Black Friday 2022 is almost here, and this is going to be a great time to buy into a tool box system at a discount.
Home Depot and Lowe’s have many competing tool box deals right now. Here, we’re going to focus on the medium-price-point deals from Ryobi, Ridgid, and Kobalt.
To start off, Home Depot has the Ryobi Link 3pc tool box combo stack for $149. It comes with a rolling tool box, a large tool box, and an open tote.
I looked it over briefly, and it seemed… alright.
You can buy the Ryobi Link system components separately, or as a 3pc tool box combo.
Home Depot also has the new Ridgid Pro Gear 2.0 tool box system.
I bought a couple of the next-gen Ridgid tool boxes in order to test them by Black Friday. I don’t have a review up yet, but I’ve seen enough to be able to say this is my favorite tool box deal of the season.
You get the rolling tool box for $70, the large tool box for $40, or the smaller tool box for $30. You can buy all 3 for just $140, compared to the $180 I spent in August and September when I tracked down all 3 pieces at separate stores.
Basically, if you get all 3 pieces, it’s like you’re buying the rolling tool box and large middle tool box and getting the small tool box for free. But with this year’s promo, everything is discounted by a bit, which is nice.
I LOVE the Ridgid Gen 2 rolling tool box, where the rolling hand cart part is completely detachable!
What’s completely surprising is that you can get the Ridgid Pro Gear 2.0 tool box combo for $139.91, while the Ryobi system is $149.
I feel that the Ridgid tool box combo is much better than what the Ryobi Link special offers – and it’s less expensive too!
If you want a more comparable tool box combo from Ryobi link, it’s $209.91 at the time of this posting, which is more than the Ridgid Pro Gear combo at full price!
You can buy all of the Ridgid components via Home Depot’s website, even with free shipping! The Ryobi Link system looks to be an online-only special.
I would buy the Ridgid Gen 2 tool boxes. The first generation were a great value, and the newest Pro Gear tool boxes offer additional features, while also being backwards compatible.
My local store put out a display of the new Ridgid 2.0 compact organizer this week.
It’s a bit pricey, but felt solid and versatile. I picked up a pair for review.
My only niggle is that the handle is optimized for connection to other Ridgid modular tool box products, and so it’s not as comfortable to carry as standalone organizers which have full-size handles.
At the time of this posting, the Ridgid Gen 2 compact organizer is $25, and only available in stores.
I finally found the Kobalt CaseStack tool boxes at my local Lowe’s store!
I pulled a Kobalt CaseStack out of the bay to check out its features. While everything seems pretty standard, there was nothing special.
Ryobi’s Link system can be mounted to their special hex-cleat wall panels. Ridgid’s new tool boxes come with wall-mountable hooks.
The Kobalt CaseStack tool boxes seemed okay, but I wasn’t very impressed for the money. Why choose Lowe’s Kobalt tool box system over other brands?
This is combo is $199 at the moment, and will be $159 for Black Friday 2022 as per Lowe’s latest sales ad.
I only pulled one Kobalt tool box stack out for inspection, nd found a broken wheel.
I would say that this doesn’t leave me with much confidence for the brand’s quality, but it can happen to any brand. Maybe the box fell off the truck? Maybe the entire stack fell off racking?
Which Would I Buy?
Ridgid Pro Gear 2.0.
Why should anyone spend more for Ryobi Link? Why should anyone spend more for Kobalt CaseStack? The Ridgid tool boxes feel as sturdy as their predecessors.
I won’t be hanging the Ridgid system on my wall, but I suppose it’s good to have that option. The rolling tool box is the star of the show for me, since you can remove its dolly for easier transport or storage.
If you’re in the market for a new value-priced modular tool box system, try to check them out at your local store. Connect a couple of tool boxes together, roll it around the aisle, and test how easy it is to latch or disconnect tool boxes from each other.
The Ridgid Pro Gear 2.0 system is NOT my favorite – I’m more a fan of Milwaukee Packout and even Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0, but it’s a great system at a good value.
Surprisingly, the Ridgid set up is also the Least expensive of all three, at just under $140 for the 3pc combo, vs. $149 for Ryobi Link, or $159 for the Kobalt CaseStack system (starting on Thanksgiving).
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