawer and not fear it bending or breaking, and no matter how much weight they never bind and always roll smooth.
     
  16. Jun 17, 2017
    47v6

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    AH, vidmar stuff. They do make shallow drawers. They make all kinds of drawers, lockers etc. I use one for my special small parts for the things I repair for a living. They are very expensive and will last a couple lifetimes of heavy use. Thats why nuclear power plants use them to hold parts and components in many of their repair facilities. They also make the benches/table they use to repair those components.
     
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