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68F100
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posted 11-30-2001 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dad wants a rollaway tool chest for christmas. I've been checking them out and there is a broad range as far as price goes. Any suggestions as to what to look for? He does most of his own tinkering and maintenance on vehicles and has a fair amount of tools. They are just kinda all over the place in a bunch of small toolboxes now.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-30-2001 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Craftsman rollaway has held up pretty well for about 25 years now. They still seem to be pretty well made, I always look at them when I'm in the tool section at Sears. Unless your dad is a professional, he doesn't really need ball bearing sliders on the drawers. I have the regular sliders and I'm in mine every day and it's holding out fine, so you can save money there.

SnapOn has nice stuff but they're priced way out of reach.

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68F100
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posted 11-30-2001 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool. I looked at some at a farm supply store here. High price and low quality was my impression. What about size? How big is your Craftsman Steve?

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punk6
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posted 11-30-2001 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for punk6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't looked lately, but last year Home Depot was selling an orange version of a really nice Mac box. Priced around 5 or 6 hundred, and I think the Mac box goes for a grand. And... I think it has fancy-smancy roller bearing drawer slides. Tom

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-03-2001 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 68F100:
Cool. I looked at some at a farm supply store here. High price and low quality was my impression. What about size? How big is your Craftsman Steve?

I'd get a brand name, like Craftsman, Mac, or gasp, Snap-on.

I have a 5 drawer cabinet and a 10 drawer chest, and it's too small. I might pick up one of those side hanging drawer units soon.

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Stewart
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posted 12-04-2001 02:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
They still seem to be pretty well made, I always look at them when I'm in the tool section at Sears. Unless your dad is a professional, he doesn't really need ball bearing sliders on the drawers.

I dunno Steve. I've been wanting one for awhile now, but can't stand the fit and finish of the non-bearing roller cabinets and chests. The lines don't match up and the compound mechanism sure isn't like they used to make.

I keep telling Renee I'm gonna break down and buy one of the non-bearing ones, everytime they go on sale, (like they are now...like the one I checked out today! ) but like she said tonight, she knew I wouldn't like 'em.

Oh well. Maybe next year.

Stewart

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Ken
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posted 12-04-2001 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Theres another real good one made by "Kennedy". Thats all we use in work and they withstand anything and the drawers always work !!!

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 12-10-2001 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a couple of Kennedys I've had for twenty years. Still in great shape!

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posted 12-21-2001 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AKBOSSMAN   Click Here to Email AKBOSSMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Dave Witthoeft:
I've got a couple of Kennedys I've had for twenty years. Still in great shape!


I've also seen those and they worked good. I have my dad's old Snap-on and it is great! I picked up a medium size top box snap-on from a dealer who took it on trade

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punk6
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posted 12-23-2001 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for punk6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another source for roll cabs -- watch the newspaper classifieds. People "give" great stuff away. Most of the time the box is greasy, plastered w/decals, etc., but Snap On/Mac, etc. have quality finishes and are easy to clean up. A couple years ago I bought a Snap On top box (KRA-59?) for $150. Took it home, cleaned it up and treated it to a set of Sears drawer liners (10 bucks or thereabouts). Final touch was a Rain Dance wax job. Took it to my local Snap On guy who gave me $500. Of course, I spent the $$ on more tools. You never have enough tools. Later. Tom

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-23-2001 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd love to find a deal like that. I can never seem to spot them, though. Takes talent, I guess.

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