Tool Chest Buyers Guide: Which Tool Chest Do I Need?

Whether you're working indoors, outdoors, doing DIY, or working on a car, discover the best tool box for your task with this simple guide.

A tool chest is more than just a place you can store your tools, it’s an imperative part of your arsenal no matter what level of proficiency. In other words, whether it’s home DIY, a professional car garage, or even large scale industrial building work, a decent tool chest is an absolute must.

With all this in mind though, you shouldn’t just buy any old box, you need the best tool chest and the best toolbox for your circumstances. You’ll want something that’s the right size, shape and design for your requirements; so if you find yourself wondering ‘which toolbox is the best for DIY?’ or indeed simply how to choose a toolbox, you’ve come to the right place.

Here at SGS Engineering we have an impressive range of chests, cabinets and boxes to cover all purposes and in this post we detail which of our range is best-suited to different industries and uses.

Why you need a tool chest

Before we go through some examples though, here’s a few reasons why a tool chest or toolbox is such an essential thing to have:

  • Your tools are in a convenient location, ready for when you need them
  • They’re also safely and securely stored away
  • An organised tool chest can make your tasks quicker and more efficient
  • Having tools in a box or chest keeps them protected and reduces the risk of damage

Need some new tools to fill out your shiny new tool chest? At SGS we have a large range of power tools, ideal for even the most advanced DIY tool box:

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The right tool chest for you

So, whether working indoors, outdoors, at home or for commercial purposes, find out below which tool chest from the SGS range is the right choice for you.

Option:
21” Heavy Duty Metal Cantilever Toolbox

About: The first in our list is very much what it says on the box. A smaller but sturdy toolbox complete with a useful carry handle and robust heavy-gauge steel construction. Perfect for: Arguably the best DIY toolbox from our selection, the compact size means it can fit nicely into your home, shed or garage. More importantly though it can house all your basics such as screwdrivers, pliers, hammers and the other tools you’ll use for those little domestic jobs. About:
The first in our list is very much what it says on the box. A smaller but sturdy toolbox complete with a useful carry handle and robust heavy-gauge steel construction.
Perfect for:
Arguably the best DIY toolbox from our selection, the compact size means it can fit nicely into your home, shed or garage. More importantly though it can house all your basics such as screwdrivers, pliers, hammers and the other tools you’ll use for those little domestic jobs. View Now

Option: Mobile Heavy Duty 3 Part Tool Box

STC500AIf the 3 part version is a little large for your requirements, we also stock a smaller Mobile Rolling Suitcase Tool Box, made of the same heavy duty plastic. With carry handle and rear wheels, this box is ideal for someone who needs to be able to throw some tools in the back of a large car or van. Weighing just 11kg - you don't get much more convenient than this tool box. View Now

 

Option:
Mechanics’ 8 Drawer Tool Box Chest & Barn Door Roller Cabinet

About: This 8 drawer tool cabinet is mounted on casters for easy mobility and can usefully store up to 8kg of tools in each respective drawer. It features a sturdy steel frame and smart, smooth-opening sliders. Perfect for: As the same suggests this one is something a mechanic can certainly enjoy, but it’s a definite winner for any home garage. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a car expert, or you enjoy working on vehicles as a hobby, this tool chest is for you. The eight drawers easily allow you to store your tools, plus the bottom cabinet is perfect for oils and other vehicle fluid storage. It also offers the winning combination of being big enough for your tools, yet tall and compact enough to snugly fit against your garage wall. About:
This 8 drawer tool cabinet is mounted on casters for easy mobility and can usefully store up to 8kg of tools in each respective drawer. It features a sturdy steel frame and smart, smooth-opening sliders.
Perfect for:
As the same suggests this one is something a mechanic can certainly enjoy, but it’s a definite winner for any home garage. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a car expert, or you enjoy working on vehicles as a hobby, this tool chest is for you. The eight drawers easily allow you to store your tools, plus the bottom cabinet is perfect for oils and other vehicle fluid storage. It also offers the winning combination of being big enough for your tools, yet tall and compact enough to snugly fit against your garage wall. View Now

STC1000-CabinetSomething similar - We also stock a similar tool chest, with "up and over" style cabinet door (instead of the barn-door), which is ideal for more awkward shaped tool, that you always need within grabbing distances. This ever popular tool chest is great value  and comes with the tool hooks, security locking top box and super smooth draws, with fitted draw liners. View More

 

Option:
Mechanics’ Tool Cart Trolley & Workstation

About: One of the most convenient sets we have, this mobile workstation also comes with a steel frame, smooth-opening drawers and a 50kg load capacity in the bottom shelf alone. Its party piece is the lockable sliding top tray for placing your tools on when in use. Perfect for: Despite also having the ‘mechanic’ namesake, these are a top choice for a number of different working environments both inside and outside, or again in your home garage. Everything from hairdressers to schools and handymen can make use of these compact mobile units and the non-slip linings will ensure your tools stay safe and where they are, whether it’s a wrench, some paint tins, or some thinning scissors. About:
One of the most convenient sets we have, this mobile workstation also comes with a steel frame, smooth-opening drawers and a 50kg load capacity in the bottom shelf alone. Its party piece is the lockable sliding top tray for placing your tools on when in use.
Perfect for:
Despite also having the ‘mechanic’ namesake, these are a top choice for a number of different working environments both inside and outside, or again in your home garage. Everything from hairdressers to schools and handymen can make use of these compact mobile units and the non-slip linings will ensure your tools stay safe and where they are, whether it’s a wrench, some paint tins, or some thinning scissors. View Now

STCC550Or go pro - If the mechanics tool cart isn't quite going to fit your mobile arsenal of tools, have a look at the Professional Heavy Duty Tool Cart & Parts Trolley. With more space, an 80kg load capacity, super smooth “US Ball Bearing Slider" drawers and sturdy locking lid, held by gas struts, this tool cart is for professionals and serious enthusiasts. View More

 

Option:
26" Professional 17 Drawer Tool Chest, Middle & Cabinet

STC10TMB About:
Designed for the maximum possible tool storage, even when working in a tight space, the 17 Drawer Chest, Middle and Cabinet, is a heavy duty professional quality storage solution, fitted with super smooth ball bearing slider drawers that effortlessly glide open with a reassuringly sturdy “click” when fully extended. The double wall steel construction, reinforced base, powder coated finish and single tumbler lock make for a safe, secure and sturdy product.
Perfect for:
If you’re looking for an impressive tool storage solution, with a small footprint and for a fantastic price, you can’t go wrong with this bundle. Ideal for workshops, automotive industries and home garages, the large handle and heavy duty wheels keep everything portable and convenient. View Now

STC10T-Bottom-DrawerYour tool chest, your way - Maybe you don't need the Middle Section right away or you'd like just the Rollar Cabinet Base for now. A brand new, professional tool chest can be quite the upfront expense, however SGS sell all the components of this tool chest individually - you need only purchase the bits you require. This means as your storage requirements change, you can add to your cabinet as required. View Now 

 

Option: 36" Professional 13 Drawer Tool Chest & Roller Cabinet

About: If you’re looking for a top quality roll-away tool chest, the exceptional 36" Professional 13 Drawer Tool Chest & Roller Cabinet bundles is an incredibly priced solution. All the draws lock with a single tumbler lock and four polypropylene wheel with locking brakes provide mobility around your work space. Perfect for: A large workshop, automotive, in a professional garage or a particularly impressive home garage. If you need plenty of storage, something secure and hard wearing, the STC3600TB could be the chest for you. About:
If you’re looking for a top quality roll-away tool chest, the exceptional 36" Professional 13 Drawer Tool Chest & Roller Cabinet bundles is an incredibly priced solution. All the draws lock with a single tumbler lock and four polypropylene wheel with locking brakes provide mobility around your work space.
Perfect for:
A large workshop, automotive, in a professional garage or a particularly impressive home garage. If you need plenty of storage, something secure and hard wearing, the STC3600TB could be the chest for you. View Now

Option:
75” Professional 33 Drawer Tool Chest, Cabinet & Two Side Lockers

About: Quite the specimen to behold, one of the biggest in our range and arguably one of the best professional garage tool chests, or options for large scale manufacturing and construction to consider. There’s a wealth of space with its 33 drawers – ideal if you have lots of tools or want to grow your collection – and as you’d expect it’s incredibly strong and has a reinforced base for added durability. Plus, it’s also on large casters for easy movement around the workplace. Perfect for: As aforementioned, any professional garage or construction business with a need for space and tool security can benefit from this chest. That being said, if you’re a bit of a tool fanatic and have a substantial collection, then this is also the tool chest for you. Not only is the SGS range great value, there’s a number of other options to consider as well. These include similar styles of chests and boxes to the above, but in different sizes and capacities. This way if you’re looking only for the best, whether it’s a slightly larger DIY toolbox or a different type of chest for your business, we’re sure to have what you need. About:
Quite the specimen to behold, one of the biggest in our range and arguably one of the best professional garage tool chests, or options for large scale manufacturing and construction to consider. There’s a wealth of space with its 33 drawers – ideal if you have lots of tools or want to grow your collection – and as you’d expect it’s incredibly strong and has a reinforced base for added durability. Plus, it’s also on large casters for easy movement around the workplace.
Perfect for:
As aforementioned, any professional garage or construction business with a need for space and tool security can benefit from this chest. That being said, if you’re a bit of a tool fanatic and have a substantial collection, then this is also the tool chest for you. View Now

STC4200TFully modular - All the component parts are available to purchase individually, for a cost effective modular tool chest. Buy a 42" Roller Cabinet and add the 8 Drawer Tool Chest or a couple of Side Lockers separately for your individual requirements. We stock a number of different bundles so you always get the very best of value. View Now

 

 

Option: 72" Stainless Steel 15 Drawer Work Bench Tool Chest Cabinet

STC7200B About: This beautiful tool chest and work bench is set on super smooth ball bearing slider, and is constructed from 20 gauge stainless steel with a reinforced base guaranteeing you years of good service. If you want a storage solution that’s as impressive as it is practical, you couldn’t choose better than one of these stainless steel chests with finished wooden worktops. Perfect for: Any setting where you really want to show off. Showrooms, high end workshops, or even a super-swish home garage – this tool chest would look amazing wherever you put it. View Now

STC9600B

Is bigger, better? If 75" of stainless steel workbench isn't enough of a statement piece, we also offer a colossal 96" Stainless Steel 24 Drawer Work Bench Tool Chest Cabinet version featuring the same high quality sliders and wooden worktop. The 6 large caster swivel wheels mean you can still move the giant chest around a workshop. The four corner wheels have heavy brake for securing everything in place. View Now  

 

Whether you're looking for a highly portable tool cart or a heavy duty cabinet and chest set, we're bound to have some thing perfect for your requirements. We offer 10 years warranty on all our heavy duty tools chests, so whichever option you choose, you can be sure you're getting high quality tool storage, that will last for years to come. Search our full range today.

Ask the Experts

iconNot only do we design the tool boxes here at SGS, but most of our sales and customer service team own their own SGS tool chests and boxes, so if you do have any questions about our products, please get in touch via either the contact form here or give us a call on 01332 576 850. If you need help selecting exactly the right bundle or storage solution for your needs,  ask our in-house experts today.