We’re always fascinated by how different folks store their tools. Some people love the purpose-made hard cases which come with a lot of hand tools, though we’ve seen a pretty solid shift toward preferring the soft case (or slightly-structured bag). Each has benefits: the hard cases offer more protection and can Tetris together into squarish storage spaces better, while soft bags pack much tighter internally — but are messy to stack. It looks to us like Bosch is trying to cut the middle with their LBOXX system, which consists of hard cases of fixed width and depth that stack easily and lock together for ease of storage/carrying.
Of course, not all tools are the same size. Bosch solves this problem by offering pre-made hard inserts molded to fit various power tools. So to make use of the system, you’ll need LBOXXen and inserts configured for your specific tools.
The LBOXX comes in four height variants. Think of them like rack units. The LBOXX-1 is a “1U” case, the LBOXX-2 is twice as tall, the LBOXX-3 is three times as tall, and (you guessed it) the -4 is four times taller than the -1. All four versions offer top, front, and side handles, giving you three different ways to carry them — or many different ways to grab, pull, position, or carry the “brick” of multiple boxes latched together via integrated locking clips.
Pricing runs from $50 (the -1) to $60 (the -4), and ~$50 gets you the LBOXX-1A, which is a standard LBOXX-1 with a 13-piece insert set designed for holding small parts or components. The trick will be getting inserts for your tools. A little browsing on the Bosch site convinced us that Bosch’s plan is to sell tools in LBOXX kits (standard kits, but with an appropriately-sized LBOXX complete with inserts) and/or bare tools with insert. We didn’t see any option to buy inserts alone for tools you already own, though we might simply not have found them.
So, like always with storage systems, you’re going to have to evaluate how these will work for you. At worst, it looks like just buying Bosch tools will get you into the LBOXX systems via the new kits, which is an improvement over standard incompatible-with-each-other blow-mold cases. At best, they could offer a clean way to carry and store a group of power tools specific to the job at hand.