A Beginners Guide To Buying The Best Tool box
Consumers that are curious or interested in buying a new toolbox, toolkit or tool bag knows how difficult a decision it can be. Given the variety of sizes, materials, pockets, drawers and prices for toolboxes, no wonder it is so difficult making an informed decision.
In choosing a new toolbox, there are steps one should follow in coming up with the right decision. In choosing the right type of toolbox, one needs to consider the uses, the number of tools that are expected to placed into it, the construction of it and will be used primarily indoors or outdoors. So before buying, consider the steps below:
1. Choose the Correct Type of Tool box
It may seem obvious at first, but with the variety of toolboxes on the market, it’s important to choose the correct type. Think about how and where you will be using the toolbox and if it will be carried or stationary. Also consider if it will be used indoors or outdoors. Here are the general types of toolboxes on the market to determine which one fits your needs:
– Basic Metal Tool box
The basic metal toolbox is the simplest and most popular toolbox. Both rugged, well-built and functional, most brands and types will last a lifetime.
– The Large Rolling Tool Box
The large rolling toolbox is truly the workhorse of the group. Larger, and usually made of metal, this is the toolbox usually seen and used in mechanics and automotive shops. Serious tool owners with many shapes and sizes of tools should seriously consider a long-lasting large rolling toolbox.
A fairly recent addition to the world of toolboxes is the pre-filled toolkit. These small toolboxes are usually not bought for the actual toolbox, but for the tools inside. And because the tools inside can vary a great deal, both in brand, type and price, it’s much more important to review what is contained in each.
– Soft-sided or Cloth Tool Bags
The final type of toolkit is the soft-sided or cloth travel toolkit or bag. These toolkits are often called several different things as they actually are several different things. Often, as in the case of toolkits above, the main reason for purchase is not necessarily the toolkit as much as the comfort of the handle and the number of available slots and pockets on the toolbag.
2. Choose The Right Size of Tool Box
Most people have tools spread all over the house, office or shop. Before choosing the correct type of tool box, it’s important to discover how many tools you actually have. After collecting them all, one might be surprised that a small inexpensive plastic toolbox would not be large enough to hold all of the tools. Additionally, are most of the tools small and delicate? Or are they large and heavy? Size and weight will matter on choosing the right size toolbox. And given the number of tools, a larger size is an often better choice.
Have you ever had to dig through a packed “junk drawer” to find a tube of glue, screwdriver or key? More than likely, the drawer is packed as there is more stuff in it than what the drawer was designed to hold. Don’t make the same mistake with choosing the right size of toolbox. In this case, buying a larger than expected toolbox is probably best.
3. Set a Budget for Buying a Tool Box
Inexpensive, middle range and higher cost toolboxes are all available for purchase. Before shopping for a toolbox, set a maximum budget for what you should spend. By setting a budget before we start shopping for an item, we actually are following the idea behind a toolbox; organizing and treating our tools with respect. So before looking at toolboxes for sale, set a monetary budget for your budget – you’ll be glad you did.
4. Consider the Purpose & Use of the Tool Box
Before buying your toolbox, toolkit or tool bag, consider the purpose and what you are going to use it for. Is it being purchased simply to organize all of the tools into one central location? Or is it being purchased to put tools in to take with you to jobs or on work locations?
Consideration of the purpose of the toolbox is probably the most important step in buying a toolbox. Tools are expensive and important. Most jobs cannot be performed without them. Discovering why you need to buy a toolbox is a critical step in which toolbox you should eventually buy.
5. The Right Brand of Tool Box
Toolbox brands are important to some people, though not others. In many cases, the brand of toolbox is also a maker of tools. This is especially true when looking at a toolkit with tools already placed into the toolbox. In that case, the brand maker of the tools created a set of tools they thought would be useful for a particular consumer and created a prepackaged toolkit.
Many consumers may also associate “inexpensive”, “cheap” or “well-built” into the toolbox by way of the brand that makes it. Caution is advised here as the brand on the box may not be reflective of the tools they may or may not make. One brand of tools could make a great tool but a very bad toolbox. The same could also be true the other way around. So when researching toolbox brands, keep in mind it may not be the same quality or price as the tools they may make.
In conclusion, choose a tool box that is the correct type, size and one that fits your budget. Though following your budget, try and not skimp on the size or cost as toolboxes are not items that we buy everyday. Many toolboxes are passed on from generation to generation. So be mindful of the decision of which toolbox to buy.