Looking For A Ridgid Tool Box? Consider The Rest, And Then Choose DECKED
There are many different ridgid 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 ridgid tool box line, but will also sell examples from national brands. It may be that you’ve already set your mind on a Craftsman ridgid tool box, a Snap-on ridgid tool box, a Husky ridgid tool box, or something else entirely. However, we’d like to ask you to consider a well-made and versatile ridgid 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 ridgid tool boxes generally, how different types compare, and what really makes some products special.
What Types Of Ridgid Tool Box Are Available?
Well, how ridgid is “ridgid”? No one would argue that a standing tool cabinet made of 16-gauge steel was ridgid, but is a small plastic tool box ridgid? In the same way, a soft-sided canvas tool tote is clearly not “ridgid”, but what about a traditional wooden tool box? So let’s look at the main types of tool boxes used today.
Hand Held Ridgid Tool Box
Hand held tool boxes are usually among the smallest on the market, and most of them can be considered fairly ridgid. 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 ridgid tool box.
A hand held ridgid tool box does not hold anywhere near the volume of tools that a static or rolling ridgid 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 ridgid tool box you can buy.
Combination Box and Ridgid Stackable Tool Box
Next, we’ll be looking at the largest class of ridgid tool boxes – the ridgid 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 ridgid stackable tool box typically consists of 2 or more separate ridgid tool box products, but they can be purchased as matching sets. Commonly, the bottom-most ridgid 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 ridgid stackable tool box is the largest type of ridgid 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 Ridgid Tool Box System
A pit box is midway between a hand held ridgid tool box and a combination tool chest. It consists of a stack of interlocking ridgid tool boxes, either attached to a dolly-like single set of wheels, or to a bottom ridgid tool box with an extendable handle. They move around like luggage, and are just about as portable.
Ridgid Rolling Tool Box
A ridgid rolling tool box or tool cart is a wheeled cart. It is similar to the bottom box of a ridgid 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 ridgid 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.
Ridgid Tool Box For Truck Use
You won’t always find a ridgid tool box in a workshop or a closet. One of the next most common places to spot a ridgid 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 ridgid tool box mounted to the truck bed, to the bed rails, or directly to a trailer. A ridgid tool box for truck use, then, needs to be tough, durable, and have an excellent lock.
Ridgid Jobsite Box
A ridgid jobsite box has many of the same design features as a ridgid tool box for truck mounting. It must be large, secure, and weatherproof. However, it need not be light. In fact, the heavier a ridgid 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 ridgid 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!
Does It Matter What A Ridgid 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 ridgid tool box will be primarily plastic with a few metal parts, but aluminum and steel versions of the portable ridgid 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 ridgid 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:
Ridgid 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.
What about security? Will a ridgid plastic tool box actually deter thieves and unauthorized users? Yes. Today, many plastic ridgid 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 ridgid tool box without compromising their weight or cost. You can increase the security of a plastic ridgid tool box even more by storing it in something like the DECKED Drawer System.
Ridgid Tool Box, Aluminum
Many people like an aluminum ridgid 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 ridgid tool box would be. Aluminum also weathers quite well, and will not corrode even in difficult environments. However, an aluminum ridgid tool box will still typically be more expensive and less secure than a reinforced plastic one.
Ridgid Tool Box, Steel
Steel tool boxes are popular as well. You’ll find examples in all sizes and styles of ridgid 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 ridgid steel tool box is also likely to be the most expensive option, as well as the heaviest.
A Detailed Look At A Few Ridgid 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 ridgid 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 RidgidTools 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.
The DECKED Crossbox Ridgid 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 ridgid tool box you keep behind the seat in your truck, or just one of many ridgid tool box kits you keep packed up in a DECKED Tool Box or the DECKED Drawer System.
The DECKED D-Box Ridgid Plastic Tool Box
The DECKED D-Box is a great choice for a ridgid 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 ridgid tool box organization features in both the DECKED Tool Box and the DECKED Drawer System.
The DECKED Tool Box Ridgid 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 ridgid so that we could deliver a truly superior product. Unlike many aluminum ridgid 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 Ridgid Tool Box Transportation And Organization
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 ridgid 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 ridgid boxes in general, and became familiar with some of the ridgid tool box organizing solutions DECKED has to offer. If you think you need a ridgid tool box, you really need DECKED.