Having the right solution to store your tools means that you can spend less time hunting for the right tool, and more time on the job. Before you buy one, its a good idea to spend some time thinking about what you need to make sure you get a tool box that’s right for you.

We’ve put together some tips for what to think about before buying, to make sure you choose the right tool box.

How many tools do you have? If you’ve gathered a wide range of sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers and air tools, and it takes you ages to dig through them to find the one you want, consider a bigger tool box or a tool chest, with drawers, compartments or removable trays. Toolex and Sidchrome make a range of quality tool chests and tool trolleys. On the other hand, if you just need to house the basics like a hammer, some screwdrivers and some fixings, you won’t need to aim so high. Gasweld has a range of smaller toolboxes that will be just right.

Where will your tool box be stored? Will it have a dedicated place in the shed, or will it go in the hallway cupboard? Will it live on the back of your ute? A steel toolbox is strong and long lasting, but polypropylene might be a better option if the toolbox will be exposed to the elements.

How portable does it need to be? If you are always on the move, a tool bag might be a good option. A lot of quality tool box makers, like Makita, Stanley and Sidchrome, make durable, portable tool bags. A steel tool box will be strong, but not very portable. If you’re planning to get a larger tool box, does it need to be on castors?

Does it need to lock? You may be concerned about keeping your tools safe from theft, or keeping the kids safe from the tools. There are a range of security options, from a simple added padlock through to self-locking drawers.

And here’s a couple of extra tips when you’re buying a steel toolbox, or one with drawers:

How thin is the sheet metal? If it’s too thin, the top and side panels of the tool box will bend and warp easily, and the drawers may bend or buckle from the weight of the tools.

Are the runners ball-bearing, or plastic? A greased plastic or nylon runner is common in a cheaper tool box. Ball-bearing runners will keep moving smoothly even when you load up the drawers.

Once you have answered these questions, you can decide which tool box meets your needs for a price you’re comfortable with. Then you can enjoy having organised, well-stored tools for years to come.

The full Gasweld toolbox range can be found at http://www.gasweld.com.au/tool-boxes