Thursday, June 18, 2020

Product Review: Yukon 46" 9-Drawer Tool Storage Cabinet

Tools are an investment, and having handtools strewn on the floor, shoved in unmarked boxes or shelves all over the garage, makes no sense whatsoever.

You forget what you have or where you put it, tools collect dust, rust, and, eventually, end up in the garage sale pile.


I've been trying to get my garage organized and decided it was time to invest in a good tool cabinet, and the Yukon 46-inch 9-drawer cabinet available from Harbor Freight Tools had great reviews on YouTube, so I decided to go check it out.

Since I already have a big Kobalt toolbox in black, I was happy to see the Yukon tool-storage cabinet was available in black, although I'm not sure if it's available in other colors. The 46-inch frontal width made it perfect for my needs and the quality of construction was easy to see.

So I bought one!

The Yukon cabinet retails for $329.99 which is a bargain, considering the quality of construction, but I was told at checkout that the 20% off coupons you usually see everywhere, do not apply to these products.

However, the cashier told me to check online for Yukon-specific coupons and to bring one back to the store, along with my receipt, and they would credit me back the difference.

I did find a $30 off coupon online the next day, and they credited back that amount to my credit card.

If you're shopping for one of these, keep in mind, that HFT toolboxes and cabinets go on sale a couple of times a year, so if you're not in a hurry to get one, you may save a few additional dollars by waiting for a special sale.

A guy at the store helped me load my new tool cabinet in my truck's bed which was a good thing since these things are heavy. Approximately 150 lbs.

Once home, I managed to get it off the truck safely by myself and was glad these cabinets are nicely packed at the factory. The cabinet was in perfect condition.



Assembly is a piece of cake and everything you need comes with it, including a little wrench which I did not use, but it can come in handy if you cannot find the right size wrench, which would be a good indicator as to why garage organization is important.


Overall, the quality of this cabinet is top-notch for a toolbox that's so affordable, and it easily rivals similar cabinets that can cost three or four times as much.

The 5" casters also are of very high quality and are secured to the cabinet with the bolts and washers shown above via Rivnuts®.



You get two fixed and two swivel casters, plus a cabinet handle (which I did not use) for a truly mobile unit. Mine will serve double duty as a stationary workbench.

By the way, if you decide to install the cart handle, you have the option to mount it either on the left or right side. Just make sure the swiveling casters are on the same side as the handle.


I also love that the varnished wood top is bolted to the cabinet at the factory, as this prevents warping.


Another nice bonus is that the cabinet includes pre-cut rubber drawer liners.



The liners prevent tools and other stuff from sliding all over the drawers. And since they're pre-cut, they fit perfectly.

And speaking of drawers... they are super strong and operate smoothly since they ride on ball-bearing slides. The seven top drawers are rated at 100 lbs. each. They are not soft-closing, but they do provide good retention when they're fully closed, which is a must for a mobile cabinet.

As an added bonus, the two deeper bottom drawers (rated at 200 lbs. each), come with double slides, so you can load them to your heart's content without worries.



I am super happy with my new Yukon 46" 9-Drawer Tool Storage Cabinet. For only $300 (after the coupon discount), it is a must-have for the garage. I was planning to build a workbench/storage unit and I probably would've spent as much money doing so. And it would've never looked as good as this one does.


And I am seriously thinking about getting another one!

HFT also offers an almost identical tool cabinet that has a deeper top drawer and two doors with shelves for storage.

That one is even cheaper at $269.99 but I prefer drawers for storage and ease of access to tools.

However, it's a very affordable alternative and it may suit your needs better.

One thing worth noting is that these cabinets, at 46" wide, 37" tall, and only 18¼" deep, may not be ideal as stationary workbenches. So keep that in mind.

Having said that, if you want a well-built steel tool storage cabinet that will look great in your garage or workshop for a super affordable price, without a doubt, this is the one you want!

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