Gerstner & Sons is a famous Ohio firm that has been producing special hardwood chests for a hundred years. Recently, they perfected the manufacture of some of their designs in China, providing their customers with what we at Garrett Wade know to be exceptional values. The Asian production is all sold under the "Gerstner International" brand.
The Large Rolling Cabinet designed by Gerstner now rounds out of set of three mated chests. It hugely increases the storage capacity (adding six much bigger drawers with ball bearing slides, each of which can hold up to 60 lbs., and large 5" diameter rubber wheels (two of these are fully swiveling).
The Rolling Cabinet stands 34" high. With the Large Chest and its accessory Base sitting on it (as shown), overall height is 60". It is available separately for those customers who already have a Large Gerstner Chest. It is shipped by UPS at an extra ground shipping charge of $60 (because of its very large size and weight). The complete set of three pieces - Large Chest (96M01.02), Base (96M01.03) and Rolling Cabinet (96M01.05) - is available at a Savings. The Complete Set is shipped by UPS at an extra ground shipping charge of $70 (because of its very large size and weight). NOTE: This item can not be shipped by air service.
Packaging was overwhelming. Three huge boxes. All three pieces were in perfect shape. The construction seems very good, with a few problems. I don't really like the spring opening on the upper chest. The panel falls open if you raise the lid. The base has the same problem. To ensure the cover panel stays in place it must be locked. The cover panels seem to be very loose when opened. Just a one time problem with the rolling base, but a frustrating one. Of the sixteen bolts to be inserted to hold the wheels in place, only three would start. After many tries, I turned the base upside down and discovered that the inserts meant to accept the bolts were covered with about 1/16 in of material, not drilled through. Easy to remedy with a scraper, but this makes me question the overall QUALITY. The Gerstner name makes one think of fine German or Swiss construction, but the MADE IN CHINA label on the box gives one pause. However, time will tell and for the moment I am quite satisfied.
- Sunday, October 27, 2013
Mike (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Gerstner cabinets have always been a favorite for small tools and machine parts. Current design is very close to traditional cabinets... but outsourcing has taken a toll. Some hardware fittings fall off, hardware pack had been opened and missing some parts... more like Northern Industrial Tool than Garrett Wade quality IMHO.
Delivery however was perfect as was ordering process.
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013
More Than Just For Tools
Roberta Reiland (Fairview, Oregon)
This gift was for my husband. He is building an N-Scale train layout. He wanted a nice unit to store his railroad cars and engines in, and of course tools too. This unit was just what he was looking for. This is an early birthday present (10/17). I have a very happy hubby. : )
- Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Well Made & Useful Roll-Away
Dale C. (Chatsworth, California)
I love this roll-away cabinet. I have the companion large chest and base, and don't worry about my precision layout tools or edged tools rusting due to the ability of the wood to modulate the humidity and temperature changes. There is a reason the old time machinists used wooden Gerstner tool chests, and tool protection is the key. Yes, it is imported, and that keeps the cost reasonable, The fit and finish of my units are excellent, and like another reviewer indicated, this set looks like furniture. I would not hesitate to buy another stack if I had the room for it.
This storage cabinet which comes in three parts, is worthy to be placed in almost any room of your home, from the bathroom, dressing area, bedroom, or even the kitchen. The various sized drawers, from narrow ones great for storing tools, knives, or jewelry in a neat an organized way to larger drawers great for larger items. The great quality of construction accentuates the grain and finish. Easy attachment of the wheels takes only 15 minutes. Highly recommended!