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    Posted: 08 Jan. 2022 at 12:16am
I would like to find a 4-6 drawer Mid chest for one of my roll aways I currently have a US General bottom chest with a Craftsman 3 drawer mid and a 9 drawer Craftsman top chest.

I can't use the top of the thing as its to high off the ground to see into. And I never seem to have enough of the 1.5" tall drawers.

Years ago in a Pawn shop I found a beat up Craftsman 4 drawer Mid chest all the drawers were 1.5" deep 26" wide and I have that in the middle of a second stack.

I wish I could find another one like it but of the next higher quality level to replace the 3 drawer I have now.

Just one of those things they don't make any more or they are stupid expensive. If I didn't have some of my tools packed away in an old 3 drawer tool box and a bunch of them in my Office at my Hobby bench I would never have room for what I have.

Always seams to be a problem.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote drm101 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan. 2022 at 9:17am
I was at Lowes the other day and looked at their toolboxes and wondered to myself why I didn't buy one and get rid of my old Craftsman boxes. They seem well built and reasonably priced. Of course, that's as far as it went. 
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Almost all GOOD tool boxes are pricy. The cheap ones don't hold up. My 2 three-tier automotive tool boxes are all very old NAPA New Britain boxes that are close to 50 years old because that was all I could afford at the time. Nothing fancy but they are still serviceable. My lathe and mill precision tooling goes into 2 three-tier Kennedy machinist boxes and they are very nice for storing my micrometers, calipers, sine vises, R-8 mill tooling, etc. Too nice for storing mechanic's hand tools.
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In my experience, most everything good is pricey and always has been, today or yesterday. Buy it once and it lasts a lifetime (given good care).
How many manufacturer's really have that in mind when they pitch for your money today? Not many.
Quality lasts, junk don't. I try to buy Made in U.S.A everywhere I can, but quality for the cost can trump that with my wallet. Just my 2 cents.

I like that there's so much 2nd hand stuff readily available today. Lots of quality and life left in it if you shop smart.


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I can wish in one hand and crap in the other but yup all my stuff is used. Yard sale here, swap meet there, some is better-some is worse but at the end of day I have a place to put my tools away.
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Originally posted by Mark W. Mark W. wrote:

Years ago in a Pawn shop I found a beat up Craftsman 4 drawer Mid chest all the drawers were 1.5" deep 26" wide and I have that in the middle of a second stack.

I wish I could find another one like it but of the next higher quality level to replace the 3 drawer I have now.

Just one of those things they don't make any more or they are stupid expensive. If I didn't have some of my tools packed away in an old 3 drawer tool box and a bunch of them in my Office at my Hobby bench I would never have room for what I have.

Always seams to be a problem.



I wasn't aware Craftsman ever marketed a 4 drawer intermediate chest in their "home owner" line.  I bought a couple of their 3 drawer versions once when they were on sale for $50.  They are junk and you can't really put anything heavy in those drawers.

I still have all the regular Craftsman roller/chests/intermediates I bought 50 years ago and all are still completely functional.  Those el-cheapo intermediates are the two to the left.  There are two more 5 drawer rollers under the bench and four more in the shop.

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My grandpa bought his Craftsman toolbox early on. I saw it first in the mid 60s & it was well used then. It is a grey box, not red. My cousin's box has slider drawers & he still uses it at home today. I did not think that Sears had different boxes for commercial or home use back then, but this cousin disagrees. He is probably right.

I have a grey Craftsman tool box from my other grandpa. It also was well used it the 1960s, yet it has roller bearing drawers. I used it daily until about three years ago. It works well.

I have only seen the four drawer middle tool boxes in pawn shops. Some are well built & some are just junk. The older ones are well built. They are usually grey in color yet, not always.

Mark, I suggest you look in the pawnshops in your area. Portland has quite a few, or at least it did when I was there. Salem should also have some.

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LOL Matt yes Portland has a lot of pawn shops. I though tend to stay well away from that (insert much less then appealing adjective here) But I might call around the outlying areas. Afterall I did find the one I have in Woodburn.
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Is the drag strip still operational in Woodburn? I spent a few evenings there back in the day.
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Woodburn Drag strip is a going concern they have a full calendar from April to November. I haven't been in a while but I still get their schedule in the mail every spring. Its a really really good track. We even did some spruce up work there a while back. They have a very good relationship with the property owners around them Each of them getting season passes. I've delivered landscape materials to a couple of the places around there and a number of the people who live close are racers. Plus they are a big draw for the city.
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That is good news!
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Craftsman like many iconic America brands have gone so down hill, I wouldn’t touch any of their newer stuff with a 10 foot pole. If I buy Craftsman, its vintage Craftsman. 

Which is heart breaking to say. Thumbs Down 
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