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Old 09-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #321
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Which craftsman? If its the on with the handle locks, go for it. The handle locks is the best thing ever, draws stay locked unless you pull on the handle.
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Anyone here using a US General tool chest and care to give a quick review?

I'm looking into one vs an equivalent craftsman one. They're about the same price but the quality of the craftsman ones have really dropped over the past few years
Yup. Have the big red (wide not tall) one at the shop. I also have the little black roller one with the flip open top. That one is cool for working on cars, not constatnly walking back and forth to the tool bench.

I like it, but it depends on what one you get. The nice one has the nice rollers, the crappy ones have what i call friction drawers. Seems like they have no rollers on them.

I'd recommend.
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Which craftsman? If its the on with the handle locks, go for it. The handle locks is the best thing ever, draws stay locked unless you pull on the handle.
I have a tool chest that I had to disable the drawer locks and it was annoying. The top set of drawers would only opne if the top lid was opened fully, but since the thing is already 5' tall, I didn't have the room to clear the shelf above it.
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I have a tool chest that I had to disable the drawer locks and it was annoying. The top set of drawers would only opne if the top lid was opened fully, but since the thing is already 5' tall, I didn't have the room to clear the shelf above it.
Almost all tool boxes lock when the top hatch is closed. I'm talking about the ones where all the drawers are locked closed, but when you pull on the handle the handle rotates up slightly and unlocks the drawer.
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Here's the craftsman:

Craftsman 9-Drawer Ball-Bearing Griplatch Tool Chest Combo $220 + Free In-Store Pick Up - Sears Deals, Coupons and Promos

It seems like it uses thinner metal and less rollers than their higher quality units.

Also, I think I'd have more quantity of shallow drawers than the 4 piece bottom unit. That wide harbor freight one review on the front page is what I'm leaning toward now.

http://www.harborfreight.com/roller-...ity-68784.html

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http://www.harborfreight.com/26-in-8...est-67831.html
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I did get a bunch of crap from the guys in the shop when i rolled the HF unit in. But once they saw it, and noticed the quality wasn't all that bad they quickly changed their opinion. For the price, it's good.
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I did get a bunch of crap from the guys in the shop when i rolled the HF unit in. But once they saw it, and noticed the quality wasn't all that bad they quickly changed their opinion. For the price, it's good.
thanks for the review sir. Snap On tool boxes seem like a status symbol to me. But I guess if it's something you use daily in a career it's worth the investment. But HF FTW for the diy garage weekend warrior.
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Almost all tool boxes lock when the top hatch is closed. I'm talking about the ones where all the drawers are locked closed, but when you pull on the handle the handle rotates up slightly and unlocks the drawer.
and im saying that's awesome.
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thanks for the review sir. Snap On tool boxes seem like a status symbol to me. But I guess if it's something you use daily in a career it's worth the investment. But HF FTW for the diy garage weekend warrior.
Even though it is my career, I refuse to spend that kind of money on something thats just sits in one spot all day. A basic roll away from Matco that is similar to my Craftman box is starting at almost 4K and then adding a few options......

I paid $460 for the Craftsman. 43" wide ball bearing drawers with griplatch. I just wish it was a little deeper is all, but I think I will just add a side cabinet to it later.

There is a guy at work with a HF box and it looks solid to me and does the job its intended to do. I say go for it and I doubt you would regret it.



I have a few HF items that have been great for me and are all at least 3+ years old:

Orange foldable 1 ton shop crane
Orange engine stand 1000lb
Orange 12 ton shop press. Jack failed after 2 years, but just bought a replacement at Orielly.
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There was a fellow many years ago who worked as a mechanic in my heavy machinery dealership who had a very unique toolbox. He was an extraordinary mechanic but a bit eccentric. His primary toolbox was an old wire shopping cart from a grocery store. It had little hooks welded all the way around it from which he hung wrenches and sockets from 6-100mm+. He had pressure gauges and phototachs, o-ring picks and screwdrivers in that thing. It was something to behold.
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I recently picked up the 44" bottom roller and am very happy with it. I liked it so much, I went back and got the 7 drawer side cabinet. I didn't attach it to the roller. I bought their small wood dolly and it fits the bottom of the side cabinet perfectly once the carpet is removed.
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Looks like Harbor Freight is finally selling nitrile gloves that are durable

WIN
9 Mil Nitrile Gloves Powder-Free X-Large 50 Pc

9 mil Nitrile Gloves Powder-Free X-Large 50 Pc

I was strolling around a new HF that just opened up close to work and found these in the nitrile glove section. I opened up a pack at the store to examine them before purchasing, and ended up taking a box home. These are MUCH stronger than the crap HF gloves I bought previously and so far are working very well.
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I've been getting their 7mm ones actually. Not bomb proof, but 100x better than the regular crap.

I bet those 9mm are bomb proof. Must get some
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I've used a pair. They are very strong, very thick, and VERY hot. Don't expect to wear them more than a few minutes without dripping in sweat.
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yeah yeah whatever
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5/5 super win

http://www.harborfreight.com/ball-jo...cles-4065.html



I used it today to R&R upper ball joints on a GMC 3500, extended bed, extended cab, diesel, dually. Worked flawlessly, at both removing and installing the ball-joints. You can even pre-install the grease-fittings, and then press them in, thanks to the pass-through holes in the adapters . I made $75 in my pocket via flat-rate for the job. The set costs $70. Worth every single penny.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:27 AM   #338
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POINT 7
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Well actually it is point zero zero 7 (0.007") and point zero zero 9 (0.009") because a 'mil' is equal to 0.001".
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Well actually it is point zero zero 7 (0.007") and point zero zero 9 (0.009") because a 'mil' is equal to 0.001".
I know a mil is .001 (it drives me crazy when people confuse them)

but he said mm (and I didn't re-read your original post)


so I guess I should have said:

POINT 18
PONIT 23
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Just to be a total dork, I used my HF digital calipers and measured the glove thickness at the fingers. It is indeed .009" as advertised.
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