Craftsman has come out with quite a few new 41″ ball bearing tool storage units recently, such as a large tool storage wall tower, several new combos, and a Craftsman Pro cabinet with Smartphone-controllable locks.
This new combo, which Craftsman describes as “Fully Featured,” are a little different, with some standout new features.
To start, there’s an 8-drawer chest with 100 lb-rated drawer slides and a spacious top compartment with pegboard back wall and built-in power strip with USB charging ports.
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I find it interesting that the Sears photo shows the cabinet with a Milwaukee M18 battery on its charger, rather than a Craftsman charger.
It doesn’t look to be built by the same OEM that builds the great-for-the-money Milwaukee tool storage units, such as the 30″ combo we recently reviewed.
The 6-drawer ball bearing rolling cabinet is a little unusual, in good and potentially disappointing ways.
There is a large vertical pegboard drawer, with some shelves and another built-in power strip with USB charging ports.
This could have easily been 4 or more traditional drawers. Part of me believes the single vertical drawer is intended to fill the space as inexpensively as possible, part of me sees it as a potentially beneficial option. To me it looks more like a less efficient use of space.
There’s a full-length pull out work surface, and while the Craftsman product description doesn’t go into details, I’m guessing that work surface lifts out of the way to reveal a deep and heavy duty drawer. Otherwise, what’s the point of that extra set of drawer slides?
There’s a small pegboard built into the side of the cabinet, underneath the non-tubular-looking handle. It looks like these are the same bins and shelves shown in the vertical drawer photo.
With pegboard panels built into the top compartment, the vertical drawer, and the rolling cabinet’s side (sides?), there’s plenty of places to hang quick-reach tools and supplies.
The rolling cabinet has stylized casters. The wheels look to have a textured tread of some kind, but it’s hard to tell. The casters also have a similar locking mechanism to the ones Milwaukee and Husky have been using on their premium tool storage products.
Price: $320 for the chest, $480 for the rolling cabinet, $800 for both
Delivery doesn’t seem to be available yet, so we couldn’t check freight fees.
$800 seems fair for this combo, but you can get more bang for the buck with other brands, such as Milwaukee and Husky. Milwaukee’s 46″ 16-drawer combo is currently $749, and might drop back to $700 during the holiday season.
14 drawers is nothing to sneeze at, but I wish the bottom cabinet had a few more drawers in the right side.
Sears’ pricing BS is in full effect. Today is October 4th, these products are said to have been first listed on October 2nd, and they’re already “on sale” for $320 and $480, from “regular” prices of $480 and $720.
While it’s hard to tell from a bunch of online photos, this really doesn’t look like a $1200 combo to me. $800 seems almost fair. But the price will need to drop a little more in order for the combo to be optimally competitive.
A few years ago, $800 would have been a great price for this combo. But in today’s market, with Milwaukee, Dewalt, Porter Cable, and Husky offering huge good-quality storage combos at high-value pricing, consumers expect more for less.
Looking at full-resolution images of the top chest (huge image here), and even trying to bump up the brightness for greater clarity, I can’t tell if the right side of the chest’s top compartment is open or covered. Look at the bottom – there’s no reflection of the protective mat, suggesting that the right side is indeed open. The lack of an enclosing inner panel is unusual and could be indicative of a cost-cutting measure.
The drawer handle pulls look well-done, but I like to see end caps on higher priced models.
The casters look cool, and I’m sure they were going for that, but they also look to have a similar locking and unlocking mechanism that I have grown to really love.
Are these “fully featured” tool storage units? I suppose I can’t argue with that, they do look to be thoughtfully designed and equipped with some handy features.