I've seen a whole lot of tool boxes over the years. You know me, I like the fancy stuff. In the world of tool boxes the Sonic ones aren't particularly expensive. I never understood why someone would spend $10,000 on a mediocre box. I always thought, "Why in the world would someone spend 25% of their annual income on some so-so stuff?" Before I actually went to Sonic HQ in Auburn, I saw a few of their S11 boxes at Atlanta Motorsports Park. I love the MSS cabinet line but not the tool boxes I saw. I thought, "I'll chase tool boxes from some other company later." When I finally made it to SonicUSA HQ, I asked them to open up one of each of their tool boxes. They were all in a line: S8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. I got to touch and feel each one of them. It was really obvious to me almost immediately, the S9, 12, and 12xD were legit, but I didn't like any of the other ones.
It's has been on my list for about a year now, but I felt like I needed to get them in my garage to really get hands on to give a solid assessment. So...I bought the three that I liked and had them sent to OGHQ to make sure I was correct, but let's be honest, I just wanted to play with them. After spending a bunch of time rolling around the garage, I like them more than I thought I would. The casters are legit, they are completely compatible with Sonic Foam Inlays for tools, and have usual amazing Sonic fit and finish.
The S12 toolbox is equipped with 8 drawers operated by ball bearing slides. The angles of the toolbox have a strengthening profile, which results in more firmness and stability for a longer life cycle. The toolbox is available in dark grey exterior. The S12 toolbox houses small, medium or large foam inlay sizes.
- If you can fit the depth and width, I like the S12xD the most of the three.
- You really want to build your array of tool using LARGE.
- Casters are the same on the S9 and S12. S12 xD has larger, more robust casters. All have brakes. Each box has two pivoting and two fixed casters.
- Handles are super stout for pushing the boxes around.
The S12 toolbox ships on a pallet with plenty of packing around it to protect the edges. The 5-inch casters (two swiveling/locking) also come pre-installed. In less than 10 minutes you can have the shrink-wrap off all four foam tool trays, the towel bar installed, and both can holders mounted to the sides of the toolbox. These will drop-ship from the Auburn, AL warehouse. Depending on where you live, prepare to add about 25% of the cost of the cabinets/boxes in shipping. $4000 in cabinets/boxes could cost around $1000 to ship. Rather than building shipping into the price and leaving a fudge factor for different parts of the country, I think it's smarter to simply quote you the price it costs with no markup.
- If you know what you want, place your order.
- I will send a separate invoice with shipping cost.
7 SHALLOW & 1 DEEP DRAWER: The drawers slide open easily-even when filled with heavy tools. There is a positive click when the drawers close, and the ball-bearing slides make for a smooth, confident open and shut. All drawers are 100% retractable and the included keys lock and unlock all drawers for security.
Shallow drawers = 29.1 x 17.1 x 2.5" | Deep drawer = 29.1 x 17.1 x 5.5" | Total storage = 11,445 cubic inches
SIDE HANDLE: Each Sonic toolbox comes with a steel side handle to increase mobility making this toolbox easy to move around the shop.
TORSION RESISTANT THROUGH PROFILE CONSTRUCTION AT THE 4 CORNERS: All Sonic toolboxes are wrapped in one piece of steel. This feature maximizes strength and rigidity of the toolbox while also using less material, welds, and connection points. The S12 toolbox is manufactured with high precision to ensure quality, firmness, and stability for a longer life cycle.
PLASTIC EDGE PROTECTION: The S12 toolbox features ABS plastic bumpers on all 4 edges of the box. These bumpers provide protection for not only the toolbox but also prevent metal on metal scratches in a garage.
PERFORATED PANELS TO HANG UP VARIOUS ACCESSORIES: The perforated panels on both sides of the S12 toolbox allows for ultimate customization. Users can add things such as tool hangers, can holders, and document holders.
POWDER COATING: The dark grey (RAL 7011) powered coated finish on the S12 toolbox adds a durable, tough, and stylish exterior to your toolbox.
4 RUBBER CASTERS 2X SWIVEL CASTERS WITH BRAKE AND 2X FIXED: The two 5-inch swivel casters lock and unlock very easily by toe, and the entire box moves easily around the shop’s concrete floor as needed.