One of my favorite tool and part storage solutions of all times is Akro-Mils’ USA-made bin cabinets.
Akro-Mils’ steel parts cabinets feature a tough powder-coated steel frame and sturdy plastic drawers. They’re definitely stronger and more durable than consumer parts cabinets, and deeper too, so you can hold things besides small parts.
These parts cabinets are stackable, and there are different styles available with varying drawer counts. I think that their 20-drawer cabinet (model 19320) is a good size, and it also seems to be the most economically-priced, perhaps due to stronger demand and greater supplies.
Akro-Mils’ parts cabinets measure 17″ wide x 11″ tall x 11″ deep.
Each bin is removable. The cabinet comes with a couple of dividers, and you can buy more if needed.
I only have one cabinet, and it’s quite heavy when fully loaded with tools and parts. Empty, it weighs 20 lbs. I wouldn’t stack these cabinets more than two high, although I’m not sure if there’s an official recommendation. You can also mount them to the wall, and Akro-Mils also has an optional accessory that lets you mount them on certain louvered bin panels.
I have nothing against plastic parts organizers for storing small parts, and use a couple of those as well. But this cabinet, and others in Akro-Mils’ 19-series, can hold smaller tools (I used mine to hold duplicate sets of Craftsman combination wrenches and hex keys), bigger parts, and other items too big or heavy for other parts cabinets’ dainty little drawers.
If you’re looking for a heavier duty parts cabinet, this might be it. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s got the build quality to justify it.
Akro-Mils also offers these cabinets with different colored bins, such as red, blue, yellow, and brown, but you’ll pay quite a bit more for cosmetic differences. For example, 19320BLU, the same cabinet but with blue bins, is priced at ~$122.
To be accurate, it doesn’t look like you must pay more for those colors, it’s that the grey bin cabinet is lower in price, and this has been true every I checked over the years. Actually, checking up on this, the black-bin model is also $97 at Zoro.
Buy Now(Same style but with black bins, via Zoro)
Have you used another type of heavy duty parts cabinet you could recommend?