I wish my next tool storage combo had electronic locks, so that I could lock and unlock it without needing a key.
Oh – just like this new Milwaukee premium model!
I don’t remember the size, and cannot find it in my notes. I believe this is a 52″ or 56″ tool box – something like that. It’s huge.
Last year, when the Milwaukee premium tool storage lineup was first announced, I mentioned wanting an electronic lock. Well, by “mentioned,” I adamantly urged for it. I don’t like messing around with keys, but as my preschool-aged kids get older, there’s going to be a real need for me to be able to keep certain tool drawers locked.
Having a small digital keypad would be wonderful. I know Lista offers this as an add-on (and I mentioned that too), but at big pricing.
At the event, I asked about whether these locks will be available for retrofitting Milwaukee’s 46″ premium tool storage boxes, but they didn’t have an immediate answer for me. I’ll ask again.
Update: Nope, the locks cannot be retrofitted to other Milwaukee storage products.
This is something I’d love to add to some of my office workspace tool drawers as well. I’m still in the process of making all my drawers, let alone designing a locking system for my wood cabinets, but it’s on my mind.
I really love Milwaukee’s tool storage products, especially these premium boxes, and am really hoping that they can make these electronic locks as an optional accessory.
I believe that it *should* be possible, with minimal modification to the tool box, if anything.
If or when I am ready to buy any new tool storage, I would really want it to have electronic locks, pretty much like the one shown on the new Milwaukee ball bearing storage combo.
What features do you want your next tool box to have?
Tool brands are trying all sorts of new things these days. Vertical “drawers,” speakers, pegboard, socket trays, and so forth.
Some ideas have caught on, such as covered or locking laptop trays, gas struts for supporting top lids, and power strips with USB outlets. Other ideas don’t seem to be very popular, but can serve niche needs. A few years ago, Kobalt built a refrigerator into one of their tool boxes!
Other Features I’d Like to See
- LED lighting, at least built into the underside of the lid
- Universal inductive cordless power tool battery charger (there are obstacles, but it’s doable, plus Bosch has a system, and Ryobi has been experimenting)
- Spring-suspended or leveling casters (only available on super-premium models)
- Swivel casters on both ends (at least as an option, since 2 fixed and 2 swivel work better in certain scenarios)
- Adjustable drawer retention (Proto premium boxes have this)