When welding, searching for the right torch gun, wire or anything else you may need during or between welds can be time-consuming and take you off your rhythm. For that reason, having everything organised in a proper welding storage cabinet can be extremely beneficial to the efficiency of your welding processes. This way you avoid wasting time searching through boxes, tool holders, pouches or worktables, etc., and at the end of the day, you tidily organise everything you’ve used and store it back conveniently.
The most popular welding storage cabinet solution is the roller cabinet. A roller cabinet can provide you with an easy-to-access and centralised storage for the tools you’ve gathered over the years. It typically consists of a metal frame that holds a number of drawers, plus a few casters that are mounted at the bottom of the frame so that you can easily maneuver it. However, if you don’t have all that many tools, a budget-friendly, light-duty rolling welding storage cabinet will do. But if you already have an impressive, professional tool collection which you intend to grow, you should definitely consider a quality, durable roller cabinet.
Even though roller cabinets are designed to look kind of rugged, what truly matters is what’s on their inside. In other words, the important thing is how safely and conveniently your tools are stored in them. The durability and quality of the cabinet are determined by the quality of the materials and components used to manufacture and assemble it. However, its term quality can be quite relative, depending on how you intend to use it. For instance, if you need to move it around a lot, a cabinet with quality casters is an absolute must. On the other hand, if the cabinet is going to be stationary, but will have to hold a lot of tools, then you need to look for a quality construction.
But before you start shopping for a roller cabinet, try to answer the following questions in order to get the best value for your money.
- What’s the approximate total weight of the tools the roller cabinet will need to hold?
- What’s the floor surface you plan on stationing and moving your storage cabinet on?
- How often will you move the storage cabinet?
- How many bulky or oversized items do you need to store?
- Do you need power outlets?
- What are the chances of theft at your workshop?
- What’s the intended use of the top surface area for your cabinet? Working, drawing, or holding additional tools?