So what happened?
Remember a few months ago, when I wondered aloud about what would happen to the pricing of tool chests and cabinets due to new tariffs? Well, I was told that the counterveiling duties are in effect now. I thought that this is why the 46″ premium combo isn’t available for purchase anywhere, but I asked just to be sure.
I’m told that the 46″ units are “simply out of stock right now.” So either they escaped the duties by being imported before they went into effect, or are exempt from them.
The original units were constructed from 19 gauge steel. In order to be exempt from the counterveiling duties, they’ll need to be made from slightly thicker 18 gauge steel. The body depth already exceeds 21″ (they’re 22″ deep), and I’m guessing that if the unit weight can be increased if it doesn’t already meet the exemption criteria.
See Also: Harbor Freight’s new tool storage combo
Milwaukee showed off a new tool storage combo at NPS18. It’s 56″ long, 22″ deep, and the frame is constructed from 18 gauge steel. These characteristics presumably allow it to meet criteria that exempts it from the countervailing duty and tariffs brought on as a result of the Waterloo-initiated ITC investigation.
The 30″ tool storage combo, on the other hand, will be phased out. I’m told it’s in the process of being redesigned. Most likely, it’ll have to be deeper and heavier duty than its present design, or the tariffs will price it too high to be competitive.
If you’ve been asking about this 46″ premium storage combo, I’d say look for it to come back in late May or early June, for Father’s Day. That’ll likely be your best chance of getting one. I’ll keep you posted if or when I find out more.