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Enco is selling the Kennedy eight-drawer machinists toolbox for $230, and if you’re signed up for their marketing spam you’ve probably got a free shipping code you can use for that purchase as well. Kennedy toolboxes (although not as nice as a Gerstner) have earned their reputation as the workhorses of the machinist trade, with drawers that’ll hold all your precision tools.

Kennedy #526 Machinists Toolbox [Enco]
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9 Responses to Dealmonger: Kennedy Machinists Toolbox $230

  1. ShopMonger says:

    I have one of these…….they are great. My father was a machinist by trade…. he loved them also. Mine has been moved several times all over California and then across the country and is still perfect….

    takes a beating and keeps on going.

  2. John Shea says:

    Kennedy seems to be the standard for machinists. I bought a Kennedy for my first tool box, an upper like this one and I wasn’t impressed. Plastic knobs, felt that come loose easily and friction drawer slides.

    Co-worker bought one of the Trinity chests from Costco on sale for around $600 for the 41″ chest and upper. Much better deal.


  3. ned.ludd says:

    Guess that 8 drawer one I picked up at the flea market for $15 was worth it then…

  4. Frank Townend says:

    I have my dad’s old Kennedy. After he died my youngest sister kept it for a while because she has childhood memories of the sounds the drawers make opening and closing. It must be 40 or 50 years old and still performs like a champ. I miss my dad, but I have the memories of him in a tool box I use every day.

  5. Kirk says:

    I build these boxes for Kennedy for a living. They are actually great lasting boxes with customer service on repair/replacement parts that is second to none. We have long time customers that have had boxes for 50+ years get replacement parts on older Kennedy boxes though they don’t do alot of business because the boxes simply last forever.

    Personally I’m not a fan of friction slides like one gentleman spoke but they are very reliable. I’ve never seen one break and a little light oil occasionally keeps them very smooth and lubricated.. Also as you go up the chain or line in Kennedy cabinets so does cost but you get one of the best made boxes and they are still made in America by Americans in Van Wert, Ohio.

    I remember buying a box from Craftsman years ago as an Auto Tech. I didn’t know the difference between friction and roller bearing drawer slides and got friction. Lesson learned. Some customers choose friction and some ball bearing for there own reasons. It cost more for ball bearing of course.

    Our boxes are as good as money can buy. As a builder i check other companies boxes out when i got shopping with the wife lol.. There is alot of junk out there if you know what too look for and most seasoned professionals that use a tool chests as there life’s blood also know what to look for in a quality tool cabinet.

  6. Paul Lapczynski says:

    I used to have this box and it was great. I ended up having a motorcycle fall off a lift on it. Ended up with the full size upper and lower Kennedy chest in 1987. Still have it and it works great. A great made in the US product.

  7. Joe says:

    Where can I get replacement parts for a kennady 526 tool chest

  8. Todd says:

    I just bought one from an older lady for $10.00. In near perfect condition. I knew it was a good box but didn,t the real value. I think I need to go give her some more money!

  9. Deadwood says:

    I didn’t need one but I picked up a 526 today. I am a Craigslist bargain finder and I love toolboxes. I have a ton of em. I guess my personality likes it organized in my shop. I could have totally talked the guy down lower but I gave him $90 because I know what they go for new and the guy had a Bonneville Salt car in his driveway. Cool. Someday I’ll fill it with machinist tools but for now it’s just cd’s and misc. Felt is nice.

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