The Best 8 Mechanic Tool Boxes of 2022

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The right mechanic tool box is large enough to hold your tool collection in the best configuration for your needs. We spent hours researching models from the top tool brands, evaluating storage capacity, durability, versatility, and overall usefulness.

Our favorite is the Milwaukee 46-Inch 16-Drawer Rolling Cabinet, which has a reinforced frame, a 1,800-pound weight capacity, and swivel casters for maneuverability. 

Here are the top mechanic tool boxes.


Final Verdict

The Milwaukee 46-Inch 16-Drawer Rolling Cabinet Set (view at Home Depot) wins our top spot thanks to its rugged construction and superior storage design and capability. This is the best choice if you have a large collection of tools that you take seriously. But if budget is a concern, you’ll get plenty of storage space at a reasonable price with the Goplus 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest (view at Amazon).

Size

Obviously, the larger your collection of tools, the bigger the box needed to contain them all. You’ll find mechanic tool boxes that are small enough to fit in the car all the way up to behemoths that are a full floor-standing cabinet. The right choice for you depends on the size of your tool collection, the amount of space you have to hold your tool box, and whether or not you plan on toting the box with you to worksites outside your home or garage.

Also, consider the weight of the tool box. Not just the initial starting weight provided by the manufacturers, but also the final weight after you have filled it with tools. If the tool box is too big, then it will rapidly become too heavy for you to carry or move without relying on a set of wheels on the bottom of the tool box. If portability is important, consider small, compact options or look for a product with reliable casters.

Organizing Options

Just as there’s a wide range in size, there’s also a lot of choices when it comes to the various organizing drawers, slots, and compartments in different models of mechanic tool boxes. The simplest options have little beyond a tray with a few compartments for smaller items, while the largest tool boxes are equipped with multiple drawers, dividers to further organize the drawers, pullout bins, lift-out trays, and even spots on top to hold your laptop, beverage, or notebook.

Another consideration when it comes to organizing options is whether the doors, drawers, and trays are lockable. For homes with small kids, it’s advised to invest in a locking tool box to help prevent accidents. Again, the right choice depends on your own preferences and tool collection.

Material

The material used to construct mechanic tool boxes is usually some type of metal, like aluminum or stainless steel, though there are some products that are made of impact-resistant plastic. Heavy-duty tool boxes that you can rely on to safely store your tools are typically made of steel. These boxes weigh a lot but stand up to rigorous conditions in busy garages or worksites.

Aluminum mechanic tool boxes are less expensive than stainless steel, but these products are also more vulnerable to scratches and dents. Heavy plastic is fine for a mechanic tool box that isn’t going to be subjected to daily use, but this material doesn’t have the same durability as metal and it could crack or warp in the most severe circumstances.

FAQ

  • There is no hard-and-fast definition of a mechanic tool box, nor do you have to be a mechanic to own one. But as a general rule, these tool boxes are large enough to require caster wheels for relatively easy transportation around the workshop. They also have a wide variety of drawers to organize tools, parts, and other accessories that may be necessary when you are working on a project. Most mechanic tool boxes are made with red- or black-painted metal and allow you to organize an extensive collection of tools, many quite small, in a convenient manner to help streamline your work, whether that’s as a professional mechanic, a hobbyist who enjoys working on your own cars, or just a DIYer with a large tool collection.

  • The short answer is that you organize your tool box in the manner that works best for you. But you’ll find the following tips helpful in achieving that goal:

    • Adding drawer liners helps keep tools in place, and reduces scratches and wear to your expensive tools.
    • Small-parts organizers are very useful for corralling screws, nails, bolts, and other small items. 
    • Separate your tools by function or type.
    • Keep the tools you use the most up front where they are easiest to grab. Less frequently used tools should go towards the back of the drawers. 
    • Label all the drawers of the tool box so you can tell what’s inside at a glance.
    • Periodically go through your entire tool collection, and get rid of broken or nonfunctional tools. It’s easier to organize when you only have usable tools to deal with. 
    • If you have duplicates of some basic tools, or tools that you rarely use, store them in a separate box. Your mechanic tool box should only hold those tools you use on a regular basis.

  • There’s no one answer as to what tools you must have in your mechanic tool box, as it really depends on the type of projects you typically tackle, but as a general rule, these are the tools most often used by mechanics and others who do a lot of work on motors or electrical systems:

    • Socket sets
    • Screwdriver sets
    • Various types of pliers
    • Hammers, including ball-peen hammer
    • SAE and metric wrenches 
    • Impact wrench set
    • Drill/driver set 
    • Pry bar
    • Flashlight/work light
    • Multimeter
    • Wire stripper
    • Automotive stethoscope
    • Funnel
    • Fuses

This article is edited and updated by Michelle Ullman, the tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home, but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs. For this roundup, she considered dozens of mechanic tool boxes, evaluating each for basic features, extras, and customer feedback. Additional research is provided by Timothy Dale, a home improvement expert with more than 10 years of experience who specializes in plumbing, construction, and product recommendations, among other topics, and Eamon Lynch, Director of Warranty Service at Power Home Remodeling.

Disclaimer: Curated and re-published here. We do not claim anything as we translated and re-published using google translator. All images and Tattoo Design ideas shared only for information purpose.

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