• Mar 29, 2011
Tool boxes haven't changed much over the years, and even the bottom-rung outfits look a lot like the high-rent tool cubbies. At least that used to be the case before the Swivel tool box hit the market. This 60-inch tool storage system contains rounded, high-strength drawers that swivel out so its owner can better-access his or her equipment. And, of course, "high-strength" is a relative term, but in the case of the Swivel box we're talking about 2-, 14- or 16-gauge steel, and the drawers are reportedly tough enough that most humans (now there's a relative term...) can stand on them without breaking anything.

If you've ever owned a tool box, especially the low-end models, you know that the tracks get gummed up over time, making it more and more difficult to slide drawers open or closed. The drawers of the Swivel bench are hinged at a steel pole that is reportedly impervious to dust.

So how much will a Swivel bench set you back? Try between $1,000 and $5,000; a total that puts the Swivel bench squarely in the professional grade category. That's probably a bit rich for our blood, but it won't keep us from wanting one.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      Jeff Newell
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you want the toughest drawer system available, with ball-bearing slides (500# rated) just check out what American Eagle has to offer: www.americaneagleacc.com No lost storage space either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amazing the difference a little maintenance makes. A conventional toolbox with ball-bearing slides just needs the occasional cleaning and lubrication of the slides, how often depends on how dirty the environment around the toolbox is. My craftsman box is nearly 15 years old and all the slides work just fine. I'd expect pro boxes to last at least that well, and in fact my oldest friend is an auto tech and he's had the same box (with conventional ball-bearing slides) for 8 or 9 years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I, for one, cannot begin to see the slightist reason why this is a superior design. The reason the toolbox has not changed much is because its a toolbox. What needs to change?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rounded space is lame and if you have a floor that isn't quite level, the doors will open and close themselves.

      Doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a novelty at best - horrible concept. No professional tech would use it.

      I am an elite certified Mercedes technician and I've owned the best toolboxes Snap-On and Matco have to offer - spending a small fortune in the process.

      Our shop - just installed integrated workstations which required us to sell our boxes or take them home (which I did) a lot of us bitched and moaned when we heard about this - then they installed the benches.

      We got Shark Professional toolboxes and workbenches in Mercedes blue and I have never seen or used a finer toolbox. The fit, finish and durability of these boxes are the best I've ever seen - 440lb drawers, a truly flush finish on the face of the toolboxes is beautiful - I will be purchasing a Shark mobile toolbox as soon as they become available. (They aren't currently on their site, but their sales manager said they will be later this year)

      our sister store in Alexandria is getting them in June, and Stirling BMW is getting them later this year. Check them out for yourselves - www.sharkprofessional.com check out the motoring unlimited install pictures...droool.

      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not switch the drawers around (move the left one to the right and right to the left) with the two pivot bars in the middle? That way the whole unit can be a half circle and you can shove it into a corner.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Genius. For something that looks like it's trying to be revolutionary, you're idea sure makes it seem dumb. Pull the same drawer out on both sides and you have them meet in the middle for an almost uninterrupted span of tools. I like it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seen on of these in person at a trade show recently. Great build quality, they had big plates of steel in a couple drawers and the rep stood in the bottom drawer. But like a few other commenters pointed out, there is a lot of wasted space and inefficient design with the semicircular shape.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you make frequent use of a toolbox, you know the rounded shape is a nightmare for storage capacity. You compare it to low end toolboxes and say the tracks get gummed up. Then throw around the price tag..

      My $100 toolbox, with square, high capacity drawers, has them hanging on ballbearings. Little WD-40 and you can go 5 years without a squeek, then you can simply replace the bearings for a few bucks.

      This is another one of those "reinvent the wheel" moments. Somehow that always needs a huge price tag to go along with it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gearheadgeek

        I realise, dont worry, but since the target audience of this blog probably doesn't understand the particulars I said that. Thanks for the well intended advice though, heh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you used some lubricant after the WD-40 you might get more than 5 years out of a set of drawer-slide bearings... the WD-40 really just cleans off any lube that was there, and its slippery qualities dissipate pretty quickly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Neat looking, but for a tech needing the most space possible, this would be a dumb choice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sometimes simple solutions make great designs. Nearly every tool box I've seen had its drawers open, halfway stuck on their rails, which made a mess with the tools inside.
        • 3 Years Ago
        now you get half the space at twice the cost. BRILLIANT!

        Not to mention having a substantial amount of tools in there is almost certainly going to make that swivel joint bind from the excess bending moment on the joint.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds like you need a higher quality box then. This swivel design is idiotic by the way, it will be restrictive in the length of tools you can fit in it and you'll lose a massive amount of interior space with those curved sides. I just completely fail to see the point of this thing. I'll keep my Matco box thank you very much.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If a person can stand on one of those drawers without it breaking, I don't think a few tools will cause much bending...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sumfoo1 summed it up. The lost space created by the curved wall of the drawers means this needs to be either taller or wider to hold the same volume as my old tool chest. Still, after 15 years of use, my low-end tool chest is still working without binding thanks to some sporadic application of lithium grease. There may be a better design over slide-out tracks, but this isn't it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        this is the worst idea ever. change for the sake of change, where nothing is wrong (binding drawer slides not withstanding) is not going to be better just by default.

        I'd rather have better quality drawer slides.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lithium grease is amazing.
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