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Tool Chest Buyers Guide: Which Tool Chest Do I Need?

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Whether you're working indoors, outdoors, doing DIY, or working on a car, discover the best tool box for your task with this simple guide.

A tool chest is more than just a place you can store your tools. It’s an important part of your arsenal no matter what level of proficiency. In other words, whether it’s DIY, or a professional car garage, a decent tool chest is an absolute must. With all this in mind, you shouldn’t however just buy any old box. You need the best tool chest and the best toolbox for whatever your circumstances.

Here at SGS Engineering we have an impressive range of chests, cabinets and boxes to cover all purposes. Here we'll detail which of our range is best-suited to different industries and uses.

Why do you need a tool chest?

Here’s a why a tool chest or toolbox is such an essential thing to have;

  • Your tools are in a convenient location, ready for when you need them
  • They’re also safely and securely stored away
  • An organised tool chest can make your tasks quicker and more efficient
  • Having tools in a box or chest keeps them protected and reduces the risk of damage

Although it may be an essential part of your kit, you now need to determine why you need a tool chest? Will it be used to store, a few domestic items that you often use around the home. Are you a tool enthusiast or semi-professional that needs compact units to fit in the home, whist providing optimum storage? Or are you kitting out a large garage? Do you travel with your tools from various jobs/locations? Knowing which category you fall under will help you to decide what category to look at.

Tool Boxes - Tool boxes a (also called toolkit or workbox) is the box you will use to organise, carry, and protect your tools. They can be used for trade, a hobby or DIY, and their contents vary with the craft of the owner. Arguably the biggest difference between the box, chest and cart is that your tool box will be designed for transport. Making them ideal for someone on the go.

Tool Chests - A tool chest, as the name suggests, resembles a chest of draws. The tool chests are much larger in comparison, and their biggest design feature is to store as many tools as needed. You'll typically find tool chests in home or professional garages. They are typically stationary, although some may have wheels to enable easy transportation. Their size and weight are not the best design if you regularly need to take your tools from job to job.

Tool Carts - Tool carts are great for moving around the work place. As you can imagine, especially when working on cars, it's very rare for you to be in once place for a huge amount of time. Manoeuvring around the car becomes a problem when your tool box is heave or your chest is on the other side of the room. A tool cart is a great place to keep all your essential frequently used tools to drag behind you as you get to work. Lightweight frames means they can easily be pulled from pillar to post even when filled with tools.

Tool Boxes

22" Tool Box With Tray & Storage

  • Durable polypropylene construction
  • Removable tool tray is great for small speciality tools
  • Carrying handle
  • 2 metal latches
  • Padlock hole
  • Durable handle makes carrying easy
  • Perfect for at home repairs and maintenance

17" Tool Box With Reinforced Handle

  • Durable stainless steel with a plastic base light-weight
  • Removable tool tray is great for small speciality tools
  • Soft grip carrying handle
  • 2 metal latches
  • Padlock hole
  • Perfect for the home handy man

16" High QualityTool Box With Storage Tray

  • Durable polypropylene construction
  • Removable tool tray
  • Lift-off lid with build in 3 organisers
  • 2 metal latches
  • Padlock hole
  • 1 kg - weight
  • Ideal for at home DIY projects, and repairs
  • Tools and items organised into handy sections

15" Tool Box Organiser

  • Large storage capacity for small parts and accessories
  • 23 storage cups with removable dividers for different configurations
  • See through poly-carbonate lid
  • Removable dividers for different configurations
  • Perfect for anyone with a lot of small parts and accessories

21" Heavy Duty Wheeled Tool Box 

  • Durable polypropylene construction for lasting use
  • Removable 2 tool trays
  • Lift-off lid with build in 2 organisers
  • Telescopic metal handle
  • 2 extra large latches
  • Perfect for storage and transportation of your tools

Mobile Rolling Suitcase Tool Box

  • Four drawers, a large top compartment and a lid insert
  • Metal latches and hinges for added durability
  • Lid insert to carry drill bits and small tools
  • Bi-material comfortable top handle is easy to grip
  • Compact classic style

Stainless Mobile 3-in-1 Tool Box

  • 3-in-1 tool box: separates into 3 separate compartments
  • Top tool box with removable tray
  • Middle tool box with 2 slide-out drawers
  • Bottom compartment for extra large storage capacity and lock holes
  • Telescoping handle and rubber wheels for maximum mobility
  • Versatile travelling workshop

Mobile Heavy Duty 3 Part Tool Box

  • 3-in-1 tool box: separates into 3 separate compartments
  • Aluminium handle and heavy duty construction
  • Telescoping handle and polypropylene wheels for maximum mobility
  • Top tool box with removable tray
  • Bottom compartment for extra large storage capacity
  • Perfect storage box for DIY enthusiasts, plumbers, electricians, hobbyists and many more

Tool Chests

41" Pro 14 Drawer Stainless Steel Chest

  • 14 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes anti-slip drawer liners to protect your tools
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall stainless steel construction
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility around the workshop

42" Professional 19 Drawer Tool Chest

  • 19 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes anti-slip drawer liners to protect your tools
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall steel
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

96" Stainless Steel 24 Drawer Bench

  • 24 drawers with smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes a liner to protect and prevent your tools from slipping
  • Brushed 20 gauge stainless steel
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

26" Professional 14 Drawer Tool Chest & Roller Cabinet

  • 14 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes drawer liners & naming tags
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall steel
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

75" Professional 33 Drawer Tool Chest, Cabinet & Two Side Lockers

  • 33 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes anti-slip drawer liners to protect your tools
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall steel
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

72" Stainless Steel 15 Drawer Work Bench Tool Box Chest Cabinet

  • 15 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes drawer liners for every drawer
  • Brushed 20 gauge stainless steel construction
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility around the workshop
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

Mechanics 8 Drawer Tool Box Chest & Roller Cabinet

  • 8 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Up and over door to access large space in the cabinet
  • Locking bars and side handles on the top chest
  • Four large 75mm casters for easy mobility around the workshop
  • Maximum load per drawer 8kg

72" Stainless Steel 15 Drawer Work Bench with Upper Cabinet

  • 15 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • 3 wall-mount upper cabinet with gas struts
  • Brushed 20 gauge stainless steel
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility around the workshop
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

36" Professional 13 Drawer Tool Chest & Roller Cabinet

  • 13 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Includes anti-slip drawer liners
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall steel
  • Large polypropylene caster swivel wheels with locking brakes provide easy mobility
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock

Tool Carts

4 Drawer Mechanics Roller Tool Cart

  • High capacity, full extension ball bearing drawer slides
  • Barrel lock keeps your tools safe and secure
  • 4 casters - two fixed and two locking swivel
  • Non-slip pre-cut drawer liners in all drawers and compartments
  • 90 degree lid opening with dual support struts

Mechanics Tool Cart Trolley & Workstation

  • 2 drawers with smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Bottom shelf with a 50kg load capacity
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall steel construction
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock
  • Drawers include non-slip protective mats

Professional Cart & Parts Trolley

  • 5 drawers with super smooth roller bearing sliders
  • Bottom shelf with a 80kg load capacity
  • Tough powder coated protective finish & heavy gauge double wall steel construction
  • All the drawers lock via a single tumbler lock
  • 4 heavy duty castors with a locking wheel

Mechanics Large Service Tool Cart

  • Locking storage drawer with two keys
  • Bottom and top trays for plenty of storage
  • Non-marring 4" casters, two with locking brakes
  • Capacity up to 158kg (350lb)
  • 16 gauge steel construction

Need some new tools to fill out your shiny new tool chest? At SGS we have a large range of power tools, ideal for even the most advanced DIY tool box:

ryobi power tools

Ask the Experts

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Not only do we design the tool boxes here at SGS, but most of our sales and customer service team own their own SGS tool chests and boxes, so if you do have any questions about our products, please get in touch via either the contact form here or give us a call on 01332 576 850. If you need help selecting exactly the right bundle or storage solution for your needs,  ask our in-house experts today.