Stanley Proto touts utility carts

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Stanley Proto says its utility carts are designed for technicians who have to move tools around a large area. The heavy-duty model (46 inches high, 39 inches long and 23 inches wide) is actually a cart, rolling toolbox and workstation all rolled into one, according to the company; it includes a lift lid with a rigid vinyl top that serves as a 900-square-inch work surface when closed. Oil-filled shocks facilitate smooth operation when the lid is being opened and closed to access the tools within.

The lid is attached to ball-bearing slides and can slide backward to reveal a two-tier tool storage compartment: a shallow upper shelf for wrenches and other hand tools, and a deep lower shelf for bulkier items. A row of slots on the side and at the rear of the compartment can secure long items,including screwdrivers, socket extensions and pry bars. The storage area is completed by two 23/4 in. deep drawers and one deep 6-inch drawer, both of which open or close on 100-pound ball-bearing slides. The cart also has a fixed bottom shelf for storage of large or seldom used items. The drawers and the lid are locked by a single barrel lock at the front of the cart to help protect tools and parts when not in use.

The standard-duty model (38 inches high, 37 inches long and 20 inches wide) is a basic two-shelf utility cart that includes double-layer corner posts to facilitate added strength, as well as a split handle designed to allow for multiple gripping angles. For more information, go to