Makita has brought more of their MakPac modular tool boxes, organizers, and a cart to the USA.
Makita MakPac launched more than 8 years ago, in mid-2014, with the products strongly resembling first-generation Tanos and Festool Systainers, but with some distinctions.
These newly available Makita MakPac products appear to be teal-colored Festool Systainer products, which was not true for other MakPac tool boxes.
Tanos and Festool currently offer third generation Systainer tool boxes and accessories. They switched from the original quad-latch system to T-Loc back in 2011.
Here are all the new Makita MakPac SKUs that have popped up at retailers:
- Rolling cart – $94 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- Small tool box – $49 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- Deep tool box – $59 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- Cantilever tool box – $89 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- 4-drawer Sortainer organizer – $150 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- 5-drawer Sortainer organizer – $177 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- 6-drawer Sortainer organizer – $159 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
- 12-drawer Sortainer organizer – $168 (Buy it at Acme Tools)
The design is dated, but the pricing is appealing.
Festool’s 6- and 12-drawer Sortainers are $185 and $199, respectively, compared to Makita’s pricing of $159 and $168.
Festool products are often excluded from retail promotions, but the same isn’t true for most Makita SKUs, which means you might find better pricing on occasion.
Systainer tool boxes are not as durable as Dewalt ToughSystem or Milwaukee Packout products, but they’re smaller and usually more portable.
Original Systainer, Sortainer, and MakPac tool boxes and storage products have a somewhat clunky latching system compared to more modern designs. Two latches close a case, and four connect one case on top of another. In contrast, modern T-Loc Systainers have a single rotating latch.
Still, these MakPac products might make for decent standalone tool boxes or portable organizers.
The tool totes and cantilever tool box connect together via just two side latches.
The rolling cart seems to be nicely price for legacy Systainer users, assuming it’s perfectly compatible (why wouldn’t it be?).
The cantilever tool box is priced at $89 before any discounts, which is just slightly less than the Festool version when I reviewed it 9 years ago. At the time of this posting, the Festool cantilever tool box is $109 (buy it at Tool Nut).
At least $20 less for what looks to be an identical product, but in Makita-teal? It seems like there should be a catch, but if so I can’t find it.
That all said, I would not hesitate to buy any of these if they suited my needs – and they would, if I had not already purchased the Festool/Tanos equivalents.