Dewalt has quietly expanded their ToughSystem 2.0 lineup of tool storage products with a new clear-lid organizer, model DWST08040.
The new Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 organizer is compatible with other ToughSystem products, and can serve as the base to full-size tool boxes and organizers, or the brand’s half-width organizers.
The new ToughSystem organizer features 10 removable bins – 2 large cups and 8 smaller ones.
As with Dewalt’s other ToughSystem organizers, the bins are quite large and sized to hold bulk quantities of fasteners, plumbing fittings, and other construction parts and supplies.
There is also a built-in compartment that Dewalt says is designed to accommodate long tools.
The organizer features the same one-touch latches as can be found on their other ToughSystem 2.0 tool boxes and organizers, for connecting stacked units together.
The organizer has a grommet seal, and achieves an IP65 rating for its resistance to dust and water ingress.
It also features a suitcase-style handle for vertical carry.
What I Like
- Clear lid – which is pretty much mandatory
- One-touch ToughSystem 2.0 connection latches
- Improved ToughSystem 2.0 closure latches
- Weather seal w/ IP65 rating
- Reasonable pricing
What I Don’t Like
- Fewer containers than previous ToughSystem organizer
- Different container sizes than previous ToughSystem organizer
- Wasted space in the middle
Dewalt says that there’s a built-in compartment for holding long tools. I suppose this is true, but what could you possibly fit in there?
The original Dewalt ToughSystem organizer features 12 bins – 8 small and 4 large. Its layout can be described as measuring 4 bins across by 4 bins deep, with the base unit bin size having a rectangular geometry.
The new organizer looks to have a square bin geometry, and this leads to layout where you have 4 bins across by 3 bins deep.
If the bins are completely square, and I assume they are, their orientation doesn’t matter when putting a bin back into the organizer. This is not true when you have rectangular bins that can only be oriented in one direction.
In other words, it looks like you can rotate the bins to be oriented in either direction. The same cannot be said about the bins in the original ToughSystem organizer – or most brands’ removable bin organizers.
The upside is that each bin is larger, and you don’t have to keep track of individual bin orientations. The downside is that you get 10 cups instead of 12, and a “long tool compartment” that you might never find a practical use for.
Honestly, I’m a big disappointed in the design, although I’m open-minded that my opinion could always change once I see the new organizer in person.
Let’s say you’re an existing Dewalt ToughSystem tool box user. Dewalt says that ToughSystem 2.0 prodicys are backwards compatible with all ToughSystem products.
While this might be true, what happens if you want to swap parts bins between organizers. Well, you can’t, as they are now different sizes.
The original ToughSystem organizer had large bins. The ToughSystem 2.0 has even larger bins. This can be a benefit, depending on your individual needs and preferences, or a downside.
On its own, the organizer seems to be an okay design. As part of the ToughSystem line, the different configuration and bin sizes might frustrate existing users.
The 2-Drawered Elephant in the Room
A couple of readers wrote in, expressing concern that they couldn’t find the ToughSystem 2-drawer tool box at any online retailers. Well, maybe this is why – here’s a look at the new ToughSystem 2.0 2-drawer tool box.
Details on the 2-drawer unit are not available at this time.
Maybe we’ll also finally see a 3-drawer tool box, similar to the one Dewalt showed off at a 2017 media event. Even if not, the 2-drawer unit is still welcome.