DeWalt's ToughSystem: It's Just a Big Box, Right?

We're not nuts here at Toolstop.

Well, not all of us are nuts, put it that way.

We realise that you guys want to read about power tools. We fully understand that you probably don't want too much information from us about tool boxes. After all, a tool box is a tool box, right? It's a box you put tools in.

It's what's in the box that matters, right, rather than the box itself?

But while that's probably true most of the time, on occasion the boxes themselves get to come forward into the spotlight. For example, not that long ago on the Toolstop Facebook Page we were asked for photos of a new range of tool boxes that had arrived on the market.

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Yes, that's right. Someone wanted photos. Of a tool box.

So, you have to wonder, is there something being added to Helen's water that made her want to see more photos of a tool box, or is she not as batty as you might first think?

Could it be that there's something special about DeWalt's new offering to the world of....tool boxes?

Earlier this year Toolstop were invited to spend two days at a top secret location on the Slough Trading Estate. Our objective was to shoot as much video content featuring the, at that time unreleased, brand new XR power tools that DeWalt were just about to bring onto the market (listen to our podcast discussion of the new tools here).


Our guide for the two days repeatedly made a big deal of the "tough outside, intelligent inside" slogan that the DeWalt marketing team had dreamed up for their new, admittedly smart and tough, cordless tools.

But it seems that the design team behind these new power tools had a little bit of creative juice left over. And from that they've produced a tool box system that could, in all honesty, adopt the same tag line as the tools they've been made to protect; tough outside, intelligent inside.

And yes, I'm talking about a tool box...

dewalt toughsystem tool box

So, is there justification for getting all enthusiastic about a tool box?

It of course depends on the tool box.

In this case, DeWalt appear to have taken the logic behind the XR tools, "tough outside, intelligent inside", and applied it to the very boxes that their DCK91L3 5 pack of XR tools will come in.

They told our Power Tool Spies that the ToughSystem boxes were designed after extensive research among professional power tool users like you. In other words, according to DeWalt, these ToughSystem tool boxes are exactly what you've been waiting for.

First off, the tough outside.

DeWalt have used 4mm thick outer casing that can withstand drops from over 3 feet.

The handles have been stress tested via a process whereby the box is lifted over 2000 timeswhile filled with a 50lb load. DeWalt report no failures. Similarly, the hingeshave been stress tested over 1000 times with no reported failures.

And the metal hinges and latches have been sprayed for 24 hours straight with a water/salt solution with no reported corrosion or visual change.

On top of all of that, the ToughSystem boxes are dust tight and water jet resistant, rated at IP65.

Tough indeed.

dewalt toughsystem

On the outside, though, DeWalt have also included a fair dose of intelligence to go along with the toughness.

For instance, the system is stackable (see image above) via DeWalt's mobile modular storage system. Simply stack the boxes on top of each other and use the yellow catch to fasten them all together. Then they can be carried in a stack, or loaded into the optional heavy duty trolley. Each tool box has eyelets for a padlock, so the system is stackable, cartable and lockable.

Dewalt 1-70-324 DSCarrier TOUGHSYSTEM Folding Trolley

Talking of cartable, though, what about the heavy duty trolley?

The DSCarrier ToughSystem folding trolley, to give it it's Sunday name, features a foldable toe plate that can carry a maximum load of 330lbs/150kg and is foldable for storage.

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Height adjustable folding brackets allow you to position the ToughSystem boxes at the top of the trolley to enable the transportation of other bulky equipment and materials underneath, as you can see from our image.

This all adds up to a system that is inherently tough, but also intelligently easy to use.

Let's now consider what's inside these ToughSystem boxes.

DeWalt have made available three different models in three sizes.


First off, the little brother of the bunch, the DS150. Measuring in at 158mm x 336mm x 550mm, it's designed with all of the tough intelligence outlined above, but is more of an organiser box rather than a tool box, although you can strip out the supplied inserts and carry your tools in it should you wish.

Then we have the larger DS300. Again, it's got the tough exterior, the IP65 rated casing with the rubber seal, with dimensions of 308mm x 336mm x 550mm, providing you with 35 litres of internal space. It can handle loads of up to 60kgs and comes with a removable tote tray to hold your accessories.

Finally, we have the daddy of the bunch, the DS400. This time, along with the IP65 rating, the tough but intelligent exterior, we have a tool box measuring 408mm x 366mm x 550mm, able to carry loads of 60kg in its 55 litre capacityinterior. It's a beast and it comes with the same tote tray as the DS300, but also includes an removable vertical organiser, as seen in our Power Tool Spy video below.

So, we've got a new range of power tools from DeWalt that claim to be tough on the outside, intelligent on the inside. DeWalt have told us that, after extensive research among professional power tool users, they've created a new range of tool boxes that are also tough outside and intelligent inside.

The boxesare IP65 rated against dust and water, have hinges and handles that aren't going to break off in a hurry, are constructed of 4mm thick structural foam plastic and will stack together or can be slotted and locked into a versatile trolley.

Maybe Helen wasn't being silly asking to see more photos after all...

What do you think? Have DeWalt come up with the goods tool box-wise to match the brand new XR cordless power tools?


Anthony Parkerwood on Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:22:11 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Will a Hultafors 22.5" folding crowbar fit diagonally in the DS150 if you remove the yellow bins?

gregsmith86 on Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:01:00 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Can you fit 3x DS300 on the trolley? As there are no images depicting this combination.

L T on Sat, 04 Oct 2014 14:29:54 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Poorly made case, Handle mount snapped on first time use, waste of money

Spyderwhite on Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:23:23 +0100 (Likes: 12 / Dislikes: 0

Do you sell the Vertical organiser seperately? I need a replacement and am having no luck finding one anywhere.

moores custom woodwork on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:47:29 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

great article. I want em, I want em, I want em....I'm gonna get em.

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