Homak 20-Inch Metal and Plastic Hand-Carry Toolbox with Aluminum Handle, Red, RD00120004
- Lift out plastic tray included
- Full length aluminum handle for a sturdy; balanced grip
- Secured with double clasp system and padlock design
- Plastic reinforced corners
- 8 Removable storage bins in lid
Hand carry toolbox with a painted red steel body with plastic reinforced corners. Features a lift out plastic tray and aluminum handle.
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Item is roomy inside and does not take up a lot of space because it is tall as opposed to wide. I carry sewing items in it for my road gigs and it is great for this task. I removed the nice box style dividers in the top so I could place scissors and such where I can get to them without opening the whole box. Nice option making them come out.
However, when the new RD00122504 arrived and I opened the top I was disappointed since the plastic lift out tray has no similar divider suitable for holding my socket sets. I've uploaded pictures to be included for this model here in the future, showing the exact configuration of the RD00122504 lift out tray. The two rectangular areas measure 21" x 3" for a total of 126 square inches. This contrasts with my old 20" box which had a middle area of 4 3/4" x 14 1/4" (67.687 sq. inches) and two end areas of 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" (32.5 sq. in.) The handle in the middle does reduce the amount of useable area in the new Homak lift out tray.
On first impression I also felt that the new lift out tray was much more shallow than my old 20" box. However, checking with a tape measure revealed this to be untrue - both are 3" in depth.
When I actually transferred my tools from the old lift out tray to the new RD00122504 tray, I was surprised how much I was able to comfortably fit. By making use of the "storage bins" in the top of the tool box (for small tools), I was able to get everything from my old lift out tray into the new RD00122504 in an orderly manner. I was also able to use the narrow rounded areas running down the middle for smaller/shorter items. I found that I did not have to pile so many tools on top of each other. This resulted in almost all of the tools in the lift out tray being easily visible and therefore quicker to find.
The interior of the box under the lift out tray is another matter. There is a LOT more room here. Not only is the new Homak 2.63" wider, but also a lot deeper from front to back as well. Again I did not have pile tools on top of each other, and there is a lot more room left for a lot more.
Initially I was concerned about keeping very small tools in the "storage bins" in the top. After all, opening the tool box results in these being fully upside down - pointing to the floor/ground. However, the lid covering the boxes fits quite snugly, and the latches are very stiff and secure. I have not had any problem so far in keeping very small tools in these boxes in the top lid.
Another improvement over my old box are the plastic cushions on the corners. These protect on the bottom as well and I do not have to be concerned about scratching surfaces where I put the tool box down as I did with my all steel old box.
Be aware that this larger size tool box will hold a lot of tools, and this may well mean a lot more weight, as well. That big aluminum handle is not just for show!!