Craftsman has expanded their TradeStrack modular tool storage system with a new organizer.
The new Craftsman TradeStack organizer, CMST21417, features 12 removable cups, a transparent polycarbonate lid, and rigid structural foam construction.
It’s rated to IP65 standards for dust and water resistance.
As with other Craftsman TradeStack products, the new organizer automatically latches to compatible products via a “drop-and-lock” mechanism. It also offers one-touch release.
You can attach VersaStack or ToughCase products to the lid, but only if you use the adapter included with the TradeStack rolling tool box.
ETA: Available Now
Thank you Royce for the news!
See Also: Craftsman TradeStack Tool Box System Review
Buy Other TradeStack Products at Lowe’s:
Gee. Let me think. “Available at Lowes”? Craftsman brand? So a flailing nearly orphan brand sold by a clerk-less poorly managed chain. Sorry Charlie.
Two very hard passes.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
For some reason you see a decent amount of Craftsman at Ace, still, which annoys me because it’s all Milwaukee Red.
If they invested as much time and resources into getting those USA mechanics tools on the shelf as they did new products from China… they’d be in a better spot.
Kinda sick of their b.s.
Is it even a new product? So much craftsman stuff is just rebadged from other SBD brands. A lot of the storage is basically TSTAK, Most of the cordless power tools were rebradged Porter Cable ones that were already very old and out of date designs before they got craftsman colors. I think a lot of them have been phased out at this point, probably with other stuff that had been meant for Porter Cable. A lot of the corded tools came from other brands as well. Same for hand tools. Craftsman is basically just a ghost brand at this point.
TradeStack seems to be an original Craftsman storage system.
As a toughsystem, tstack, toughcase+ owner, tradestack makes me grumpy. It seems to exist only so that lowes has a proprietary system they can sell instead of toughsystem. The craftsman tstack compatible cases released last month aren’t even available online or in stores yet.
Is this a good replacement for the discontinued Milwaukee cases? The design and features are very similar. Are they similar quality? Made by Keter?
There’s another craftsman organizer that’s closer to the discontinued milwaukee, CMST14520. It uses the same cups as the one in this post, but is more compact and has side latches. I have one and like it a lot.
Hey Stuart, have you seen the new drills and impact drivers from Skil? The new style of light on the drills could be interesting. I saw them on Instagram and tried to check the website but got trapped in a “select a region” loop, couldn’t find them on the lowes app yet either.
Yeh, they have a cool light bar on them. They should be available, release date was 04Oct2022. Up on their website and everything (not on retailers yet):
My lowes just moved a bunch of stuff around to create a new skil display, albeit on a back of row endcap!
I’ll take a look next time I cruise by
So far I’m impressed, but I was waiting for a more hands-on time before posting.
I had a set of early Husky storage, with the large handle that you have to fold down and the clumsy-lunky metal latches. But some marketing idiot thought it best to put a label, half the size of the lid, on top. Well, you can’t remove it unless you also bought some GooGone. How you supposed to see what is in what compartment???
And with these, why no one designs one with parts/screw compartments that feature a hook to hang on wall panel. Like those parts bins panels.
Also, have some holder for the fastener box labels. Just tear off the screw size label (you reading this, fastener box designers?) and tape or slide in. No need for labeler or tape and marker.
I’m in the wrong field…
Oh look – yet another box that holds a bunch of little tubs.
I wonder if they will make a TradeStack charger box, like DeWalt is with ToughSystem:
My DIY self likes the price-to-performance ratio of VersaStack/ToughCase. Metal pins/hinges (vs Dewalt plastic) and water-sealing foam are good features. I don’t understand why these toolboxes don’t get more attention. Plastic is redactedly cheap to produce and profit margins are astronomical. Get us some good box designs, mfrs!
Dewalt updated their Tstak line to have metal pins in the latches, I believe before Versastack was available. They’ve made various upgrades over the years, adding things like the continuous ridge to seal against the gasket channel, tracking device attachment location, and so on. The Versastak stuff is pretty much the same as the upgraded Dewalt excepting the 10 compartment organizer–it’s like the Tstak 2.0 organizer which is apparently not available in the US yet.
Picked up two TradeStack 2-drawer units. Not on Lowe’s or Craftsman web sites, but they were in my local stores.