Stanley has come out with two new FatMax tool cases that sport heavy duty impact-resistant glass-reinforced polypropylene construction, a rubber-coated top handle, metal latches, removable dividers, and a unique pocketed accordion structure for easy tool organization and access.
There are two versions of the case – a hand-carry case, and a roller case with built-in wheels and telescoping handle.
According to Amazon’s product listings, both cases are made in Israel, which is where Dewalt and Stanley’s best tool storage products are made, such as Dewalt’s ToughSystem tool boxes and TStak cases.
Stanley Tool Case FMST21060
On the outside, the tool box looks like any other hard-shell technician case.
But on the inside, there’s a fold-out tool pallet system with built-in organizer pockets. Stanley calls this an accordion structure, and it does look to be a clever use of space.
Underneath, there’s a flat and clear detachable work surface that lifts out of the way to reveal a divided inner compartment. You also get three removable storage bins.
Other features include rear fold-out legs that help to support the lid upright, and a padlock eye.
Initial Street Price: $89
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Stanley Rolling Tool Case FMST21065
The rolling version of the Stanley Fatmax tool case is similar, but has a cart module built onto the bottom.
The benefit of this way of doing things is that the wheels and handle don’t bulge into the tool storage compartment.
This version features wheels, an upright stabilizer that could double as an auxiliary handle, and a telescoping handle.
Initial Street Price: $144
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It will be interesting to see how well the accordion tool pockets work, and how easy it will be to access tools on the back side. But, as far as technician-style tool cases go, these look quite good.
While the initial street prices look a bit high, they’re quite reasonable when considered in the light of other brands’ hard-shell technician tool cases, which often start at $150.