Makita has come out with a new modular tool storage system!
Makita MakPac tool boxes essentially look like older-style Tanos and Festool Systainers, but with a few rounded edges. In the past Makita has bundled rebranded Tanos original-style Systainers, and other Systainer-like tool boxes with certain tool kits (mainly in Europe), but it seems they wanted to change things up and create another new modular tool box system.
The new MakPac tool boxes are available in Europe in 4 different sizes.
A few years back, Tanos and Festool came out with new T-Loc Systainers that are significantly more user friendly than their original Systainers. Instead of 2-locking latches or 4-connecting latches, the new T-Loc Systainers feature a single rotating latch that is a lot quicker and easier to use.
With this in mind, I cannot help but wonder what Makita’s engineers must have been thinking when they designed these tool cases.
Festool T-Loc Systainers are convenient and quick to use. Bosch L-Boxxes are also great, but more affordable. Dewalt ToughSystem cases are incredibly tough and sturdy, and reasonably affordable. Dewalt TStak tool boxes are not as good as L-Boxxes, Systainers, or ToughSystem cases, but they’re good and very affordable.
These Makita MakPac tool boxes are… well, I’m not quite sure what to make of them. There do not seem to be any special features or qualities that help them stand out.
Makita MakPac tool boxes are priced lower than original Tanos and Festool Systainers, but they look to be based on the older less convenient 4-latch design that can be slow and frustrating to work with.
I have purchased Systainers, L-Boxxes, and ToughSystem cases, but cannot see any advantages in Makita’s new MakPac tool boxes. Am I missing something?
Additionally, there are few inserts available, and no optional accessories such as attachable front-side handles or dollies.
The only reason I could think of buying these cases is if you own a large selection of Makita tools and teal Systainers (or Makita’s past Systainer look-alikes) and don’t want to buy stacking-compatible T-Loc Systainers for additional storage needs.
Right now it looks like Makita MakPac storage products are only available in Europe. Makita-branded Systainers never made it to the USA, at least to my knowledge, and it seems improbable that these will ever make it to the USA.
Makita has brought some very innovative products to market these past few months, such as the XSH01 18V X2 2-battery circular saw and a new teeny tiny impact driver, but I just don’t see much appeal in their new MakPac products. If Makita was to slash MakPac tool box prices by 25%, then my feelings would be completely different. But given their pricing and MakPac cases are based off original Systainer designs that were retired for good reasons, I find the new products rather uninspiring.