Saturday, August 8th 2015

Snap-on Tool Kit – now with wheels
posted @ 9:36 am in [ Cars -Fixing Things ]

As a recent mechanical student I had the opportunity to buy my first Snap-on tool kit, which of course I snapped up the chance of doing.

It’s a fantastic student kit with everything you need for day-to-day car maintenance tasks, however even though it comes with a carry handle it is heavy which means getting it from the house to the car is quite an effort in itself!

So I put my thinking hat on, and as with our recent arcade machine projects in the office, decided that it was time to mobilise the tool kit with it’s own set of wheels

First things first – where to mount them.

Luckily the tool box has 4 holes on the bottom which after measuring them fit nicely with 8mm / M8 allen socket bolts.


So off to our good friends on eBay, KayFast, and order M8 bolts 20mm long and matching M8 flange nuts. I went for the round headed allen socket bolts as they will sit flush either way around



Next we need some wheels, castors in this case, and as we are using our own bolts we want ones without threaded heads, just with a hole to be bolt mounted.

Again eBay is a good source for these and I ordered 4 x 50mm lockable cabinet speaker castors from the great people at Atlas Handling (make sure you order the Bolt Hole ones)


Once they’ve arrived it’s time to match them all up and check they all fit correctly as per the picture below


Now we need to remove the bottom drawer of the tool kit to access the mounting holes from the inside, but the problem here is that there is a locking latch on the drawer that matches up with a stop on the slider, meaning that you can’t just slide the drawers out.

I had a read around and this guy had suggested using a flat hacksaw blade, but for me the easiest way was to get behind the point where they lock and apply gentle pressure using the small Snap-on screwdriver included with the toolkit on the drawer latch point to allow it slide underneath the slider locking point as per this photo


This allows the drawer to slide all the way out as per this photo and then we can start to mount our wheels to the bottom of the cabinet

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Tighten everything up using an allen key (I put the bolts with the heads on the bottom so that I can tighten them up at a later date if needed) and voila all ready to go!

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