5 Considerations When Buying a New Toolbox

I'm not a very handy kind of girl. In fact I would even go so far as to say I've got two left hands when it comes to DIY.

Unfortunately  my husband isn't that much better. Though compared to me, he's like superman when it comes to fixing things around the house.

But there are some things I cán do! Like using a hammer and nail to hang a picture! Which I like to do often, because I love pictures.

It all starts with the right tools!

Whether you're very handy or not, it all starts with having the right tools! You can be Bob the Builder himself, but if you don't have the right toolbox, you're doomed. Unless you're MacGyver of course, because he could probably build a plane from an old shed with his bare hands!

I'm MacGyver and I can build a plan from an old shed! Yes I can!

There's no such thing as a universal toolbox. Everyone has different needs and expectations from their garage, so the right toolbox for you will depend on a whole host of personal, preferential and financial factors. But what are these special and unique criteria when choosing a toolbox? Here are five things to keep in mind when hitting the hardware store.

1: Price 

Simple toolboxes can generally be found for less than $100, but the more advanced models can run you anywhere from $1,000-$3,000. The former is fine if you're just a part-time fiddler in the garage, but if you're a serious auto mechanic or an active handyman around the house, it may be worth the investment for something with more longevity.

2: Material 

Steel is the most common material of the modern toolbox; it's waterproof, shock-proof and easy to roll or haul around for its weight. That said, you might want high-impact plastic if you're on a budget or aluminum if you're looking for something particularly durable. You can even find wooden toolboxes made for style.

3: Intended Use 

Why do you need a toolbox in the first place? Construction workers should focus on light, portable models that are easily carried from one site to the next. Homeowners might prefer something solid and sturdy for permanent residence in their garage. Parents will want locked drawers and unscratchable surfaces.

4: Organization 

 Drawers are only the start of your toolbox's internal organization. You should also look for racks, belts, buckets and compartments that will make storing your tools as easy as opening a door. Consider, too, any special features offered by the model. Do the shelves expand? Are the drawers padded? Visit sites like Elite Toolboxes (EliteToolboxes.com) to get an idea of your options.

5: Maintenance 

Before you wheel out a brand-new toolbox with floor-to-ceiling metal, remember that you'll need to clean all of that on a regular basis to ensure that your tools don't rust and your wheels don't squeak.

Whatever you buy will require upkeep to function at optimal levels, so make sure you're committed to the prospect.

If you're in the market for a new toolbox, these are just a few considerations to help you make a smarter purchasing decision.

Whether you're looking for a simple red box or an elite, high-end organizational system, these five tips should get you back under the hood in no time.

Also check out this guide about choosing the best RVS toolbox!

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