Stacking modular toolboxes, such as those from Bosch, DeWalt, and Festool, are very popular these days. If you don’t really see yourself ever needing to carry more than a single box for the kind of jobs you undertake, though, they’re a bit of an overkill. If all you really need is a single, good-looking toolbox that can hold a moderate supply of gear, we have a feeling you’ll appreciate the Ridgid Pro Tube.
The only model in the Ridgid Pro line that doesn’t stack with the rest, the tube-shaped toolbox looks like a large gym bag rather than a handyman’s case, complete with an optional shoulder strap for carrying like one. That way, you can tell people in the train you just came from the fitness center, when you really just finished fixing someone's clogged toilet. No, ma'am, I'm not the one who smells like a sewage pipe – I just came from yoga class.
Unique in the category, the Ridgid Pro Tube is, pretty much, the first toolbox to sport an unusual tube shape. Both the lid and the main compartment are the same size (the tube is, basically, split in half), with a removable open-top caddy that sits on top of the main compartment, so you can pile in even more stuff. Since it’s split in half, the lid can rotate a full 180 degrees when opened to rest on the ground, so you can use it to hold the removable tray in order to access the main compartment or use it for dumping small items once you’re on site. Ridgid claims this design allows for greater storage space than conventional toolboxes.
Dimensions are 25.2 x 12.6 x 12.4 (w x d x h) inches, with the handle measuring 6 inches. Features include high-impact resin construction, a thick seal that can keep out both water and dust, metal latches, side carrying handles, and a weight capacity of 50 pounds.
Available now, the Ridgid Pro Tube Tool Box retails for $35.