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Jefe
09-16-2013, 09:41 AM
I need a recommendation please. I've seen that Stanley, Dewalt, Trademark etc. all make some. The ideal for me would be 2 or 3 empty boxes (no compartments) that stack on top of each other with one set of robust wheels. I previously was using a 38" Hockey bag that had roller wheels. The plastic wheel well collapsed down on the wheel. Now it either drags or rolls in circles. Plus it was too heavy and awkward to swing up into the car and lug up stairs. (I will not be using it for tools, but the equipment I will use it for is similarly heavy.)
Thanks,
J

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 09:46 AM
We all have them in the film biz.

I was happy with my Cobalt from Lowes for a year until things started breaking.

The latest model from DeWalt is the way to go, if you need maximum capacity. One appeared on my last project and a crowd formed around it.

Mike

Nicholas Carey
09-16-2013, 10:05 AM
The gold standard for toolboxes are Kennedy and Snap-On. You'll pay through the nose for them: depending on model, figure well over $1,000. Then you move down to Matco and Mac. Then Craftsman...though I've got my doubts that The Craftsman name means what it used to.

Paul Pless
09-16-2013, 10:09 AM
Rubbermaid makes a number of interchangeable box/tray/bin/cart/rack/shelf 'material handling' systems with components that match and can be swapped out. Worth a look at their 'commercial' offerings, which are not generally sold at big box stores. Maybe check the Grainger website first. . .

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 10:16 AM
The gold standard for toolboxes are Kennedy and Snap-On. You'll pay through the nose for them: depending on model, figure well over $1,000. Then you move down to Matco and Mac. Then Craftsman...though I've got my doubts that The Craftsman name means what it used to.

Are you talking about mechanic's tool boxes or something you can put in the trunk of your car?

Nicholas Carey
09-16-2013, 10:37 AM
Are you talking about mechanic's tool boxes or something you can put in the trunk of your car?

The O.P.'s original spec sounds to me like a mechanic's toolbox.

Myself, I'd be inclined to build boxes to suit on industrial casters. Jim Tolpin's The Toolbox Book shows some excellent examples of the breed.

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 10:46 AM
I previously was using a 38" Hockey bag that had roller wheels. Thanks J

This was my clue.

Jefe
09-16-2013, 10:48 AM
Yes, the bag will actually be going in the back of a Prius. Full Tilt: Were you talking about the DeWalt "Tough System"?

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 10:56 AM
Sorry don't know off hand. Post a pic, Ill tell ya.

It's new to the market and looks a LOT tougher than anything I've seen.

Mike

Garret
09-16-2013, 11:11 AM
though I've got my doubts that The Craftsman name means what it used to.

I have no doubts. It doesn't.

Jefe
09-16-2013, 11:29 AM
Post a pic, Ill tell ya.


Mikehttp://dewaltmediakit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/TOUGHSYSTEM.jpg

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 11:31 AM
Thats it.

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 11:32 AM
Whadya think?

Paul Pless
09-16-2013, 11:36 AM
Thats it.How'd it hold up for you? The boxes themselves look really good, the hand truck appears to be a weak link with regards to durability.

Jefe
09-16-2013, 12:13 PM
Whadya think?
Yeah, I think that might work but I really need to see it in person.


Rubbermaid makes a number of interchangeable box/tray/bin/cart/rack/shelf 'material handling' systems with components that match and can be swapped out. Worth a look at their 'commercial' offerings, which are not generally sold at big box stores. Maybe check the Grainger website first. . .
Thanks Paul, that was a good idea but I checked and didn’t see anything that looked like it would work. I am looking at Grainger next.

The gold standard for toolboxes are Kennedy and Snap-On. You'll pay through the nose for them: depending on model, figure well over $1,000. Then you move down to Matco and Mac. Then Craftsman...though I've got my doubts that The Craftsman name means what it used to.
I didn’t see anything in 2 wheeled variety that I could easily lug around, gravel driveways, up stairs etc.

Full Tilt
09-16-2013, 12:21 PM
This thing is bigger than it looks. Bigger than the big 'Stanley' system or my 'Cobalt'.

It'll fill a Prius and not be great on long staircases, but will work on gravel and rough ground where others won't

Mike

Jefe
09-16-2013, 04:16 PM
Well, bad news. I checked out the DeWalt Tough System, but it's not going to be sufficient. It's close to what I want, but the hand truck part of it is just too big, bulky and heavy. Have to really wrestle into the backseat. The boxes are on the heavier side too. Probably work out great for a contractor with a van or a truck that's going to really give it a beating.

I'm thinking of maybe a lighter cart like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Magna-Cart-Personal-Hand-Truck/dp/B000HVVSDU
With some heavy duty milk crates that will nest on top of each other and some bungee cords.

Still open to any more suggestions.

Paul Pless
09-16-2013, 04:50 PM
Still open to any more suggestions.

Still open to any suggestion.Maybe you were on the right track with the hockey bag. Take a look at the highend carry on bags used by experienced business travelers and flight crews. They have good wheels and a collapsible handle and often are designed to have another piece opf luggage or box stacked on top.

Something like this as a base unit.

http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/105508479/Tool_and_service_suitcase.jpg_250x250.jpg

and then maybe something like an electrician's tool tote on top

https://www.theelectricaltoolstore.com/images/1535_4.jpg

google toolbox suitcases

switters
09-16-2013, 05:28 PM
http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?CATEGORY=ZAG+ROLLING+WORK&TYPE=PRODUCT&PARTNUMBER=033023R&SDesc=Stanley%26%23174%3B+Mobile+Tool+Chest

I lug one of those back and forth to the unheated shop with epoxy and glue and if I need paint. I dont like to leave anything out there when the shop is not being heated.

Had it two years, holding up reasonably well after loading it into and out of the back of an SUV and then dragging it into the house.

Paul Pless
09-16-2013, 05:36 PM
I lug one of those back and forth to the unheated shop with epoxy and glue and if I need paint. I dont like to leave anything out there when the shop is not being heated. geeze, the only thing that i remove when i plan on not running the woodstove is my japanese water stones

katey
09-16-2013, 05:46 PM
Doesn't Lee Valley have some kind of system like this?

edit: yes, called "Systainer"

Captain Intrepid
09-16-2013, 05:54 PM
Expensive, but looks pretty skookum.

http://www.leevalley.com/EN/wood/page.aspx?p=64655&cat=64664

Garret
09-16-2013, 05:56 PM
Expensive, but looks pretty skookum.

http://www.leevalley.com/EN/wood/page.aspx?p=64655&cat=64664

You may have to open the link & get a free shipping announcement & then close that page/tab & click the link again to see it. Not cheap indeed, but it does look nice at a quick glance

The Bigfella
09-17-2013, 11:51 PM
These carts are sold under various brand names. I bought one a couple of years ago to move an inflatable, which weighed around 30 kg. The cast aluminium base snapped under the weight the second time I used it.
I bought a similar cart which was heavier due to its steel base. It's given me no problems apart from the weight.
I use cheap ratchet straps to secure the inflatable in its carry bag.. On anything but perfectly level and smooth surfaces, the bungee cords will stretch and allow everything to topple off.
This is identical to the one I have now, with the steel base. It cost me around $AUD45, probably slightly lower in the States.

http://i.minus.com/jbqITjqBdLB59f.jpg (http://minus.com/lbqITjqBdLB59f)
http://www.amazon.com/Narita-Trading-008-Handee-Truck/dp/B001OI09HQ/ref=sr_1_58?ie=UTF8&qid=1379371134&sr=8-58&keywords=folding+hand+truck

Why can't I read this without getting a vivid image of Stevie and his inflatable snapping his cast base? Wicked.... yeah, so, I'll go to Hell.

Oyvind Snibsoer
09-18-2013, 01:57 AM
Systainers are the way to go. Not cheap, but very good. They have a wide range of different boxes and racks, and they all stack and lock on top of each other. http://www.systainer.com/default.asp?oid=001&lid=En

pipefitter
09-18-2013, 02:27 AM
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/New-Blue-Mac-Sports-Collapsible-Folding-Utility-Wagon-Garden-Cart-Shopping-Beach-/00/s/Mzc1WDUwMA==/z/1rsAAOxySOlR8Z05/$T2eC16F,!)!E9s2f!GJMBR8Z04jSO!~~60_35.JPG

Jefe
09-20-2013, 04:28 PM
Well, I ended up going with 3 Craftsman 24 qt. milk crates on the Magna Cart with bungee cord. We'll see how it works out.

The systainer looked like it might be exactly what I needed, but it was no longer available (through Lee Valley). Was also pretty expensive, but I wouldn't have minded if it held up. I ordered before the second recommendation from Oyvind was posted. If the crates and cart don't work, I'll see where else I can find this product.

Thanks again for the recommendations.