The Sortimo and Bosch L-Boxx Mini came out a year ago, but it’s still not available in the USA. I recently ordered a Knipex tool from Amazon Germany, and added (4) of these L-Boxx Mini tool boxes to my order.
They’re smallish tool boxes that click together (weakly) and have removable dividers.
These boxes are 6.99 Euros each, around $7.75 USD, and are “add-on” items. Since I was already paying international shipping, I figured I’d give these mini toolboxes a shot.
I have many – very many – Mini Systainers ($27 via Amazon). I bought some from Lee Valley when they had good pricing on the Tanos version, I bought some from Woodcraft when they had a holiday sale, and I bought a bunch from Amazon, some with credit card reward gift cards.
I have 4 of the older style and an unmentionable number of the newer T-Loc style. If you really want to know how many I have, I’ll take a picture one day. For now, let’s just say more than 20 and less than 60.
The Festool Systainers are fantastic products, but very pricey.
In comparison to the Mini Systainers, the L-Boxx Mini boxes seem much more simply designed. But, the L-Boxx Mini has built-in dividers. For Mini Systainers organizer inserts cost extra.
Because of my experiences with a large number of Mini Systainer that connect and separate extremely easily, I am already frustrated by how slow and somewhat insecure-feeling the L-Boxx Minis click together.
However, the construction feels plenty solid. My toddler son tossed around the new L-Boxx Minis all weekend, and they seem to be plenty sturdy. I also like that they’re made of food-safe plastic. Maybe I’ll buy a few extra for use as a snack box.
I truly wish that the L-Boxx Minis were more available in the USA.
The overseas street pricing seems to be a lot higher; 6.99 Euros is definitely on the low side of things. Some vendors are selling them in quantity packs, which helps with the pricing.
And don’t let the red color or Fischer branding throw you off. These are still Sortimo-made L-Boxx Minis. They’re a little different from the Bosch blue ones, and the other solid-color Sortimo ones, but the L-Boxx Mini branding is definitely on the handle. These aren’t knock-offs.
While I don’t care for the red color, I was after the lowest pricing, and that’s what I got.
For around $7.75 each, ignoring for a moment the cost of shipping, I think I got a great deal, especially compared to the $27 for (1) Mini Systainer pricing. Lee Valley has Tanos Systainers for $24.50. That’s still more than 3 L-Boxx Minis for the price of a single Mini Systainer.
I should also mention that the price of the Knipex crimper I ordered, plus the 4 L-Boxx Minis, plus expedited international shipping, cost less than just the crimpers would have been from any USA retailer. I haven’t tried them yet, but they look like they arrived intact.