I own four other Craftsman boxes. My main box is a red roll around box with seven ball bearing drawers. I have a six drawer ball bearing box that sits on top of it. I also have a five drawer ball bearing side box that hangs on the side of the main box. I love these three boxes, they were given to me as a Christmas present and I have taken good care of them since I got them in 1996. All of these boxes are full of tools. I have a couple of roll around carts in my shop, but I needed another roll around tool box that I could use the top of for placing my work projects on. So I was given a five drawer roll around box for my Birthday in 1997. It is very similar to the #59496 model. However the pressboard top actually slides left or right to reveal the hidden compartments. It does not have the ball bearing slides on the drawers,but they open and close with no problem. It was on sale for $100 when I got it, and it is really my favorite box. Mainly because of the cost compared to what was paid for the other three boxes with the ball bearing slides. I'm sure the steel sides are slightly thinner too. It doesn't have any problem handling 200-300lb powerheads from outboard motors placed on it. Anyway I just purchased the #59496 model for a buddy of mine for Christmas. It is stunning to see the difference in the prices of some of the premium "Mechanic" boxes compared to the lower priced homeowner models. I personally think that it is an excellent value for the price. Sure the drawers aren't silky smooth, but the casters are good quality and I bet it would cost $80 or more just to buy the four casters. So unless it is going to be used 24/7 and harshly abused on a daily basis I think it is an excellent value. I know the eleven year old box I have has been used hard, it still works as good as the day I put it together. I highly recommend it for anybody. And for the guy who said he was having trouble with the drawers, I'm sure if he took it back and swapped it for another one just like it he wouldn't have the same problem. The wooden top was a very tight fit and we had to hammer it into place, but I'm sure after using it for a year it will be no problem. Just like breaking in a new pair of boots.
Bought this online so I didn't touch and feel it. Not the same quality as my old Craftsman tool chests. Thin sheet metal in drawers, cheap casters, friction drawer slides.
Should have spent the extra money to at least get one with ball bearing drawer slides.
The top 3 drawers work well. the larger bottom 2 once they came out of the track are complete and total junk. I had it for 6 months before I assembled it then didn't use much till this year and it is just badly done. I had bought another 4 drawer roll away and it has roller bearing drawers and works wonderful. This 5 drawer is a complete waste of money as it is. DO NOT PURCHASE.
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of the Craftsman brand. I wont say i don't own another tool brand but I will say that when making a new tool purchase Sears is always my first stop. I decided to purchase a new tool storage cabinet to match a limited edition Harley-Davidson 5 drawer with the dyna-glide slides that I got for the holidays after I was blown away by the quality. I ordered tho workstation online to be picked up at the local sears outlet (paid around $135) with the same high explications. Needless to say i began to have my doubts the minute i picked up the shipping carton. The box was far lighter then i ever imagined. I figured this was that was ok though, I understand having some weight differences between models and the price was lower then the model I got (without the special edition graphics), plus mine felt way overbuilt anyways. When i opened it however I could not believe just how cheaply the unit was constructed. The metal seems to be 3/4 as thick as the other one at most and easily flexed in with light pressure. The drawers did not seem to slide in and out eaisly at all constantly catching and getting stuck. The slides also looked very thin and fragile as if they would bend if any serious weight was added to these drawers. To add insult to injury although having an identical footprint to the 5 drawer i had previously gotten the drawer capacity seemed to be about half for each drawer, especially in the top drawer which looks almost too shallow to hold a half inch drive socket wrench. I certainly thought about returning it but i had left it in my truck overnight and it had rained so the box was completely ruined. As i began to assemble the chest however I was amazed at the attention to detail and design. I love the organization trays/ pass throughs on the top and their layout seems like it would lend itself perfectly to most projects. The peg board side i could also see being very useful. The hidden storage underneath the particle board is one of my favorite things about this box, a very nice touch along with the built in power strip. The Particle board itself is worth noting as unlike the rest of the unit it is not flimsy and thin. it actually has some heft to it and would make a good work surface but all but the most demanding of projects I should think. The bottom line on this tool storage is full of a lot of hidden surprises and as a workstation for the average home owner who uses it a few times a year it would probably be lovely. Its nice and compact and would be able to hold everything you need for the occasional DIY day. I wouldn't recommend you use it in a demanding garage environment though, or expect it to give you a lifetime of service holding heavy tools in the drawers. If you don't need the cool little nooks and features and just WANT TO STORE TOOLS I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOX.Look into the other Craftsman tool boxes which offer superior build quality and storage space, often at a similar price
It was dented in the back but store didn't have another one available after my son opened for Christmas. He decided to keep since he liked it. Would like drawer liners for it, if you send those since it was dented. Can send pictures.
Very nice useful unit for a garage or other small space. Good value but a bit challenging to remove bottom drawer and then attach wheels. Some of the wheel bolts go under the front lip of the unit and are hard to see and manipulate. It took two hours to unpack and assemble by myself but should be very useful.
It is perfect to keep items that you always use all in one spot. i love the fact that I can roll this to the location I am doing work at.