DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 Tool Storage Reviews

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 | Major Upgrades for DeWalt Storage


DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 Keys In On Several Areas of Improvement

Tool storage is a huge segment for several manufacturers. While many folks are going to stick the the brand they like, there’s nothing that says you can’t put Craftsman tools in a DeWalt toolbox. That’s why getting it right is such a big deal and why the DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 makes some significant improvements.

We got our hands on the three-piece set to do some testing.

Pros

  • New auto-locking side latches make stacking and securing easy
  • More robust latches
  • More space
  • Excellent durability
  • Wheeled base box rolls smoothly
  • Metal reinforced padlock holes
  • Rubber gasket keep dust and water out

Cons

  • Lid system doesn’t keep objects from traveling out of trays
  • No dedicated strap points for transport on the rolling box

Recommendation

The DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 is a really well-thought-out upgrade for DeWalt’s storage system. The improvements make big steps forward that are genuinely helpful, the system remains compatible with ToughSystem gear you already have, and its price positions it very well among other offerings.

Whether you’re looking for a storage system to jump into or simply thinking about replacing a few of the ToughSytem boxes you already have, ToughSytem 2.0 is a storage system we heartily recommend.

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DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 Improvements and Testing Results

Better Latches

The DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 addresses one of the biggest complaints we’ve seen—the latches. They’re much more robust on the new system, locking down solidly with a more durable feel.

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0

We noticed that it’s possible for the metal catch to slide over the top of the latching slot. That’s not an issue of fit, though. On the contrary, it fits extremely well with no wiggle.

The catch doesn’t swing freely down, so you just need to give it a little extra attention. You might make the argument that DeWalt could make the lip a bit larger, but this is really a very minor issue.

Super-Easy Auto-Connect Side Latches

We LOVE the auto-connecting side latches on the DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0. They’re spring-loaded and automatically lock one box on top of another with a simple press. Often, the weight of the box and its contents are enough to do the job without any extra help.

You have to make sure the boxes are lined up properly. It might take a day or two, but it settles into muscle memory pretty quickly.

These side latches are very secure. We haven’t had any issues with them coming apart. Even when we tried to pull and bang them off, they continued to hold fast.

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0

There’s another pivoting latch point in the middle. Look for half-width boxes, bags, or other storage accessories coming down the road that use it.

More Storage Space

It’s worth noting that DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 has roughly 20% more storage area than the original design. That’s not necessarily an innovation, but it’s awfully helpful as you’re organizing tool sets.

Great, But is ToughSystem 2.0 Actually Tough?

Overall, the build of the boxes, including the wheel and handle system on the rolling cart, seems solid. We don’t do destructive testing, so we didn’t drop concrete blocks on these from 10 feet, push them out the back of a truck at 60 MPH, or see how well they hold up to a 12-gauge turkey load.

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0

However, we didn’t just let them sit around a look pretty, either. Holding their weight capacity in tools and accessories is definitely no big deal for them. Neither is Tom Gaige standing on them. Or jumping on them. Even my 200-pound weight wasn’t enough to make them cry uncle.

So while we’ll leave finding the breaking limits to those more prone to clickbait headlines, we are confident in saying that the DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 is more than able to stand up to the tough jobsite environments.

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Additional Field Notes

Original ToughSystem Compatibility

DeWalt made some smart calls for their update to the ToughSystem lineup. First of all, ToughSystem 2.0 is absolutely compatible with all your original ToughSystem boxes and accessories.

We like that because it means we can replace our boxes as needed without a complete overhaul. It also means the Storage Racks or Music+Charger you already have still integrate well.

What Rain?

DeWalt’s gasket system is excellent. The material seals out dust and water beautifully. Its yellow color also adds a nice contrasting accent to the black boxes.

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0

Traveling Accessories

The lid system doesn’t sit tight against the open trays inside the box. It’s still possible for anything you put in those to travel or fall out. However, the trays that come in boxes you can carry suitcase-style have individual no-travel lids to keep things in place.

Spring-Loaded Side Handles

Like the side latches, the side handles (but not the front handles) are spring-loaded. Whether you’re setting the box down somewhere or locking into the system, they drop down out of the way without any extra help from you.

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0

While there aren’t any dedicated strap points on the rolling box, the side handles make for a good alternative if you’re staking multiple boxes.

Sometimes Labelling is a Good Thing

DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0

Sometimes the little things make a big difference. If you’re the kind of Pro that likes to label your boxes, it’s pretty easy. The clear plastic cover over the “ToughSystem 2.0” label near the top slides up and you can put your own label in there. In fact, you can flip around the existing label and write it in by hand if you like.

Price

The three-piece DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 set that we got runs $199.99 with individual boxes varying in price. We compared that to two other popular stacking sets.

Milwaukee’s Packout version of the same setup runs $279 and Ridgid’s totals $97 (you have to buy the pieces separately). DeWalt finds itself in a pretty good position. With solid durability and a really nice feature set, you get more than you do with Ridgid, yet it’s significantly less expensive than Packout.

The Bottom Line

The DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 is a really well-thought-out upgrade for DeWalt’s storage system. The improvements make big steps forward that are genuinely helpful, the system remains compatible with ToughSystem gear you already have, and its price positions it very well among other offerings.

Whether you’re looking for a storage system to jump into or simply thinking about replacing a few of the ToughSytem boxes you already have, ToughSytem 2.0 is a storage system we heartily recommend.

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A-train

1.0 has been great system for me. The only problem with 2.0 is that the power station wont lock into the boxes. It will however lock into 1.0 with no problems. Everyone talks about the 2.0 rolling box handle being amazing because you can take it out for loading under tonneau cover in the back of a truck. Like it’s new. The 1.0 will do the same if you take the locking blocks out of the bottom of the vertical rectangle handle tubes. The 2 things I do appreciate are the half boxes for the top and the trays that… Read more »

Shimshon Yacoby

I have both systems original and 2.0. One of my biggest problems is that Dewalt deleted the metal catch on the rear of all their new boxes so when you load them onto the DS carrier you cannot lock them on to it. They also removed the air valve so that you can bleed the air trapped in the box. That doesn’t bother me much. The metal catch on the rear of the boxes which allowed you to lock them down, that one really aggravates me. I still have the new boxes because it’s the best on the market in… Read more »

jason

Those main lid latches look like a downgrade to me. The all steel clamp latches on the original system are fantastic. They’re going to hold up a lot longer than one with a plastic bail.

Eddie Santiago

I don’t see much improvement besides the side latches. Currently I have 4 first gen rolling boxes, on the first one the side handles broke because of lifting the heavy box using the side handles. DeWalt send a new one, but I stopped using the side handles. Now instead of improving the side handles on the rolling box they deleted them. I like that when you open the new rolling box the handle bar doesn’t leans back, is a pain to open a first gen rolling box when you have something next to it on the back because you need… Read more »