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Buying a Tool Storage Unit

If you have a large tool collection, keeping it organized can be a difficult task. Tool boxes and tool storage units not only tidy up your workshop, but they also can maximize your entire workspace. There are many units ideal for storing tools both at home or on the road. Before choosing the right one for your tools, here are some key features and factors to consider.

Why buy a new tool storage unit?

Small tools and components can easily become scattered and misplaced. Different storage units can help you organize tools efficiently so they don't get lost or damaged.

If you're a contractor or outdoor handyman, storage boxes or bags allow you to bring all types of tools on the go. Some tool bags, boxes and chests are designed to be light enough to haul from jobsite to jobsite with plenty of useful tools.

A workshop can get messy in a hurry. Whether it's a large tool chest or a small box, a new storage device can keep your workstation in order and your tools easily accessible.


Features of new tool storage units

Specialty storage

  • Removable tool box trays can hold small components or lift out to create extra space
  • Slide-out drawers and trays keep small tools and pieces in full view
  • Some tool boxes and chests have areas to hang long-handled tools
  • Tool bag pouches keep small components or hand tools accessible and organized Removable tool box trays can hold small components or lift out to create extra space
  • Slide-out drawers and trays keep small tools and pieces in full view
  • Some tool boxes and chests have areas to hang long-handled tools
  • Tool bag pouches keep small components or hand tools accessible and organized

 

Features of Tool Storage

Convenient features

  • Power latches enable you to close and open boxes with one hand
  • Rubber grip feet keep boxes from moving on the job
  • Steel-constructed tool chests and boxes provide the best protection
  • Plastic tool boxes are light weight and offer solid protection
  • Bottom rollaway tool chests have wheels for convenient movement

 

 

 

 

Convenient Features

Types of tool storage units

Portable tool boxes

A portable tool box allows you to take your collection on the road or around the house with ease.

 

  • Price range: $10-$670
  • Number of drawers: 0-4
  • Width: 15-35 inches
  • Depth: 5-20 inches
  • Weight: 1-23 pounds

 

Portable Tool Box

Portable tool boxes are best for…

A novice handyperson: A tool box is perfect for small tool collections or novices who don't have an elaborate workshop. If you eventually upgrade to a tool chest, the portable tool box can come in handy for on-the-go tasks.

 

Small homes and apartments: If you live in a small home or apartment, it might not have space for a large workshop. A portable tool box is perfect when your repair needs and space are limited.

Those on a budget: Advanced storage devices can cost hundreds of dollars or more. Many portable tool boxes are available at affordable prices and can still store many types of tools.

 

 

 

 

 


Tool Bags

A tool bag keeps small tools tucked away for minor, on-the-go projects.

 

  • Price range: $10-$60
  • Designs: Handbags, backpacks and rolling bags
  • Number of pockets: 0-15
  • Width: 10-20 inches

 

 

Tool Bags

Tool bags are best for…

Small hand tools: If you need a place to store anything from screwdrivers to pliers, a tool bag is perfectly equipped to hold most types of small tools and components.

 

Minor on-the-go projects: You might only need small tools for a minor project. Instead of hauling a large tool box or top chest, use a durable but space-saving tool bag on the road.


Tool Chests

A bottom, medium or top tool chest offers a durable and safe storage area for your most important tools.

 

  • Price: $90-$1,800
  • Number of drawers: 4-10
  • Width: 15-75 inches
  • Depth: 10-30 inches

 

 

Top Tool Chest

Tool chests are best for…

Professionals: This type of storage unit features multiple drawers so you can effectively organize all types of tools and components. Each model is sturdy yet compact enough to haul in your work truck or SUV.

 

Medium tools: A bottom, top or medium chest is typically larger than a portable tool box, meaning it's able to hold both small and medium-size tools.

 


Combination tool chests

A combination tool chest is more spacious than a top chest, allowing easier access to an entire tool collection.

 

  • Price range: $140-$3,300
  • Number of drawers: 5-25
  • Width range: 24 to 44 inches
  • Depth range: 12 to 24.5 inches

 

Combo Tool Chest

Combination tool chests are best for…

Large tools and tool sets: Combination chests are perfectly designed for complete tool sets or large power tools. Some models feature more than 20 drawers to handle all types of devices and components.

 

Professional-grade workshops: It's important to have a tidy workshop. If you have a large workspace, this type of storage unit can effectively keep your tools in order.

 


Bottom Line

Tools are valuable assets that should be protected at all times. Whether it's a tool box or chest, there are many ways to keep your tools safe and organized. If you're unsure which one best suits your needs, look around your workstation. If you have just a few tools, a small tool bag or box should work. However, for large workshops and major tool sets, consider a large top or combination tool chest.