Pelican is well known for their protective tool cases, which are typically used to transport and store delicate or valuable equipment. They also make a versatile and configurable mobile tool chest, the 1460Tool.
The 0450 mobile tool chest, shown above with drawers, is quite possibly the toughest and most durable mobile tool storage products ever made.
This tool box was not designed for DIYers, weekend warriors, tradesmen, or industrial users in mind, it was designed for the U.S. Armed Forces, and so it should be able to endure any extreme conditions or regular abuse you or I could ever expose it to.
- Heavy duty hinges
- Automatic pressure equalization valves
- 2-way handles
- Wide wheel base for greater mobility
- Highly configurable with removable drawers or elastic strap pallets
- Double-throw latches
- Trolley handle and field-serviceable wheel system
- Extra-wide 2-inch polyurethane wheels
- Top lid compartment and work area with removable tray
- Locking holes
The 0450 is available in two configurations – without drawers, and with (7) drawers – (6) shallow, (1) deep.
Each case can be configured with up to (4) 2″ deep drawers, or (8) 1″ shallow drawers, or any of several possible combinations. Horizontal and vertical tool pallets can be swapped in for the shallow drawers. A 4″ drawer is also available.
Drawers are 20″ long x 10.5″ wide.
It is important to note that the drawers are ideally designed to be lined with foam custom-cut for your tools. Pelican or other companies can do this for you – for a fee – or you can buy and cut your own foam (such as from Cascade Tool & Foam). If you plan to change the tools stored in the toolbox, the elastic band pallets might be a more suitable option.
Alternatively, you might be able to get a Cocoon Grid-It Organizer ($21 via Amazon) to work with drawers, but only if you direly need both horizontal and vertical elastic straps. Tool rolls will also work to help keep tools stable and safe in drawers during transport without the need for foam.
The lid was designed to stop at 180° when open, and has been tested to support up to 50 lbs, making it convenient as a work surface.
0450 with (7) drawers: $500
0450 without drawers: $450-470
Tool Pallets: $25-28
You can also buy the Pelican 0450 fully loaded with an Armstrong general mechanics tool kit for close to $2800 (via Amazon).