Milwaukee PackOut Toolboxes & Storage

Milwaukee PACKOUT Modular Storage System


The Milwaukee PackOut Modular Storage System is a new attachment system that allows boxes, organizers, and totes of multiple sizes and configurations to easily stack and lock together.  Through an intuitive and quick attachment mechanism, the user is allowed the freedom to stack and lock the various PackOut tool boxes, organizers, and totes into any variety of configurations that best suit their needs.
The initial PackOut Modular Storage System consists of 8 products – 3 tool boxes, 2 organizers, and 3 storage totes.  All of the items in the PackOut line are built with an emphasis on convenience, organization, and durability.
We’re going to break down the PackOut system in a couple of phases. First, we’ll look at each class of storage as a group. If you want to see the specifc details of any individual piece, scroll down to the end.
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Milwaukee PackOut Modular Storage System Tool Boxes

Milwaukee PackOut

The foundation of the Milwaukee PackOut System is the rolling tool box. In the same category are two other non-wheeled tool boxes. For common features, they all sport an IP65 rating against dust and water along with reinforced corners.

Milwaukee constructs all of the tool boxes in the PackOut line from impact resistant polymer.  There are also Tick mounting locations on the lids.

The latches on each of the tool boxes are stout and give plenty of reason for confidence. I like that Milwaukee includes a metal washer to reinforce the padlock hole. However, one of our boxes already lost one, so you’ll want to keep an eye on those.

What I’d really like to see is the for the internal boxes on these to nest onto the Packout lids. But the design feature that allows the boxes to lcok together requires some extra tooling for the boxes and bins to sit in them nicely.

Milwaukee PackOut Organizer Options

Milwaukee PackOut

Things begin to shrink slightly when you move to the PackOut Organizers. The latches aren’t as substantial, but still excellent for the application. The handles are a bit smaller as well. However, the attachement points are just as solid as the tool boxes.

You’ll notice a strong resemblance to the Milwaukee Jobsite Organizers from recent memory. The internal boxes are the same and you can organize them the way you like. The lid also recesses into them so bits, fasteners, etc. don’t go wandering next door. The lids are transparent, so it’s easy to identify what’s in each box. Milwaukee crafts each bin using impact resistant polymers that have an IP 65 rating.

Like the internal boxes on the tool boxes, what’s missing here is the ability to set the bins into the top with a level of security.

Milwaukee PackOut Totes

Milwaukee PackOut

Unique to the PackOut system is the integration of soft storage tote bags, which clip onto the top of any PackOut tool box or organizer. You can attach the tote to the top of your PackOut gear for easier transport. These totes are available in three sizes – 10″, 15″, and 20″ with a variety of pocket and loop combinations.  All of them feature 1680D ballistic material construction, as well as impact resistant molded bases.

What I really like about the integration of totes in the PackOut system is that is allows me to keep my hand tools orginized separate from my power tools. Realistically, how often do you go to a job with no hand tools?

In the end, it’s a great way to ensure you can customize the entire system and grab just what you need for each job.

Bottom Line

Milwaukee PackOut

I’ve had a lot of requests to compare this system in both price an quality to what you can get from DeWalt or Ridgid. The short story is it’s a much better system, but it’s more expensive. That’s a slippery slope, though. It’s kind of like comparing an SUV built on a car frame to one built on a truck frame. Yes, they’re both SUV’s, but they’re not in the same class. That’s where the Milwaukee PackOut system is compared to the other portable storage options – it’s simply a different class.

What I love about the system is the customization that goes along with so many storage options. Optimizing the tool boxes for power tools and accessories, the organizers for fasteners, and the totes for hand tools, I can grab the components I need for any job and leave the rest in the shop or the truck. Plus, you have NBHD built in along with several convenient features on each piece.

Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. I’d really like all the internal bins and boxes to fit onto the PackOut locks and each of the components has tradeoffs here and there. But overall, this is the system every tradesman is going to want to get into. And Milwaukee has already told us this is only the beginning for PackOut.

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Milwaukee PackOut Modular Storage System Components

Tool Boxes

Milwaukee PackOut Rolling Tool Box

At the base of the PackOut system is the rolling tool box.  Boasting 9″ all terrain wheels and a metal through-axel, Milwaukee designed this toolbox to easily roll over a variety of surfaces and job site conditions.  This tool box includes an industrial-grade, ergonomic extension handle designed to support box loads of up to 250 lbs.

Milwaukee PackOut

Unless you’re an electrician or HVAC Pro that really can get away with carrying your tools in a bag or backpack, you want to get the PackOut rolling box as your foundation. It’s great for bulk storage and can fit a variety of power tools and accessories. As long as you’re not OCD about everything sitting exactly where you placed it, it’s a good bet.

I love that the lid stays open on its own, even if you’re sitting on an angle. You can feel it gently snap into place. The latches are stout, which is always a win.

The telescoping handle seems awfully close to overbuilt. Just keep in mind that it’s going to potentially support the rest of your PackOut system and its contents.

Our rolling box managed to take some damage in shipping. While it’s always a bit of a bummer for your new tools to be imperfect when they arrive, it’s actually the perfect opportunity to see how the reinforcement protects the box and its contents.

Milwaukee PackOut

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8426
  • 250 lb Weight Capacity
  • Industrial Grade Extension Handle
  • 9″ All-Terrain Tires
  • IP65 Rating
  • Interior Organizer Tray
  • Length: 22.1″
  • Width: 25.6″
  • Height: 18.9″
  • Weight: 23.4 lbs
  • MSRP: $129.99

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Milwaukee PackOut Large Tool Box

With two carry handles, the Milwaukee PackOut large tool box gives you the best of both worlds based on what you’re carrying. The only real negative on the exterior is that the lid won’t stay open while you have it attached to the rolling tool box. However, you can alleviate that by dropping the rolling box’ handle all the way down.

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On the inside, you’re looking at the same accessories organizer as the rolling box. The rest is bulk storage. The only thing I’m missing is the tool storage points for drills and impact drivers that you find in the 24″ Work Box.

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  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8425
  • Metal Reinforced Locking Point
  • 100 lb Weight Capacity
  • Interior Tray Organizer
  • Mounting Location For One-Key Tick
  • IP65 Rated Weather Seal
  • Length: 22.1″
  • Width: 16.1″
  • Height: 11.3″
  • Weight: 12.1 lbs
  • MSRP: $79.99

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Milwaukee PackOut Tool Box

With the smallest PackOut tool box offering, organization begins to take center stage. There’s little bulk storage, but plenty of room for 2 – 3 drills or drivers plus a charger and batteries.

Milwaukee PackOut

Storage on either end reveals 4 smaller boxes. One of the top boxes is open while the other snaps shut and offers 4 separate compartments. Accessories like Sawzall blades can go in the open one and smaller bits are a great fit for the locking lid box.

Below the top boxes are identical deepers boxes. They have 3 compartments each and are a great fit for fasteners.

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8424
  • 75 lb Weight Capacity
  • IP65 Rated Weather Seal
  • Interior Organizer Trays
  • Mounting Location For One-Key Tick
  • Length: 22.1″
  • Width: 16.1″
  • Height: 6.6″
  • Weight: 10.1 lb
  • MSRP: $69.99

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Organizers

Milwaukee PackOut Organizer

This full-width organizer features a combination of 10 internal bins. You can remove and hang them during use. You can also move them around any which way you like inside. And if you get more than one or a combination of this model and the compact organzier, you can swap the bins around in any combination you want to.

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I like the long middle section of the organizer for longer bits, fasteners, or recip blades. It’s not removeable, but it’s definitely useful.

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8430
  • 10 Removable And Mountable Bins
  • IP65 Rated Weather Seal
  • No-Travel Bins Prevent Small Part Migration Between Bins
  • Length: 19.76″
  • Width: 15″
  • Height: 4.61″
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • MSRP: $44.99

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PackOut Compact Organizer

Unique to the Milwaukee PackOut system are a couple of half-width options and the compact organizer is one of them. This one has 5 removeable bins and doesn’t have the long storage area that the full size organizer has.

Milwaukee PackOut

What’s interesting here are the latches. They are on the corners rather than flat on the front or sides. That exposes them a bit more than the other latches on both the tool boxes and organizers. However, I like the closure security they provide.

One thing to note here on interlocking – the compact organizer can fit on any of the other tool boxes and organizers. You’ll only be able to lock another compact organizer or 10″ tote on top of it, though. If you have two of the compact boxes locked in side by side, you’ve opened the entire line back up to lock onto them. Realistically, you’re probably going to have these on top or just one or two of the totes on top of it.

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8435
  • 5 Removable And Mountable Bins
  • IP65 Rated Weather Seal
  • No-Travel Bins Seal Prevent Small Part Migration Between Bins
  • Length: 9.72″
  • Width: 15.24″
  • Height: 4.61″
  • Weight: 3.31″
  • MSRP: $29.99

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Storage Totes

Milwaukee PackOut 20” Tote

As the largest of the PackOut totes, you get 32 pockets to work with. Realistically, Milwaukee could have put more in there. But they decided to leave one side pocket-free. With this size tote, I can carry a variety of power tools in the open side – including a Sawzall.

Milwaukee PackOut

One really nice consideration is a pad on one side. As you’re carrying the tote, it helps reduce the pain that can come from the side of your bag rubbing against you. The metal tape measure clip is a must-have for every Pro as are the hanging loops if you’re an electrician or plumber.

The divider isn’t removeable, but you have a gap on either side. It’s not a big deal, but it’s possible for anything loose in the bag to switch sides. I’d like the zipping pockets to be a bit deeper. As it is, you can fit several Sawzall blades, pencils, or longer accessories in them.

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8310
  • 1680 Ballistic Material Construction
  • Impact Resistant Molded Base
  • All Metal Hardware
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Durable Overmold Handle
  • 32 Total Pockets
  • Length: 11″
  • Width: 20″
  • Height: 17″
  • Weight: 7.65 lbs.
  • MSRP: $129.99

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Milwaukee PackOut 15” Tote

The PackOut 15″ tote is essentially the Mini Me to the 20″ model. The only difference is it’s a little smaller, there’s one less pocket, and it locks onto just one half a PackOut toosl box or organizer. It has the same pros and cons as its larger brother.

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8315
  • 1680 Ballistic Material Construction
  • Impact Resistant Molded Base
  • All Metal Hardware
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Durable Overmold Handle
  • 31 Total Pockets
  • Length: 11″
  • Width: 15″
  • Height: 17″
  • Weight: 6.15 lbs.
  • MSRP: $99.99

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Milwaukee PackOut 10” Tote

The smallest member of the PackOut tote family is actually the widest. It has a total of 28 pockets and the middle divider is removeable. Both external zipping pockets are deeper than the other members. Like the 15″ tote, this one also locks in on half the width of any full-size PackOut tool box or organizer.

  • Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-8310
  • 1680 Ballistic Material Construction
  • Impact Resistant Molded Base
  • All Metal Hardware
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Durable Overmold Handle
  • 28 Total Pockets
  • MSRP: $79.99

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Tim Vandaveer
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Picked up the packout set at Home Depot today for $197.00 great deal!!!!

Chris Fyfe
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The wheels are the weak point

Andy D Toles
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I jest want the pic of this to save to my phone so i can text it to some friends they need it

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