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Selecting a Rolling Tool Chest

Updated on October 29, 2010

Rolling Tool Box

When working in the garage or out in the shed, I know that I certainly use my share of tools. I've even been told that my shop looks like the tool section at Sears. I have many hand tools and power tools. Many of my power tools have stationary tables, but I full set tool boxes for my hand tools, such as screwdrivers, bits, nails, and wrenches.

Most of my tool chests are stationary, but there are times when I need a rolling tool box.

When I'm working outside of my shop, I don't want to have to keep going back and forth in order to get the right size wrench or socket. This is where a good rolling tool chest comes in hand because all I have to do is roll the tool box outside where I'm doing the bulk of my work, and then roll it back when I'm done.

Because they are such a benefit there are many different types of rolling tool boxes that you can choose from, so when buying a rolling tool chest, make sure to consider what your needs are.

Buy a Rolling Tool Box Chest

When looking to buy a rolling tool box, you want to keep in mind the following:

  • What size do you need?

Because there are different tool box chests available, you'll want to look at the different sizes. You'll need to figure out how much room you have to store the tool box when not in use.

  • How much storage do you need?

The rolling tool boxes come in such a variety that you'll want to make sure you consider the number of shelves and compartments that each has before making your decision. There are some tool boxes with up to 6 or 7 shelves plus an upper compartment on the top.

Some tool boxes have lower compartments for large equipment. In most cases, these tool boxes are two pieces that are fit together.

  • How big are the shelves?

You'll also want to keep in mind the size of the shelves. Some tool boxes have shallow shelves, whereas others may have deeper compartments that can hold larger tools.

  • Do you need a locking tool box?

Will the tool box be left somewhere that you'll want to keep it locked? By locking the tool chest, you can be ensured that your tools will be protected (unless, of course, someone just takes the entire tool box, and then that's a whole new issue).

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