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Anyone out there own a large Craftsman toolbox? Opinions needed

I'm finally going to pick up a large rolling craftsman toolbox for the garage. Just wondering what you guys thought of them. Do you like the ones with ball bearings, quiet glide, or just standard? Anything special to look for in them? Any features you wished you would have gotten? Thanks.

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whatever you decide to go with get the one with bearings, so much nicer especially after you load the drawer with tools

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I have the biggest baddest one they make, because I'm a pimp like that. Only thing I didn't like was that the top hood wasn't greased enough or stuck for some reason, so when I closed it I couldn't open it because the locking latches weren't releasing. I had to break into it and now I just leave it open. But is it worth another 7 SVs to go with a Crap On or Matco? Probably not.

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But is it worth another 7 SVs to go with a Crap On or Matco? Probably not.
Yeah I don't need anything overkill and I have $450 in gift certificates for sears.

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Yeah I don't need anything overkill and I have $450 in gift certificates for sears.
Yeah I had some type of deal that led me to Sears too. I'm not unhappy I got it either. The top box is at my house and the bottom I use here at the shop.

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The new craftsman tool boxes are terrible quality and overpriced imo. The griplatch drawers are so cheap and I certianlly wouldn't get the quiet glide. The drawers move way to much side to side. You can also press down on the draweres and open them at the same time to simulate weight in the drawers. Not smooth at all. I have always bought craftsman boxes but I won't anymore

I really like the green masterforce boxes from menards. They are the same price as craftsman and feel 100x sturdier. Montezuma boxes also get good reviews online but I've never seen one in person.

A real baller would pick up a used Snap-on on craiglist. I'll bet used Snap-on boxes are super common in Cali

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I got a "cheap" craftsman model, it works, but wish I had dropped the coin for a bigger one.
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Harbor Frieght was compairing large boxes with Snap-On in some ads .They are selling for $299-599.
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I've got a small roller that I never use.
it's much more convenient to have all my tools in a smaller tote/toolbox that I can take with when I go riding.
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I've got a small roller that I never use.
it's much more convenient to have all my tools in a smaller tote/toolbox that I can take with when I go riding.
This is precisely why I have the huge roller box. I can just use the guy's tools that brought them instead.

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Home depot will make some decent deals on the husky. I have been happy with mine. Definitly better than the craftsman I had before

Definitely go with bearings, youll regret it later otherwise
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Harbor Frieght was compairing large boxes with Snap-On in some ads .They are selling for $299-599.
Then use the gift cert's for tools.
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Then use the gift cert's for tools.
Thats what I would do. Most of the craftsman tools are still a good value and thats all I really buy there now. Except for their new ratchets...also teh suck. But their new boxes are just terrible IMO

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Sell gift certificates. When I was looking at boxes about 1 1/2 years ago, the harbor freights were pretty craptastic. Get some HD coupons and grab a husky floor model - they took like another 25% off.
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I bought a craftsman ball-bearing model about 10 years ago. Still works like new. I would recommend them but I have also not looked at the newer ones. I find it hard to believe they got worse in quality though.

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Sell gift certificates. When I was looking at boxes about 1 1/2 years ago, the harbor freights were pretty craptastic. Get some HD coupons and grab a husky floor model - they took like another 25% off.
I use a HB tool cart in the shop without any problems . Its a lot of bang for the buck . Lots of good reviews for the large box's on some forums.

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I got the middle of the road craftsman (non-ball bearing) as a gift a few years back and while they work, they are nowhere as nice as the ball-bearing ones. But, you will pay a premium for them.

I would check out the Costco stainless steel ones and the Cobalt SS line as well from Lowes.
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I've got a Craftsman with a bottom/top box that stands about 60" tall. I got it about 14 years ago as a coming home present from being out at sea. It has the ball bearing guides and I haven't had any issues with it at all. Like Wingit though, I haven't looked at the new ones.

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Mine have been fine for many years..... A bottom, ,middle and top box with ball bearing slides.


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So sounds like Ball bearing are the way to go. good info guys I appreciate it.

How about between the 26" or 40" wide boxes? Any preferences?

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if you buy a new craftsman be careful, the less expensive ball bearing models are made of steel so thin, if the box is dropped (while still in the cardboard box) it wont be square, i got one for my dads bday and when i got it out of the box the lid didnt line up, had to return it and look at 3 still in the box to find a straight one
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So sounds like Ball bearing are the way to go. good info guys I appreciate it.

How about between the 26" or 40" wide boxes? Any preferences?
the bigger the better, if you have the space
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Sears/Craftsman doesn't make their own boxes, they hire them out.

Craftsman has been switching to cheaper and cheaper manufacturers the past few years, I've been very disappointed with many of their newer stuff.

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the bigger the better, if you have the space
This statement can be applied to a lot of things .

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I've got a small roller that I never use.
it's much more convenient to have all my tools in a smaller tote/toolbox that I can take with when I go riding.
Thats how I roll.

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Those Snap on guys make ridiculous money on those boxes.

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Those Snap on guys make ridiculous money on those boxes.
Right...

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I've got a three box Craftsman that's about 10 years old. Just the standard glides, nothing special. They work like new. I suppose that ball bearings are the shit but my boxes were a gift and hold tools like they're supposed to.

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