I've been using my 72" Montezuma Elite with the hutch for about 9 months now. It gets used 10 hours a day, 4-6 days a week. It's a vault. If I had to spend the money all over again, I'd still buy the Montezuma. I shopped the tool truck brands, and the Montezuma simply offers more for the money. With the money you save compared to other brands, you can buy a lot of tools to go in your new box.
I was nervous about buying such a big-ticket item online, but the customer service I got from Strictlytoolboxes.com eased my mind. They answered all the questions I had and kept me updated on the status of my tool box from the factory to my front door. The tool box comes shipped in a very stout and tightly-sealed container.
The only thing I would improve on this tool box is that the hutch door sticks out about 3 inches too far when it is in the open position. I wish it was recessed a little further so I could lean in more when I'm using the stainless steel work surface. Also, if you like a shiny tool box, the paint on the Montezuma is almost a semi-gloss matte finish. It doesn't have the deep, automotive-quality, glossy finish of the tool truck brands.
The overall quality of the tool box is excellent. I expect it to last well beyond my lifetime. The thickness of the steel, the strength of the drawer slides, and the security of the locking system are all professional grade. The drawers are very deep and come with nice liners pre-installed. Once you see a Montezuma in person and realize the money you can save, you have to ask yourself if it's worth a few thousand dollars more just to have a tool truck brand emblem on your tool box.
Spending the extra money for the hutch was an excellent move for me. With a $20 48" fluorescent utility light fixture mounted in the top for extra light, and an $80 dorm fridge set on top, I now have a super nice set-up. This box keeps me more organized and helps my work day go smoother. I'm no longer wasting time rummaging though a completely full tool box, losing tools and sometimes damaging them from having to cram the drawers shut. I also love the fact that the hutch comes with a shelf, and you can mount more shelves and racks on the inside walls for additional storage.
If I have to leave work due to a family emergency, I can throw my tools inside the hutch, pull the door down, lock it, and be gone in a few minutes, instead of wasting time having to individually put tools back in their drawers. Once you get used to the convenience, extra storage capacity and additional security that a hutch offers, you won't want to go back to a regular tool box.
This tool box stands tall, gets noticed, and has a presence all its own in the shop. It's my office and it helps me make money. I did a lot of research and hemmed and hawed over pulling the trigger on this purchase, but ever since I first un-crated my Montezuma, I've had no regrets. If you need a bigger, better tool box to get the job done without the ridiculous price tag, buy a Montezuma and don't look back. (Posted on 8/28/2011)
Brian from Conyers, Georgia
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