Tool Storage - What to Look For

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Tool storage for anybody working in a garage, workshop or industrial environment is second only to the tools they use on a daily basis. All of those tools need a home - one that is safe, secure and accessible at all times.

"The Tool Shop" has the largest range of Tool Storage available on Ebay ranging from DIY or "At Home" storage right through to professional workshop/commercial quality. 

Having sold thousands of units over 4 years, The Tool Shop is more then qualified to help customers with their tool storage needs and our full range can be found here: .

This guide describes the features that buyers should look out for when selecting and purchasing Tool Storage:


This is BY FAR the MOST IMPORTANT feature of any toolbox. Many years ago, tool storage was only available with "friction slide" drawers meaning opening and closing was rough, noisy and prone to damage.

Since then Ball Bearing Slides or Roller Bearing Slides have become the norm in any quality storage unit. Both slides (left side/right side) features multiple miniature lubricated ball bearings which provide a smooth open and close of each drawer. 

Good units should also feature a "quick release" mechanism allowing easy removal of drawers for lubrication of bearings or in the off chance a hand tool is lost behind one of the drawers.


Not far behind the ever important BBS drawers comes SECURITY. 

To a mechanic or trades person, their livelihood and potentially thousands of dollars worth of tools are stored in one or two units. 

Look for a system with an INTERNAL LOCKING SYSTEM that cannot be tampered with. Generally you will not be able to see or access any of the locking mechanism except for the key hole. A dual key set is also preferable (one regular, one spare key).


Whether you are looking at purchasing a roller cabinet, intermediate chest or top chest, the side handles need to be SOLID.
In a workshop environment, tool storage is always going to be maneuvered from job to job. The last thing a mechanic needs is an out of control box or damaged chest because the handle has snapped or fallen off. 

Look for solid chrome/steel handles that can withstand the weight strain once boxes are loaded and moved around. Avoid hollow and light frame handles.

The difference between an empty tool cabinet and a "loaded" tool cabinet is extreme. When a toolbox is filled with tools, it can add anywhere from 100kg – 750kg in weight to the box (depending on size).

Because of this, high quality, high load rating castors are required to absorb all of that weight as well as maintain maneuverability.
As a guide, any roller cabinet that is 26 inches (650mm) in width and above should come with castors that are at least 4 inches x 1.5 inches but preferably 5 inches x 2 inches. 


A good paint finish not only provides a nice look, but protection from the inevitable scratching that will occur in a workshop. 

Don’t expect the paint to withstand any major damage but it should be able to prevent nasty bare metal marks with only slight scratches.


A handy addition to any tool storage is the non-slip mats that come inside the drawers. You don’t want your tools sliding all over the place and/or damaging drawers. These mats, protect your box, protect your tools and keep things from flying around. 

Look for a unit that includes these free or has them available as an accessory.

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