Milwaukee has come out with an upgraded 46″ wide tool storage combo, which I believe will be sold alongside their existing 46″ combo, which was their initial entry in the steel and ball bearing tool storage market.
I have been thoroughly impressed with Milwaukee’s tool storage solutions, finding them to offer incredibly strong bang for the buck. They offer great features and good qualities at affordable pricing.
This new 46″ combo, officially described as a 46″ High Capacity Steel Storage Chest and Cabinet, will be available in November 2017.
The pricing has not yet been set, but I’m told to expect a price of around $1,000. So… maybe $998?
I had been told that the frame is made from 19 gauge steel, and after asking around I was told that the drawers are also made from 19 gauge steel.
Here are the 3 words I would use to describe the new storage chest and roller cabinet:
The first thing to point out is that it’s a lot deeper than the original tool storage cabinet – 22″ compared to 18″.
That means the drawers are 4″ deeper. I’m guessing that, with a 22″ cabinet depth, the drawer depth will be a little over 20″.
The whole cabinet is a little nicer too, thanks to the new smooth drawer pulls. I believe they’re anodized aluminum. The handles felt great, and look great too.
I was told that the drawer widths were modified a little bit, but I couldn’t tell you if the narrower side was made wider or narrower still.
Viewing the tool storage stack from the side, its extra depth is definitely noticeable.
Another thing you should notice is that there are more accessories on the side – general purpose hooks mounted towards the top, and more mounting holes.
I’m told that more accessories are on the way, and cannot even guess what’s coming.
One of the drawers was loaded with Milwaukee’s new combination wrench sets. Do you see that space behind the wrench sets? That’s about how deeper this premium model is compared to Milwaukee’s other tool chest and cabinet combos.
The wrench sets fit together nicely, to save space. Both cases are designed to take up a minimal amount of drawer space.
The corners are reinforced with beefier guards made from aluminum and a hard rubber material.
I wonder if this was a missed opportunity to create a new quick-attachment system similar to what I hope is done for the larger Packout system tool boxes.
There’s an independently lockable privacy drawer. You can swap the lock with the bottom cabinet if you want the top chest and bottom cabinet to be keyed like. Since the top chest and bottom cabinet are available separately, they’re not sold keyed alike.
If you want all 3 locks keyed alike, contacting Milwaukee customer service should fix that quick.
The top section is as you would expect. There’s a thick cushiony work mat, a metal pegboard in the back, and power strip on the right side.
At the very top of the lid, not shown here, is a hook for hanging a small worklight.
Gas strut lid stays make it easier to open and close the top lid.
There’s also a pull-out work surface, with enclosed storage compartment – perfect for stowing away a laptop or similar. I believe that you can remove the lid to use this as a regular drawer, with some modification.
Here’s another look at the tool storage combo. There are now 2 full-width drawers at the top of the bottom tool cabinet, one shallow and one deeper.
Despite not having additional drawers slides, they open and close pretty smoothly.
There’s a full-width strip of metal attached to the bottom of the drawers, serving as a stiffener. It seems to do its job well.
You get similar removable tool organizers in one of the bottom drawer. Sorry, the tool cabinet isn’t sold with a bunch of Milwaukee ratchet sets hidden away in this drawer.
I crawled on the floor a little to get a good glimpse at the steel channels built into the base for added strength and stability.
It’s nicely done.
P.S. Has anyone mounted any of these Milwaukee tool storage cabinets on leveling feet yet?
The casters are I believe 6″ tall. The words “industrial casters” was thrown in there, but that doesn’t hold a lot of meaning to me.
It looks like these are similar to the casters Milwaukee used before, which are quite frankly superb and very user-friendly.
There’s a new side handle too, upgrading the aesthetics further still.
I wish I could tell you of functional benefits to the new handle design, but for now “it looks a lot better” will have to do.
The power strip on the inside has USB charging ports!
And so does the power strip on the cabinet.
The new cabinet has right angle power cord plugs. Yes!
Word has it that the included Milwaukee-branded bottle opener might also be available for purchase separately.
There’s a new paper shop towel roll holder.
And a vertical tool organizer. I popped in a pry bar as a potential usage example.
As with the shallower 46″ cabinet, there are mounting locations for an M18/M12 charger.
Personally, I find the new Milwaukee premium tool storage chest and cabinet to be highly appealing. You get a big upgrade in storage capacity, plus some upgrades and added new features, and the price is still reasonable.
I’d like to see some electronic or otherwise keyless locks. Other than that, I can’t think of anything else I wish Milwaukee had worked into the new tool boxes. Maybe the color scheme is too Craftsmany?
What do you think? Thumbs up, thumbs down, or “eh”?