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8/14/2020 10:52 AM

Looking to branch out and get my own home box finally. I've been using my dads stuff forever and figured it would be nice to organize a box the way I want it. I was going to get the harbor freight 5 drawer pictured below. I'm going with the basics for every toolbox as well as some moto specialty stuff like fork tools and such. Anyone have a similar cart with any pictures for layout? Or even drop pictures of whatever box you have! Any tools you're really happy you got specifically for bikes? Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

8/14/2020 11:00 AM

I can tell you with 100% certainty that box is not going to be big enough. A 42” bottom box on wheels is where you should start. menards, home depot, and lowes, has toolboxes similar in price to HF and theyre higher quality. if i were doing it again i wouldnt buy US general. The drawers dont like to stay shut.

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8/14/2020 11:22 AM

The series 2 line at Harbor Freight is a big step up from the Series 1 they had before. The extra depth is nice too. If you are looking for a cart then the 5 drawer you showed is a good choice. Lots of people love them. If you can swing it, the 44" box at $439 has a lot more space. A couple tools I really like are Vessel JIS screwdrivers, Bondhus allens & Knipex Pliers (Amazon)

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8/14/2020 11:26 AM

kb228 wrote:

I can tell you with 100% certainty that box is not going to be big enough. A 42” bottom box on wheels is where you should start. menards, home depot, and lowes, has toolboxes similar in price to HF and theyre higher quality. if i were doing it again i wouldnt buy US general. The drawers dont like to stay shut.

My tool box from lowes is the stainless kobalt and it's a colossal pile of shit ,the top draw has fallen out numerous times and s attered tool all over the floor.

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8/14/2020 11:28 AM

I have the smaller version of that roll around at home and it's been perfect ,the drawers dont fall apart like the kobalt I have ,the drawers are on bearings and work very nice.

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8/14/2020 11:36 AM

The new Husky toolboxes are pretty nice.

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8/14/2020 11:57 AM

I recently bought this from the Hazard Fraud and turned it into my mobile automotive box. Really like having the work top on it wether I’m working in the garage or side yard. Plenty of storage for hand tools, power tools, pneumatic tools etc. it’s the perfect size for still mobile and enough storage space.

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8/14/2020 11:57 AM

I got this from Menards a few years back and they still carry them. It’s a Performax brand. 59” tall, 18” deep and 37” wide drawers. It rolls around nice if needed to move and has a built in power strip and two USB ports. I love it! Photo

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8/14/2020 12:06 PM

I have a 2 bay Matco. I am not a mechanic by trade but I couldnt pass up the deal I got. It is quite sturdy, should be the last box ill ever need. Being able to organize everything in 1 box is amazing. I had 3 small boxes prior to this. Photo

The depth of the top drawer to be able to stand up sockets is sweet!
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The width of the box enables me to have all my metric/standard wrenches in the same drawer.
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Favorite specialty tool is a Pit Posse spoke torque wrench set. Works great, no complaints.

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8/14/2020 12:07 PM

kb228 wrote:

I can tell you with 100% certainty that box is not going to be big enough. A 42” bottom box on wheels is where you should start. menards, home depot, and lowes, has toolboxes similar in price to HF and theyre higher quality. if i were doing it again i wouldnt buy US general. The drawers dont like to stay shut.

JeremyK wrote:

My tool box from lowes is the stainless kobalt and it's a colossal pile of shit ,the top draw has fallen out numerous times and s attered tool all over the floor.

Let me guess, found everything but the 10mm socket? lol

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8/14/2020 12:17 PM

MotofactioN wrote:

The new Husky toolboxes are pretty nice.

This. I’m really happy with mine. I also have a custom Matrix box for the track. I went a little overboard on it, but nice to have.
I’d go with a bigger box if I were you, you’ll fill that up in no time.
Picks! Make sure you get some. You’ll use them more than you’d think.
keep an eye on ebay. I’ve bought a ton of Blue Point and Snap On stuff way cheaper than off the truck. Couple good tool traders on there that deal with the “high end” tools. Not saying Craftsman won’t work as I like some of their stuff. A price tag doesn’t mean it’s better all the time.

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8/14/2020 12:27 PM

kb228 wrote:

I can tell you with 100% certainty that box is not going to be big enough. A 42” bottom box on wheels is where you should start. menards, home depot, and lowes, has toolboxes similar in price to HF and theyre higher quality. if i were doing it again i wouldnt buy US general. The drawers dont like to stay shut.

I will give them a look. Going to look around this weekend and have been keeping my eyes peeled on the classifieds.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

8/14/2020 4:03 PM

kb228 wrote:

I can tell you with 100% certainty that box is not going to be big enough. A 42” bottom box on wheels is where you should start. menards, home depot, and lowes, has toolboxes similar in price to HF and theyre higher quality. if i were doing it again i wouldnt buy US general. The drawers dont like to stay shut.

I have a bunch of US General boxes and they work great. Way better than the junk in all the big-box stores.

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"We don't rent pigs."

8/14/2020 4:46 PM

Hard to beat snap on classic series boxes. Buy once cry once.

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8/14/2020 4:53 PM

You can find some decent deals on Craigslist, doesn't have to be a top notch brand, but the snap on, Mac and matco boxes are very good, and priced that way for a reason, Kennedy also makes some nice rollers.

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8/14/2020 4:56 PM

I have the same box. Works great for me. Drawers are buttery smooth Photo
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8/14/2020 5:17 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

I have the same box. Works great for me. Drawers are buttery smooth Photo
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I've seen plenty of reviews to sell me on them. Torn on either black or white though.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

8/14/2020 5:43 PM

Rickyisms wrote:

I've seen plenty of reviews to sell me on them. Torn on either black or white though.


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8/14/2020 6:35 PM

Those US General boxes aren’t bad at all. Several technicians that work with me use them. I got one for my dad that he uses everyday rebuilding bikes.

You can get a cheap metal filing cabinet for specialty tools (fork disassembly, motor disassembly) and the box will be plenty for everyday bike tools.

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8/14/2020 7:17 PM

If possible reach out to the snap-on and matco, obviously the price will be higher than a chain store but they often have repo boxes and maybe one that has a cosmetic flaw that they’ll sell for a lot less. You can also make payments on them if you couldn’t swing the full price at the time, the quality is 100x better and it’ll last you a lifetime.

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8/14/2020 7:47 PM

If you have a menards nearby check out the master force line, they are made by the same company that does extreme toolbox, montezuma, gearwrench etc. I use one professionally as a diesel tech and it’s a great box

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8/14/2020 7:49 PM

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8/14/2020 8:12 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

I have the same box. Works great for me. Drawers are buttery smooth Photo
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Rickyisms wrote:

I've seen plenty of reviews to sell me on them. Torn on either black or white though.

JAFO92 wrote:
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How do you like yours?

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

8/14/2020 8:22 PM

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8/14/2020 9:41 PM

IMO you don't need a giant box. It doesn't take that many tools to work on a dirt bike. As far as the big box stores go, Menards Masterforce toolbox is the top of the line, then US General at Harbor Freight is second. The 26" stack at HF for $500 is a good setup for motorcycle tools.

Buy good torque wrenches. Check out the Motion Pro website for MX specific tools, that's pure porn for a tool guy.

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8/15/2020 7:27 AM

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72 inch Husky rolling cabinet. I’m impressed with the quality and value of this toolbox. Holds all of my tools plus riding gear in the large bottom drawers. My only regret is not getting one sooner. I’ll probably add the 56 inch toolbox at some point in the future.
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8/15/2020 7:34 AM

BigBoreFan58 wrote:

IMO you don't need a giant box. It doesn't take that many tools to work on a dirt bike. As far as the big box stores go, Menards Masterforce toolbox is the top of the line, then US General at Harbor Freight is second. The 26" stack at HF for $500 is a good setup for motorcycle tools.

Buy good torque wrenches. Check out the Motion Pro website for MX specific tools, that's pure porn for a tool guy.

I get motion pro through my shop with an employee discount, I've been slowly stocking up.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

8/15/2020 8:03 AM

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"We don't rent pigs."

8/15/2020 8:25 AM

You need to decide on how you are planning on using the box. If it is going to sit next to or under the bench, get a box that has drawers all the way down and plenty or room. It is amazing how fast they fill up. The more that you are exposed to proper methods, the more tools you will get. When I bought the box below, it was plenty of room. Now, I could use another bottom box.

If you are thinking of just the basics and mobility, the box in your first pic is hard to beat for the price. They seem to be a really good bang for the buck. My general rule is this. If the box feels flimsy at the store, it will only get worse. Premium boxes have always had a premium price until recently. You can now get a really good tool box and not have a car payment sized bill every week at the Snap On truck.

These are things that I check when looking at tool boxes new or used.

1. Is there a lot of movement in the drawers, when they are out?
2. Bearings or slides on the drawers
3. How thick of a gauge is the metal?
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8/15/2020 8:37 AM

BAMX wrote:

You need to decide on how you are planning on using the box. If it is going to sit next to or under the bench, get a box that has drawers all the way down and plenty or room. It is amazing how fast they fill up. The more that you are exposed to proper methods, the more tools you will get. When I bought the box below, it was plenty of room. Now, I could use another bottom box.

If you are thinking of just the basics and mobility, the box in your first pic is hard to beat for the price. They seem to be a really good bang for the buck. My general rule is this. If the box feels flimsy at the store, it will only get worse. Premium boxes have always had a premium price until recently. You can now get a really good tool box and not have a car payment sized bill every week at the Snap On truck.

These are things that I check when looking at tool boxes new or used.

1. Is there a lot of movement in the drawers, when they are out?
2. Bearings or slides on the drawers
3. How thick of a gauge is the metal?
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That's a real nice box. I don't think mine would fill up super fast. I already have three drawer snap on with the tools I would normally take with me to the track in the garage, So I have a small box for sockets, wrenches, ratchets, etc. This box would have very little of that and more specialty seal pullers/drivers, engine work components, etc. I'm only 19 so I don't have a huge budget to blow on tools daily so I don't think it will fill up super quick.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.