Milwaukee 26″ Work Box Review

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Milwaukee 26″ Work Box – Model 48-22-8020

Milwaukee 26" Jobsite Work Box

Manufacturer: Milwaukee
Model number: 48-22-8020
Price: $29.97
Weight: 11.5 lbs

Regardless of the trade you’re in or if you just carry around tools at home, everyone needs a quality tool box. Here at ToolBoxBuzz we LOVE tool boxes and the new 26″ Work Box from Milwaukee is particularly impressive. Announced back in May the new work box has been designed to provide maximum user versatility for a wide range of users.

48-22-8020 Milwaukee 26-Inch Work Box Milwaukee Work Box Features

  • Impact Resistant Construction
  • Buttressed Hinges – For Jobsite Durability
  • Protected Recessed Latches
  • Reinforced Corners
  • Integrated Weather Seal – Protects Contents from Rain and Jobsite Debris
  • Clamping Cut Groove- Clampes Small Diameter Materials while Cutting
  • Overmolded Wide Grip Handle – Allows for Ergonomic Carrying
  • Pass Through Side Grips – Allow Easy Access and Handling from All Angles
  • Integrated Screw Mounting Bosses – Allow for Unlimited Customization
  • Corner Pocket Storage – Keeps Tools Organized and Easily Accessible
  • Space For Long and Bulky Tools
  • Indexing Square – Allow Easy and Secure Stacking
  • Made in USA
Milwaukee Tool Box

Secure storage for 4 cordless drills/drivers. Long design offers room for larger recip saws.

Designed to Accommodate Wide Range of Tools

As soon as I opened the work box I noticed a very unique design that I’ve never seen before. This box has 4 “holders” that support cordless drills / impact drivers so they won’t slide around in the bottom of the box. The holders work on a wide range of drills (both Milwaukee and other brands). While these seem rather trivial they do an excellent job holding things in place so your box can stay organized.

Milwaukee Tool Box Customize Cover

Work box lid includes screw bosses for customized storage solutions.

The second feature that really caught my eye was the integrated screw bosses in the top cover. If you look at the photo above you’ll see I mounted a charger on a couple screws that I installed in two of the bosses. This feature is really cool and offers unlimited possibilities for customizing the box.

Durable Design Offers Peace of Mind

Milwaukee clearly had durability at the top of their list when designing this new work box. While the box is plastic, it’s very robust and well built. Before filling it up with tools I tossed it around the driveway for a bit and there was absolutely no signs of damage. Milwaukee has the following to say about their new work box:

“Current storage boxes in this category do not have the durability that our users expect on the jobsite, often ending up with cracked corners or broken hinges after just one drop from the bed of a truck,” says Bobby Shaw, Director of Product Marketing for Milwaukee Tool. “We set out to overcome this reality, testing the box with an overloaded weight and dropping it repeatedly until we had a solution that could survive the everyday abuse of a jobsite for years to come.”

These boxes include a weather seal that helps keep out water and dust. This is a huge benefit for those of us that store tool boxes in the back of open trucks. The weather seal puts this box in similar company to some of the DEWALT boxes that offer similar features.

The storage tray has indexes on it to keep it in place from left to right without sliding. Combining this feature with the drill holders the box does a good job of keeping things in place and not sliding around as you lift and move the box on the job site.

Lastly, both the top handle and the side handles are well designed and offer several comfortable and useful ways of lifting and moving the box. The lid also comes with lock hasp so you can secure items in the box.

This is definitely a quality tool box with some really impressive and unique design features. If you’re in the market for a tool box I’d highly recommend checking this one out. They also offer a smaller 13″ version if you want another option.

Milwaukee 26" Jobsite Work Box

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  1. Corey d

    What kind of screws did you use to mount charger

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Corey – I used some small wood screws, I’d have to go paw through my shop to see what size, but I found some short wood screws that worked great.

  2. Rick Curtis

    I have 2 of these because I had been looking for the perfect tool box for over 20 years. I’d like to buy a 2nd tray for one of them. Do you know where I might be able to get that?

    1. I can’t keep my charger from falling out of the lid

    2. SPL

      Rick, dont know if you’re still reading this but i actually phoned Milwaukee USA (we’re in the UK) and they sold me a spare for this box!

  3. SPL

    Hey Corey, how do you drill in to the lid to mount the screws? do you go in from the top of the box (the outside)? i’m still lost as to how to secure my dewalt chargers to this baby.

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