Spotlight on Tool Storage Solutions

Dec. 29, 2005

Tribute Toolbox
Mac Tools offers this Limited Edition toolbox honoring Funny Car legend John Force. Only 150 of these tribute boxes will be produced. Features include a unique signature plate indicating the box’s number in the series and a John Force autograph. Decals that celebrate each of his 13 championships can be detached, allowing you to place them anywhere on the box for further customization. The box offers more than 23,000 cubic inches of storage with full-extension ball bearing track slides and a single lock for quicker and easier use. For more information visit or call (800) MAC TOOLS.

Bench System
Shure offers its SHURETECH bench systems, with a design that works to maximize shop organization and technician efficiency. Each unit integrates storage and a larger working area. Features include drawers available in various lengths with 400-pound load capacities, stationary or portable configurations, and stainless-steel bench tops, with other top options available. Additional optional accessories include a 1/4-inch Shureguard rubber mat, backstop, heavy-duty vise, upper cabinets, carts, tool boards and one of Shure’s 22 standard powder coat paint colors. For more information visit or call 800-227-4873.

Mobile Modular Cabinets
SteelHead Design offers mobile modular cabinets in 16-gauge stainless steel or powder-coated steel that are stackable in nine different combinations. The cabinets are 30 inches wide by 26 inches deep by 33.24 inches high. Two units feature slide-out shelves, rear cable access, and vents for storage of electronic equipment and power tools. The cabinets have full-extension ball bearing drawer and shelf slides and can be customized with attachable work-tables and shelves. For more information visit or call (800) 261-0761.

Rollaway Toolboxes
Matco offers its Gary Scelzi Oakley Racing Division Limited Edition Rollaway Toolbox. Available for a limited time, the boxes feature 14-, 16- and 18-gauge steel, double-wall construction; four casters rated at 600 pounds each; roller bearing slides on all drawers, rated at 140 pounds per pair; a rollaway side handle that can mount to either side; and a single lock security system. They are protected by a 15-step powder-coated finish and available in either Sapphire Blue or Cad Yellow with a new chrome trim. Stainless-steel tops are available as an upgrade. A work center hutch, side box, and full locker are also available. For more information visit or call (800) 331-2427.

Computer Carts
Spectrum Composites offers its Barato line of computer carts with heavy-gauge steel construction and a durable powder coat finish. Additional features include securement brackets for monitors up to 17 inches, as well as CPU and printer securement straps, seven-outlet APC surge protectors, a removable shelf to accommodate tower or desktop CPUs, and a molded platform to accommodate clipboards, or provide a writing surface. A lockable storage space has slots for CDs and a lower compartment is available for storing manuals and miscellaneous items. Overall dimensions are 44 inches high by 31 inches wide by 25 3/4 inches deep. It has custom-molded cable hangers. For more information visit or call (800) 359-9855.

Storage Unit
Now available from Contact East/Jensen Tools is the Storage-Go-Round by Akro-Mils. With access to 560 drawers that can support up to 1,000 pounds on a rotating base, the steel turntable can hold as many as 20 1900 Series Akro cabinets, in any combination. Assembled, the unit stands about 5 feet high, and 31 inches wide x 31 inches deep. For more information visit or call (800) 426-1194.

Socket Organizer
The 8370 Complete Socket Organizer system from Ernst is for your metric and standard-sized sockets, ratchets, and extensions. The organizers can help you to more quickly recognize when tools are missing. The 8370 is compatible with all Ernst and Snap-on YA Series organizers. It includes four 18-inch socket organizers, 384 socket ID stickers, a mounting kit, socket clips: 15 for 1/4-inch-drive, 30 for 3/8-inch-drive and 15 for 1/2-inch-drive, as well as 1/4-, 3/8- and 1/2-inch face-mounted and side-mounted ratchet and extension holders. Additional features include twin serrated edges for two-sided socket and accessory loading. Additional clips can snap on both sides for maximum storage. The clips are repositionable, and can be installed between previously placed clips. For more information visit or call (503) 668-5597.

Mac Tools introduces its Limited Edition Metal Flake Color toolboxes. The coat covers the MB1350 size box, which features 11 drawers and more than 37,000 cubic inches of storage. This unique paint is applied with a one-coat process and contains actual metal to provide a sparkling finish. These limited edition boxes are available in red, blue, and black. For more information visit or call (800) MAC TOOLS.

Tool Cart
The four-drawer Deluxe Cart from Astro Pneumatic features a flip-top lid with removable dual air shocks, an internal lever for locking all four drawers, and pry-bar and screwdriver holders. Full extension drawers have roller bearing slides. The bottom drawer utilizes left- and right-side dual sliders for a smoother action. Non-slip pad liners are included. The cart is available in red, black, and orange with a powder-coated finish for added durability. For more information call (800) 221-9705 or visit

Commercial-Grade Toolboxes
Ranger Products offers its line of commercial-grade toolboxes and cabinets. Each features 16- and 18-gauge steel composition with rolled top edges, internal cage construction, re-enforced sidewalls and welded, continuous beam construction. They also have large, tubular steel push/pull handles, triple-baked powder coat paint finish, and a Lok-Latch drawer latching system. The tumbler key-lock drawer locking system is for added security. The toolboxes and cabinets feature padded rubber drawer liners, brushed-aluminum drawer handles, and full extension, double-acting chrome ball bearing drawer slides. Heavy-duty fixed and swivel urethane casters are available with a toe brake. For more information call (800) 253-2363 or visit

Lockable Storage Cabinet
Hodge’s Model VSC-212478-95, a locking storage cabinet, offers content visibility and assures ventilation through the use of expanded metal in the front door and two sides. Security is provided by three-point, cast locking handles and 3/8-inch diameter rods with hasps for a padlock, which is not furnished. The cabinet features heavy-duty, all-welded construction, using 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch by 1/8-inch angle iron and 14-gauge steel on the back, top, and shelves. A heavy-duty piano hinge eliminates door sag. The 21-inch by 24-inch by 78-inch cabinet has four adjustable shelves on 1-inch centers with each shelf capable of holding 300 pounds. It’s finished in durable gray powder coat. Each unit is shipped fully assembled. For more information call (800) 262-4634 or visit

Tool Chest
SK offers its portable 86121 Commando tool chest which has survived a 5-foot drop onto concrete, water was pumped at a rate of 1 gallon per minute for five minutes from five directions simultaneously with all five drawers remaining dry, and a 3-pound bar was dropped from 8 feet above the chest without penetrating the lid. For more information call (800) 822-5575 or visit

Tool Control Solutions
A & E Hand Tools offers its Tool Control Solutions line. The foam products can be customized for tool storage, or used as kneeling mats. The cleanable, durable, chemical and liquid-resistant products feature foam composition to provide added tool protection. Custom layouts can be provided for your specific tools and tool drawers. Specific tool cut-outs offer a clear visual on which tools are missing. The line is available in red, yellow, blue, and black, as well as with customized lettering. For more information visit or call (262) 554-1291.

Storage Cabinet
The 22 1/2-inch deep HyperSpace cabinet from Lista is designed to improve productivity and maximize space. By extending a full 100 percent from the housing, the drawers allow use of the furthest corner and easy accessibilty. Safety features include drawer handles that are flush with the face of the housing and the one-drawer-at-a-time safety system to prevent tipping. The drawers feature a 440-pound load capacity each and are available in seven different sidewall heights for full cubic storage capacity. For more information call (800) 722-3020 or visit