Milwaukee has just announced their new MTB2600 26″ Work Box – a tool box – that they say can survive 1000 drops when loaded with 50 lbs of tools.
Milwaukee says that current storage boxes do not have the durability that their users expect on the jobsite, and so they sought out to create something a lot tougher and sturdier that can absorb years of tough use and abuse.
The new tool box, which is made from a proprietary high impact resistant polymer, has reinforced corners, recessed latches, and buttressed hinges that deflect debris and impact hazards to resist damage. It is also weather sealed, as you can tell from the red recessed strip that lines the lid, to protect tools from the elements and debris.
Not only is this one tough tool box on the outside, but it’s nicely configured on the inside as well. Milwaukee designed their new “storage solution” with corner pockets that can securely hold hand tools in upright positions. The corner pockets can also be used to help immobilize cordless drills and drivers that might otherwise bash around during transport.
There are also mounting points in the lid that allow users to hang or secure tools or supplies with ordinary screws. If you go back to the first image, you’ll see a Milwaukee M18 and M12 multi-voltage charger fixed to the inner lid of the tool box in such a manner.
You also get a convenient half-width removable tool tray that can be used to organize smaller items.
A large comfortable-looking overmolded handle means that users can adjust their grip according to how weight is distributed within the tool box.
There are also pass-through side handles on both sides of the tool box that make it easier to retrieve or carry the tool box from different angles.
A groove molded into the lid helps to secure small diameter pipes and other such materials for cutting, and the handle serves double-duty as a hold-down clamp.
The tool box is lockable, via padlock holes at the front of the case.
Model: 48-22-8020, MTB2600
Made in USA
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
This 26″ Jobsite Work Box is said to be the first in a growing line of storage solutions from Milwaukee. Who else is excited to see what comes next?!
While I had been hoping Milwaukee would come out with a line of modular tool boxes to compete with Bosch and Dewalt – and they still might – I am impressed with some of the features they designed into this tool box.
I like that the lid is recessed, which means fewer frustrations when overloading the tool box, but I also love the idea that the lid has mounting points. This means that you can attach whatever you want to the inside of the tool box without compromising its structural integrity or weather resistance. Fasten some plywood to the lid and you could create even more mounting options.
I also like the corner spots for hand tools, which should make it harder for smaller tools and accessories to swim around and get lost among larger hand tools or power tools.
One thing I find curious is that Milwaukee engineers did not take advantage of all of the available space at each end of the tool box. They maybe could have worked in some kind of removable organizer or holder, possibly a closeable compartment large enough for a smartphone, while still leaving enough room around the side handles. Maybe cost was a consideration here.
It looks like these boxes were designed to be used individually, but they might stack nicely together.
Overall, the design looks sound, and I cannot wait to get my hands on one or two.