Combination Tool Boxes Offer Versatility

From the shade tree home mechanic to the shop professional, all tool owners look for the utility and multiple applications when selecting their tools. The choice of a tool chest should use the same principles.

Tool chests and tool boxes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The two most popular styles are the cabinet tool chest or the portable toolbox. Cabinets are great for storing a large assortment of tools and come with or without rolling caster wheels.

Rolling cabinets provide the extra ability to move the mechanic’s tools within the shop area. A hand tool box permits carrying tools to a job site for field work. The most versatile of all combines the benefits of a rolling cabinet and a portable tool box.


Stack-on toolboxes use a rolling cabinet underneath and a detachable hand toolbox that stacks over the cabinet. When required to go out in the field, the mechanic can load the upper portion and carry it to the worksite. When in the shop and atop the cabinet, and commonly used sockets, wrenches and screwdrivers are within easy reach.

There are several features to look for when selecting a combination cabinet. First, construction should be of strengthened sheet metal, preferably double walled. Double wall construction provides strength and a dent in one side will not substantially affect the structural integrity. High quality drawer rollers should provide easy opening and closing, but also be strong enough to withstand the weight of a drawer full of heavy hand tools.

The finish should be of baked epoxy or other finish that resists rust corrosion, especially in high humidity areas. It should also be strong enough to hold up to oil, grease and cleaning solvents, all common chemicals in a shop. Any hardware used should be of galvanized steel or other corrosion resistant material.

There should be a variety of drawer of different sizes to accommodate tools of various sizes. The bottom should have a spacious storage area for larger tools, such as air tools and hand saws. Because the top toolbox portion will be used in the field, locking mechanisms for the top and drawers is a must.

Because of straight, smooth sides, additional combination units can be placed side by side as the mechanic’s tool inventory grows with a minimal of floor space. If space is at a premium and multifunctional ability is needed, combination cabinet units can fulfill both needs.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.