Harbor Freight 56

749.99
Harbor Freight 56
9

Quality

9/10

    Price

    10/10

      Value

      9/10

        Pros

        • Built to Last
        • Double sliders on all bigger drawers
        • Nice Finish

        Cons

        • One color option

        Ok let me start out by saying that i am NOT a brand loyalist. I will not buy any old tool of the tool truck just because its off the tool truck be it Snap-On, Matco, MAC, etc. I visit harbor freight quite often to buy disposable gloves and miscellaneous items here and there. I have been eye balling this tool box for quite some time now and i have always felt like it was a well built box based on my short time playing around with it in the store. November 13th 2015 i said the hell with it and i purchased the box, but not before reading many reviews from both the Harbor Freight website and people that own it on forums like the Garage Journal. I could not find one truly bad review on this box and i now see exactly why.

        Harbor Freight 56 inch tool box review

        Harbor Freight 56 inch tool box review

        This box is built better than my snap on KRA 40″ box that it is replacing (sold the snap-on box for $450 so i only paid $350 out of pocket for the Harbor Freight 56″). Better? yes, that’s right i said better! The thickness of the metal on both boxes are about the same, The locks on the Snap-on Box and the Harbor freight box are built similarly with the edge going to Snap-on because it looks to be a bit thicker and possibly more resistant to being broken into. Now don’t get me wrong the Harbor Freight 56 inch roller has a Very good lock as well, but the edge goes to Snap-on in that regard.

        NOTE: i am not saying the HF boxes are better than Snap-on Boxes. For the most part they are not built better than a high end Snap-on KRL box. But the KRA box that i am comparing it too is a different story.

        The Drawers on the Harbor Freight 56 inch roller cabinet are built very well, rolled edges and double sliders/rollers on any drawer big enough to fit double sliders/rollers the snap on KRA box only has 1 slider per side even on the larger drawers and i have replaced 4 of the sliders on that box during the 10 years i have owned it. Now that’s not a bad deal having had the Snap-on box for over 10 years and getting the sliders/rollers replaced free under warranty, however i did pay over 1k dollars for that little 40″ box more than 10 years ago. I can’t imagine sliders/rollers would cost a fortune if i had to buy them. Typically the only thing that fails on toolboxes are the sliders/rollers or maybe even casters of you move the box around a lot. see the pictures below.

        notice the double slider/roller on the lower drawer of the smaller drawer bank.

        Notice the double slider/roller on the lower drawer of the smaller drawer bank. You can even add another set of rollers to the top drawer.

        Notice the double sliders/rollers on all the longer drawers that can fit double rollers. That's impressive

        Notice the double sliders/rollers on all the longer drawers that can fit double rollers. That’s impressive.

        Harbor Freight tool box vs Snap-on tool box

        Notice that the Snap-on KRA box has 1 st of rollers/sliders on every drawer even the large lower drawer.

        The Harbor Freight 56″ roller is usually priced at $799 on Harbor Freights website┬ábut if you search the web enough you can find a coupon that brings the price down to $699.. A Very good Value!