Today’s DIY Question

The perfect replacement for the Stanley Workforce Toolbox

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Robert asked

I just wanted to comment on your quest for the perfect toolbox. I am an aircraft mechanic for a major airline. When working the flightline I need certain tools to do my job and I don’t want to carry or tote or lug a larger box around. I’ve found it doesn’t do any good and I usually waste time anyway looking for the tool I need. I found what I needed over 10 years ago when I went to HD and found the Stanley box you too were using until it was discontinued. I was flabbergasted when I found out. It was perfect for what I do. I have been looking for a replacement box since. My only problem with the box had been the latches which I have found tend to break over time, requiring me to replace it. I am currently using the replacement box with the fixed center compartments. However, I modified it by cutting out the short dividers in the center. In my opinion, the perfect box would have been the original with different latches. Right after I bought the replacement box, one of the latches broke but have been babying it for some time now. I will look at your suggestions and see if one will work as a better replacement. One of the reasons I use the box is that when I am done with it, it fits perfectly inside a drawer of my hangar box which is a Snap On roll around.

DIY Answer Guy

Hi Robert, Thanks for the story. I agree about the latches, but that really was the only down side. I’ve had so many professionals and DIY’ers write me about the Stanley box, it’s quite amazing. 

The good news is that there is a place called JEGS selling a very similar box. It’s just like the Stanley but it doesn’t stack quite as well. 

JEGS 26 Compartment Plastic OrganizerHere are some specs: 26 Compartments, Portable Plastic Case, 17-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ x 3″

And here’s the link to the JEGS Performance Organizer. The part number, in case the link doesn’t work, W54037.

Oh did I mention that they’re only $10 bucks. I bought eight.

Stanley really blew it by dropping that product.

Well, enjoy and keep those aircraft flying. Thanks again for writing.