Over at Amazon, this Dewalt ToughSystem tool box is currently on sale for $31.53, which is quite a bit lower than what I paid for all of mine. This is a very good price on an excellent and sturdy tool box.
But do you really want this deal? Do you want your tools well-protected from dust, water, and impacts?
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 tool boxes were announced, but with an April 2020 ETA. They’ll probably launch at similar or higher price points, and April is around 5 months away. According to Dewalt, ToughSystem and ToughSystem 2.0 products will be fully compatible.
The fact of that matter is that Dewalt ToughSystem tool boxes are solid, and this is a very good deal. I bought a number of them over the years, and although most are now in the possession of the local high school, I still have a couple in active use.
The last time I bought these tool boxes was back in June 2015. At that time, the tool boxes were $52 each, and Amazon had a $20 off $100+ Father’s Day promo at the time. So, I paid $84 for two after discount, or $42 each. This current deal has them at under $32 each.
The latches aren’t effortless, but I’ve never found them to be enough of a hassle to complain about. The side handles make me nervous when the boxes are fully loaded with heavy tools, but I haven’t broken any of them yet. The top handle could be more comfortable for hauling heavy loads, but it’s workable.
Ultimately, these are well-built tool boxes. The weather-proof seal has kept some of my hand tools rust-free, even in uncontrolled temperatures and environments with high moisture at times. I cannot say the same for my Bosch L-Boxxes.
If you’re planning to reorganize an entire work truck or van, perhaps wait for ToughSystem 2.0 so that you invest in the latest designs. But that’s also going to be at least 5 months away. If you need just one or two heavy duty tool boxes right now, this is about as unbeatable a deal as we can hope to see.
Price: $31.53 (as of the time of the original posting)
Price: $33.99 (as of 11/20/19) – Amazon sold out, took the deal down, then came back with this price
I can’t tell if Dewalt and Amazon are looking to move inventory, or if this is some kind of pre-Black Friday 2019 tool deal. All I can really tell you is that it’s a very good tool box and that the price is excellent.
The large tool box (DWST08203H) comes with a removable tote.