Workshop drawers and tool drawers
Workshop drawers and tool drawers are essential pieces of furniture in all workshops. They allow technicians to store the entire set of tools they daily use, in an orderly manner.
Let's look at all the pros of a drawer cabinet and which features distinguish any tool drawer from a quality one.
Why do you need one (or more) tool cabinets?
Workshops are chaotic, dusty and noise places. Keeping order and cleanliness, as much as possible, is essential to allow your team to efficiently work. Tool cabinets are one of your best allies in terms of order, cleanliness, safety and productivity.
- They let you harmoniously store tools and equipment, leaving workbenches free. If every tool is in its place, it's easier to find when needed; this avoids wasting time searching for the right wrench or right sized bolts.
- What's more, if each item is safe in its drawer, there's no risk it will fall, tripping technicians.
- Items that remain scattered on workbenches or on the floor can be stepped on and easily dirtied, covered with dust, grease and oil; alternatively, placing everything in tool drawers reduces cleaning and maintenance time for each tool. If fluids or acids accidentally leak on the floor, tools are safe in cabinets.
- In addition to guaranteeing technicians' safety, most tool cabinets are equipped with locks so that no one, unless authorised, can access their content. This is even more important if you keep confidential documents in your drawers.
- All the listed advantages have a positive influence on team productivity and efficiency, allowing the team to work with precision and speed, freely moving amongst the work stations.
Which workshop tools can be placed in the drawers?
Drawer cabinets can hold various types of tools and equipment according to their size:
- All small hardware (nuts, screws, bolts, washers, etc.);
- The most common tools, such as wrenches, scissors, hammers, clamps, grippers, screwdrivers, files;
- Larger tools, such as saws, drills, bushing and gear removers;
- Measurement instruments (gauges, pitch gauges, speedometers, odometers, dynanometers, levels, thickness gauges);
- Documents and booklets. Some models include drawers to safely store vehicle and process documents.
What distinguishes a good workshop drawer unit?
What should I know before purchasing a new workshop drawer unit? Look for at least 3 features: resistance, practicality, aesthetics.
- Resistance means that the cabinet frame should tolerate all types of stress. Panels should be made of metal, finished so that the surfaces do not scratch if a hammer slips and falls on the bench, nor rust in the event of acid or aggressive liquid leaks.
- Considering the amount of objects handled every day in the workshop, each drawer should tolerate significant weight and the entire unit should have a load capacity of hundreds, even thousands of kilos.
- Practicality means of series of details that simplify daily tool cabinet use and, consequently, facilitate the technicians' work. Ergonomic handles that don't slip from your hand, guides that accompany drawers without slamming and full extension, adjustable feet to adjust the shelf height to different needs, slots for tube and wires without taking up space on the work station.
- Design is an added value, especially in a top of the line workshop. Finishings, custom colours, stainless steel details, details that evoke the workshop's brand image: these are all elements that raise the value of a workshop drawer unit.
After the theory, practice: this is why DEA workshop drawers are the best on the market
A DEA workshop drawer unit is the most successful combination of all these pluses; DEA drawers let you work in an orderly and organised space, free of obstacles, promoting workshop team productivity and serenity.
They are made with a metallic frame painted with epoxy powder, ideal to protect metal against scratches or rust and to dampen the sound of tools placed on the workbench. Drawers easily open and close thanks to the ergonomic and chrome-plated extruded aluminium handles, DEAMotion guides that accompany movement both ways.
They have adjustable feet and standard perforations on the back wall designed to pass electrical wires or air tubes.
The distinctive feature of our workshop drawers is, however, their aesthetic yield: they are elegant and modern, fully customisable from colour to finishings, size and combination with other modules (ecological containers, trolleys, workbenches, cabinets or wall furnishings).
All DEA drawer cabinet models
Let's take a look at the variety of DEA workshop drawer units.
Different models are designed to cover all workshop needs, whether large, medium or small:
- For small stations, single units with 5 drawers or 7 drawers are perfect. Their overall size is 720 cm x 855 cm x 662 cm (depth with closed drawers). Drawer sizes increase from first to last and each has a 30 kg load capacity once fully open.
- For larger workspaces, we propose double drawer units where the worktop reaches a length of 1,440 cm. The number of drawers may vary, the most popular are those with 5 drawers and 6 drawers, increasing in size from the first to the last, each with a load capacity of 100 kg fully open and mounted on reinforced HD guides.
- For even larger workshop needs, with broad and multiple work stations, we have designed double drawer units with extended height: up to 150 cm, 12 drawers with 100 kg load capacity each, reinforced HD guides and reinforced adjustable feet so that the entire unit reaches a total load capacity of 1,200 kg.
Are you thinking about furnishing your workshop? Do you want more information on our workshop drawer units?