There’s a new Stanley tool and parts organizer, STST14028, that features a multi-level design.
Stanley says that the new cantilever organizer offers: portability, connectability, versatility, and visibility. I can see how the organizers can easily stack together, but I don’t see any obvious locking mechanism.
Given that this is a new Stanley SortMaster product, perhaps it locks together with other SortMaster products, with this intended as a “top” box.
You can unlock and access the lower compartment without having to open the top. The top features removable bins, and the bottom has adjustable dividers.
With the top section deployed and the lid open, you can access any of the contents at a glance. Rear stabilizer feet ensure that you can have both hands free for sorting through and retrieving contents.
The way this organizer opens up, you do need enough space to lay it down flat. Otherwise, if you try to open it up without the top section fully supported, it could potentially topple over. Or at least this has been my experience with other like-designed cantilever organizers and tool boxes.
The lid is transparent, and looks to have locking ridges that help keep the top section’s bins and contents in place.
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This looks to be a more economical version of Keter’s cantilever organizer. Here’s an example:
Keter cantilever organizers are more commonly found under other brands’ labels and color schemes. Shown here is one by Kreg. I have also seen Keter organizers rebranded by Husky and Craftsman.
They feature metal latches and top handles and are typically priced at $25 and up.
This new Stanley organizer is different in a few ways. First, the bottom section has dividable containers. Second, you can carry it around “briefcase” style. You could presumably store it away vertically as well. That gives you a little flexibility over typical Keter cantilever organizer designs.
The Stanley looks to be a little larger, which also means it’ll take up more benchtop or floor space to fully open.
If it’s say 14″ deep, then you’re going to need maybe 28″ to open it up.
The price – under $20 – seems good.
I have used Stanley SortMaster storage products in the past. They’re okay. Good for the money, but not what I would consider “jobsite tough,” although it is possible they can handle some rough conditions.
If it fits your needs, this organizer could be a good buy. If you try it out, please let us know what you think!