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When you don’t want to lug your entire toolbox out of the garage just to work on your neighbor’s lawnmower, you need something like the Macsimizer Utility Cart from MAC. It features a deep well up top for sockets and a tray up top that slides open for more tool access — plus three drawers, screwdriver storage, and space on the bottom for bigger items.

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I loaded up my cart with screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches, my most-used air tools, and some other miscellaneous stuff — which means that anytime I want to work on something outdoors, I just wheel out the cart and get after it.

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For pricing, you’ll need to visit your local MAC distributor. Or, if you don’t want to pay MAC prices, there are cheap-ass alternatives.

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Macsimizer Utility Cart [Mac Tools]

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27 Responses to To The Macs: Macsimizer Utility Cart

  1. Mike says:

    I really like the idea of the sliding/tilting top. but I’m guessing it’s probably 5-6 times more expensive than the HF version
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=95659

  2. Bill says:

    Very pricy…local mac man is trying to rope people into a lifetime leash of weekly payments for this $1,300.00 first generation overkill of a utility cart. I’m not willing to be the beta tester sucker on this. With the way mac men come and go so often, who’s going to take care of the warranty issues?

  3. Eugene says:

    I agree with you Bill, we got a new Mac man but already, he’s always got the “its on back order” or something about “they messed up my account and on credit hold” excuse and can’t get what we need. This is the same story we heard from the previous mac guys before they disappeared. It’s also overkill for a utility cart and yes, at $1,300.00 you can buy a decent tool box for that price.

    A utility cart is just that, something you buy to bang around. I bought one three years ago and use it daily…and it holds up quite well.

    http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2CZY5

  4. Eugene says:

    Now here’s a sweet deal on a utility cart! Act now, they’re going fast.

    http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/4FB42

  5. Barry says:

    Eugene,

    Thanks for the link on the utility carts. your right – these are a good deal and the Westward brand is much sturdier than what I’ve seen elsewhere including Mac’s and SnapOn. I believe Whiteside Mfg makes most of the creepers and utility carts for the tool truck guys.

    http://www.whitesidemfg.com/

  6. mike says:

    $1,300!!! That’s ridiculous. Even at paying a US worker 60k (which I doubt they’re doing) a year to build the thing there’s no excuse for that kind of cost.

  7. PutnamEco says:

    I like to use Werners contractors buddy as my cart. Fits through doors, can be squeezed into elevators, holds a toolbox with room left over for use as a workbench,. and can be used to work on things that are normally beyond reach.

    http://www.amazon.com/Werner-Contractor-750-Pound-Aluminum-CB-4U/dp/B0000224M6

  8. Barry says:

    Bill, get it right…it’s $1,299.99. Don’t let that penny fool you.

    I like how you put it…a lifetime leash of weekly payments. It’s no wonder why most mechanics have the worse credit in the industry. Its because the tool truck guys ruin it. Keep your payment on time and it won’t reflect to your credit score, but fall behind and they’ll screw you. Even worse, you’ll end up on SkipCheck.com http://www.skipcheck.com/

    Shame on Mac for thinking this is what technicians need with gas going about $4 per gallon and tool trucks adding this cost into the price of their tools. They forget that we too have to buy gas to get to work so we can get paid to buy more important things like food, shelter, and utilities.

    Heck, our Mac guy can’t even afford to buy this from Mac to put on his truck!

  9. WA MAC says:

    As a MAC dealer I have had my share of complaints about MAC corp. But my customers are not on a lifetime leash. Anything purchased on my truck is set up to be paid off in 5 – 8 weeks. I have only 10 – 12 bad credit skips out of over 300 active customers. I do not charge intrest on any truck account. If a customer wants to make a large purchase they have to come up with there own credit. The average balance on my accounts is about $200.
    Tools are what technicians need because this is how they make a living. The service I provide and the research I do for them saves time that they can use to finish more jobs. I work together with my customers to make the job easier and provide a little break in the week to come out to the truck and shot the bull and catch up on tech gossip. I find techs jobs when they want to move on. I find shop owners workers when they need them.
    As for cost of tools, they have to be seen as a lifetime investment. The average tech spends about $2000 a year on tools. Over a 30 year career that comes to $60,000. That means a weekly payment of about $38.50. Even with $4.00 a gallon gas, that is not much money to insure you can do your job quickly and get it right the first time. For techs, tools are money!
    As for the MAC dealer who can not afford to buy tools for his truck, this is likely because MAC did not prepare him for the job or insure he had enough capital to make it through the first few years. This is the reason most dealers go out of business. I look at my business as a independant shop that carries many brands including MAC. I own my truck and all my inventory. I do not spread out a tool account with MAC. This allows me to provide my customers with everything they need when they need it.
    By the way I have sold six of these and have four more on order, two of which are sold. Older techs love them for moving around the shop and new techs love them because they are big and sturdy, come with a lifetime warrenty, and cost half what a mid level tool box cost.
    Try to get harbor freight to fix your cart in 10 years. Good luck!

  10. EricT says:

    WA MAC, you’re a rare breed. Hard to find a mac man that will last more than one year, never mind ten. How about coming out to NC. Our shop has a bunch of techs and plenty of broken Mac tools in need of warranty work. Even my Tech 1000 has a drawer that needs a new slide and can’t get any support from the people in Westerville. All they do is give me a number of a District Manager who never returns my calls. Turns out, he left the company months ago – not a good sign when corportate doesn’t know who’s working for them, never mind what their customers want.

    Yes, it is a lifetime leash…your focus is to keep “money on the streeets” so before they pay off one item, you need to make sure they have a continous balance with you. After all, it’s your weekly paycheck.

    I’m sure you’ve got an established business and around more than most which is why you’ve earned the trust with our customers. Good on ya… I wish you were in our neck of the woods. But you’ll have a tough time trying to sell anyone here a $1,300.00 utility cart. Our shop only has Snappy who knows he’s the only game in town and frankly we’ve learned to do without him and his absurd prices just fine.

    I ended up buying a set of Proto tools and enjoy the service they’ve been providing. When something breaks, which is rare, I call them up and the very next day, UPS has my replacement delivered to my shop. And no, I didn’t even pay for the shipping nor do I have to wait a week to be told it’s on backorder. All I do is hold the brokes until either the Proto or Grainger guy arrives to collect them. No questions asked! I also have a small Blackhawk top box (which is identical to another tech’s Mac top box but half the price) and when one of the drawer slides started to jam, a guy from Grainger came out the very next day and replaced it! Best of all, their prices are easier on our paychecks.

    Proto also came out last month and did a lunchtime hand tool safety seminar for us. Even bought us subs and pizza and didn’t once bash the competition like Snappy does. He even explained ANSI standards that tools carry to determine their quality and that Proto, Mac and Snap-On all all in the same league. Very informative and our boss was impressed since their safey training meets state OSHA requirements. All this service at no addional cost.

    As for researching tools, though Grainger they’ve been very helpful, often we submit the request in the morning and have an answer for us that afternoon. Since Grainger started supplying all our shop equipment and supplies, and because allowed to purchase on the dealerships account with their discount terms, it’s been a blessing for us. The Proto rep is even offering to replace all our broken Mac’s with Proto since many of them are made in the same plant.

    You’re right, you won’t find this kind of service at harbor freight but there are alternatives out there to the tool truck these days.

  11. Jasper says:

    WA MAC…

    “we don’t charge interest on truck account”. We’re not fools, we know the “interest” is already built into the price of the item. This sales pitch may have worked 20 years ago with “billybob the backyard mechanic” but please, don’t belittle us like this.

    Our Mac guy gives us 10% discount for cash sales on purchases wether it’s on his truck or the store his brother runs at the local outdoor market. And they’ve been doing this for years.

    • John says:

      come on the guy has to make a living ,,you buy quality ,or habour freight chicom junk ,, the old saying buy once ,cry once applies ,pick your brand ,maybe proto will give you whiners a free crying towel and a diaper ?

  12. Zathrus says:

    Try to get harbor freight to fix your cart in 10 years. Good luck!

    Given that the HF model is, quite literally, 1/10th the cost, I really wouldn’t care.

    Not that I think the HF model is an appropriate comparison — it’s not as heavy duty and certainly wouldn’t last as long as a better quality model.

  13. Zeke says:

    A utility cart is nothing more than something I’m using to toss tools, parts, oils, ect and what have you just to move across the shop to work on somehting. HF is all I need as it’s going to get dirty, scratched and dented. If it last a year that works for me. I consider them almost disposable. I don’t need a $1300 bohemouth to do the same job and have to worry about it getting dirty. If you need to move this much tools for a job, might as well get a smaller 7 or 8 drawer roll cab and still save a bundle. Only a mac guy will see the value in this..if he can sell it.

  14. Roland says:

    didn’t know mac tools was still in business. but with prices like these, i don’t expect them to last long

  15. dustin says:

    our mac guy had one for show today and it didnt work out. when he pulled open one of the drawers it hung up so he pulled harder and all the bearings fell out from the slide and rolled all over his truck. funny as it was he is going to have a hard time selling this at 13 hundred bones. cool looking but its a bit overkill for a utility cart

  16. Andy says:

    Mac DOES NOT have a lifetime warranty. Their website clearly states it’s a Limited Warranty – “Mac Tools warrants any of its manufactured products for the expected life of the product against deficiency in material or workmanship.”

    http://www.mactools.com/Mac/Customer+Service/Warranty+%26+Returns

    The catch phrase is the “expected life of the product”. Determined by who? the company, the owner or the mac guy that last sold you the product before he went out of business?

    last mac guy wanted to charge me $10 to repair the guts from my ratchet or trade it in for a new one. I never went back on the truck.

  17. LJ says:

    This is beyond ridiculous—$1,300 for a utility cart?!?! As they say, there’s a sucker born every day.

  18. WA MAC says:

    EricT – I lived in Greenville NC for 6 1/2 years. My wife is a graduate of ECU and Duke.
    I am glad you have found a tool dealer who will provide the service you need. It is all about the service to the customer. Proto are great tools, and yes they are owned by Stanley which owns MAC.
    My aim is not to keep money on the street however. I would be much happier if all my sales were paid in cash at the time of sale. It would give me a lot more cash to keep building my business.

  19. GreeseMonkeyTwo says:

    Yes, $1300 is way too much for a utility cart. I once liked mac tools back when I started as a mechanic. 18 years later I find the quality and service has gone way down. I remember the first mac man I dealt with was super. He was alwasy watching out for us, his truck was always stocked and well organized and would really work with you. He got out of the business about 10 years ago and since then, we’ve had 2 mac men and 1 mac gal and the service has been horrible not to mention the quality of their products have gone way down. I’ve not seen a mac distributor in over a year and still a bit ticked off since their hq lost my 1/2 drive ratchet I sent in to get the gears replaced. All they did was send me a $25 gift certificate to buy a new one for my loss – yet I paid over $100 for it. I guess WA MAC may be the last true Mac Man out there?

  20. PutnamEco says:

    Mac it would seem has been on a downward spiral since being taken over by Stanley.
    see
    http://www.mactoolssuck.com/
    for a more in depth view

    there is also stanleysucks.com if your really into the whole corporate bashing thing.

  21. JJB says:

    That website is built by some idiot who’s consumed in rage because he lost his job as a mac man. Anyone that is so devoted to such negative energy needs to get a life…and see a shrink!

  22. Luke says:

    Way to rich for my blood. It is overkill too. All I’ve ever needed is a small cart to shuttle a handfull of part and tools around the shop.

  23. Brandon P says:

    Ive been in the automotive industry a short time compared to most. Ive been doing collision repair work for about 6 years. I’m 24. Both my Large tool box and my Utility cart are Mac. The majority of my tools are mac with the exception of some snap on tools and specialty paint and body tools. I have a great mac dealer. If i have a tool break and that is rare he will either come to the shop that day or the next or overnight the tool if he dosen’t have a replacement in his inventory.

    My mac dealer has also warrantied ratchets that my dad purchased almost 20 years ago. He also charges no interest on truck accounts. Yes this box is overpriced for the weekend mechanic or oil change tech, but for someone that needs to move a full set of impact sockets, slide hammer, hammers&dollies, drills, pneumatic tools, clamps,etc from a work bay to the frame machine needs a heavy duty cart. This is a nice cart dont know what all these other “techs” are talking about. In the past 4 years ive spent at least 20k on tools. I by no means live paycheck to paycheck.

  24. gus says:

    I just purchased this MAC tool cart. I was using a HF special and was running out of room. My HF cart heavy duty cart my I add, was falling apart. HF is recommended for part time or home mechanic and maybe dealer techs but I work for an airline and every tech doesn’t have the own bay so utility carts are a must and so far no complaints. My Mac dealer is awesome been dealing with him 3yrs I always pay in full.

  25. Robert Higgins says:

    I will be buying this tool cart this week and why because it is the very best will last me along time……. so$1200 is not that bad for that long…..

  26. ROBERT ALLAN says:

    I don’t know about the u.s.a but here in Canada, Mac has been great. I have had the same Mac dealer help me for the past 15 years. The prices are less then snapon and just as good. Warranty is good. I like Mac a lot. The cart is expensive but, not every tech works the same job in every shop. I have a 67″ box both side cabs hutch and I use the roll cart because the equipment I work on isn’t always in front of my box. There is no way I’m moving the box either it’s over 2ton

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