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Best wheeled tool cart/chest #4553180
10/24/17 02:03 PM
10/24/17 02:03 PM
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Vienna, VA
TinyVoices Offline OP
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I will be moving to VA here next week, and I will not longer have a garage to work on my cars in. I would like to get a tool cart/chest with a handle so i can wheel it out of my new basement door and around to the driveway to work on things. There are so many options from $100 to thousands. Id like to be somewhere in the $200-$350 range.

I would like one with lots of drawers for storage but also open space on bottom and opening lit up top for sockets.

Would need to hold:
-2 sets of metric and standard sockets (deep and standard)
-6 rachets
-some hammers
-about a dozen screwdrivers
-about 10 pairs of pliers
-cordless drill and impact
-misc electrical stuff and small specialty tools

Space in the bottom would be for stuff like rags, batteries and chargers for electric tools, saws and other bug stuff, etc.

What brands do people own and like?

This is an example of what I am looking for:



1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553185
10/24/17 02:08 PM
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TinyVoices Offline OP
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The Harbor Freight one (I believe the pictured one in my first post) seems to have good reviews. Anyone here have one?

This one from Harbor Freight


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553206
10/24/17 02:34 PM
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The red HF one has a cult following. The black HF one might be big enough for the tools you described, and it's only $100. It's a big leap in price to Homak, which is $400+

Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553228
10/24/17 02:48 PM
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Just my .02 but i personally and if i were in your shoes would buy the harbor freight one.


2002 saab 9-5 2.3t wagon
2014 dodge grand caravan
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553237
10/24/17 02:55 PM
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TinyVoices Offline OP
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I think I am leaning towards the HF one, but just wanted to have some other opinions. The other option is a Sunex one like this: Sunex Tool Cart but it doesn't look any better to be honest for the additional cost.


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553305
10/24/17 03:51 PM
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I have the HF red one-love it. Well built and works great. A few friends also have them and think they are great also.

Dave

Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553347
10/24/17 04:30 PM
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That Sunex cart has swivels on all four wheels -- you may or may not want that.

Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553348
10/24/17 04:31 PM
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another vote for the HF cart - I used to have one at my old job for the preventative maintenance people to use. It stood up to the worst of the worst employees and abuse with minimal repairs (riveting the hinges back on mostly). It's overloaded with tools and cleaning supplies and still keeps rolling on like a champ. The only major complaint I have is that the lid support arms are riveted and eventually wear to the point where they can bend backwards when you close the lid, ripping the hinges in the back.

To clarify, this was at a Chuck E Cheese - I guarantee you the dirtballs I had working for me are way harder on tools and equipment than anyone that actually gives a [censored].

Last edited by HorseThief; 10/24/17 04:31 PM.

I saw a brown dog
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553367
10/24/17 04:54 PM
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Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553371
10/24/17 04:58 PM
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That red HF cart is AWESOM. I have 2 of them and the quality is very good. I have also have the cheaper black and it's ok but not as strong as the red one and missing a few nice touches.

Get the red HF - you will be satisfied.

Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553384
10/24/17 05:14 PM
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Can't edit my other post - shoot looks like they now have pistons on the top. I must've had a really old style, because it had the folding supports like the black tool box. Bonus!


I saw a brown dog
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553390
10/24/17 05:24 PM
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In its price range the red Harbor Freight cart is excellent. I have two coworkers that use them as professional technicians. I bought one for my dad to use as his tool storage in a home garage. They all seem to be pleased with them.

Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553484
10/24/17 06:46 PM
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Last UK annual inspection I had done, now over a decade ago, the garage used these



Not so available here, and they have brake-on-grid wheels which are less suitable.

Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: TinyVoices] #4553551
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Originally Posted By: Ducked
Last UK annual inspection I had done, now over a decade ago, the garage used these


Asian women? Why? Is there something special they can do to inspect vehicles?

Last edited by HorseThief; 10/24/17 07:47 PM.

I saw a brown dog
Re: Best wheeled tool cart/chest [Re: HorseThief] #4553784
10/25/17 04:21 AM
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Originally Posted By: HorseThief
Originally Posted By: Ducked
Last UK annual inspection I had done, now over a decade ago, the garage used these


Asian women? Why? Is there something special they can do to inspect vehicles?


Small hands. Refresh the parts other peers cannot reach.

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