Many individuals start out with small tool kits that provide storage for a few essential tools. Over time, it's easy to begin collecting more tools, which may mean you need a larger tool box. When you're ready to purchase a new tool chest, you'll quickly find that your choices are nearly endless. Instead of blindly choosing a toolbox, it's important to keep a few tips in mind to ensure you choose the right option for your needs. The following are some essential considerations for choosing your new tool storage box.
1 – Consider Storage Capacity
The storage capacity of a tool box should be considered carefully before making a purchase. It's essential to choose a box large enough to accommodate the tools you already have. But remember that you'll probably continue to fill your toolbox over time, so you may want to purchase something that gives you room to grow. If you only have a few tools, a tool chest that is easily carried by hand may be the perfect choice. On the other hand, if you have hundreds of tools, you may need a large, heavy-duty storage solution that is set on wheels for easy moving. Before making your purchase, consider the total capacity of the product to make sure you have plenty of room for the tools you need to store.
2 – Friction vs. Ball Bearing Drawer Slides
When you begin comparing different toolboxes, you'll find that those with drawers come with either friction or ball bearing drawer slides. The option you choose will depend on your specific needs and your budget. Friction drawer slides are cheaper and may work fine for a box that is rarely used. They may also work fine if you're storing lightweight tools. Although ball bearing drawer slides cost a bit more, many people prefer them because they offer better stability, they slide better and they usually last long as well. For a tool chest that is being used regularly, the ball bearing drawer slides are usually the better investment.
3 – Gauge of Steel
You'll also want to consider the gauge of steel used to construct the toolbox when making your choice. Some smaller toolboxes may be made out of lightweight steel and may include some plastic parts. Larger toolboxes designed to hold more weight are generally made of higher gauge steel. If you have a large selection of tools to store, going with a higher gauge of steel will provide you with a heavier duty toolbox. Higher gauges of steel can also provide better durability, which is important if you want a tool storage box that will last for years.
4 – Quality of Casters
Smaller tool boxes may not have casters on them, but heavier boxes are designed with casters to make the chest easy to move. If you are purchasing a tool chest with casters, you must consider their quality when making your decision. High quality casters make the box easier to roll, allow the box to roll smoothly without making a lot of noise. Strong casters must be able to support the weight they are bearing, so look for tough, high quality casters on a rolling toolbox.
5 – Additional Accessories Included
Make sure you consider the additional toolbox accessories included before choosing the right one for your needs. Some of the common accessories that come with top quality chests include drawer liners, drawer guards, protective covers and top mats. Certain toolbox accessories can help prolong the life of your tools and others help to extend the life of the toolbox as well. Spending a bit more for helpful accessories can be worth the extra investment.
6 – Color Scheme and Toolbox Design
Finally, the color scheme and toolbox design are important selection criteria when choosing a tool box. Although red is a very popular color, it's not the only color available to you. Choose a favorite color or even a color scheme that goes with your surrounding workspace. The design of the chest is important as well. Consider the overall layout, the way the drawers positioned and ensure the design works well with your specific needs.