October 15, 2008

PDY Systems Lift-N-Lok Organizer - Review

lift_n_lok_all_open.jpgWe're starting to have a bit of a storage issue. The big stuff is fine, it can go on shelves, it's the small stuff that starting to get to us.; the small hand tools that keep ending up in a pile at the end of the workbench; the fasteners that we have so few of left, they don't deserve a box, but we hate throwing them out; things like our glue gun and our Skil Power Wrench, which aren't big enough for their own dedicated box, but which also have enough accessories that there needs to be some containment. We recently tried out a new organizer called the Lift-N-Lok to see if that would help us with our clutter problems.

So what's the deal with the Lift-N-Lok? It's a large plastic storage container with a lid and three drawers. The drawers are all compartmentalized and, starting at the top and going down, each drawer's compartments get bigger and bigger. The lid area is large and, if needed, could easily hold something like a screw gun. The main feature of the Lift-N-Lok (and how it got its name), occurs when you close the lid and raise the handle up, as if you were to carry it. By raising the handle, you also shift the drawers upward so that they press against the drawer above it, giving the drawer dividers a tight fit and leaving no room for items to wander from compartment to compartment. If you go to the PDY Systems website, you can watch a video of this in action. Make sure to check out Fred, the world's best spokesman.

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We did our own shake test and the Lift-N-Lok worked as advertised. Contents did not shift during flight.

We did notice though, that the drawers got a bit cludgey when not pushed back in perfectly straight, and we also wondered about the sheer size of the case. we only started filling it up and it got pretty heavy. It seems so large that to fill it up would be to make something that's immovable. But then we put it in the back of the jeep and figured that if it got too heavy, we'll just keep it in the cargo area and access it when we need it.

Although the Lift-N-Lok would be nice for a carpenter on the job, it's probably most valuable to the homeowner who can keep it in a closet and store all the basic tools in it. It could easily be the only tool storage that you need.

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Our final thoughts on the Lift-N-Lok are positive ones. It's a great storage system and one that's worth considering if you're in the market. The Lift-N-Lok costs about $60, which isn't all that much, considering what other tool storage systems cost.

We see at their website that they are also selling a Lift-N-Lok tackle box which, other than the fact that it's green, has absolutely no discernible differenced from the tool organizer. Watch the power of marketing in action, folks.

We hope that this is just the first offering from PDY. It would be nice to soon see a variety of Lift-N-Loks, some smaller and some larger.

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