Alright, so I'm going to level with you: this is a blog post about my love of a rolling toolbox. I know. Weird, right?
See, about two months ago, we kicked off a yearlong partnership of blog posts with The Home Depot, and I was lucky enough to get invited down to Atlanta to check out their headquarters, meet some of the staff, and get a first-hand look at their product testing lab. It was a great time (Atlanta is awesome!) and when we left, they told us to expect a package of tools when we got home.
Tools! Free tools! I couldn't have been more excited. When the shipment arrived, there was one item in the list that I didn't really understand: the Husky 22 inch Connect Rolling System Tool Box. Even the name is kind of a mouthful.
Why did they send me this thing? Why would I want one? Does it fit in an overhead baggage compartment?
I scratched my head and stared. And I immediately put it on my mental list of products we just probably wouldn't end up finding a place for on our editorial calendar.
But then a funny thing happened.
In May, my wife Alicia opened up a store (it's called Niche, it's in Nisswa, MN, and it's awesome ... you should go there). And as part of that, she asked me to make the 2.5-hour drive with her a few times, to help install shelves, swap out lights, put up mirrors, etc. Just lightweight build-out stuff that I was happy to pitch in on.
But when you're driving 300 miles from St. Paul to Nisswa, you don't want to forget your drill, or your circular saw, or your #4 wall anchors, or any number of other things you may not even know you're going to need!
Que the rolling toolbox, sitting in the corner, looking at me with puppy-dog eyes. "Take me!" it said. "I can heeellllp you!"
Suffice to say, the rolling toolbox worked like a charm. It's rugged as hell, rolls smoothly, and has just the right mix of small storage compartments and large spaces for power tools.
Since then, I've used this thing a lot more than I ever imagined I would. When we got our old house ready to sell, I had to go over there a lot to fix up a bunch of little things. And I didn't always know in advance what tools I'd need. So it was incredible to be able to quickly load up just about my entire tool set, and roll away knowing I wouldn't have to run home to get anything.
So, bottom line: first impressions aren't always everything.
Sometimes a tool seems completely useless, only to prove amazingly helpful and well-designed. Everyone deserves a chance. Even a weird rolling toolbox thingy.
Learn more here: Husky 22 inch Connect Rolling System Tool Box
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