Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 120
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WarrenMI Heavy but spacious
This review is for the Husky 3 drawer portable tool box.
One of the issues with having both a basement workshop and an attached garage is that everytime you want a tool in one place, it seems to be in the other. My 'main' tool chest is a Vulcan roll-around in the basement; it's much too large to fit into our 2 car garage and leave room for the cars. However, I need to have some tools available in the garage to save the constant running up and down of the basement stairs. I've put up a large sheet of pegboard on a garage wall and mounted wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. on the pegboard. The failure point of that is when I actually need the wrenches, etc., in the back yard for working on one project or another or on the far side of the house. The pegboard isn't portable. In addition my sockets and ratchets in the garage are in the manufacturers orginal cases and not all together, making it difficult to bring a complete set of tools to the worksite.
Thus my purchase of the Husky 3 drawer tool box. While it won't replace the roll-around box in the basement, it does offer considerable storage for hand tools.
The box has a lid attached by a piano type hinge and secures via two clasps and a lockable latch.
Since the box is quite heavy (even when empty it's not light, add in a bunch of tools and it becomes a trudge to lift) I would recommend putting a lock on the latch. Not so much for security, but rather to act as a backstop should one of the clasps break or come undone in the middle of transporting the box.
The lid has a non-removable tray (actually if you want to remove the tray to regain the space it takes up in the top compartment you could drill out the rivets that hold it in). The tray swivels up with the lid as it raises and automatically swivels down when the lid is closed.
The tray is 18 3/4 long x 4 1/2" wide x 1 5/8" deep. With the lid closed there is (approximately, YMMV) 2 3/8" open space.
I put a 1/2" ratchet, a 3/8" ratchet, a 1/4" ratchet, three universal swivels, a 1/2" breaker bar, a 3/8" breaker bar, and a few drive extensions of various sizes all in the drawer with room to spare. (SEE PHOTO).
Top storage area dimensions: 20.0 in. Wide x 8.5 in. Deep x 2.2 in. High; drawer dimensions: 17.8 in. Wide x 7.2 in. Deep x 2.0 in. High according to Husky and that pretty much tallies with my measurements. (I think the drawers are just a tad under 2.0 in. High - and you have to allow some space for drawer liners).
In the top compartment, under and around the where the tray sits when the lid closes, I've put a set of 1/2" metric sockets, a set of 1/2" SAE sockets, a set of 3/8" sockets, a set of 3/8" Torx drivers, a set of 1/4" SAE sockets, a set of 1/4" metric sockets, and five 1/4" deep well sockets all on socket retainer bars. (SEE PHOTO).
All of this goes in without issue and the three drawers are still empty.
The drawers have bearing slide supports. However the steel in the tool box is not of the thickest and I've found it good practice to open and close the drawers using one hand on each end of the drawer pull. One hand can easily slide the drawers in and out, but sometimes they want to come or go on an angle. The drawers are removable and instructions on that are included in the manual that comes with the tool box.
I should note that the drawers DO lock when the lid is closed, but that the drawers have to be ALL OF THE WAY IN to be locked. There is an easily felt 'detent' when opening/closing the drawers; if the drawers have not been closed past the detent point they will not lock when the lid is closed. This can be handy if the tool box isn't being transported - you can have the lid closed to keep insects, leaves, etc. from entering or have your wallet locked away in the top and still have access to the drawers. During transport, however, it is important to have the drawers in their fully closed position to prevent accidental spillage.
The metal handle is riveted into the lid at four points and seems quite substantial. It had better be - this is one heavy box when filled with tools. The drawers are rated at 25 pounds of support each so it would be no trick to have this thing weigh in a hundred pounds including the weight of the box. Weight capacity of the tools alone is 90 pounds, according to Husky.
I picked my Husky tool box up at the local H/D and it was in the OEM box. Inside I found it to be well packaged, the box was surrounded by a plastic bag and each end and the top were protected by packaging material. It was quite snug and required some effort to release the unit from the box. There were no mars, bends, scratches, etc. on the tool box. I did find that one of the drawers was slightly balky to operate. I resolved that issue by pulling quite firmly and quickly on the drawer and then closing it with some force; after a couple of opening/closings the drawer is as smooth as can be.
It has the usual 90 'returnable' guarantee from Home Depot and a 2 year warranty from Husky.
The tool box, unsuprisingly, does not come with drawer liners and I would recommend obtaining a set; not only do liners reduce scratching of tools and the box interior they also dampen some of the noise. During transport, however, I wouldn't recommend banking on the liner material to hold the tools in place. My experience has been that the tools tend to slide around.
I'm pleased by the quality and the fit and finish of the tool box, but I was a bit startled at the weight of the box when empty; the thickness of the steel doesn't seem in line with the weight. The drawers are fairly smooth to open and close; they don't compare, of course, to a full sized roll-around tool chest in smoothness of operation but they are more than acceptable for a transportable box.
After loading in wrenches and screwdrivers and such in the tool box drawers I finally have my 'portable essential' tools together in one place in the garage. Portability is relative, however; I won't have to make multiple trips back to the garage or the basement to get the correct tool but the single trip will entail carrying a much heavier weight than grabbing a couple of wrenches and sockets and tossing in a 5 gallon bucket for transport.
If you're looking for a lightweight tool box solution you may want to consider your options; if you're looking for a well built, substantial tool box that can handle a considerable load the Husky 3 drawer tool box may be hard to beat at the price point.
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jlee Great product
This tool chest is very well made. Your not going to find anything else with this much quality in this price range.
September 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Deedy great toolbox
very durable tool box and easy to move around nice color
September 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Tool box
It's well made. I don't carry it around, it stays in the closet holding all my tools, so can't really speak to its durability. But so far it works for me.
June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Tool case
Keeps a fair amount of small tools organized in an apartment space.
June 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Skip An excellent product and exactly what I wanted and needed (Stanley did not have a comparable one available; this Husky is outstanding, bearings, etc.
Ready to go right out of box.......I prefer Stanley over the years but have used Husky products many times. When choosing any tool box arrangement, the drawers MUST HAVE BEARINGS and NOT SLIDES. This Husky model had just what I needed.
June 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vinnman Wish i bought two. These are nice for the money.
I put all three socket sets 1/4,3/8,1/2 with exts. and three open end sets and still had room for impact sockets,great.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dumfounded cheaper at the store
I bought this online because they stated "NOT SOLD IN STORES" went to pick mine up(two weeks later) and low and behold, there they are sitting in the middle of the main isle. and clearance priced less than what I ordered it for, returned it and bought it from the store(have to return) but still wasted 2 weeks.
Always CHECK STORE FIRST (they have no clue what they are doing!!!!!!)
May 24, 2016