Snap-On KRL7023CPBO, 19 Drawer Triple Bank Roller Cabinet
This monster is so big it should come with an engine and a steering wheel. It has a 6,800 pound capacity. I’d hate to think what it would be like to move when fully loaded. The 72-7/8-inch cabinet has 19 drawers, with the widest measuring 50 inches wide. It’s big enough that you can use the top as a workbench… that is, if you don’t put a top chest on it. While I really think this is a bit overdone for the average home workshop, if you want the best, this one would have to be it. Being Snap-On, you know it’s built to last.
Craftsman 13628, 40 Inch Wide 14 Drawer Roller Cabinet
For those that don’t want the high cost of the Snap-On tool chest, Sears Craftsman line has some really nice roll around chests, like this 14 drawer unit that’s 40 inches wide. It has two stacks of drawers, one that’s wider than another, giving a nice assortment of drawer sizes for dividing up your tools however you want. It even has a couple of deep drawers, which will work well for smaller hand-held power tools. Craftsman has developed a great drawer latching system, which they call “Griplatch.” To pull any drawer open requires lifting lightly up on the drawer pull to release it. That way, drawers don’t come open by themselves.
Kobalt TRXK11426, 43 Inch 11 Drawer Steel Tool Cabinet
Kobalt is Lowe’s (the home improvement center) answer to Craftsman. This line has been created to compete head to head with them, as an equivalent. While it is an excellent quality line of tools, the debate continues as to whether or not they are Craftsman’s equal. I think I’ll stay out of the debate. This cabinet is a touch wider than the craftsman one, with 11 drawers as opposed to the 14 on the other unit. But the real difference is that the Craftsman unit is rated at 70 pounds per drawer, while this one is rated at 50 pounds per drawer. Please don’t take that as a statement against this tool chest, as it is still an excellent product, with lots of room to store your tools.
I have to admit that when I saw this roll-around tool chest, I fell in love with it. I’ve always liked wood tool boxes, but this is the only wood roller cabinet I’ve ever seen. The only reason it isn’t higher up on the list, is that it really isn’t what most people need.
Machinists and fine woodworkers both use wood tool chests, rather than metal, in order to protect the sharp edges of their tools. A steel tool chest might nick a blade edge, causing the owner to have to resharpen it. That wasted time can be avoided by using a wood tool box. They are also excellent for storing instrumentation, such as dial calipers, micrometers and other measurement devices. With felt-lined drawers to protect the tools.
Other than being made of oak, rather than steel, this cabinet is essentially the same as any other roller cabinet. The 11 drawers are mounted on ball-bearing slides for smooth operation. Six of them are half-width, intended for storing smaller tools. A locking wood panel covers the drawer fronts when the tool chest is not in use, and hangs on the back of the box when access is needed to the tools.
Kennedy is famous amongst machinists for quality tool chests. In fact, for those that don’t use a wood tool chest, Kennedy is the number one chose. This 7 drawer unit is the “classic” style for a tool chest, with one single bank of drawers. While they also produce dual bank units, like some of the others on this list, I decided we needed at least one single bank tool chest on this list. If you want quality that will last, it’s hard to beat a Kennedy tool chest. As a machinists tool chest, the drawers are lined to prevent damage to sharp tools and bits. All 7 drawers have an internal automatic locking system, so that you can close them even after the cabinet is locked. All the drawers are snap-in, with ball-bearing slides.
Snap-On KECN843A0PBO, EPIQ Triple Bank 15 Drawer 84” Wide Top Chest
Okay, so maybe an 84-inch wide top chest is a little big for most peoples purposes and maybe it is a bit expensive for their pockets, but this has to be the best top box around. At 84 inches wide, with 15 drawers, this one has more storage space than just about anything else youre going to find. Being Snap-On, you can be sure that its built to last. With this tool chest, your tools will be well protected, accessible and well organized. Just dont try to pick it up and carry it around.
Craftsman 113620, 26 Inch Heavy-Duty, Ball Bearing Top Chest
Craftsman may not make the huge monsters that Snap-On does, but for the money, they make some really great tool chests. The six drawers on this one have an amazing 75 pound load rating apiece. They are ball-bearing mounted on the slides, to make them open smoothly, even when loaded. The lid opens with gas struts to support it. Its locking as well, to protect your tools. Everything about this toolboxs design says quality, and quality that will last.
Kobolt TRXK712D, 28.69 Inch Steel 7 Drawer Tool Chest
Lowes came out with their Kobolt line of tools to compete with the Craftsman brand, and they do quite well. This is a quality tool line, with a comparable guarantee to the Craftsman one. This box is a touch wider than the Craftsman I mentioned, with 7 drawers. However, most of the drawers are deeper, as the top drawer space actually holds three narrow drawers. The drawers are also mounted on ball-bearing slides and come with liners to protect your tools. Each drawer is rated at 50 pounds, except the top row of small drawers, which are rated at a total of 50 pounds for the three. A removable tray fits in the upper compartment of the box, to store oft-used tools for quick access.
If youre wanting a big top chest, but dont want to pay the high price of the Snap-On one, take a look at this one from Homak. Its a 41 inch wide box, with two banks of drawers; one wider and one narrower. The drawer slides are all ball-bearing and are replaceable if needed. Drawer liners are included, as well as a mat for the top storage area. Labels are provided for the drawers, to make it easier to remember where you put things.
For those on a tight budget, Excel makes a roomy tool chest for a much lower price. At 26 inches wide, with five drawers, youll have plenty of room for lots of tools. The drawers are mounted on ball-bearing slides for smooth operation. Inset side handles allow it to be carried. An internal locking bar provides security when you are away.