If you have tools, you need somewhere to put them. Something that's spacious, protected, and preferably something parallelepiped. A box-like device, if you want. For your tools. What would you call it?
You can download a toolbox on almost any hardware or department store, but they are not all created equal. We have chosen the best models from full metal niches to plastic to the center of rolling mills, all of which are good values and highly recommended. Check them out below.
Best Metal Toolbox: Craftsman 3-Boxes Metal-Bearable ($ 126)
For the classic smart nails, you can not do better than this dual barrier model from Craftsman. The primary compartment holds all your major tools and parts, while three sliding metal washers can handle hand tools and loose widgets.
This special model is 20 inches wide and each is full-rolled steel which fills this case the board will mean somewhere between 35 and 55 pounds tools – lifting with legs, people. But if you are looking for a toolbox that is at least technically portable and likely to survive a nearby nuclear detonation, then this is the case. Craftsmen make similar models in larger and smaller sizes, with and without dedicated boxes.
Best Plastic Toolbox: Stack-On PR-23 ($ 24)
Plastic tool boxes can not match the steel can, but they are generally reliable for hand tools and loose parts and much easier to wrap around. This 23-inch Stack-On model is spacious, with a large primary compartment and a handy removable compartment that is built into the top for your most used tools.
I especially like how it contains bite holders on both sides. And the toolbox is cheap enough to get two or three for the cost of a steel version, enough to keep the tools with different applications easier organized. Note the metal clamps of the lid: something that is not often seen at this price point.
Best Soft Toolbox: Dewalt 18 inch Pro Contractor Toolbag ($ 55)
A soft side toolbox is essentially a heavy bag. It's not for everyone, but those who prefer to keep hand tools close on, though, as their favorites get dedicated external slots. This Dewalt version has no less than 28 outer pockets in different sizes, which means your most used products are never far away. Deep bucket pockets are good for things like tape measures and flashlights, and a zipper can be loaded with nails or screws for a large project that needs constant position adjustments.
A shoulder strap makes you wearing a fully loaded bag much easier than it could otherwise be. Full ballistic nylon construction means you will not change through the sideways, as long as you are careful not to put exposed leaves in the inner pockets. Larger and smaller options are available with the same basic design.
Best Rolling Toolbox: Crafstman Rolling Workshop ($ 80)
For those who need maximum storage and portability without going on a full mechanical chest, this Craftsman design is a good mid range. The "Rolling Workshop" combines a large primary toolbox, an integrated sub-body organizer and a comprehensive massive shoe storage space, with the latter two sliding onto a ball bearing handle for easy access.
It is completely bumped on a steel frame with two wheels for easy operation around a garage or farm. The compartments themselves are plastic, but at this point it is understandable: a full-steel model would cost about as much as a car payment.
Best Performer: Stanley Multi Level Organizer ($ 17)
So you already have a primary toolbox that you like, but it's superfluous with thousands of small pieces that you can not keep straight. You need a secondary organizer. This from Stanley uses two folding sections, the bottom of which can be configured with sliding partition walls.
It's a great way to keep small, loose pieces like screws or bolts separate and easily accessible. And at just seventeen dollars, it's an economical way to keep your entire toolbar straight away.