Wandering through Acme Tools, I spotted a huge closed Knaack jobsite box. Upon seeing my interest, a salesperson walked up and started giving me the pitch: “Here, let me show you the bigscreen TV.” My curiosity piqued.
Knaack is well known for their jobsite storage boxes, which are typically used for safeguarding tools and supplies from the elements and would-be thieves.
The Knaack DataVault (118-01) is very different, as it doesn’t just store a crew’s tools. The DataVault is designed to give workers a way to manage, secure, and access electronic plans and other digital assets, right on site.
Knaack describes the DataVault as a Digital Plan Station, but it’s also much more than that – it could even be described as a mobile electronics hub.
Knaack DataVault Features and Components
- 40″ monitor for viewing plans and specifications
- Color laser printer with AirPrint, for wireless printing
- 2 power strips and 4 GFCI outlets
- USB hub to connect and charge mobile devices
- UPS back-up power supply (BYOB computer)
- Weatherproof electrical pass-through in the side connects to outside power
- 3-position hatch with slide-out keyboard tray
- Built-in cable pass-throughs for tidy organization
- Heavy duty sliding drawers
- Storage space for a wireless router and computer tower
- Dry erase whiteboards for quick notes and communications
Additional features include heavy-duty all-steel construction, heavy duty non-marring casters, fork-lift skids, a 4-point lift kit, recessed handles, Watchmen 4 lock system, and independent locking storage hatch.
The top doors open separately from the bottom, and the keyboard drawer locks downs, so you can restrict access to your computer while still using the display. On the inside of both upper doors are whiteboards for memos and notes. When you open the bottom doors, heavy duty sliding drawers let you access the printer easier, and you can load the other one with a computer or whatever else you want quick access to.
Knaack builds each powder-coated DataVault from 16 gauge steel, (the floor is 14 gauge). Given its size, construction the DataVault is heavy — 742lbs when loaded with electronics. The DataVault is also big. It measures 60.5″ long x 30″ wide x 77″ tall, with lift brackets and castors installed.
While the DataVault is large, you can move it around 3 different ways. You could grab the recessed handled and roll the DataVault on the non-marring casters. It’s designed to fit through a standard 36″ wide door. You could also lift and move the DataVault with a forklift, thanks to the 4-way skids. Finally, you could also install the 4-point lift kit and place the DataVault with a crane.
Knaack lists the DataValut at $6000. It’s hard to find a retailer that’ll just give you the price straight up, but ToolUp does list it for a $5500 on their website.
It’s a near-complete mobile digital hub and resource center — just add your own computer!
If you’re still interested, check out Knaack’s DataVault promotional video.
If this model (118-01) is a little too much for you, Knaack makes a smaller one, model 118-M, that has a smaller monitor (32″) and a few less features and components.