How to Store Your Tools When You’re an Apprentice – Tool Box Review & Giveaway

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how to store your tools when you're an apprentice

Congratulations Rachael Abbott on winning the prize.

When you become an apprentice, you don’t anticipate all the costs of setting yourself up. First up is the clothing. Some companies will offer you a uniform or a shirt with the company’s logo, but it’s up to you to purchase the right shorts, pants, steel cap boots and safety gear that will be needed for your first day on the tools. A few months into your apprenticeship, it will be expected that you have a few basic tools. Some companies expect you to have some tools on the first day of work – even if you have no idea how to use them or what they’re called.

You’ll need a vehicle to get to each job site. Your current car might eventually need to be upgraded to a ute, so you can assist with deliveries and cart your tools around.

The list of expenses can go on and be overwhelming, especially when you’re earning an apprentice wage. Finding ways to get by with what you can afford is paramount in the early days to avoid getting into debt.

When you start to accumulate tools and fittings, you will need somewhere to store these pieces in your car or ute. Most tools boxes can start from min $200 and offer little space and not much organization. As with all tool boxes and tools you pay for quality, so it pays to spend more to get longevity out of the item.
But you can’t always do that when you’re a new apprentice.

You have to think outside the box and settle with what you can afford and upgrade to what you require when you have more dough. This little tool box from Crazy Sales is the perfect solution for when you’re starting out.

The Shogun 8 Drawer Trolley Tool Box from Crazy Sales is a two piece tool box that is shown as the perfect tool box that can be wheeled in the garage or in a mechanic workshop.

how to store your tools when you're an apprentice

For plumbers and other trade apprentices that work from site to site, this two piece tool box set can be used in the back of your car or ute for an instant storage solution. You’ll of course need to take off the castor wheels for this purpose which is easy to do.

tool box in back of car

tool box for apprentices

tool box for apprentices

The tool box is just under $185 and is a two piece set on wheels. The top tool box can fit in the big compartment in the bottom tool box for a compact fit.

When I set up our tool box, two of the washers on the castors broke when they were pushed into the bottom of the tool box. As a result, while it wheels ok, it’s rocks – a bit like a wobbly table. But if you take the wheels off, which is how I intend to use the tool box, this won’t be a problem. I’m sure I can fiddle around to make the wheels sit flush.

tool box shogun

shogun tool box

plumbing tools in shogun tool box

When I explained this to Crazy Sales, they assured me it was rare for the wheels to do this and would send replacement parts to fix the issue.
Overall, it’s a good little tool box to start with when you’re an apprentice and need something affordable to store your tools in.

It is lockable which is a must for any type of tool storage because tool theft is a big problem onsite and on vehicles.

Crazy Sales sent me this tool box to get an honest review, and while there is the wheel issue and some of the inside drawers aren’t evenly coated, the tool box is a great unit for an apprentice to start out with.

Even if you’re not an apprentice, but require a small tool box set up as you have limited space in your garage, this tool box trolley would be suitable. Many of the trolleys I’ve seen are quite wide. This tool box is great for tight spaces.

The Shogun 8 Drawer Tolley Tool Box is $184.96 plus shipping.

The team at Crazy Sales have been generous enough to offer one of these Shogun 8 Drawer Trolley Tool Boxes to one of The Plumbette readers.
In order to enter the giveaway, you need to follow Crazy Sales and The Plumbette on Facebook (do so via the form below). Then leave a comment explaining why you need this tool box. The most interesting and creative response will win. The winner will need to send a photo of their prize once received so that it can be shared online by Crazy Sales and The Plumbette.

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Terms and Conditions

This is a game of skill. Each valid entry to be judged on creativity and originality, not by chance.

There is one prize: 1 Shogun 8 Drawer Trolley Tool Box worth $184.96. (tools in photos are not included with the prize.)

Entries open from 6am Brisbane time Tuesday 12th January 2016 to Friday 22nd January 2016 12pm Brisbane Time.

Prize is not transferable or changeable

Prize sent out by Crazy Sales will not be replaced in the event it is stolen, lost or damaged in transit or virtually.

Entry is leaving an answer to the question and liking the Facebook pages.

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Entrants must be Australian residents and aged 18 or over.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to reply and claim the prize. The winner may be announced on Facebook. This giveaway is not endorsed by Facebook.

The decision on the winner is final and no dialogue will be entered into otherwise.

These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a Shogun 8 Drawer Trolley Toolbox for the purpose of this review.