As you probably already know, Home Depot and their Husky tool brand offer a broad range of tools, workshop supplies, and equipment.
Husky is a ToolGuyd sponsor, and I have been looking through their catalog for ideas on what to review next. Along the way, I came across several products that I would consider to be the ultimate workshop upgrades.
In my experience, Husky tools and accessories are reasonable priced and reliable. They’re a great go-to for a wide range of miscellaneous tool needs, especially when I need something fast.
For example, when I punctured an irrigation line last year and needed to patch it up, I drove to my local Home Depot, picked up a Husky ratcheting PVC cutter and supplies, and got back to make the repair.
Husky also has a Lifetime Warranty on hand tools, from big to small.
But I’m not talking about any of that here. Here, I’m talking about the type of things that made me go “WOW!”
Let’s talk about a couple of ultimate workshop upgrades.
Husky PRO Duty Tool Storage System
The first time I saw this Husky Professional Duty tool storage system mobile workbench, I let out a crude word or two. It looks awesome. This is what my current rolling tool cabinets wish they could grow up to be.
This 72″ 20-drawer mobile workbench can hold up to 220 lbs of tools per drawer, except for the top drawer and all 3 deep bottom drawers, which can each hold up to 400 lbs.
It can support up to 6000 pounds, has a 9-gauge steel base frame, 16-gauge steel body and interior panels, and 18-gauge 304-grade stainless steel work surface.
The 6-inch x 2-inch shock-absorbing casters would work perfectly on my definitely not-leveled floor! I also like that it only has 4 casters, rather than 4 plus 2 in the middle. Tool boxes with casters in the middle tend to be a lot harder to move around when needed, at least in my experience.
It also features a Kwikset SmartKey security locking system.
But wait, there’s more…
It can be expanded with side lockers, a hutch, and top cabinets.
Part of the WOW factor for me is the drawer configuration, which looks perfect for my needs and preferences: longer and deeper drawers on top for socket rails, larger tools, and supplies, shallow drawers for high-efficiency hand tool storage, and deep drawers on the bottom for power tools.
Home Depot and Husky covers the PRO Duty system with a limited lifetime warranty.
This is way more of a tool box than I need, but a guy could dream. Did you know Husky made something like this?!
Like I said – it’s an ultimate workshop upgrade!
While the $3500 price tag seems steep – for just the mobile workbench component – it’s much less heart-stopping than many of the other brands I checked when looking for similarly sized and spec’ed products.
P.S. This is where someone should say in the comments something like “oh, how I wish there were independent reviews on this new Husky PRO Duty tool storage system. If only Home Depot knew of a great tool reviewer who is especially passionate about tool storage products!” Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Update: Save on the PRO-Duty Mobile Workbench for a Limited Time
After drafting this post, I learned that Home Depot has a special buy on the black Husky PRO-duty mobile workbench.
As part of Home Depot’s holiday season pricing, the mobile workbench – in black – is $2998 right now, reflecting $500 in savings.
Many of the black-finish add-ons and attachments are also at promotional pricing.
Husky 80 Gallon Dual Stage Air Compressor
There is a huge jump in capabilities between portable air compressors and stationary shop compressors.
Home Depot’s Husky 80-gallon 2-stage 175 PSI air compressor is on my wishlist, for when I’m finally ready to make the upgrade.
From the recommended applications chart, it can power everything from nailers to automotive air tools.
This is a 5HP 230V model, with 22A power draw, which is typical for air compressors of this size.
It can deliver 15.1 SCFM at 90 PSI, which sounds great to me. I’ve been wanting to get an air cooler for machining applications, and it “only” requires a minimum of 8 SCFM, which is well beyond the capabilities of every portable air compressor I have ever looked at.
Keep in mind that an air compressor like this is a commitment, as it needs a bit of space and usually requires a dedicated circuit. This is the type of air compressor you connect to wall or ceiling-mounted airline tubing, rigid piping, or hose reels for shop-wide access to its abundance of compressed air power. One day!!
Husky 290pc Mechanics Tool Set in EVA Trays
While not quite as dreamy an upgrade as a heavy-duty 20-drawer mobile workbench, or an air compressor that can handle any air tool or accessory needs I might ever have, I am excited that Husky expanded their line of tool tray-equipped mechanics tool sets.
They now have a larger 290pc set that appears to be particularly drawer-friendly.
I can hear some of you saying that you can do the same with foam sheets and the like. True, but it won’t be as clean-looking as this, and not with clear size markings.
Here are all of the EVA foam-tray tool sets they have right now, and I’m hoping to see even more!
Question: I am a HUGE fan of foam tray and modular tool sets, hence my excitement for these. How do you like to store your mechanics tools? One or more portable tool boxes, trays in tool chest or roller cabinet drawers, or loose in drawers with different storage accessories?
More Husky Welded Garage Storage!!
Husky has a very nice system of welded garage cabinet and storage system. I have a couple of the wood-topped workbench-height base cabinets, and have been wishing for more.
I have a trio of Husky welded steel garage cabinet test samples from an earlier partnership, and they’ve been fantastic for helping me get things organized. I plan to add two more cabinets to help me transform a corner storage pit into a more productive area of my workshop.
The 5-drawer cabinet is a very good option, and I find myself especially fond of Husky’s 2-door and 2-door plus 1-drawer cabinets. This surprised me, as I tend to very strongly prefer drawers over doors for tool, parts, and equipment storage.
These are the Husky heavy-duty welded cabinets, and they also have regular-duty cabinets at lower price points.
Now is a good time to buy; Home Depot has “special buy” pricing right now, and periodically throughout the year, which puts less hurt on your wallet.