Over at Home Depot, they have a ToughSystem tool box combo set on sale for $98. There’s a small catch – you can get it shipped to your home but only for a fee (I’m seeing $55), or you’ll have to wait 10-14 days for in-store pickup (at least for my zip code).
There are lots of modular tool box and storage options these days, and Dewalt’s ToughSystem line remains a competitive option.
Milwaukee’s Packout tool boxes are a little better (c’mon, you know it’s true), but right now a similar combo kit with rolling tool box, large tool box, and small tool box will cost 2X more.
I do like Packout more than ToughSystem. But unless you know that’s the system for you, the ToughSystem is a good value and for very good tool boxes.
Yes, Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 is coming, but it’s months away, and we don’t know what the prices will be like.
It’s unusual that Dewalt ToughSystem bundles are only available at Home Depot through ship-to-store or fee-based home delivery (I guess that means it doesn’t ship via normal ground methods). I can’t confidently guess as to why.
Maybe it has something to do with Home Depot awarding the Milwaukee Packout system with innovation awards? Home Depot’s website is reporting very high Packout bundle inventories at stores.
Anyway, this is a good deal for what you get, if ToughSystem is what you want. ToughSystem 2.0 will be (mostly?) compatible with these products, in case you start with these and want to expand with more tool boxes in the future.
I would have loved to get the Packout but being twice the price was just too much. I think $150 would have been a better black Friday price.
I’m surprised the price isn’t lower considering that delivery charge.
That’s the price I paid last year around this time.
Bought a relative the Dewalt system for xmas yesterday as all he uses is the yellow brand…got it home and now I’m reconsidering it over the Packout I’d been eyeing For myself …I like the looks and feel if it. If you own a Yeti I feel like you must have the Packout system-lol
I was in a couple of Home Depot stores around San Antonio yesterday and saw a few of the DeWalt systems around. I played around with one along side a Packout system. I agree with another commenter, if the Milwaukee system had been $150 it would have come home with me; but I couldn’t pull the trigger on the DeWalt either after playing with the Milwaukee.
There are 893 Packout setups in the Twin Cities (yes I added them all up) – there are zero Dewalts.
Fingers crossed for a post-Christmas blowout clearance on Packout, as it is my friend went with Dewalt.
And it cannot be cheap to ship these giant empty boxes; my Packout from International arrived in a huge box.
Yeah, 23 at my local store. Whoever was in charge of distribution 2 years ago totally messed up, because there were only a few in my store and they were gone quick. This year, they thought they’d be a big hit again, but since they’ve been out for a while, they’ve lost their luster. One of the guys in the tool area has helped me out with prices for the last few years and said he’d sell me a packout for $180, but I declined. They’re still too big to try them out at that price. Ridgid has worked well for me. Now, $150, that’d be hard to pass up.
$150 may be too much to ask from Milwaukee. They already came down from X, to $279, to $199.
The main reason to upgrade to packout would be for the various parts storage options and the quick interlocking, with a toolbag on top.
In a practical world, to broaden the appeal and boost sales, the individual packouts would be discounted and sold cheaper, more like the ridgid ones +$10 let’s say.
Our HD finally gave Packout its own little display area.
The only thing that sold is the half size packout slim. iahave nit checked the stock, but I doubt they sold many when Ridgid and Dewalt steak the show at $99.
Perhaps when HD is stuck with a lot of unsold inventory, HD & MW will rethink the prices.
The real question is if Milwaukee will take back unsold ones. They cannot be cheap to ship around; I suspect that HD will remainder them at some point – or break up the kits.
Or maybe leaving them at $199 when the Dewalt and Ridgid and Husky go back to normal prices.
I’m quite curious to see what will happen.
I can’t believe they’d be re-crated and shipped elsewhere. I suspect a follow up order may be delayed and these current ones will go on empty pallets, a quick layer of shrink rap and go live near the rafters in various places in the store.
Though one never quite knows as an outsider.
HD and their vendors are very stingy to drop prices and to clearance things for quick sales.
We barely have a plant and tree sale, then things suddenly disappear overnight, one can only surmise loaded up and trucked South.
Where does the excess Christmas glut and holiday tool bits go, seemingly overnight?
If anyone cares there are now 799. Most stores seem to have sold a few, at least one has sold none.
Here’s an even better “hot” online deal for the full line of Ridgid pro boxes.
Add the full ridgid “pro” line to your cart (models 238093, 226036, 222571, 222570, 222573) for a subtotal of $177. It will give you a Black Friday discount of $61 for a grand total of $116. That’s an excellent value.
Or just add the there boxes and it will double apply the bundle discount for a total of $71 for the three box tower
Yup, just ordered it this way. Thanks.
Damn, Just tried it and the final price is coming in at $98.
Yes and if you take a tape measure to these, desalts, and Milwaukee pack outs you will realize that the Rigid are bigger internally in every dimension other than I think length the the packouts. They are solid.
I agree that the Milwaukee system is better quality, but the DeWalt is a good value at $98. I saw it online for Black Friday but also couldn’t bear the delivery fee.
As I was in my local Home Depot yesterday, I picked one up for a gift. The end cap display was sold out, but they had all three pieces in stock separately and the total came out at the sale price. Just make sure you have the right three SKU’s.
Speaking of ToughBox…. STILL nothing on DeWalt’s new jobsite radio 2.0????
Best part of packout is the low profile items. If the others matched that, I would not have switched. If they ever do come out with low profile organizers, I’ll switch back.
What about it?
I have been saying:
You can buy it now, for $199.
Oh snap!! I didn’t realize it was up for sale. Did I miss an official announcement?!?
Last I read we were speculating late Nov
Well, it is late November now. =)
I was waiting until I saw them in store or received a review sample, whichever happened first.
I picked up the new 2.0 version at my local Home Depot last week ($199, but the manager had to adjust the price) and can offer the following updates (not a review):
It connects with the old-style (1.0) tool boxes just fine. Latches are not spring-loaded.
Charger is normal speed (1.5A according to the manual) and NOT high speed.
USB port does charge your cell phone (5V 2.1A) but only when the radio is on (not just plugged in).
Battery port holds both my 20V 8AH and my FlexVolt 8AH (the largest batteries I have). Battery latches in place and stays put.
Still has the standard wall plug and 3.5mm Aux. Input jack.
Sound quality is what you would expect from 55W and 100 db’s and has both indoor and outdoor modes.
Bluetooth is easy to connect and seems to have acceptable range. It will store several different devices and automatically connect later.
Hope this answers some of your questions.
On a semi related note, what’s going on with the Packout radio? Would have loved to hear it and decide whether to use a promo code on it, but it isn’t even at stores yet despite being told it was going to be a November release. Considering it was shown 5 or 6 months ago that’s inexcusable.
How do you have a 20V 8ah battery? And there is no such thing as a Flexvolt 8ah battery.
Sorry, FlexVolt should read 9 (typing with fat fingers on a small phone). But the point is that it does charge FlexVolt batteries, as well as 12 & 20 Volts according to the manual.
At least until the TS 2.0 comes out AND is priced the same as the current version. The reason I didn’t go with DeWalt was because of those puny side latches. Ridgid’s metal bars work so much better and never break.
The Ridgid system could use some drawer boxes and some sort of storage rack maybe, but it is a real working man’s system. They have survived tons of abuse and they don’t cause people to want to run off with your tools.
Does anybody know what app to download to control the 2.o with my phone
For Android, it’s the DeWalt Sound System App in the Play Store. I assume it’s similar for IPhone.
I picked this up Friday morning in store. The parking lost was empty and no one was in the checkout line in front of me. They also had the 10 compartment deep pro small parts organizer for $9.98.
Menard’s was very packed though.
I don’t think there was a single “in store only” deal at HD – or at least I didn’t see any. Easier to order from home.
This was / still is in-store-only (not DeWALT though):