I reviewed Ridgid’s new professional tool boxes last Fall, and while the UPC code suggested that Keter was the OEM (thanks for the insight, Fred!), I couldn’t find anything about these boxes on Keter’s site. Until now.
Keter uploaded a new video earlier this week, showcasing their new professional tool storage system. Yep, the new tool boxes are identical to the Ridgid ones at Home Depot.
What does this mean? I’m not sure. Maybe it means that the designs might not necessarily be Ridgid or Home Depot exclusives.
Keter products are notoriously difficult to find in the USA. Take their 3-tier organizer for example. I saw it at Lowes once, and that was it. I still look for them every couple of visits to the local home centers. And so, even though Keter is releasing these under their own branding, I doubt we will ever see them in person or at our favorite online stores.
My feeling is that Keter often prefers OEM relationships with brands and retailers, rather than offering their products under their own branding. How many consumers have heard of Craftsman? Husky? Ridgid? And how many have heard of Keter?
Craftsman’s new 3-chest tool storage system, Husky’s technician tool case, and Husky’s one-hand-latch tool box are all Keter-made products I have never seen in stores except under these well-known private label brands. That Craftsman 3-chest storage system was Keter-branded at Sam’s Club, but I was never able to catch it in-stock. It’s been “not available” for as long as I’ve known about it.
Anyway, the Ridgid-branded professional tool boxes I bought and reviewed are awesome. If you see them in stores under Keter branding and at a better price, don’t hesitate to give them a try. Keter-branded, Ridgid-branded, all of these boxes seem to be the same.
Someone is bound to ask how well these stand up to other modular tool storage systems. I discussed many of the other modular tool box systems, but haven’t yet updated that post with mention of Keter/Ridgid’s. These professional tool boxes have some nice features that I wish Dewalt would implement in their ToughSystem tool boxes. But when it comes to brute strength, I think that Dewalt’s might have an edge. These Keter/Ridgid offerings have the edge when it comes to affordability. That Keter/Ridgid rolling tool box is also pretty unique and snazzy.
These boxes are a little tougher than Bosch’s L-Boxxes and Festool Systainers, but aside from price that’s their only advantage there.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
Keter folks, if you’re reading this, please, please, PLEASE set up an online store of some kind. Or make it clearer where your products can be purchased. It is incredibly frustrating to come across an appealing Keter product only to find that there aren’t any stores that sell it.