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