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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 17, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

I just bought one. It was such an insane deal I couldn't pass it up.

I was going to run over there with my flatbed trailer and pick it up today. It's a top and bottom and is 6 feet tall.

Um, until I looked up how much these things weigh.

I couldn't find the exact model, but similar sized ones weigh 1300 lbs.

Even with 2-3 people, lifting it or moving it is going to be a challenge, not to mention potentially dangerous.

I'm not sure I can do it safely with my flatbed or my truck alone. Any suggestions?

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 17, 11:06 AM
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Re: Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

Remove all the drawers and load the top and bottom separately. If you have ramps for the trailer the lower box can be pushed, pulled or winched up onto the trailer. I have moved mine a few times.

This is one of them, the other is a 3 section Snap On set.


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Re: Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

Yes, that can be a challenge, and dangerous if not careful.
When I moved I rented a "Drop Deck" trailer, the deck drops down flat on the ground. Moved my roll cabinet, bead blaster, benches, fork lift and other shop stuff in one load.
Be careful, a loaded tool cabinet is difficult to keep from rolling on a slight grade!! And also very "tippy" if not securely lashed down. A drop deck trailer will have side rails to strap it to.

I did move my loaded roll cabinet once using my flat trailer with ramps and a come-a-long, said I would never do it again! Now, if it they are empty, might be OK.

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Remove all the drawers and load the top and bottom separately. If you have ramps for the trailer the lower box can be pushed, pulled or winched up onto the trailer. I have moved mine a few times.

This is one of them, the other is a 3 section Snap On set.

This is not it, but it's very similar

Shipping weight is 1500# for the whole set

I don't know why I didn't think about the drawers. Good tip.

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When techs switch dealerships, they call a rollback wrecker.
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When techs switch dealerships, they call a rollback wrecker.
Not always. I moved mine many time with nothing more than a pickup or a small utility trailer while loaded. With the top box off it's manageable. Mine is an old MAC from the 60's. It's heavy.
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My Snap On box was my dad's. He purchased it in the early 50's when working at Konner Chevrolet in Caldwell, NJ. I have moved them in my pick up many times and once in a Ryder truck with a ramp.

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Re: Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

I moved my box twice and flat bedded it once and used a trailer the other time. The first time I moved it I called a friend who worked for a wrecker service.He wrote it up like an AAA road call service.The next time I used a flat bed trailer but had to use a come-along to get it on there.
Way to heavy to lift some of the larger boxes with manpower,we used to use the shop lifts to get them in the pickups sometimes too.If you're in good with a Snapon or other tool dealer they will move them for you sometimes for free if you're a good customer ,which I wasn't.
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If you're in good with a Snapon or other tool dealer they will move them for you sometimes for free if you're a good customer
Or still owe them a bunch of money they like to know where you are moving to so may be more willing to help.
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A few years ago I helped a friend move his big matco, he used a roll on flat bed wrecker but it was already there where he worked so it was free, I didn't do much but watch

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Re: Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

Helped a friend move a fully loaded and very large snap on box. Use my enclosed trailer and winched it up the ramp door, easy peasy :-)
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Re: Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

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My Snap On box was my dad's. He purchased it in the early 50's when working at Konner Chevrolet in Caldwell, NJ. I have moved them in my pick up many times and once in a Ryder truck with a ramp.
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Re: Anyone move a large MAC/ Snap On tool chest?

When I retired I had to bring my toolbox home from work. I put it into the truck I rented with a forklift. To get it off the truck I took all the drawers out, emptied the side boxes, and took the top box off. Better to be safe than sorry. It rolled out so easy onto the liftgate.

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