Thursday, December 7, 2017

What's in the box? - TSTAK Toolboxes

Today we are going to dive into the Dewalt TSTAK toolboxes that we take with us to competitions. We have gotten a lot of questions about these in the past. We love them since they are modular and can be transported easily in smaller vehicles. If you don't have the luxury of a team trailer to move around large rolling toolboxes, TSTAKs are a great alternative. We purchase them from zoro.com

Items we use



Full Stack


We number the sides of each box so we know what order to assemble it in and we can learn to open the right drawer when we are looking for something.

T - Stack Inventory (starting from the bottom)
1 - Clamps/Drill Bits

  • Drill bits box
    • Step bit
    • Burr
    • Hex attachment
  • Clear drill bits case
    • Phillips head bits
    • Flat head bits
    • Pilot hole drill bits (~⅛”)
    • Countersinks
    • Allen wrench heads
    • 13/64 hex bits
  • Speed taps
  • Rivets and bolts
  • Center punches

2 - Grease/measuring

  • Triflow
  • White lithium grease
  • Compressed air
  • 7” orange square
  • 2 Metal square (one with level)
  • 16’ fat max
  • Caliper
  • Angle gauge
  • 6” machining ruler
  • Metal ruler

3 - electrical

  • Red and black electrical tape
  • Both flukes
  • Label maker
  • Battery super crimper
  • Bus flashlight
  • Hand flashlight
  • 10-18 awg visegrip stripper
  • Big red crimper
  • Back up crimps
  • Important wires box

4 - Zipties/Velcro

  • Purple zipties
  • White zipties
  • Zip tie holders
  • PVC cutter
  • White gaffers tape
  • Box cutter
  • Metal snips
  • 2 scissors
  • Velcro roll (hook and loop)
  • Bumper adhesive
  • Super glue


5 - wrenches/Allen wrenches/blades & Vice grips/Big wrenches

  • Wrenches/Allen wrenches/blades
    • Metric Allen wrench set
    • Sawzall blades
    • Loctite

    • 2x ⅜ wrenches (1 ratcheting)
    • 2x 7/16 wrenches (1 ratcheting)
    • 1x ½ wrench
    • 1x 5/16 wrenches
    • 1x 11/32 wrenches and 5/16 wrenches
    • 1x ¼ wrench
    • 2x ¼-20 L Allen wrench
    • 3x 10-24 cap/ ¼-20 button (2 L, 1 T)
    • 2x 10-24 button L Allen wrenches
  • Vice grips/Big wrenches
    • Vice grips
      • 2x flat teeth vice grips
      • 1x Round vice grip
      • 1x visegrip channel lock
      • 1x visegrip pliers
    • Wrenches
      • 2x 9/16”
      • 2x ⅝”
      • 2x 11/16”
      • 1x ¾”
      • 1x 1” crescent

6 - Sockets/pens/files/deburrers & Screwdrivers/Pliers

  • Sockets/pens/files/deburrers
    • ⅜,7/16,½ deep well socket
    • Pens
    • 2x Deburrers
    • Flat file
    • Round file
  • Screwdrivers/Pliers
    • 3x Needlenose pliers (1 medium and 2 small)
    • 1x snips
    • Tweezers
    • Stanley precision screwdriver set
    • PDP screwdrivers
    • 2x flathead (1 long 1 short)
    • 2x phillips head (1 long 1 short)


7 - Chest


  • Top
    • Yellow rivet gun
    • Silver vertical rivet gun
    • Alcohol wipes
    • Loctite
    • Measuring tape
    • 3x can straws
    • Aircraft shears
    • Tether
  • Bottom
    • Pancake tool
    • Table vise
    • Allen wrench screwdriver set
    • 2x 4” clamps
    • 2x 8” bar clamps
    • 2x red clamps
    • Bolt cutters
    • 8” vise grips
    • Small black mallet
    • Small hammer
    • Table vise brake teeth


- Spectrum

"The best investment is in the tools of one's own trade." - Benjamin Franklin

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