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Topic: FYI: No more aluminum cases
Message: Posted by: WhoDeanie (Aug 1, 2011 08:11PM)
Went to Lowe's today to buy another of those aluminum cases. Was informed that they no longer carry them. So if you think you may want one, I guess maybe you should check your local Lowe's ASAP. I'm gonna check Home Depot tomorrow. I know they carry aluminum cases as well, but I liked the ones from Lowe's better because they come with the "picker's foam." I think they are made by Task Force. Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (Aug 1, 2011 11:00PM)
Keep in mind that this may also have been a local decision and not a nation-wide decision. National chains (in any industry) all carry a majority of the same items in all their stores, but often they will also carry things to cater to the needs of their locale that others will not have. I could be wrong in this case, but I just wanted to put that out there.
Message: Posted by: WhoDeanie (Aug 2, 2011 09:54AM)
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On 2011-08-02 00:00, Dr_J_Ayala wrote:
Keep in mind that this may also have been a local decision and not a nation-wide decision. National chains (in any industry) all carry a majority of the same items in all their stores, but often they will also carry things to cater to the needs of their locale that others will not have. I could be wrong in this case, but I just wanted to put that out there.
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Nods. I searched their website, hoping to order online, before I posted. I didn't see it there either.
Message: Posted by: Dr_J_Ayala (Aug 2, 2011 10:38AM)
Thanks for the info! It is a shame because those were great.

On the other hand, I have one of the plastic Task Force tool boxes for storing props in and it is great - plenty of room and places to put little objects if/when needed.

Check Harbor Freight for a possible substitute for the aluminum one though.
Message: Posted by: cwcoe (Aug 2, 2011 10:47AM)
Harbor Freight had them in two sizes last time I was in their local store.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (Aug 3, 2011 01:17AM)
Harbor Freight has four different types of Aluminum cases. I use all of them.

#1
http://www.harborfreight.com/17-3-4-quarter-inch-x-12-3-4-quarter-inch-x-5-3-4-quarter-inch-aluminum-case-35777.html

#2
http://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch-x-12-3-4-quarter-inch-x-6-inch-aluminum-case-39196.html

#3
http://www.harborfreight.com/11-1-2-half-inch-x-7-1-2-half-inch-x-4-1-2-half-inch-aluminum-case-36870.html

#4
http://www.harborfreight.com/17-1-2-half-inch-x-12-1-2-half-inch-x-7-1-2-half-inch-aluminum-tool-case-36871.html
Message: Posted by: bbarefoot (Aug 3, 2011 08:42AM)
I worked for Lowe's for about 8 years, so I can tell you, that all the decisions for what a store carries is made in North Carolina. If they quit carrying them in a store, they will be going in all of them, however due to the various distribution center locations, size, etc., some stores may carry them longer as their supply could be larger. Now, it could possibly be a model number change, and in a few weeks a new nearly identical case shows up. They did that to them once before, I got all of mine when the old model number was changed and they went on clearance.

Bradley
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (Sep 10, 2011 06:22PM)
I'll vouch for the Harbor Freight cases; they're bombproof, cheap (pricewise) and very very flexible.
Message: Posted by: windrunner (Sep 11, 2011 12:03PM)
I have several cases from Harbor Freight. Give them a try.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Sep 13, 2011 08:54AM)
I have a case from Lowe's and one from Harbor Freight. The Lowe's case is a little heavier, and is made a little better. (IMO) I hate to see the cases discontinued. I hope Harbor Freight will continue offering them for a long, long time.
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Mar 4, 2012 02:44PM)
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On 2011-08-01 21:11, WhoDeanie wrote:
Went to Lowe's today to buy another of those aluminum cases. Was informed that they no longer carry them. So if you think you may want one, I guess maybe you should check your local Lowe's ASAP. I'm gonna check Home Depot tomorrow. I know they carry aluminum cases as well, but I liked the ones from Lowe's better because they come with the "picker's foam." I think they are made by Task Force. Hope this helps.
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Home Depot still has [url=http://i1009.photobucket.com/albums/af211/DoubleBellybuster/magicbox.jpg]$19 Plano toolboxes, here's mine with my whole collection in it[/url].
Message: Posted by: Nigromante (Mar 5, 2012 10:16PM)
I really like that last case available at harbor freight. I may have to pick one up soon. I have one from Lowe's and love it. One of the best cases I've ever bought.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 13, 2012 01:55PM)
I saw a beautiful wooden box at the camera store. used and on sale for $39.
Wonderful interior with wooden compartments and doors.

Wow it sure looked 1,000 times better than the aluminum cases that make us all look like nerds.

I almost bought it.
I coulda bought it.
I shoulda bought it.
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Mar 17, 2012 07:34AM)
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On 2012-03-13 14:55, Frank Starsini wrote:
I saw a beautiful wooden box at the camera store. used and on sale for $39.
Wonderful interior with wooden compartments and doors.

Wow it sure looked 1,000 times better than the aluminum cases that make us all look like nerds.

I almost bought it.
I coulda bought it.
I shoulda bought it.
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Have you gone back for it yet?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Mar 19, 2012 11:02PM)
No. I might. I try to buy as little as possible these days that's magic related.
But it sure looked great.
Message: Posted by: Eric Tyree (Mar 21, 2012 06:55AM)
Agreed. I have never thought that those aluminum cases make good stage furniture. I have one but it is full of wires in my garage.
Message: Posted by: Ihop (Apr 22, 2012 09:30PM)
I just got back from Harbor Freight tools and picked up a larger aluminum case and 2 smaller ones for my cards.

Ihor
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Apr 27, 2012 12:12PM)
There is a great difference in quality of these aluminum cases. I have one I bought from Ritz Camera about 10 years ago, that I paid $65.00 for. Then I saw a similar case at one of the Big Box hardware stores. It cost about $20.00. The rivets came out of the cheap one in about six months. The sides of the cheap one were made of a lower quality wood, covered with a thinner layer of aluminum.

The case from Ritz Camera is still in top shape, and I use it ALL the time.
Message: Posted by: ottphd (Apr 27, 2012 10:08PM)
I agree with Bill. You get what you pay for ( most of the time )