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Deflecta Shield Tool Boxes (made in USA)

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by jdtemple, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Feb 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    jdtemple

    jdtemple [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I wanted a little more storage space in my truck, so I deceided to order a small chest style box, The deflecta shield part 4436. It's a 36" wide, 16" tall, and 20" deep. It would fit below the bed rail line, and still provide 6.5 cubic feet of storage.

    My initial impressions;
    1. It did not look like the picture on the streetsideauto.com website, or any other website for that matter. Just a square box with no styling.
    2. Seemed Flimsy
    3. Poor build quality
    4. Way over priced (300+ dollars) when compaired to other well known brands or a cobalt box at home depot.

    The box with a nice shiny finish.
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    In this picture you can see the lid is crooked and the crease line doesn't look right.
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    In the following picture you can see the quality, or lack of the welds in this box. Maybe a school shop class is making these to raise extra money.

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    In this photo you can see the hardware used to attach the hinge to the box isn't very good. Self tapping screws, that were stripped and the hinge was not securely against the box itself.

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    If I would have found a tool box that fit my dimension needs at the 5 different stores I went to that day, this thing would have been sent back.

    I replaced the lid screw with a steel fastener, and straightened out the lid a bit. Then I stripped the box down and painted with duplicolor bed liner paint.

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    I would not purchase this again, it has the quality of a junior high metal shop class. Hopefully this thread saves someone a few hundred dollars.
     
  2. Feb 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    Cr250jumper

    Cr250jumper Señor member

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    Wow are they holding a welding class for the blind? I think even a high school class can weld better than that. The first bead I ever layed was not as bad as those. Did you call the company and/or show them those photos? I cant believe anyone would send that out after a quality inspection
     
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