Stanley rolling tool station/toolbox

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Stanley rolling tool station/toolbox

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I was looking for a rolling toolbox to take my tools around an extensive site that I am on regularly. After long hard looking I decided that most rolling toolboxes had either wheels too small or too flimsy. I finally settled on the Stanley 020800R - FATMAX® 4-in-1 Mobile Work Station. Cost between £60 and £99 typically £99. The first thing I noticed were the wheels were large enough to climb stairs albeit slowly but it can do it easily. The next thing to note the wheels do look rather flimsy but they have held up so far.

The next notable feature is the pull bar, which to me seems very flimsy for the monet, made of light alloy tubes and doesn't feel too strong but so far has held up, only time will tell. At the side are two locking bars that must be released before opening the unit. Once the locking bars are released a catch at the front is lifted and the unit pushed gently (yes gently even when fully loaded) to reveal the storage compartments. The top box is opened by releasing the catches and swinging the lid out backwards. There is nothing to hold the lid except it's own hinges so taking out the inner tray it's important NOT to place it on the upturned lid. I will be making a support to overcome this, it's easily done. All tools are revealed and easily accessed by yourself (and any thieving git that focuses in on your AMAZING toolbox).

Some organizing of the lower compartment is in my opinion required but it will hold an amazing amount of tools.

The middle section is like a huge storage area for screws fasteners parts and what have you. Personally I removed the dividers and use it for tools only.

Close in the tool wagon as I call it, up and securing it is easy. Although it does have any real security other than a locking point for a padlock, that wouldn't stop a thief from taking the LOT, a little thought will show you how to apply a couple of locks and a chain or steel wire secured to something immoveable. .

BY far the worst feature of the tool wagon is getting it into a van, but I have to say that there are two perfectly placed lifting araes at each side so this makes it easier but it has to be said it really heavy fully loaded. I have to leave a space in my Peugeot Partner side door where this huge kit only just fits with mm to spare. It does however stay put without restraint when closed since the wheels are off the ground just enough to stop it rolling around (Clever)

NOt bad value for money, I expect it to last a couple of years only time will tell though.

You can see an animation of the unit here http://is.gd/CKpVoZ "click the view demo button"
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If you can get this for less that £99.00 it will be worth it, I paid £60 in a well known DIY chain however I don't think I would have paid more and it is a great but for the DIYer aswell as the professional. I give it 4/5
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Re: Stanley rolling tool station/toolbox

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Looks like a handy piece of kit :thumbright:

Thanks for the review :wink:
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I hope it helps those that are thinking about this box. I have no real regrets about buying it.
The really REALLY WEAK thing about these is that if someone want to steal all your tools it isn't hard.
My tools are only insured when in the van and it's locked.
It does take some getting used to and I find that I still have to run back to the van from time to time.
The price has gone up to around £100 now even where I bought it
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Thanks Rex,good review :thumbright:
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I've been using the rolling toolbox some months now and I can honestly say the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
The main disadvantages are that I still need to return to the van for materials from time to time but a little planning often lessens the need.
Lifting the thing in and out of the van is a the worst disadvantage for me. I am a 13 stone weakling and it is sometimes a real nuisance and it remains easy to steal, so I'm going to buy a chain and padlock to secure it with.
Look out for it on special offer if you are interested in one of these as I bought mine for 59.99 in B&Q.
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Re: Stanley rolling tool station/toolbox

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After much dickering (or "deliberation" as the posh folk call it) I've just bought myself a Stanley 1-94-850 Fat Max Promobile Job Chest like this one:
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to replace my existing Stanley 1-92-083 job chests like this:
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which many tradesmen will be familiar with. The new box seems enormous, but it is watertight, is lockable and the lid will hold both a 22in saw and a 24in/600mm spirit level so it has it's advantages. Full review to follow once I've put it through it's paces on a job
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