I came across this General Tools CS1 wall-mounted cordless power tool charging station, and it’s something I’ve been meaning to talk about. I kept back-burnering the idea, but a couple of people have sent me tips about it, and so I suppose it’s time for the post.
This is exactly what it sounds and looks like – a wall-mounted open-style cabinet specially designed and made to organize your cordless power tools, chargers, and other workshop gear and accessories.
If the design looks familiar, that’s because Lowe’s came out with a Kobalt version back in 2017.
Since then, there have been a couple of requests and emails about where customers could find the exact design.
It features slots for up top 4 tools with a drill/driver form factor, a top shelf with integrated power strip, and 2 adjustable shelves on the right side. The ends are perforated to create pegboard panels, for holding other odds and ends with hooks and pegs.
But here’s the thing – it’s priced at $220 via Amazon.
General Tools started advertising their Black Friday 2020 sale pricing, which takes the price down to $198.
The Lowe’s and Kobalt price was $99.
At $99, this wall cabinet can be found on the line between “I can make something myself!” and “but I really want something made of metal and don’t have the necessary equipment or skill.”
At double the price, it’s a hard sell.
If you don’t want to go the DIY route, there are many pre-made options at Etsy, Amazon, and elsewhere, made from wood and metal.
If you’re really keen on the design, maybe $149 would be justifiable? I just don’t see it being justifiable at $200, let alone $220.
But, to each their own. Personally, I really like commercially-available solutions, as I often lack the time and interest to fabricate everything I need. I prefer to spend my time and effort on endeavors where my preferences or interests require a more customized and handcrafted approach.
In other words, I would normally defend the idea of buying something like this from the store for those that don’t want to craft their own solution.
But for $200, I would say that there are other close-enough alternatives out there, made from wood or metal, and you could certainly make something out of plywood or maybe even solid wood for considerably less as well.