Remember the Makita MakPac tool boxes that we wrote about a few months ago? They’re soon launching in the USA.
As with other brands’ offerings, the new Makita tool boxes can be connected and stacked together for easy transport and storage. There are several sizes which look like they can fit anything from small cordless tools to multi-tool combo kits.
The new Makita interlocking tool cases are now available for preorder on Amazon, giving us a glimpse as to the size availability and pricing structure.
(Prices are accurate as of the time of this posting, and might change once the tool boxes start shipping.)
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When it comes to modular interlocking tool boxes, there are a couple of excellent options already available.
Bosch L-Boxxes are our favorites for general storage, Dewalt Tstak cases are great when there are strong budget constraints, Dewalt Tough System cases are best for rough and tough environments, and Festool Systainers are our overall favorites for tidier workshop storage.
Comparisons: Best Modular Tool Storage, L-Boxxes vs. Tough System Cases
When we previewed the Makita MakPac tool boxes, we noted that they strongly resembled the older style of Tanos and Festool Systainers. Festool and Tanos had changed over the T-Loc latch system for both closure and interlocking purposes, and we have found the new system to be vastly superior.
My impression of the Makita MakPack tool boxes hasn’t changed in the ~4 months since I first learned about them. Maybe my thoughts will change if/when I ever see them in person, but given what I have seen thus far, I cannot think of any reason to buy these Makita tool boxes over any other brands’.
I ordinarily don’t like saying something like that, but I am also hoping that someone steps forward and points out a great selling point that I might be missing. Otherwise, what’s special about these tool boxes? If Festool T-Loc Systainers, Bosch L-Boxxes, Dewalt Tough System cases, and Dewalt Tstak cases weren’t available, I would definitely find the Makita tool boxes much more appealing.
But as it looks now, I can only see these as simply teal-colored interlocking tool boxes overshadowed by competing products. I’m really hoping this isn’t the case, and that there are strengths to the MakPac product line that just aren’t obvious yet.
Makita’s sell sheets describe these cases as having an innovative modular design, but to me they just look derivative and underwhelming. Makita’s engineers have proven themselves to be quite talented, but I really wish they would have squeezed some more innovation and originality into their first real line of modular tool boxes.