The new Dewalt DWST20880 is a mobile multi-level workshop that stores your tools, supplies, and jobsite accessories. At first glance it looks like this is a new take on a tried-and-true format, but a deeper look shows that it might just be a rebranded version of the Stanley 020800R work center.
To be honest, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if this was just a clone of the Stanley multi-level workcenter.
The Dewalt mobile tool box offers several ways to organize and transport your stuff:
- Large bottom compartment for bulky power tools
- Top section is sizes for hand tools and smaller items
- Middle section is compartmentalized for holding hand tools and smaller parts
- Removable tray for taking smaller items with you
The storage combo features large heavy-duty 8-inch rubber wheels, metal latches, ball bearing drawer slides, and a reinforced telescoping metal pull handle. In total, the new mobile vertical tool box offers 22.5 gallons of storage space.
ETA: September 2014
The new combo will be available at home centers and independent channels. It is built in the USA with global materials.
Until it’s available, the Stanley version is worth considering.
Compare(Stanley via Home Depot)
So what is the difference?
I think it looks pretty much simply rebranded. I was hoping for there to be upgrades…
Stuart – There is already a Dewalt branded version on sale at Home Depot Model 20800 versus this 20880 – do we know what the differences are (other than the middle is now yellow which i really like). Seems to be same price also. I did notice from the picture above that the wheel frame looks heavier than the older Stanley model, that may the “upgrade”. I read the HD reviews and both complained about it not being strong enough to carry a lot of heavy tools – hopefully the newer version is more inline with Dewalt tough. This would solve a current problem I’m having doing small jobs and having to load up my tough system boxes.
I knew I had seen a dewalt version that’s been out already. Thanks for finding the link to the current version. When I seen the new one with the yellow in the middle I thought I was going crazy
From a quick amazon reviews reading and comparing the pictures I concluded two things a) the Stanley model cannot handle heavy loads (witch I would need since I always carry a lot of weight…all of my tool boxes handles are broken but repaired by me)…b) this unit looks to have stiffer frame metal body (squared)…if the frame is even metal.
From what I have seen from dewalt is that they always come late to the party, but they come with improvements….will keep my eye on this when I see it on display or hear first hand reviews since I would like one.
Last year I was looking at the Stanley one and I really liked it, but I didn’t think it was worth the almost $90 price so I bought their $35 one that is a little smaller and has 3 sections that latch together. I walked it around the store and loaded it up with the types of tools I would be using it for and it worked great. At the store. Not so much in the real world. No idea why its designers thought it wouldn’t need more than 1/8″ wheel clearance. And while the organization is much better than a bucket of tools, the need to separate all three and find somewhere to put the top two just to get into the bottom section made it incredibly frustrating to actually use. Last week the top lid broke off. Time to replace it. I can still use this for storage of some rarely used tools, but not for every day use. I had decided to get the Stanley FatMax, but this DeWalt looks great. I’ll get the Stanley if they happen to lower the price when this is introduced. And since Home Depot slashes prices dramatically when they want to get rid of older products I may have to go in a couple times each week to watch for this one to appear.
Be careful with the Stanley as the frame on it (from pictures) looks much lighter than this Dewalt and seems to have bad reviews on the internet
I purchased this newer Dewalt version about 6 months ago. I compared the Dewalt to the older Stanley version in the store and came to the conclusion that Dewalt definitely improved upon the design. The handle and frame is much befier as well as the telescoping mechanism.
I needed the ability to pick this unit up to place in the back of my station wagon or in my trailer so I fabricated a metal plate to the bottom front and pop riveted a chest handle on it. I can not pick it up fully loaded when need be.
I have had no issues with the tool box so far and I have it overloaded with ~115 pounds of tools. I use it for my mobile automotive tool chest. I fix a lot of things for friends and family.
I recommend this unit.
I have been using tool bags attached to a dolly for hauling my tools around the parking lot a the RV repair shop I work at, one of the guys called me “the homeless mechanic “, the bags worked for a while but started to get out of hand, I picked up this dewalt and at first I thought this is perfect, once I got my tools in it I found for my application it could use at least one more drawer, better wheels, “rubber wheels” eyelets on the outside to hang things, and the body of the lower compartment could be thicker, replaceable rubber pads on the bottom of the lower compartment , I really like the concept just could use some refinement, maybe I’m asking a lot!
Is a a DW, a Stanley or a Craftsman?
Heck, the listing at Amazon shows a DeWalt in the photo and lists it as a Stanley.
All the same [email protected] with a different sticker and a $40 price swing.