Over at ToolStop, a friendly UK tool distributor, this Dewalt 10.8V drill and impact driver combo kit – equivalent to this kit on Amazon – is packaged in a very neat-looking stackable tool case. Available only in the UK, the kit box looks to be a heavy duty cross between Stanley’s 25-compartment organizer (shown on Amazon) and SortMaster Junior (PDF pg 12/20, 201).
The 12V (or rather 10.8V) cordless kit box features two latches at the front, two latches at the sides for connecting stacked units together, a sturdy-looking handle, and clear front lid. Inside the case is a molded insert for separating and protecting the tools and charger, with two compartments for bits and accessories.
Available via ToolStop (UK-only)
I have a strong interest in tool storage, and wish sub-compact power tools were packaged in such cases here in the USA. But they’re not. Most brands now exclusively package their tools in soft cases, probably to save costs and to drop bottom-line prices as low as they can.
So why can’t we buy a cool kit box bundle like that here in the USA? Because people don’t want to be locked in to higher kit prices. This is something I’ve heard from multiple sources. Most customers don’t want such cases, presumably making it cost-prohibitive to offer them to the few that do.
Over in Europe, many power tools are packaged in Systainers or L-Boxxes, but that practice just hasn’t quite caught on here (yet). Bosch does offer L-Boxx bundles for some but not many of their tools, but many users don’t want these bundles – they don’t want higher prices and kit boxes they might not use.
If brands offer 2 SKUs for each cordless kit, many if not most users might still gravitate to the lower-priced one. If they only offer 1 SKU with a premium kit box, users might then gravitate to competitors’ less expensive combos.