Which is the best modular tool box storage system, among those on sale this holiday season? Tht’s a loaded question, so I’ll try to sum things up in few words.
Availability has been… mixed, for lack of a better word. Right now, for example, Home Depot doesn’t seem to have the Packout combo anywhere, or the Dewalt combo, and Acme Tools does have the Packout, but with a February ETA.
So if you’re looking for a tool box system right now, it might not be about choosing the best one, but buying the best you can find.
The prices shown are Black Friday weekend prices. Almost all of the prices will go up shortly, once the deals are over. I also threw in discussion of 2 lower priced systems, because they seemed fitting.
Why buy this system? Dewalt ToughSystem tool boxes hold up really well, you have gradually increasing product selection, and they offer a good balance between features, quality, and price.
The 3-piece combo has never been cheaper. But, if you can’t find it, you might be able to order the rolling cart from Home Depot, and additional boxes from Amazon or Home Depot.
Why buy this system? Milwaukee’s new Packout lineup WOWed every reviewer, journalist, and contractor at their media event last June. The tool boxes felt strong and have top-notch features. The latches felt secure, the grab-bars are a nice touch, and there are product options that you can’t find in any other system, such as half-size organizers and tool tote bags.
The real question is this: do you get twice the features and protection for twice the money?
Why buy this one? Ridgid’s professional tool box lineup, reviewed here, offers fine tool boxes that tend to be easier on your wallet than the other brands’ systems. I think you get the same bang for the bucks, because you pay fewer bucks for less bang. These are good boxes and the more affordable option 9 months out of the year.
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Stanley FatMax Tstak
Why buy this one? If you want a rolling tool box stack, but without having to pay top-dollar for top-grade tool box strength and durability, Dewalt and Stanley FatMax Tstak system tool boxes are a good way to go. For the price, there’s nothing to complain about.
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Why buy this system? There is also a Husky Connect system, and there are new cantilever tool box options that you might find useful. I don’t know what to make of it yet, but I’ve never been let down by Husky tool storage products before.
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