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Shop Managers Love These Old-School American Toolboxes from the Early 1900s

Ever since Kennedy Manufacturing literally invented the metal toolbox, it’s been a go-to choice for professional mechanics, shops managers and anyone else who uses tools a lot.


Kennedy Manufacturing is a very serious maker of toolboxes. In fact, its founders — brothers Charles and Howard Kennedy — invented metal toolboxes. One-hundred-and-seven years ago.

And, as it turns out, the first ever metal toolbox is still considered one of the best ever. Since the invention, the Kennedy brothers’ metal toolboxes and storage equipment have garnered popularity in the machinist and shop manager community for the use of heavy 20-gauge steel and attention to details like tool cushioning, elimination of sharp edges and movable section dividers. Also, just as they were when first sold, the Kennedy Toolboxes are guaranteed for life. This is a legitimately badass toolbox. Or, in the words of one Amazon reviewer, “This Toolbox is a work of art.”

Today the company’s 22-inch cantilever toolbox is $74 off on Amazon. It comes with tool dividers, classic vinyl interior cushioning and is made completely in the US.

Buy Now: $227 $154

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