We knew that Milwaukee was coming out with a new ball bearing storage combo, which is mentioned in our 2014-2015 new Milwaukee tools outlook, but official details and specs and finally available.
Matt sent in an early morning heads-up:
Stuart, not sure if you’ll be as excited about this as I am but Home Depot has just listed the new Milwaukee Tool Chest on their website. Looks awesome and can’t wait for the release!
Yep, I’m definitely excited, especially after seeing everything that the chest and cabinet offer.
Both the chest and cabinet are 46″ wide and built from heavy duty welded steel.
ETA: May/June 2015
Milwaukee 8-Drawer Ball Bearing Tool Chest (MWTC4616B2OU)
Milwaukee’s new ball bearing chest comes “loaded with features and extras,” and from what we can tell, this isn’t an exaggeration.
The chest offers a 10.5″ top lid area that’s large enough to hold your power tools, 7 storage drawers, and 1 pull-out work surface drawer.
The ball bearing drawers are soft-closing and rated to 100 pounds per drawer. They come with precut drawer liners, and there’s also a top mat. The drawer pulls are full-length and made from black anodized aluminum.
On the inside, there are gas struts for holding the top lid open, built-in pegboard wall for vertical tool storage, and an AC power bar.
On both sides you get large recessed handles, and there’s also a handle on the lid for easier opening and closing.
- 2-drawers 25.8″ W x 15.9″ L x 1.8″ H
- 2-drawers 25.8″ W x 15.9″ L x 2.8″ H
- 2-drawers 13.5″ W x 15.9″ L x 1.8″ H
- 2-drawers 13.5″ W x 15.9″ L x 2.8″ H
The UL-listed 6-outlet power bar can be used for cordless tool battery chargers, corded tools, or AC accessories.
There are two barrel locks – one for locking the top chest, and another for a personal valuables storage drawer. Both work off the same key.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
Milwaukee 8-Drawer Ball Bearing Tool Cabinet (MWTC4616B2OD)
The 8-drawer rolling cabinet also offers some nice goodies.
To start, there are 8 100 lb ball bearing drawers – 1 full-length drawer (~42″), 3 large drawers on the left side, and 4 smaller drawers on the right side.
On the top, there’s a nice-sized extra-thick matted work surface, for users who won’t be attaching the ball bearing chest, and there’s a large pull handle on the right side. It’s unclear as to whether you can swap the handle to the left side.
The cabinet has (4) industrial-grade polypropylene 5″ x 2″ caster wheels (2 swivel, 2 rigid), and a total weight capacity of 1,800 pounds.
Although there’s no picture of it, the bottom right drawer features a removable power tool storage organizer that can fit cordless drills, drivers, impact wrenches, and Milwaukee battery packs.
- 41.7 in. W x 15.9 in. L x 3.9 in. H,
- 25.8″ W x 15.9″ L x 2.8″ H, Top
- 25.8″ W x 15.9″ L x 6″ H, Middle
- 25.8″ W x 15.9″ L x 10.2″ H, Bottom
- 13.5″ W x 15.9″ L x 2.8″ H, Top (2)
- 13.5″ W x 15.9″ L x 7″ H, Middle
- 13.5″ W x 15.9″ L x 10.2″ H, Bottom
There’s a UL-listed 6-outlet power bar on the right side, and tapped mounting holes where you can mount Milwaukee M18 and M12 multi-voltage chargers.
It might be possible to mount other chargers from the same holes, and if not, you should be able to easily mount some kind of DIY attachment board for mounting other brands’ chargers.
Bumpers on the bottom corners help to protect the tool cabinet and environment from dings and scrapes, and the swivel casters feature large paddles for easy foot operation.
There is a barrel lock that locks up the cabinet, and it’s important to note that the keys do NOT match up with top chest locks.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
There’s also now a combo available, for $698. The chest and cabinet separates are sold online and in-store, the combo is only sold online.
Buy Now(Combo via Home Depot)
It wasn’t too long ago that Dewalt entered the ball bearing tool storage market, with the claim that they would “reinvent the product category.” Then, over the holiday season, the prices were slashed twice. At the time I thought this reflected poor sales, but maybe Home Depot wanted to shoo the Dewalt products out to make space for Milwaukee’s.
Milwaukee’s ball bearing chest and cabinet look pretty decent to me. They look very well thought out, and I love the extra thought that went into the designs. Built-in backwall pegboard? Sounds like a great idea! Mounting holes for M18/M12 multi-voltage chargers? I would definitely use them! Built-in outlet power strips in the chest and on the side of the cabinet? Useful accessories if you ask me.
The price points are pretty low – $698 for the combo. That’s very good for a 46″ combo, especially with 100 lb ball bearing drawer slides. Hopefully the construction is up to snuff, but I don’t think Milwaukee would risk entering the ball bearing tool storage market with sub-quality products.
One thing I’m iffy about is the work surface shelf. What I’m hoping is that the shelf part is a removable insert that could restore full storage functionality to the drawer if a shelf isn’t needed. On the other hand, that’s definitely a feature I would use at least some of the time.