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Old 03-02-2004, 11:46 AM   #1
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Question Decent, inexpensive tool cabinets?

I'm going to be doing some renovations in my workshop, and I'm looking for some reasonable quality--but cheap--base cabinets for tool storage.

Here is a pic from Griots which is really what I want, but they get between $950 and $2200 each for those cabinets. For the sake of arguement, I understand that these may be worth every penny and may be superb quality.

Basically, I'm looking for the Harbor Freight version (but they don't sell them, I checked). I already have a rollaway tool box, what I need is something I can put a workbench top across.

Any ideas? sources?

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Old 03-02-2004, 12:19 PM   #2
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Forget it man........seriously. Those cabinets are made by several companies and they are all deadly expensive. Snap-on, Mac, Facom, Waterloo, Stanley Vidmar, Equipto, Kennedy and Lista all make cabinets. Seach for these brand names on google and you will probably see they aren't much cheaper. Griots is a great source, but overpriced. In this case, I doubt you could find a better deal considering their huge base expense.

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Old 03-02-2004, 12:28 PM   #3
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I actually used some regular kitchen cabinets I found on clearance at lowes. They dont roll around and look as fancy as the griots stuff but they hold tools and cost about 200.
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Old 03-02-2004, 07:40 PM   #4
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Well - for the home mechanic, I have found the Sears craftsman ones to be pretty decent - their really basic ones are junk, but if you get the "better-friction" ones, (they are the red ones with the dark grey drawers with a silver handle) they are just fine - I have the rollaway, a 3 drawer 18" deep intermediate, and a 10 drawer, 14" deep (I think it's 14 - it's the narrow one) top cabinet. The real basic ones (all red with black handles) are really flimsy, plus they use an external bar for the lock (annoying) The ball bearing ones are really nice, but expensive, and not worth the expense for a home mechanic imho. Most parts of the sears line I have are in the 150-250 range per.
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Old 03-04-2004, 08:20 PM   #5
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Whatever you get, get ball-bearing slides. Ball-bearing slides will probably last you your lifetime, plus, they can hold a lot of weight and still open and close smoothly. Ball-bearings are worth the money. I just purchased two Kobalt boxes for $335 and these are suitable for any shade tree mechanic. Made by Waterloo which makes Craftsman among many others. Found Kobalt and Craftsman's models that I were looking at to be identical, but the Kobalt's were $100 cheaper for both boxes.



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