How To Choose the Right Portable Tool Box

Portable tool boxes come in many styles to meet a variety of needs and budgets. From classic red tool boxes to professional style tool hutches, there are countless options for your next portable tool box. In order to find the right tool box for you, first, think about how you plan to use it. Answer these questions:

  • Will you use the tool box indoors or outdoors?
  • Will you need to move it frequently?
  • How many tools will you need to transport?
  • What kinds of tools do you have?
  • Will you have many power tools that you need to plug in?
  • Will you be using a laptop?

Your answers to these questions will help you decide on the features you need to look for when searching for your perfect portable tool box.

Outdoor Use Versus Indoor Use

Toolboxes come in a variety of durable materials including aluminum, plastic, and steel. If you plan to work outdoors, consider how well the material will hold up against heat and rain. In addition, inspect the seams and welding to make sure that water and dust will not enter. Some tool boxes are weather-resistant but some are not.


The dimensions of the tool box will determine how easy it is to move around the job site. Heavier boxes may need to be on a cart. Some tool boxes are designed to fit a specific model of rolling cart. Be sure to read the specifications carefully so you make the correct choice. Others feature a convenient non-slip carrying handle, multiple drawer configurations that fully extend and gas lifts to support the top lid.

Tool Storage

Tool storage is important for portability as well as organization. If your tools are in their proper place you always know where to find them when you need them. Tool boxes may have slots that are designed for specific tools, such as wrenches and bolt slots. Generic drawers and bins will easily hold a wide variety of tools. Inspect the tool box to make sure it will work well for the tools that you have in your inventory at this time and offers sufficient room for your collection to grow.

Special Features

If you have expensive tools, consider tool boxes that include a lock. Other nice features to have are a built-in power strip for plugging in power tools and a built-in stand for laptops.

A portable tool box can be an excellent addition to your workshop, garage, or job site. Before you buy, consider the work you do, the tools you own, and the tools you have