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Harbor Freight Tool Chests?
#1
I have completely outgrown my 80's craftsman top and and bottom boxes.  I know there are a lot of you that will say the high end boxes like SnapOn, Matco, MAC are the way to go but I am a weekend hobbyist and they are way out of the budget.  

Does anyone have one of these?
what do you like\dislike about it?
Why\why not buy it? 
What would you go with in the same price range?


Harbor Freight
$349.99 w\out the 20% coupon.  $280 with 20% coupon

Thanks!
Wade
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#2
I just bought a Harbor freight 56". Like you I can't justify spending the big bucks on a high end unit. For the money the quality is good enough for my needs and I can spend the differemce on car parts instead of storage space. Also the harbor freight boxes have side attaching extensions so you can expand your storage space later.


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(01-14-2018, 11:16 AM)rackerm Wrote: "I can spend the difference on car parts instead of storage space."

EXACTLY MY THINKING!! thumb thumb

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Wade
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#4
I'm in the same situation. I had 2 smaller Craftsman rollers and was out of room. I went with a Home Depot roller set that I got on sale for around $280 a couple of years ago. I also kept the 2 small rollers. I have a little spare space now, got to stop looking through the Harbor Freight sale fliers or I'll be out of space again.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-40-in-.../204781840



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#5
I've had to many tools from Harbor Freight fail. I only buy disposables from them now, like sandpaper, bead blast media, gloves, etc. If it was something I would only use once a year, maybe, but I use stuff more than that. I've also found that getting replacement parts is almost impossible. I bought something similar to this from Costco several years ago and am really happy with it. It's more money but not as much as Snapon, etc.

https://www.costco.com/TRINITY-41%22-Sta...reId=10301

Steve
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#6
runninpony 
I try to AVOID Harbor Freight items since they are CRAP and UNSAFE! We all know where they're made. Just my 2 cents!
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#7
I think if you look at the fine print on the 20% off coupon it excludes tool chests. I grabbed a large tool chest and top box from Home Depot shortly after Christmas.

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#8
I was in a similar predicament last year. I ended up with a Husky from Home Depot during their Christmas deal.

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#9
HF has certain items that are of decent quality at a low price. That box is one of those items. I bought my son that exact box two year ago and it is well made and functions well. I looked at a lot of boxes it was the best made box for anywhere close to that price. Second place choice was a Homak box at Northern Tool. Chuck
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#10
lowes has a good quality 41" base unit with a large sideswing panel and large casters onsale right now for 299.00 Just bought one for my son to use at work, and hes a mechanic.
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