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The first tool boxes were nothing more than useful shipping and holding containers such as wood or cardboard boxes. While a few hardy souls may still find such storage containers perfectly acceptable, most people who use tools regularly appreciate a mass-produced tool box.
Just as it sounds, a tool box is a portable storage chest for tools. Tool boxes are typically constructed of steel or plastic and usually feature top or side carrying handles, locking hasps for security, and piano hinges for durability. They come in a range of sizes, depending on your needs. People who make their living with tools generally prefer a larger tool box that can hold all their items, while homeowners who need to store the basics — hammers, nails, tape measures, and screw drivers, for example — benefit from smaller, lighter versions.
Most tool boxes include lift-out tote trays and dividers for storing small items and accessories. Heavier models often incorporate wheeled carts for easy transport.
Tool boxes are configured differently for different trades, and sometimes include various tool organizers or parts drawers. For instance, a mechanic's tool box may feature socket set dividers whereas a carpenter's tool box may feature drill bit holders. Trades people often mount large truck tool boxes in the beds of their pickup trucks, where they can store a full set of tools for use at the jobsite.
Large tool chests, designed to hold machine tools like sockets, taps, and wrenches, are often used by mechanics and machine tool workers. Most of these include shallow sliding trays that allow tools to be quickly found and easily accessed.
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