There are several tools, small handheld machinery and parts of different types, shapes, and sizes that any DIY home builder, hobbyist, craftsman, or professional contractor might need. But one of the most annoying things about owning these tools is finding a space to store them, especially those miscellaneous odds and ends that are prone to get easily lost.
Carrying your tools in your backpack sometimes isn’t feasible in certain situations. Throwing all of them into an ordinary cardboard box or toolbox may present considerable organizing and accessibility challenges. Sometimes, you spend much of your time rummaging through your tools that are in complete disarray, which is something that impedes your productivity at work.
While size is a primary concern, it isn’t the only factor that matters when looking for storage. Using the wrong storage for your tools can cause major problems further down the road, especially if you are frequently working on different projects.
Toolboxes and tool chests will enable you to store and arrange your precious gear more confidently. It’s because you know where you have exactly put your tools, and where you can have access to them more easily when the need arises. Some storage options won’t cause your gear to twist, crack or buckle, and keep moisture out even when they’re caught in the rain.
Guide to buying storage for power tools
Happily, the process of choosing storage can be as fun as buying the tools themselves. These toolboxes and tool chests are available in different sizes, forms and construction that will meet your specific needs and preferences.
The following are the best tool storage options that can safely accommodate your power tools, solve your organizing dilemmas, and help you in accomplishing tasks more efficiently:
True to its name, DeWalt DWST17806 Deep Box indeed is far from a small and shallow toolbox. It measures 17.6″ long, 11.75″ wide, and 11.7″ high. This deep, durable, and rugged toolbox can accommodate up to 44 pounds of your most essential tools – both corded and cordless – as well as accessories. The DeWalt DWST17806 Deep Box provides ample storage and organizing flexibility as it features a removable tray and offers different storage combinations. The latches and hinges are durable and rust-resistant for added durability.
If you need a durable and watertight toolbox to keep your valuable gear secure, the Stanley 28-Inch Structural Foam Toolbox may be right up your alley. This is one of the few waterproof toolboxes that also happens to be one of the most thoughtfully designed models out there. It offers plenty of room for two or three basic handheld tools (both corded and cordless) depending on the arrangement. While this toolbox can get pretty heavy, it can keep water away from your tools – even if it gets drenched in the rain or gets splashed in the puddle by a passing car or bus.
Like many other toolboxes, the Bostitch BTST19802 Rolling Toolbox features individual boxes that are stacked on top of each other, and are transported by a wheeled cart. The top box can be removed and used as a standalone toolbox for those days when you do not have to carry the entire unit. When combined, you will get a total of 70 lbs capacity of useable space in which you can fit everything – even an electric chainsaw!
This three-in-one toolbox unit is made of durable materials that can keep your tools safe even against strong impact, and protect them from dust and moisture. The lower toolbox cart features a handle that can be extended and wheels that can work on any terrain. The middle and top box offers additional storage for more tools and accessories.
Tool chests and cabinets
When your collection of tools has become too many to fit in a small toolbox, it’s time to upgrade your storage with excellent tool chests and cabinets. This product from Milwaukee can easily fit the bill! It can hold up to 100 lbs of your essential tools and equipment. It features ball-bearing slides and a built-in push handle for more comfortable transport, and the “soft-close” function lets you close the drawers smoothly and quietly. The sturdiness and durability of this rolling cabinet cannot be compromised as it was constructed with 20-gauge steel for protecting your tools for a long time.
Measuring 20” deep, 28” wide and 34.5” high (with the wheels, 28.75” without the wheels), this product from Ultra Heavy Duty has the appearance of a classic cabinet but is specifically made to store and organize your tools and supplies more efficiently. It has a simple locking mechanism (lock and key) and comes with a set of five-inch wheels with two locking casters that allows you to turn your cabinet mobile or stationary. This heavy-duty, locker-style cabinet slides on ball bearing and can hold up to 109 lbs of your essential work gear such woodworking tools and yard work tools.
If you are an all-around handyman, there comes a time that you need to diversify your storage options. This handsome wall-mounted cabinet from Xsource is the perfect option, especially if you do a lot of drilling and boring (no, not that boring) work. The Xcsource Drill Changing Station provides smart, ample and multi-function space for putting your tools and parts.
The most prominent feature of this storage is the five slots which allow you to hang both corded and cordless drills after use, and easy access to them when the need arises. The storage also features wire troughs for installing a multi-socket power extension, which allows you to facilitate the connection of the power to your corded power tools.
This product comes in separate components, which require you to assemble it. But don’t worry – it is incredibly easy to do it!
It is almost the same as Xcsource’s Drill Changing Station – slots for hanging power drills, a top shelf, and a slot for the electric cord for installing the multi-socket power extension. The only difference is that this storage has an actual drawer that stores and protects your tools and accessories from dust, moisture, and rust.
Like Xcsource’s drawer-less counterpart, the Xsource Garage Organizer Drill Changing Station comes in separate, easy-to-assemble components.