Types of Tool Chests

The days are over when a tool chest was just an old box in your workshop where you could throw your tools wherever you weren’t using them. Today there are several different kinds of tools chests available on the market and each type is made to suit specific functions. You could say that the changing needs of man have resulted in the evolution of the tool chest. This article will give you the details on the most common types of tool chests that you can find today and the uses for which each type is best suited.

Tool Chests That Are Stationary

These tool chests are referred to as stationary tool chests because they are typically too big and bulky to be moved around easily. This type of tool chest is ideal for use in places like mechanic workshops and garages, as they are large enough to accommodate a wide variety of tools and supplies. Stationary tool chests normally have several different drawers and compartments of varying sizes to help you keep your tools organized. Even though they are predominantly stationary, it is also common for them to have wheels to allow for limited movement – for example, when you need to clean behind or under them. The wheels will also help to protect the chest by keeping it out of reach of spilled liquids that can cause it to rust if it is made of metal, which many of them are.

Tool Chests That Are Portable

Tools chests that are portable are also sometimes called rolling tool chests. They are fitted with wheels that allow them to be easily transported from one place to the other. Most portable tool chests have caster wheels because they are strong and durable. You will typically find a handle on the chest that is to be used to pull it – similar to how you would pull a rolling suitcase. Many portable tools chests have more than one tool box stacked on top of each other, with the one that is at the bottom having the wheels on it. This bottom chest is also usually where you will be able to store your large tools and supplies while the upper boxes will normally have several drawers for you to store smaller tools. The body of these portable chests is usually made of a hard, molded plastic because of its ability to take abuse and still look good. Mobile tradesmen such as plumbers and carpenters will benefit the most from the use of these portable, rolling tool chests.

Tool Chests That You Carry By Hand

For most homeowners who only do small DIY jobs and repairs around the house, a hand-carry tool chest will normally be enough. These tool chests are also sometimes called tool boxes because of their small size. As they are small enough to be carried by hand they are also small enough to be easily stored away in places like in your basement, your closet, or even under a workbench. They are available in a variety of sizes, some being just a small tin box while others can be as big as a tackle box. Most hand-carry tool chests will also have several small compartments inside where you can store things like your hand tools, screwdrivers, nails and bits. Metal and hard plastic are the two materials most commonly used to make this type of tool chest, as they are durable and can put up with the harsh treatment that portable tool chests have to endure.

Tool Chests That You Mount

If you have ever been inside a pickup truck or a van that belongs to a craftsman, chances are that you would have seen a tool chest mounted in the truck or on the wall of the van. These tool chests are called mounted tool chests, for obvious reasons. Tradesmen like carpenters, plumbers, and handymen who regularly travel to different job sites will best be able to appreciate this type of chest for storing tools – this is why you will normally find one mounted on their transportation vehicles.