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#4531671 - 10/01/17 11:09 PM leaving tool drawers open wears them out?
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4717
Loc: Houston, Texas
I worked with a guy that was adamant that if you left the drawers on a tool box open that it wears out the sliding rails. This sounds ridiculous imo unless it happens to be a heavy drawer. I like to leave them open, so I can easily remember and see which drawer I pulled the tool out of and put it back quicker.
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#4531677 - 10/01/17 11:24 PM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
There are several good reasons to close tool drawers, particularly in a busy shop where passer-by can get "hooked". Leave open too many and the entire box or cabinet can fall forward.

Personally, when I was a kid I was always instructed by the old timers that its an important practice and I am glad I listened.

If its his tool box and you are borrowing his tools then its pretty disrespectful to not follow his request and if its your tool box then you have no excuse to not memorize which drawer every single one of your tools belongs.

Sorry but no sympathy here.
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#4531692 - 10/01/17 11:50 PM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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i agree i just don't see how leaving them open would wear out the tracks.
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#4531694 - 10/01/17 11:53 PM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
raytseng Offline


Registered: 12/11/08
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Loc: CA
i buy it. the rails are exposed to the environment more so they will collect dust and get gunked up more than if the tray were closed.

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#4531695 - 10/01/17 11:55 PM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
CELICA_XX Offline


Registered: 11/28/08
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Loc: Oklahoma
None of my thin drawers are subjected to excessive weight, so I don't mind either way.

But if it was someone else, I'd respect his wishes.
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#4531702 - 10/02/17 12:04 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
ArcticDriver Offline


Registered: 01/27/17
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Nothing worse than drawers which no longer have a smooth slide operation.
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#4531730 - 10/02/17 01:14 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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There is usually a sign on the box saying not to leave draws open. Can't remember which draw and where your tools in that draw are ? Blindfold me, and I'll open any draw and select any tool you ask for.
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#4531760 - 10/02/17 04:56 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Leaving heavy drawers open strains the slides. On cheaper toolboxes it doesn't take much.
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#4531792 - 10/02/17 06:13 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41412
Loc: New Jersey
I can see other reasons to close them. I can see how a heavy static load could bend/sag, possibly even gouge the drawers in time. Cant see how a static drawer could wear out bearings/slides.

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#4531808 - 10/02/17 06:44 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: JHZR2]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 4888
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
ArcticDriver said, "Nothing worse than drawers which no longer have a smooth slide operation."

There's PLENTY worse than that. Colon cancer, no-start conditions, your cat being hit by a car, bad breath, ripped upholstery, wasted food, people hypnotized into being consumers, sloth, air pollution, terrorism, colonialism, hanging snots when you're on a date ......I could go on.

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#4531823 - 10/02/17 07:06 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: Silk]
cb_13 Offline


Registered: 07/24/11
Posts: 897
Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By: Silk
There is usually a sign on the box saying not to leave draws open. Can't remember which draw and where your tools in that draw are ? Blindfold me, and I'll open any draw and select any tool you ask for.


Must be nice. I should have bought a bigger tool box years ago so now I have deep drawers that are stacked to the top with tools. Those use once a year items are near impossible to find in my box.

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#4531826 - 10/02/17 07:08 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29389
Loc: NY
Common sense tells me to close them. Wear, drooping, damage to the slides, risk of injury from banging into them, the list goes on. I see no point in leaving them open for long periods of time.
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#4531893 - 10/02/17 09:32 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Schmoe Offline


Registered: 05/12/03
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Loc: Oklahoma
If they are weighted down, I'd shut them. Over time, those rails would bend and they wouldn't slide as smooth.
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#4531916 - 10/02/17 09:50 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
tmorris1 Offline


Registered: 07/15/03
Posts: 2312
Loc: MN
Agree you have weight cantilevered out from the slides which would definitely put more force on the slides.

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#4531942 - 10/02/17 10:32 AM Re: leaving tool drawers open wears them out? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 20909
Loc: Orlando, FL
What about lubricating the bearings ?

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