Tool Boxes - Choosing the Right One

Here is a scenario for you: You are working with your tools on a daily basis, and lately you notice that it has become more and more of a chore to cart your tools around. This is because you do not own a tool box. You know that you need to purchase one, but there are so many tool boxes on the market nowadays, it makes you feel confused. Well, we have some good news. Before making your tool box purchase, please review some important things to consider before you spend you money:

Tool boxes are generally made out of stainless steel aluminum or heavy duty plastic. What material your tool box is made of depends on your personal preference.

All tool boxes are portable in some way or another. Depending on what type of tools you are storing in your tool box, you may not want to carry it due to its heaviness. No one wants to strain his or her back carrying tools! In this case, you may want to purchase a tool box cart to move your tool box around easily.

Some tool boxes can be locked, but double check that you don’t have to supply your own key and lock. Some tool boxes come with keys and locks, while others do not.

Some tool boxes have rust-resistant latches. These are nice to have, as they allow the tool box to easily open at all times - even after it has been wet.

Many tool boxes have removable trays for small tools or parts. Instead of carrying the entire tool box to a work site, you can simply carry the tray your most-needed tools are in. This makes work easier. For example, Stanley Tools makes a Condor Line Model #19213 which features a drill bit organizer. This model also has four removable cups in which you can store hardware such as bolts, screws, or nuts.

Keep in mind that tool boxes range in price, depending on the features of the box. For example, a small plastic tool box can cost as little as $10. However, the more features you want and the more tools you plan to store, the more you will pay.

Tool boxes can be purchased at your local hardware stores such as Sears, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Harbor Freight. If you would rather shop on the Internet for tool boxes, check out these web sites: and

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Timothy Anderson specializes in tools and equipment topics. For more articles by Timothy, visit