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Looking For A Rigid Tool Box? Consider The Rest, And Then Choose DECKED

Looking For A Rigid Tool Box? Consider The Rest, And Then Choose DECKED

There are many different rigid tool box options on the market now. Any hardware store you visit will not only probably have their own in-house plastic, aluminum, or steel rigid tool box line, but will also sell examples from national brands. It may be that you’ve already set your mind on a Craftsman rigid tool box, a Snap-on rigid tool box, a Husky rigid tool box, or something else entirely. However, we’d like to ask you to consider a well-made and versatile rigid tool box from DECKED, or even a tool box storage and transportation solution like the DECKED Drawer System.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, we should take a closer look at rigid tool boxes generally, how different types compare, and what really makes some products special.


DECKED Drawer System and DECKED Tool Box on construction site


What Types Of Rigid Tool Box Are Available?

Well, how rigid is “rigid”? No one would argue that a standing tool cabinet made of 16-gauge steel was rigid, but is a small plastic tool box rigid? In the same way, a soft-sided canvas tool tote is clearly not “rigid”, but what about a traditional wooden tool box? So let’s look at the main types of tool boxes used today.



Hand Held Rigid Tool Box

Hand held tool boxes are usually among the smallest on the market, and most of them can be considered fairly rigid. Anything made of hard plastic, wood, aluminum, steel, or some combination of the 4 which you can pick up and transport manually would then be a hand held rigid tool box.

A hand held rigid tool box does not hold anywhere near the volume of tools that a static or rolling rigid tool box might, but it is much more portable. The entire point of any hand held tool box is that it can literally go anywhere you can go. A hand held model is also likely to be the least expensive type of rigid tool box you can buy.

Combination Box and Rigid Stackable Tool Box

Next, we’ll be looking at the largest class of rigid tool boxes – the rigid stackable tool box, also called the combination box or combination cabinet. This is what you might think of a mechanic’s tool chest. They exist in almost every professional garage or workshop environment, and in quite a few home hobbyist’s workspaces as well.

A rigid stackable tool box typically consists of 2 or more separate rigid tool box products, but they can be purchased as matching sets. Commonly, the bottom-most rigid tool box will be mounted on caster wheels, allowing the entire stack to be moved around the workshop to a limited extent. Some of these are very large and can weigh a ton or more when completely full, so they aren’t moved all that often. For the sale of safety, the wheels typically stay locked and immobile.

Though the rigid stackable tool box is the largest type of rigid tool box, there is a great deal of variation within the class. You could easily buy a combination cabinet or bottom box that is less than 2 feet wide or 4 feet tall. On the other hand, you could buy a combination box that is literally 12 feet wide, 3 feet deep, and as tall as you dare stack it.

Pit Box Rigid Tool Box System

A pit box is midway between a hand held rigid tool box and a combination tool chest. It consists of a stack of interlocking rigid tool boxes, either attached to a dolly-like single set of wheels, or to a bottom rigid tool box with an extendable handle. They move around like luggage, and are just about as portable.

Rigid Rolling Tool Box

A rigid rolling tool box or tool cart is a wheeled cart. It is similar to the bottom box of a rigid stackable tool box set, but not identical. The wheels are usually much larger and capable of moving over different flooring types easily. One does not usually put a top box on top of a rigid rolling tool box, and many kinds make this impossible anyway.

They are similar to bottom boxes in that they contain drawers and cupboards for tool storage and organization, and in that they often have a smooth, hard top that can serve as a mobile work surface.

Rigid Tool Box For Truck Use

You won’t always find a rigid tool box in a workshop or a closet. One of the next most common places to spot a rigid tool box is mounted to a truck or working vehicle. Large cargo trucks often require tools or other heavy gear on the road to deal with emergencies or simply to maintain their load. Smaller trucks might be used by mechanics, technicians, or workmen who need to transport their own tools to the worksite.

Both types of users need a secure, weatherproof way to protect, transport, and organize their tools and gear. This will almost always be a rigid tool box mounted to the truck bed, to the bed rails, or directly to a trailer. A rigid tool box for truck use, then, needs to be tough, durable, and have an excellent lock.

Rigid Jobsite Box

A rigid jobsite box has many of the same design features as a rigid tool box for truck mounting. It must be large, secure, and weatherproof. However, it need not be light. In fact, the heavier a rigid jobsite box is, the safer your tools are. After all, no one is going to run off with it without first stealing a forklift!

Therefore, a rigid jobsite box will almost always be made of steel, and be far too large to move without special equipment – certainly when full of heavy tools and gear!


DECKED Drawer System with sporting gear



Does It Matter What A Rigid Tool Box Is Made Out Of?

Yes, it certainly does. Some materials are excellent for some purposes and terrible at others. There are very few materials that are good in every situation, and these tend to be integrated combinations of 2 or more materials, like most fine DECKED products.

A typical small rigid tool box will be primarily plastic with a few metal parts, but aluminum and steel versions of the portable rigid tool box are certainly available. Not many places make wooden tool boxes anymore, and those you can find are almost exclusively small, handheld pieces. Large workshop tool boxes are almost always steel, and a rigid tool box for truck use could be made of steel, aluminum, or reinforced plastic.

The reason you’ll see so many different materials in use is because each material has its strengths and its weaknesses:


Rigid Tool Box, Plastic

Tool boxes were first made of high-impact plastic many years ago, and it completely disrupted the industry. Early plastics were prone to bending and shattering, and completely unsuitable for tool box use. When all you had to work with was wood, steel, and aluminum, finding the perfect compromise between weight, strength, and durability was difficult.

Today, plastic (with or without metal reinforcing) is the material of choice for small, handheld tool boxes. The latest high density reinforced plastics are also becoming very successful in the truck-mounted tool box market, because they are lighter and less expensive than steel, yet stronger and more durable than aluminum.

DECKED Crossbox

What about security? Will a rigid plastic tool box actually deter thieves and unauthorized users? Yes. Today, many plastic rigid tool boxes (like the DECKED Tool Box we’ll look at later) have heavily reinforced and armored locks and closures, designed to make them as tamper-proof as a steel rigid tool box without compromising their weight or cost.  You can increase the security of a plastic rigid tool box even more by storing it in something like the DECKED Drawer System.


Rigid Tool Box, Aluminum

Many people like an aluminum rigid tool box for use in or on working vehicles. They choose aluminum because of its bright, attractive finish and because it is much lighter and less expensive than a steel rigid tool box would be. Aluminum also weathers quite well, and will not corrode even in difficult environments. However, an aluminum rigid tool box will still typically be more expensive and less secure than a reinforced plastic one.


Rigid Tool Box, Steel

Steel tool boxes are popular as well. You’ll find examples in all sizes and styles of rigid tool box, from a handheld tool box to a steel truck box, or a huge mechanic’s tool chest. Steel is probably the most durable tool box material. It is also quite durable, doesn’t bend easily, and will be very secure. A rigid steel tool box is also likely to be the most expensive option, as well as the heaviest.  

A Detailed Look At A Few Rigid Tool Box Products

With so much on the market today, we’ll only be able to give you a small sample of all of the different kinds of rigid tool box available. Naturally, most of them will be DECKED products as well.  

Ridgid 22 In. Pro Tool Box

This 22-inch plastic tool box from RidgidT ools is made of a durable high impact plastic resin similar to that in most DECKED products. Its latches are metal, however, and both can be padlocked. It weighs just over 10 pounds, and can carry up to 50 pounds of tools ,or other gear.

Reviewers of this particular model have praised durability, the effectiveness of its weather proof seal, and its low price. Others have called attention to quality control issues, particularly in its plastic and metal hinges.  

Decked Drawer System


The DECKED Crossbox Rigid Tool Box

The DECKED Crossbox is a fine little plastic tool box. It is in fact made of the same recyclable high impact plastic resin formula which has made DECKED so popular. As a result, it is strong, very lightweight, and versatile. A Crossbox can be the tool box you keep in the closet for DIY projects, the rigid tool box you keep behind the seat in your truck, or just one of many rigid tool box kits you keep packed up in a DECKED Tool Box or the DECKED Drawer System.



The DECKED D-Box Rigid Plastic Tool Box

The DECKED D-Box is a great choice for a rigid tool box. It uses a unique plastic resin formula that not only delivers extreme strength and durability, it is completely recyclable. In fact, all DECKED products leave the factory already containing a high volume of recycled material. Not only is it weatherproof, the DECKED D-Box offers removable internal dividers to keep your tools or other pieces of light equipment safe, and organized. Like the DECKED Crossbox, it is fully compatible with the rigid tool box organization features in both the DECKED Tool Box and the DECKED Drawer System.  

The DECKED Tool Box Rigid Tool Box For Trucks: The Better Solution


The DECKED Tool Box is in many ways a traditional “saddle” style tool box for trucks. However, we spent a great deal of the design process making a truck box lid more rigid so that we could deliver a truly superior product. Unlike many aluminum rigid truck boxes, you can actually step on the lid of the DECKED Tool Box. It is heavily reinforced with steel and aluminum in just the right places, giving you all the strength and security you need with the lightness, weather resistance, and durability that only UV-resistant high density plastic resin can provide.


The DECKED Drawer System – The Ultimate In Rigid Tool Box Transportation And Organization

DECKED drawer system and DECKED Tool Boxes

The DECKED Drawer System offers two weatherproof, securely lockable, bed-length drawers where you can transport and store up to a ton of gear, equipment, or other rigid tool boxes without giving up a single square inch of your truck bed. Remember, everything DECKED makes is designed and built in the USA, and is completely recyclable!

We hope you learned a little about rigid boxes in general, and became familiar with some of the rigid tool box organizing solutions DECKED has to offer. If you think you need a rigid tool box, you really need DECKED.