Never Blame Your Tools Again: Solving the DECKED vs. Craftsman Tool Boxes Dilemma

Never Blame Your Tools Again: Solving the DECKED vs. Craftsman Tool Boxes Dilemma

A craftsman is someone who is skillful with their hands. These people are dexterous, pay attention to details, are meticulous with their chosen work, and are accomplished artisans, craftsmen (or women) who need Craftsman tool boxes worthy of their name. Or do they need something more?

Stay with us as we unwrap the dilemma of the Craftsman professional tool boxes in the context of DECKED. Then, you’ll be in a position to make up your mind as to whether these tool boxes match your craftsmanship or if you need something more.

First, we begin by answering questions about where are Craftsman tool boxes made, the various types you find, and who sells these Craftsman tool boxes.

Each Craftsman product description follows with a DECKED alternative. These alternatives should help you decide which brand better fits the needs of your individual craft.

DECKED Tool Box and Drawer System installed and ready for use.

Where Are Craftsman Tool Boxes Made?

Craftsman makes a series of tool boxes, tools, and other equipment from its base in Cheraw, South Carolina. This company has provided customers with tool boxes for nearly a century, so it is well established.

And, like the true craftsmen they employ, they understand plenty about quality and producing premium quality products for people who are in the business of getting their hands dirty (honestly).

And as you would expect from such a well-established company, they use global materials to make their products. But, they are also in the business of innovating and expanding, which is how you grow a business—by anticipating and meeting market demand.

Other than making tool boxes and storage systems, Craftsman makes a myriad of other products, such as:

  • Power tools
  • Outdoor tools and equipment
  • Hand tools
  • Accessories
  • Automotive tools
  • Storage and garage equipment
  • and many more

With such an illustrious resume about where and who makes Craftsman tool boxes, it’s hard not to want to support your artisanal work with any of these tool boxes Craftsman has on offer. So, what types of storage systems can you get from this company?

Craftsman Storage Options

It may seem strange for one brand to promote a competitor's products, but DECKED gives respect where it is due, and in this case, respect is due to Craftsman tool boxes.

One reason for this respect is the broad range that this company creates, like:

  • Jobsite Storage
  • Rolling Tool Cabinets, Tool Chests, and Workstations
  • Tool Bags
  • Tool Boxes
  • Tool Organizers
  • Tool Storage Accessories
  • Truck Boxes

Another reason for respect is the people who make these products because we all live and work in the U.S., and no good artisan blames his tools or disses another one unless they're slacking.

Image of a vintage Craftsman tool box.

So, we'll take a cursory look at each of these products before moving on to where you can find new and vintage Craftsman tool boxes or those for sale.

1. Jobsite Storage

Craftsman reflects one product for jobsite storage on its website: the 28-inch toolbox. You can store hand and power tools together with small and medium items in this unit, up to 66 pounds with a load rating of 95 pounds.

The company uses what they call a structural foam material to make this item, which is durable and includes a water seal. Besides an IP53 water resistance rating, this box features anti-rust metal latches, has a V-groove to store cutting tools in the lid, and has a soft-grip handle. This tool box is also lockable with a padlock.

Craftsman also offers a limited lifetime warranty on this product for material defects and assures customers of excellent service when you provide proof of purchase.

In summary, this appears to be a good product that will work well for artisans who need a smaller, portable tool box.

Image of the black 28" tool box from Crafstman.

If this product doesn't match up with your needs, take a look at DECKED's accessories. These polypropylene tool boxes are rugged and weather and waterproof. Some have removal trays or dividers, and both the D-Box and Crossbox fit into the DECKED Tool Box and Drawer System, making for a diverse gear organizational strategy.

2. Rolling Tool Cabinets, Tool Chests, and Workstations

When it comes to rolling tool cabinets, Craftsman makes more than 20 different models. For the purposes of this article, we’ll stick to describing some aspects of the S2000 26 in. 5-Drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet.

Like many other Craftsman rollaway tool boxes, they are made from heavy-duty steel, including a reinforcing frame. These storage units hold under or over 100 pounds and more, are highly mobile on casters (with brakes), and have soft open and closing drawers.

Each drawer has a liner, and the system is lockable. If you need a stationary storage system, any one of these might do the trick. You can purchase new Craftsman tool boxes at Sears from Craftsman or find used Craftsman tool boxes for sale on various platforms. Because many of the larger rolling cabinets are quite pricey, you may even want to explore your options for Craftsman tool boxes on eBay.

Image of the red and black, 26 inch, 5-drawer rolling cabinet by Craftsman.

However, if you have to travel for your artisanal work, you need something like the DECKED Tool Box or Drawer System that goes with you wherever you work. Also, DECKED products are cost-effective, excellent investments, and we offer financing to invest well in yourself and your craft. So, it's unnecessary to look for second-hand DECKED products when you can purchase them new.

3. Tool Bags

Craftsman makes several tool bags, including the Tradestack, Versastack, and Rolling Tool Bag Combo models. Some are made from a denier material, while others are made from a 1680D fabric, which is highly resistant.

Although too many to describe in detail, the sense you get from exploring the features of these tools and tote bags is that they incorporate excellent designs.

Similarly, DECKED markets softer tool bags, complementing their rigid Tool Box and Drawer System designs.

Two of the DECKED tool bags are:

The D-Bag is a hybrid product, part hard shell like a tortoise, with a softer side. It fits in both the sizeable DECKED storage solutions, is durable, versatile, and ideal for carrying your equipment to and from your primary storage system—either the DECKED Tool Box or Drawer System, or both.

Likewise, the DECKED X Uncharted D-Bag Emergency Kit offers incredible value. In this bag, you'll find a selection of emergency provisions that you can use for work injuries or survival. Why survival? Because many of our customers purchase the DECKED Tool Box and Drawer System for recreation and work.

Image of the DECKED D-Bag.

Imagine you're out on a hunt in icy conditions, and your vehicle breaks down. If you've ever experienced anything like this, you'll be glad to know that the DECKED emergency kit gives you enough to survive for two days while waiting for a rescue.

We hope you'll never need it, but if you have the Seventy2 Pro survival kit and Zeus power station with you, you'll have zero reasons to blame your situation on a lack of preparation, at work, or on your travels.

Just BTW, you're unlikely to find any of these products second-hand as you do the used Craftsman tool boxes for sale Craigslist. This situation is probably because DECKED charges reasonable prices for quality products that our customers find hard to part with—evidence of yet another solution to the DECKED/Craftsman quandary.

Image of the DECKED X Uncharted D-Bag Emergency Kit.

4. Tool Boxes

Unsurprisingly for a company that has existed for close to 100 years, the range of tool boxes they provide is also substantial. Some of these tool boxes are comparable to the DECKED small tool boxes; others are not.

Moreover, you can find Craftsman stackable tool boxes like the Versastack™ System Tower, which is excellent for organizing your gear. But suppose you have the DECKED Tool Box and Drawer System. In that case, you'll never worry about space or organization again because these provide you with comprehensive and adaptable solutions that make others obsolete.

Like the other products, you will also find many Craftsman tool boxes for sale or used Craftsman tool boxes Craiglist, which appears to be a favorite advertising platform for these products.

Unlike Craigslist, you seldom find DECKED products for sale, perhaps due to the differences in prices of these products. However, where Craftsman tool boxes at Lowes and other outlets can be expensive, DECKED has captured the market for value and price (and the hearts of many companies despite only being in the business for a few short years since 2013.

Image of the black and red VERSASTACK™ System Tower,  with stackable tool boxes.

5. Tool Organizers

As with the other product lines, Craftsman stocks many tool organizers. One of these is the 2 PK Organizer, which is a great way to keep track of small items like nails, screws, bolts, and nuts.

Although DECKED doesn't make organizers like this, the D-Box has a removable tray which is convenient for small-item storage. Also, the D-Box and Crossbox fit snugly into its large storage systems.

6. Tool Storage Accessories

Craftsman stocks various accessories ranging from their Magnetic Light Kit to a Magnetic Power Strip and Magnetic Drawer Dividers.

DECKED also manufactures drawer dividers for its Drawer System and tool boxes. Notably, one of these accessories is the PIECEKEEPERS for gun storage in the Drawer System. You can keep your piece and maintain peace with this storage capability.

Other notable accessories in the DECKED range include the DECKED X Pathfinder Survival Kit, T-Tracks, Core-Trax, Double Drawerganizers, Drawer System locks, the D-Rito roll, and many others. All of these accessories are designed with a specific lifestyle in mind that covers on and off-duty pursuits like construction, ranching, fleet management, and fun outdoor pursuits.

When discussing blaming tools for shoddy work, this is not an option with these unique DECKED products. And the market is competitive so DECKED focuses on innovation, also providing customers with an integrated ladder in its tub.

Image of a man climbing the DECKED Tool Box integrated ladder.

Combine the many original accessories with the ladder that telescopes out of the DECKED tub, and you have multiple tools to get the job done exceptionally well.  

7. Truck Boxes

One of the Craftsman truck tool boxes is the 71" matte black full-size low profile truck tool box. This low-profile box gives you more visibility behind you when driving, has a no-drill installation process, locks on both sides, and fits many full-size pickup trucks.

The lid features gas springs, and the aluminum structure is finished with a powder coating as a defense against the elements. A weather-blocking seal also protects the tub's contents from the weather.

If you don’t want to purchase this or any of the other truck boxes new, try searching for used Craftsman tool boxes Craigslist or Craftsman tool boxes on sale elsewhere.

DECKED has fought long and hard to bring its Drawer System and retooled Tool Box into the 21st century. Consequently, truck boxes are where DECKED really shines a light on its inventions. Few brands can compete with the features and benefits of its tub, many of which are evident in the linked article.

Further, if you need a storage solution that supports your entrepreneurial activities, fleet management, military maneuvers, or fun stuff, go with DECKED. In reality, the prices of our new products probably compare better with used Craftsman tool boxes than those you buy new.

And if they don’t, you’ll have the assurance that DECKED offers far more value and we don’t use aluminum fabrication to make our products. Instead, we use high-density polyethylene which is far more durable.

Support Your Craft With the Right Tool Box

Construction worker using the best DECKED Tool Box and integrated ladder to support his craft.

Breaking down the dilemma of the Craftsman and DECKED brands is easy in the face of the benefits that DECKED delivers.

So, instead of settling for the iffy Craftsman tool boxes sale versions, maximize your craftsmanship with DECKED. You can access the financing you need to take your work up several notches by ordering the tub and the Drawer System.

You’ll have all the necessary support of a full-stack storage solution rather than aiming for a bunch of mismatched tool boxes that still don’t help you hone your craft.