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A toolbox is the place where we keep our home repair and maintenance tools, so it is a must in any home, as having all the tools in one place makes home maintenance a simpler task.

At Reviewbox we take the task of studying the most relevant details of the products, study user reviews and process the most common doubts to create a complete buying guide so you can choose from the best toolboxes for sale.




Summary

  • A toolbox is used to organise a multitude of tools and parts, so they are often designed with compartments of multiple sizes and shapes. The smaller compartments are called organisers and are used to store accessories and small parts.
  • The most common tool boxes are usually made of plastic due to the strength this material provides, some more expensive ones are made of metal as they are often used to store heavy tools. There are wooden tool boxes intended for ornamental uses.
  • They are intended to be transported, so it is common for them to have retractable hand rests on the smaller boxes. Larger toolboxes have wheels for transport.

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Buying Guide

Now that you know the best tool boxes, we will explain in depth everything you need to know when buying them, from the existing variations, where you can buy them and how much they will cost, to the features you should look for when buying a tool box.

A toolbox is used to organise a multitude of tools and parts, so they are usually designed with compartments of multiple sizes and shapes. (Source: Estrada/ 123rf.com)

What are toolboxes and what are they used for?

A toolbox is a box whose purpose is to store, organise and transport the work tools and accessories that are stored in it. They are widely used by construction workers, bricklayers, do-it-yourselfers and even in chiropody salons and art studios because of their simple and portable design.

Toolboxes come in a variety of shapes, as they are used by a multitude of professionals and amateurs of different specialties, and must accommodate a wide variety of tools of different sizes, designs and accessories. They are usually built to be easily moved and so it is common for them to have wheels or handles.

Materials of construction tend to vary between price ranges and brands, with the most common being metal or plastic. Toolboxes tend to have compartments inside to separate and organise smaller parts, these can be retractable or entirely removable.

Advantages
  • Storage of all tools in one place
  • Protects against corrosion damage
  • Usually portable
  • Organised storage of tools and accessories
  • Variety of sizes and shapes
  • Most are very economically priced
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to find one that fits more exact needs
  • Low quality or impractical models abound

Small toolboxes vs. large toolboxes What should you look out for?

If you can't decide on the size of your toolbox, perhaps it's time to look at the most important advantages of each of these products. As the size of the boxes is a very influential factor in terms of price and usefulness, it is advisable to choose a size that suits your budget and your needs.

Small toolbox Large toolbox
Can be easily transported in cars Difficult to move out of a room
Their size and weight allows them to be moved with one hand and stored easily They have wheels for easy transport
They are usually very inexpensive They are usually more expensive, but more durable
They will not get in the way when working in small spaces They need more space to store them
They are not suitable for storing heavy or large tools They have deep spaces for storing large tools or materials
The amount of tools to store is small They can store most of your tools

As you will see, a small toolbox is best suited for workers who move around a lot from job site to job site, or for people whose repertoire of household tools is small.

A large toolbox (or cabinet) is more suited to workshops and garages, because although they have limited mobility, they can store many more tools of varying sizes without any problem.

What size should my toolbox be?

If, for example, you are a professional home repair and maintenance worker, or a housewife or parent who is not afraid to do home repairs, a small to medium sized toolbox will suffice.

If you have a repair shop, a garage, or simply have a lot of hobbies and a large garage, you'll love having a large toolbox or tool cabinet, and don't worry about having to pull out small tools all the time, as these cabinets often have removable compartments.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of toolboxes.

There are not many things to consider when buying toolboxes and this is both a bad and a good thing. Bad because it is simple and you can make an impulsive purchase without thinking about important factors, good because once you know them it will be difficult to forget them.

Materials of manufacture

Most tool boxes are made of plastic and metal, as these are strong materials capable of holding the weight of the tools.

A toolbox made of wood may not be very practical due to the ease with which it wears and warps, but it can serve as a novel gift for careful people who own tools or small parts that will not damage the box, such as paintbrushes, stationery tools, lego blocks or jewellery.

Keep in mind the equipment you will be storing and the area in which you live before buying a toolbox - if, for example, you are an amateur fisherman and will be buying a toolbox for fishing equipment, it would not be a good idea to buy a toolbox made of a metal that is not very resistant to corrosion.

This is because some parts may still be wet when stored, which together with the humidity of the area will cause your toolbox to rust very quickly. In case you use tools that won't have much contact with water or you don't live in a humid area, you won't have to worry as much about corrosion.

Consider how many tools you have on hand, so you can buy a toolbox that can store all your tools. (Photo: cagper/ pixabay.com)

Your tools

Before you decide to buy a toolbox, think about what tools you have at home and whether it's big enough to store them all. It's also a good idea to plan ahead and buy a large toolbox that can store the tools you plan to buy later.

If, for example, you are painting your house you might want a box with a deep compartment to store different cans of paint, or if you like to repair and create circuits and have a lot of small parts, a toolbox with an organiser included will work well for you, as you can separate the parts by utility or size.

Additional features

Some toolboxes have mats designed to absorb liquids left over from stored parts, so if you work with tools that use a lot of oil, for example, a mat will prevent puddles and stains that are difficult to remove.

Other toolboxes have plastic or rubber corner reinforcements that will protect against bumps and crevices during transport, and some larger ones have metal trays to hold your tools while you work, making them portable desks or workbenches.

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