James wrote in, asking about Milwaukee’s 46″ tool storage combo. He wanted to know whether it will go on sale for the holidays, and if it’s the best tool chest and cabinet combo for the money.
Do you think the Milwaukee 46″ chest will go on sale at all for the holidays? Or is $698 about as good as it gets? Also, do you think that’s the best for that price range?
Given past experiences, I think that $700 is the lowest this tool storage combo will go. Milwaukee or Home Depot do tend to raise the price outside of holiday seasons, to $800, but I don’t recall the last time that happened.
$700 is the lowest I’ve ever seen the 46″ combo sell for, or at least I can’t recall any time when it was priced any lower.
Black Friday 2016 Pricing: $698
It’s probably safe to wait to see if it goes on sale. There was greater demand than supply in past years, but I don’t think that will be a problem now. Home Depot’s Black Friday sales flyer shows this combo and the mobile workbench with a “Your Choice $698, while supplies last” price bubble.
Do I think this is the best tool storage combo in its price range? YES.
While perhaps not perfect, it was masterfully designed to offer a fantastic balance of features, quality, and bang for the buck.
How isn’t it perfect? I would like to see user-replaceable drawer slides, and Ben was right in pointing out the caster installation washers are too small. The drawers could be a little beefier, but they’re as good or better than anything else at similar pricing. Oh, and peel the sales stickers carefully!
There’s a Husky 52″ combo for the same price – see my take on it here – and it’s also quite good. One thing I didn’t like was the aluminum corner trim, which had sharp edges at the top chest corners, but my contact at Husky said they were working to improve it.
The Husky seems to have went with similarly designed but less expensive caster wheels, but I’d rather that than a drop in drawer strength or quality.
It’s a tough call.
There’s also a new Craftsman tool storage combo, but it’s a 41″ combo that gives you far less for the same $700.
The 30″ combo, reviewed here, has been heavily promoted for the holidays, at its $450 price point.
What do you guys think – is the 46″ combo a good buy for $700?