I have spent a year with Husky’s 56″ heavy duty tool storage combo, and also their 60″ mobile workbench. Both are fabulous products.
I need more space to work, and more space to test other large tool storage products. Husky and Home Depot were kind enough to make arrangements for a return pick-up later today, and so I spent an evening emptying the drawers and getting them ready to go.
I could have tried to give them away locally, but I’ve found that it can be difficult to find anyone willing and able to take several hundred pounds of tool storage goodness off my hands.
Cleaning out the drawers has seriously bummed me out. These are good tool storage products, and I’m sad to see them go.
The 56″ 23-drawer tool storage combo is the PERFECT high capacity consumer tool storage chest and rolling cabinet combo box.
It checks off just about all of my boxes. I like high density tool storage, and that’s what this 56″ combo is all about.
I loaded up one of the chest’s small side drawers with some hand tools to show you how spacious it is. And this is just the smallest drawer!
The combo is 20″ deep, with drawer depth at nearly 18″, and 100 lb load ratings – except for the double-slided large bottom drawers.
The number of drawers and their heights makes it highly optimized for hands tools and related supplies and equipment. There’s still ample space for power tools, in the larger bottom drawers, and the top cabinet.
There’s a long power strip in the top chest compartment, which is a fantastic feature. It means that your chargers and other pluggable tools and devices can be plugged in and placed anywhere.
The full-width drawer in the rolling cabinet? It can hold a 48″ level, with room to spare. Think about long breaker bars, prying bars, work lights, and other long items – they can fit!
The tool box features great quality heavy duty construction, from top to bottom. There are nice touches, such as Husky-embossed drawer liners and a rechargeable LED worklight (that I never used).
If I could have one tool storage product, and was on a $1,000 budget, this one would be it.
But alas, I need more space for the next series of tool storage review samples. If I had bought this combo, I would not have regretted it.
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I have talked about Husky’s 60″ mobile workbench before. There’s a new model out, and Ben reviewed it here.
It’s BIG, with an enormous 24″ depth, heavy duty construction, nice hardwood top, and humungous full-width drawer.
The cabinet? Eh, I’d prefer drawers, but it can be useful. There’s an adjustable shelf inside.
I had to take some time this evening installing 2 new locks. When the workbench first arrived, 2 of the locks were non-functional. The cylinders were stuck to an intermediate position, as if a master key was used to turn the cylinders halfway before being removed. Husky provided the replacement locks quickly, but I never got around to actually installing them. The styrofoam blocks I inserted to keep the locking arms in the unlocked positioned worked well.
It’s not a terribly difficult process to change out the locks, but it can be a little tricky even with a few drawers removed. I just wanted to make sure the workbench was ready for the next user, whomever that might be.
I’m going to miss the 24″ depth most of all. 60″ wide and 24″ deep? That’s a great size for a tool storage workbench.
To be honest, I’m going to miss the 56″ tool storage combo a lot more. The workbench is great and all, but it’s a little less efficient when it comes to hand tool storage. I found myself using it as I’ve used other large-drawered tool storage products, as a tool-dump.
Oh, 2-1/2″ and 4″ vacuum hose adapters and fitting? Okay, in they go, in a jumble. As such, I didn’t quite use the workbench to its full potential. I had the smaller drawers nicely organized with hand tools, clamps, and cordless power tool battery packs.
The full-width drawer opens and closes easily, and like in the combo, it’s supported on the sides and also in the middle by a 3rd drawer slide.
A Milwaukee 52″ mobile workbench has already been moved into the place previously taken by the Husky 60″ bench. Saving just 8″ of floor space makes a bigger difference than you might think.
My experiences with Husky’s heavy duty tool storage products have been enlightening. I knew, even before receiving the test samples, that they were being aimed at more demanding users, but things turned out better than I had anticipated.
Both products have earned a strong recommendation from me. Husky has a new even larger mobile workbench coming out. There are a couple of other new Husky heavy duty tool storage workbenches as well. Much of my fondness for the 2 heavy duty storage products I’ve tested will likely apply to them.
I think that Husky offers a nice variety of tool storage products, from entry-level to heavy duty, and am glad that they’re continuing to develop and offer heavier duty tool storage options.
Goodbye Husky tool storage review samples, I’m gonna miss you.