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a three-point latching mechanism such as the one LEC Prod- ucts uses. A hook secures doors together, while vertical rods pass through the top and bottom rails. Furthermore, ensure the locking system is robust. A hasp and padlock is not an option for security. The padlock is too easily defeated by bolt cutters or torches. The best system utilizes a thick steel plate cover to protect the padlock while still permitting easy use of the key. Caster attachments designed for safety and security The thicker gauge metal also adds some extra weight to the finished product. In effect, it becomes an unseen deterrent to tool theft. Thicker steel also stands up better to the rigors of construc- tion site use. A box will be subjected to a lot of wear and tear onsite and the heavy gauge steel and reinforcements protect the contractor’s investment by securely housing his tools. The type of steel used in manufacturing makes a difference as well. Hot-rolled steel is more malleable than cold-rolled and allows for more complex bends without weakening the steel when making box components. Design characteristics that enhance security and usability Many contractors chain their job boxes to support beams for added security. This usually means looping the chain through the handles. A better design includes a key slot in the back. After looping the chain around the pole, both ends of the chain are passed through the slot and secured from the inside. This eliminates an exposed padlock, often the weakest link. Several boxes can be ganged together as well. Removing the center trunnion in cabinet style boxes allows easy removal and replacement of longer items. Workers are more likely to store these items and not leave them lying around. However, if choosing this option to further secure tools, be sure to inspect the latch system first. It should be fitted with 22 NCP Magazine • April ‘18 All commercial job site boxes are designed to accept casters. This allows the contractor to move boxes to a convenient on- site location without forklifts or other powered equipment. But, most casters must be bolted onto the box. During trans- portation, this can cause box instability on the trailer. Extra care must be used when securing the box or cabinet. LEC Products’ casters are bolted onto steel plates, which are then slid into receivers built into the feet of the job box. This allows the boxes to be transported to the site safely, directly contacting the trailer bed surface. Once on site, the boxes are removed from the trailer and while the box is still suspend- ed, the casters are quickly slid into place. Once they are rolled into position, the box ends can be lifted slightly, and the casters removed for storage in the job box. An added benefit is that one set of casters can be used for several job boxes, saving money. Save money on purchase, not quality A well-built jobsite box is an investment, not just an extra cost. Nevertheless, contractors still want the most economic option available. For this, savings can be realized by finding a manufacturer that does not sell products through distrib- utors. “Many jobsite boxes are sold through distributors or retail outlets and additional costs are tacked on to the overall price,” explains Jones. “Buying direct can reduce the cost or it can allow a contractor to get a higher quality, more secure box to protect valuable tools and equipment.” For more information, contact LEC Products at lecproducts@ or 59 Branch Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63147.