Having recently moved house, I’ve learnt the hard way that one of the essentials in life is good storage, especially when it comes to tools. Right now, every little nook in the house is filled with either tools, parts, or various pieces that I’m sure one day will turn out to be useful.
Although I claim to have a system and know where everything I need is (blatant lie), it’s becoming more obvious that sooner or later I’m going to have to invest in a decent tool chest. This is made even more blatantly obvious with the assistance of my girlfriend, who somehow manages to trip over, knock over or stand on my tools, wherever I have put them.
So, for the sake of my girlfriends’ sanity (and also the stability of our relationship) I decided to do some shopping.
The first thing I thought about when I looked into getting a tool chest was “How long is this going to last”. There’s no hiding the fact that these products can be expensive, and there is always the temptation to buy a cheap one. I quickly got over this thought as I’ve been caught out before buying cheap items. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you do get lucky when buying cheap, but more often than not, I’ve found myself having to replace what I’ve thought was a bargain within a couple of weeks.
These items aren’t just storage, they’re investments. You can look at them as an expensive steel box for holding things, but to me, they’re a means of keeping a collection of tools that has taken years to build up and have spent more money on than I like to think about safe.
The next thing I needed to look into was how big of a chest did I need. Granted, right now I don't have the most extensive of tool collections, but every weekend or so I'm picking up a new tool or two. This means that if I buy a small chest, sooner or later I'm going to need to buy another. I need something big, but not too big.
This led me to this item, the Motamec modular tool box trolley cart cabinet chest, with a Martini Racing livery. Plenty of storage and not expensive for what you get, and being a huge fan of Formula One, having something that mirrored the liveries used by one of the teams really sold it for me. Despite its large size, it comes apart into four different modules, so you don’t have to drag the entire case around with you wherever you go.
So, in the end, I didn't get the roller cabinet that I originally wanted, I just didn't have enough tools to fill it, yet. But I can honestly say that I couldn't be happier with the box I got.
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