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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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Preview of new HF Icon line boxes and tools

Some stores have the sample right now. Pro level tools and boxes coming to HF.



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They also came out with a new line of air tools called "Chief" Priced about double of their normal prices.

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I've had an eye on the 73 inch US General one for a while now. On sale price sometimes right at $1000 tempts me. I have the 56 inch one and feel it was great value for the money ($700). The new 56 Icon has an MSRP of $2500 so it's fair to say the new 73" will run at around $3000. That's a "no" from me. I just paid not much more than that for a hulking great RV that I drove home and could potentially even live in. That much money for a tin can on wheels to keep stuff in? Ehhh. The impact holder and charging station are pretty neat but I'm not really interested in the rest of those features. I find it funny that he totally misses the main upgrade that owners of the older boxes are looking for. "Grab anywhere" drawer releases versus the old cheesy ones that were a simple plastic latch that you had to reach all the way to the right end to release. (All of which break if someone accidentally manages to about tip the entire toolbox over.)

The main reason the tool trucks can sell their absurdly expensive toolboxes is that they suck people in with their easy weekly payment plans. HF has no such option. I'm not sure how many people will be up for plopping down thousands of dollars on the spot for these setups. A few certainly will but I'm not sure how these boxes will appeal to their bottom dollar tool buying customer base. Doesn't matter, I'm just kind of curious how well they will sell after a possible initial rush by a minority.
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Id buy a used snap on box before spending big bucks on a HF box.

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I’ve got 3 KRAs, a KRSC cart and 2 shelf roll around. And they are pretty much full. All except the latest KRA I got used. The truck boxes like the Masters, Classic and Epiq series are light years ahead of the non truck brand boxes. And they are priced like it too. Many dealers stock up on off the line boxes and offer them at a pretty good discount from list. In the case of the 54” Icon I could get a KRL 54” for a couple grand more. The 54” and 72” General II compares favorably to the entry level Heritage line.

I use my no interest truck account, he’ll float me a couple grand but not the Snap On EC2. Even with good credit the best rate is 18%. With good credit you can get a signature loan and buy the box cash and save up to 40% or get a deal on a trade or repo.

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Don't be surprised when HF comes out with their own credit card like Northern Tools has.

As for the box. I dunnow yet haven't seen it to compare to an overpriced box from the shark trucks. It really doesn't really take much to make a box as good or better than the truck based ones and sell it for drastically less. I didn't fall for the peer pressure of buying overpriced tools off the truck when I was a tech. There is massive amounts of competition in tools now and the tool trucks are really feeling the pinch and have to change how they operate. Even Gear wrench has tool trucks now.
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You have hereby been ordered to immediately stop doing business with China! Hats and ties excluded of course.
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Seriously though. Anyone seen the ads for the new white roll around boxes? Limited time only. The $199 ones, thinking of getting for the kitchen and office

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Id buy a used snap on box before spending big bucks on a HF box.

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Generally before I buy any I check the CL's and might stop in a pawn shop or two and browse. They still want a kings ransom. Like still 3X a similar box. Crazy like they are black rifles right before a ban.
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I still have a twenty year old Craftsman 40" top-n-bottom that served me through my tech days. Picked up a 60" Macsimizer with the full width top drawer for $400 because it had been hit by a rollaway car. A little dolly work and she works perfect for my needs.

If I was in the market for a new box, I'd skip the "brand" and go direct to the manufacturer, Lista or Versatility. Both make a fantastic box and you can get the features you need without the 200% tool truck markup.

HF makes a couple decent boxes - their $180 cart is a great deal for the price. I seriously doubt the $3000 Chinese box will last long, as they're now trying to compete in a territory that their average customer is not buying in. Their base is looking for the cheapest tool to get the job done, not make an investment in a tool that'll last a lifetime. Their lifetime warranty on that box is worth about as much as the chrome plating that'll flake off in six months. They'll have some language in it about when parts get discontinued, the customer can go pound sand. They can advertise "inventory liquidations", "blowouts" and "parking lot sales" all they want, their business rep is crap and the tools aren't much better.
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