Organising Tools: A Guide to Available Options

Need for tool drawers

The need for tool drawers is necessitated as your mechanical skills are developed and you become a tool collector to expose yourself to greater and quality mechanical work. If the tools are not organized, it can lead to piling up of tools on work benches or on other multiple locations or shelves and the user can face the inconvenience of lost or damaged tools as a consequence.

Tool drawers’ options 

Various companies have developed and made available a variety of quality tool drawers for proper tool maintenance and organization. The list of tool drawers includes but is not limited to Top Box (or Tool Chest), Roller Cabinet (or Bottom Box), Combination Box (or Combo Box or Combo Unit), Side Cabinet and Pit Box.

Tool Chest, Roller Cabinets and Combo Units

A tool chest can be used alone or in combination with a roller cabinet. These are designed in such a way to sit at least waist-high. They are spacious enough to accommodate a number of small tools. It may be difficult to carry these tool drawers, since they do not usually come with wheels.

Roller Cabinets or ‘bottom box’ as the name suggests, are designed to serve as a base for a tool chest; though they can be also used as stand-alone tool drawers. They come with wheels and are easy to carry.

A Combo Unit or Combination Box is a combination of a tool chest and roller cabinet. They can be made on your own but it is a good idea to purchase it directly from a manufacturer to ensure that they fit together correctly.

Side Cabinet

A Side Cabinet is not a stand-alone tool drawer and is designed to be hanged or installed alongside the roller cabinet. They are ideal to be used with Combo Units for greater capacity.

Pit Box

A Pit Box is similar to a roller cabinet; with the exception of having larger wheels and a handle to pull the drawer. The weight of these tool drawers may cause them to be pulled by a small tractor.