|Review by TheBossQ||posted 09-16-2011 06:17 PM||5506 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
I’ve been wanting to separate my mechanical tools from my woodworking stuff. I purchased this roller cabinet recently at Harbor Freight after weeks of failed searching for a used Snap-On unit in my price range. It gets quite good reviews on Harbor Freight’s website and another independent forum.
Excellent price point – With $349.99 coupon, I was out the door under $400 with tax.
Heavy gauge steel sheet used in construction. – Weighs nearly 300lbs.
Durable powder coat finish.
Ball bearing slides – Bigger drawers have the slides doubled up.
Large, wide, smooth rolling casters with zerk fittings. Casters lock as well.
Came fully assembled (minus the handle).
All drawer liners included.
Upgradeable with matching add on boxes.
Has detents, but no drawer latches.
Drawers do not stay closed when moving the cabinet, unless locked.
Lock seems like low quality.
Two fixed casters. Only two casters swivel. Maneuvering can be difficult.
First, let me debunk any and all reviews that claim this is the same quality of a Snap-On (or the like) box. It is not. It’s not even close. Anyone that claims otherwise has never had their hands on a Snap-On box, or they have serious sensory issues.
That said, the box is surprisingly high quality. Pick a Craftsman box at twice the price, and it doesn’t compare to this unit’s build. I know, because I was all over the Sears store and had my hands on everything. Only the top line of Craftsman boxes were slightly nicer than this. Nicer, as in, built no better, but a few more features, such as drawer latches.
I tossed a scrap piece of plywood into the top drawer (to evenly distribute load) and placed 60lbs in weight plates into the drawer (which is rated for 120+ lbs). I gave it a hundred count of closing and opening the drawer. There were no creaks, moans or other objections from the box while the drawer is moving. Just the satisfying sounds of ball bearing slides. The drawer is smooth when empty. Downright plush when weighted.
Ubiqitous reports of the drawers failing to stay closed when the box is rolling are correct. I rolled it over an expansion joint in my garage and the weighted drawer came right open. Not a big deal to me, as locking the box solves that minor issue.
Unless you can justify the money for a Made in the USA Snap-On box (and I sure wish I could), this is far and away the best value there is.