If you took a look at the new Sears catalog, you might have noticed that Craftsman is rolling out a brand new line of ball bearing tool storage products. The Contour series features a 2-piece 10-drawer 43-inch combo, and a 2-piece 8-drawer 28-inch combo.
Both Countour series chest and roller cabinet combos look to feature a brand new chassis design and all drawers have a 15-3/5″ depth. The deep top lid and side edges are contoured and rounded. Both combos also feature a black wrinkle scratch-resistant powder coat.
Craftsman 43-Inch Contour Power Storage Combo
Both the top chest and bottom cabinet are divided, with drawers on the left and open storage space on the right. The open cabinet section is sized for power tools and features steel pegboard and hooks, with the cabinet section also sporting a handy shelf. A built-in power strip under the hood is convenient for plugging in chargers or corded tools.
The top chest (009-29685) is currently priced at $680, and the bottom cabinet (009-29686) at $700
Craftsman 28-Inch Contour Tool Storage Combo
The 28″ version features a somewhat simpler construction than the contour power combo, with 4 drawers in the top chest and 4 more in the bottom roller cabinet. The price of the top chest (009-29683) is currently $300, and the roller cabinet (009-29684) is $360.
These combos will soon be available for purchase from Sears.
I like the hammertone finish, don’t like anything else about it. It looks cheap – crappy casters, all deep drawers, no options – but it (the big one anyway) is priced out of the budget of most homeowners. The 43in combo is nearly double what last year’s premium stainless 40in combo cost on sale with significantly less usable cubic inches. The same goes for Lowes’ Kobalt and Home Depot’s Husky tool chests: more usable cubes, lower cost. Integrated power strips and charger stations are always gimmicky in my eye. The line clearly isn’t aimed at professionals, and that’s fine, but I can’t imagine many people choosing these new boxes over Craftsman’s other offerings where you get more for your money.
Craftsman’s budget answer to Snap-on’s Epiq Line. If Kobalt hadn’t wasted space in their 52″ Model by putting a mini-fridge in it and had taken the time to paint it they would have had an awesome box.
Crasftsman needs to focus on quality not “next big fad”. Their tools and storage options have really taken a nose dive recently.