Several highly rated mechanic tool boxes as of 2015 include the Excel TB2105X, the Excel TB2502X and the 41-inch Montezuma Tool Chest and Top Box. Additionally, Craftsman, Snap-On and Kobolt manufacture popular mechanic tool boxes in a variety of sizes.
When choosing a mechanic tool box, consider factors such as how often the box is to be used, how many and what types of tools it houses, and the storage climate. Steel construction is heavy-duty and long-lasting, but if the tool box is going to be exposed to hot and cold temperatures and other weather conditions, polypropylene may be a better choice because it is durable, tough and won’t rust. Security is another important consideration. Some less expensive units may require pad locks, while more expensive units feature self-locking drawers for maximum security.