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Milwaukee Packout Tool Boxes and Storage System, in Photos

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Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Family

Yesterday I posted a quick first-look at the new Milwaukee Packout modular tool storage system, which will include 8 different products at launch – a roller tool cart, small and large tool boxes, compact and full-width organizers, and 3 sizes of tool bags.

Milwaukee Packout tool boxes and tool bags can be used together, as part of a system, or individually.

At first glance, the Milwaukee Packout modular tool box system is simply brilliant and unconventional. They’re calling the new stacking and connection system Mod-Lock.

The tool boxes, organizers, and bags connect together quickly and easily, from what I saw at Milwaukee’s NPS17 new tool media event this year.

I was immediately deeply impressed with the Milwaukee Packout system. Not knowing whether they’ll be available in brick-and-mortar stores for readers to check out themselves, I sought out to examine and photograph every aspect which might be of interest to potential buyers.

Basically, the following is a discussion of every little Packout detail that I looked at, at NPS17.

The new Packout tool storage products are a little pricey, so I wanted you to know what to expect, so you’re not buying blind.

ETA: September 2017

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At the bottom of each section, there will be a link back to this table of contents:

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Sample Configurations

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Storage Examples

One of the things I like about the Milwaukee Packout system is that you can have very different setups to cater to very different needs.

Here, there’s a short Packout stack with a large tool box, small tool box, organizer, and compact organizer, and another stack with rolling tool cart, organizer, and a tool bag.

There’s one potential complication – how do you carry the short Packout stack? Do you just use the middle-most front handle and just lug the connected boxes around? That’s one of the few downsides. If you don’t have a roller cart, your transport options can be a little limited.

Milwauke Packout Tool Box Stack

If there was ever a “standard” configuration, this would be it: bottom rolling cart, large tool box, and a small tool box on top.

Don’t worry, we’ll go over all of the different Packout products in a little bit.

Milwaukee Packout Small Organizer with Medium Tool Bag Connected

One of the great things is that Milwaukee designed the Packout system with all kinds of users in mind. Do you want to pair a small tool bag with a small organizer? Why not?!

The emphasis at the media event was mostly about how different modules could come together on top of a rolling cart, but why not just have a tool bag and organizer?

Milwaukee Packout Large Tool Bag with Tool Boxes Connected

Although a little awkward, you can pair a large tool bag with a full-width small tool box as well. But if you ask me, this doesn’t hold the same appeal as the previous example.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Box and Tool Bag Stack

Two of the tool bag options are half-width, as is the small organizer.

Milwaukee Packout Large Tool Bag with Tool Boxes Stack

There’s also a full-width tool bag that is two thirds as deep as the tool boxes.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Short Tool Box Stack

A “standard” tool stack is easily portable over all kinds of terrain.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Tall Tool Box Stack

I haven’t tried wheeling a taller Packout stack around, but this product photo by Milwaukee makes it look like a cinch.

Small Tool Box

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Closed Lid

This small Packout tool box is, as you probably noticed, very complex-looking, even for a modular tool box.

It has a large front handle, and smallish side handle recesses.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Standing Vertically

Like the other Packout tool boxes, except maybe for the rolling cart, you can place it on its rear side, as you would a briefcase.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Corner Guard Handle

Like the larger tool box and rolling cart, there are aluminum corner protectors.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Aluminum Corner Handle and Drainage Holes

There’s a lot of space around them, allowing them to also serve as grab-handles. In this photo you should be able to see drain holes that ensure water doesn’t pool up around the seal of a closed box.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Aluminum Corner Handle

The aluminum bar is a little too narrow to serve as a handle.

Hmm… maybe this will accept certain accessories in the future? Say, a large side handle?

Or maybe it’s just a corner guard.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Internal Organization

Inside, you have 3 zones – two outer zones that come with removable organizers, and a central zone.

There are grooves that look to accept some kind of divider, but right now no such divider accessory exists.

You don’t need to keep those organizers inside the box – there’s more on this in a bit.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box with Empty Organizer Bins

There are 2 bottom bins, with removable dividers, a shallow lidded organizer box, and a shallow open compartment tray.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Removable Organizers

But you can’t just put them anywhere. The two bottom trays have to go on the bottom, and the two top organizer trays have to go on top of them. There’s no mixing and matching, aside from maybe swapping things right to left and vice versa.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Loaded with Tools and Supplies

The small tool box can fit quite a bit of stuff – an M18 Fuel impact driver kit, some hand tools, markers, impact screwdriver bits, and a lot of fasteners.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Box Inside Corner

Raise your hand if you want to see Milwaukee bundle Packout tool kits with select Milwaukee M18 cordless power tool kits! Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s in the works.

The small tool box felt nicely manageable – a nice size as a standalone tool box, but perhaps a bit too pricey unless a part of a larger system.

Model 48-22-8424
Price: $70

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Large Tool Box

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box

The large Packout tool box is like the smaller one, but double in size. Or at least I estimate it’s double in size. Maybe 1.7x? It’s hard to say, Milwaukee hasn’t released dimensional specs at the time, and I didn’t think to measure it.

All of the tool boxes measure a little over 21″ – I’m taking this at the product manager’s word – so as to be able to fit longer tools such as Sawzalls (reciprocating saws) and Hole Hawgs.

This large tool box was sized so as to be big enough to fit a circular saw.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Top Handle

It has a large top handle that provides a wide gripping surface.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Standing Vertically with Front Handle Up

And like all of the other Packout boxes, the large box has a front handle and can be placed down vertically along its hinge side.

One thing about the handles – they click into place. That’s why they look so neat in these photos, because they’re clicked into their stowed position. Pull them into their active carrying position, and there’s a positive click there too.

That means you can stand the handle up, as shown in the above photo, and they’ll stay that way until you fold them down again.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Front Handle

The front of the large box has all of the same features as the small box, which we’ll get into in a bit.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Side

It has shallow side handles and large aluminum corner guard handles.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Side Handle

The side handles felt deep enough so as to be somewhat useful, but might be too shallow to be comfortable when lugging around heavier loads.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Aluminum Corner Handle

It’s a good thing then that the corner guards can double as spacious handles. It might be awkward to carry the tool box using these handles alone, but they could make a difference between easily pulling the box from a truck, and having to climb up and in to get it.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Empty

The box is fairly large and looks like it can hold a good amount of tools. As mentioned, it’s sized to fit a circular saw.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box with Half Side Tool Tote

There’s a half-size removable tote.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Removable Tote and Divider Channel

If you look closely there’s a groove sized for some kind of divider that does not yet exist.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Empty Bottom

It’s unclear as to whether Milwaukee has something in mind for this groove, or they were simply future-proofing the box in case something came to mind.

This box gives you more bang for the buck, respectively.

Model 48-22-8425
Price: $80

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Rolling Tool Box Cart

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart

Other than the large tool box, the roller tool cart seems like the next most practical box for standalone use. It has spacious storage capacity, large wheels, a strong-feeling extending handle, and some nice usability features.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Side

Like the other boxes, its top has a grid of grooves 4 wide x 3 deep, for connecting other tool boxes and bags to.

Unlike the other Milwaukee Packout tool boxes, this one has actual side handles.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Two-Handed Handle Closure

Its extending handle requires two-handed operation.

If the choice is between two-handed raising and lowering of the handle, or a floppy mechanism that doesn’t quite work right, I’ll take the two-handed mechanism.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Wheel Tire Side

The rubbery wheels were large and overbuilt – as you would expect and want to see on a rolling tool cart like this one.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Wheel Tire Rear

I’d like to have seen… nothing done differently. Some field use might change that impression, but I don’t think so.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Bottom

A beefy axle goes to both wheels.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Easy Tilt Step

This is my favorite feature – an easy-tilt step that allows for heavy loads to be quickly prepped for rolling. Grab the handle, push down on the step, and the Packout stack is tilted and ready to go.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Extending Handle Slider

The handles were surprisingly complex, no doubt to give it extra strength and rigidity. The rolling tool box is designed to support “box loads” of up to 250 lbs, and so the handle was designed to help move loads of up to 250 lbs.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Extending Handle Slider Closeup

The handle extended and collapsed smoothly and easily.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Extending Handle Lock

I have a heavy duty carrier cart from another brand, whose name starts with B, and it’s strong and supportive in many respects, but its extending handle lock flat out stinks.

This one has a large recess. I didn’t take a close enough look, but I’d guess this is where a locking bar slides into, for keeping the handle in place when fully collapsed. There’s likely another recess like this for keeping the handle fully extended.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Metal Loop Handle and Anchor Point

At the very bottom of the front, there’s a large metal loop, which can serve as a quick handle, or an anchor point for straps and hooks.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Rear Loop Anchor Point

There’s a pivoting hook at the rear of the top, providing another anchor point. Let’s say you want to secure a tool bag, a bag of sand, or something else that doesn’t lock to the Packout system. You can use these centrally located hook or strap anchor locations to help secure it.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Open Lid with Tool Tote

The inner lid is reinforced with cross-ribs for added strength. There’s a place to mount a One-Key Tick tracker, right at the bottom center of the lid.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Roller Tool Cart Empty

The wheel bays don’t take too much away from the rolling tool box’s storage capacity, and neither does the extending handle. This does make the tool box larger overall, but inner walls of the storage space is at least less awkwardly shaped.

Model 48-22-8246
Price: $130

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Organizer

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Organizer with Clear Lid

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Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Organizer Standing Vertically

The new Milwaukee Packout organizer is just a little larger than their standalone organizer.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Organizer Inner Compartments

Both have space to accommodate removable bins 4 across and 3 deep, but this one has an added central span for holding longer accessories and what-not.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Organizer Central Compartment

The central storage strip is a little lower than bin height.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Organizer Boxes with Hanging Notches

The bins have small notches, for hanging off of hooks, in case you want to mount them outside the box, such as on the wall of your workshop.

The organizer has a clear lid, and lacks the aluminum corner guards of the Packout tool boxes, but other than that it has most of the same features and strengths.

You have to be a little careful about how you return the bins to the Packout organizer, due to the way the lid is configured.

Model 48-22-8431
Price: $45

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Small Organizer

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer

The Milwaukee Packout small organizer is a half-width organizer. It can stack on top of any Packout tool box, and the 2 smaller tool bags can attach on top of it.

Like the full-width organizer, this one has a clear lid, strong latches, a front handle, and rear support for standing it up briefcase-style.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Bottom Cleats

The small organizer feels every built as sturdily built as the rest of the Packout tool boxes.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Front Handle and Locks

The front of the case is a little more tightly designed.

I hadn’t checked at the time, but I think you can still open up a small organizer even if it’s docked next to something else, such as another organizer or one of the smaller tool bags. There should be enough space to throw the latch.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Locking Tab

Other than being smaller and with fewer cleats, it has the same Mod-Lock connection hardware.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Front Handle Size

The handle is narrower, but still spacious, and looks to have the same strong pivoting hinge as the other boxes’ handles.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Side Lock

The latches are smaller too, but still easy to toggle open and closed.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Open Lid

You also still have a weather seal.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Removable Bins

One of things I noticed is that if you rearrange the removable boxes in a certain way…

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small Organizer Cannot Close

You can accidentally prevent the organizer from closing. The same is true for the larger organizer. Milwaukee’s product manager wasn’t too happy about my wanting to take these photos, but it’s important to show you.

It places some limit as to how flexible the organizers can be. You cannot, for example, load this compact organizer with 6 small boxes. That box in the middle HAS to be a large box, or nothing. The same as the large organizer. This has to do with how the lid is shaped. I am not sure why it couldn’t have been molded differently.

If you ask me, this is a very minor concern, but it’s still something to be aware of.

Model 48-22-8435
Price: $30

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Tool Bags

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Bag

This is the 10″ tote, with floppy handle (for lack of a better description).

Milwaukee Packout Medium Tool Bag

This one is the 15″ tote, with hard handle.

Milwaukee Packout Large Tool Bag

And this is the 20″ tote tool bag, also with a hard handle.

Milwaukee Packout Small Tool Bag Empty

The smallest Packout tool bag seemed as well-built as the other tool bags, despite being a lot smaller in size and differently featured.

Milwaukee Packout Medium Tool Bag Empty

The 15″ tool bag has a few zippered compartments, pockets on the outer sides, and a large space for holding bulkier tools and perhaps smaller cordless power tools.

Milwaukee Packout Medium Tool Bag Empty Tool Pouch Side

On the other side, more pockets.

Milwaukee Packout Large Tool Bag Open Compartment

The 20″ Packout tool tote seems to be an extended version of the 15″, but there’s perhaps more to it. Sorry, with limited time I focused on the hard tool boxes, giving the tool bags less attention.

Milwaukee Packout Large Tool Bag Pouches

There are pockets-galore on one side, and a wider open space on the other.

Milwaukee Packout Large Tool Bag Side Pouches

A tape measure dock and pockets on the outside can hold additional tools.

One thing I didn’t check out was whether the handle could support the weight of a fully-load tool bag PLUS the weight of a packout tool box or organizer underneath.

10″ Tool Bag: 48-22-8310, $80
15″ Tool Bag: 48-22-8315, $100
20″ Tool Bag: 48-22-8320, $130

The 10″ tote costs as much as the small Packout tool box, and the 20″ tote as much as the rolling tool cart.

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Features

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Locking Latch

The latches were super-sturdy.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Latch in Closed Position

One thing I liked is that they all felt strong and secure. On some other brands of modular tool boxes, sometimes there’s a standout lock that feels differently, either too strong or too weak compared to other tool boxes of the same size or style. Not so with these, although the sampling was limited and could have been cherry-picked.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Cleats on Bottom of Tool Box

Here you can see how the cleats on the bottom of a full-size box are arranged. You don’t have full locking on all 12 cleats, presumably so as to make attachment and removal easier while still providing as much strength as practically needed.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Cleats Cloeseup on Bottom of Tool Box

The attachment tabs seem to be very strong, with little chance of unintentional breakage.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Cleats on Bottom of Bag

The same could be said of the cleats on the bottom of the tool tote bags. The positive locking latch on the tool bags was a little different, but the mechanics of attaching and removing the tool totes are the same as for the tool boxes.

Milwaukee says the impact-resistant hard molded bases on their tool bags are up to 5x more durable than competitive bags’ bases.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Top Lid Locking Grooves

There are 3 locking grooves on each lid. The central one is for full-width attachments, and the others are for the half-width compact organizers and smaller tool bags.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Top Lid Cleat Tabs

These tabs, which made with the cleats on the bottom of Packout accessories, don’t look the least bit fragile, and I’d bet they’re designed to stand up to jobsite grit and debris.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Top Lid Waterproof Seal

There’s a rubber grommet laced around the perimeter of the tool box lids, for weather sealing to IP65 standards.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Bottom Lid Seal and Drainage Holes

A ridge along the inside of the tool box mates up with the rubbery seal. There are also drainage channels, to ensure that water doesn’t pool up outside the ridge.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Rear Hinges

The hinges are as strong as you would expect from the rest of the box.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Locking Spring-Loaded Tab

Here is the spring-loaded locking tab, which helps keep everything from sliding apart. It’s easy to disenage with one hand.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Center Groove Finger Pull

Here you can also see a loop for locking the organizer. All of the Packout tool boxes have a similar security feature, even the smaller organizer. Unless I’m remembering incorrectly, and the images are misleading, the Packout tool boxes, but not the organizers, look to have metal-reinforced padlock loops.

The central locking groove is shaped a little differently. I was told that this is just how it was molded, but I’m not entirely sold on that..

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Tip Lid Finger Pull

I found that the shape of the central groove makes it a little softer on the hands…

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Finger Pull

Making it comfortable and easier to disengage and remove a top-mounted organizer or tool box from a stack. I was able to do this with one hand for the smaller Packout boxes.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Large Tool Box Unlocking Hand Span

As for the larger tool box, it’s possible, but not very comfortable. It would be a better idea to try to press on the unlocking ring while pulling the handle. Or just use two hands.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage with Open Bottom Box

You can open a tool box, even if another Packout product is docked above. Obviously this becomes harder to do with greater loads or taller stacks.

This opens up the potential for smaller Packout organizers, jobsite radios, or LED lighting products that are designed to sit on top of a tool box with nothing else above it.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Small and Larhe Tool Box Tick Mounting Positions

The small and large tool box have easy to spot Tick tracker placements. Also notice that the lids are designed to keep the organizers in the small box and removable tote in the large box perfectly in place.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Rolling Cart Tick Screw Holes

The Tick mounting holes on the lid of the roller tool cart are a little harder to spot, but they’re there.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage with Tick Mounted to Inner Lid

It’s a rather convenient place to mount your Tick.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Cleat and Polypropylene Recycling Logo

Hmm, it’s recyclable as PP – polypropylene. After asking about this, we were told that it’s not simply polypropylene, as other components – “special sauce” – are added in for strength and durability.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage No Step Warning Logo

There’s a “No Step” warning, but some people tried it anyways, with some flex becoming noticeable when some bounce was added. I’ve found that everyone tests “don’t step on this” surfaces in the same way – first they stand on them, and then they bounce.

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The Competition

Dewalt ToughSystem Tool Storage System

It’s obvious that Milwaukee has their sights on Dewalt and their ToughSystem tool storage system. There are pros and cons to both, which I’ll cover in a comparison once the Milwaukee Packout tool storage system hits the market.

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Dewalt’s rolling cart, which came out last year, isn’t perfect, but you can currently buy it for $69, or two for $118 after $20 off $100+ seasonal promo. Milwaukee’s is being introduced at $130.

This Dewalt ToughSystem 3 tool box stack, with rolling tool box cart, large tool box, and small tool box, went on sale last holiday season for $129. You can also buy it now for $129 for all 3 pieces, after $20 seasonal promo.

Milwauke Packout Tool Box Stack

A similar Milwaukee 3-piece combo will be $280 at launch.

If I had to tell you right now, based on limited experience, which I liked more, I’d point to the Milwaukee hands-down. But aside from a few isolated issues discovered at the moment of delivery, my Dewalt ToughSystem tool boxes had never let me down.

It’s going to be a tough comparison. Dewalt’s ToughSystem tool boxes and accessories are tried and true, but Milwaukee’s is more advanced and holds much more potential for future expansion.

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Future Potential

There’s a lot of potential for what we might see Milwaukee come out with. Perhaps internal organizers and dividers with added features. Or different types of accessories for the tops of Packout tool boxes, such as an aimable LED worklight. A Packout jobsite radio?

A Packout box built to charge M18 and M12 battery packs?

A Packout cordless air compressor? Maybe one that doubles as a rolling tool cart?

A Packout dust collector or wet/dry vacuum?

Milwaukee designed the Packout modular tool storage system to be future-proof, and I expect many more great things to come to the lineup.

Milwaukee Packout Tool Storage Double Size Tool Box Potential

Maybe we’ll see a large Milwaukee jobsite box, with a Packout lid that can fit tool boxes next to each other? It could be twice as wide as the Packout tool boxes are long.

Maybe there will be some type of accessory that takes advantage of the corner guards? Surely they’re not just there as corner protection and as convenient handles. What could users possibly want to mount here?

Milwaukee Packout Soft Tool Bag Top Handle Module Idea

Maybe there will be a top handle accessory, for mounting to the tops of the tool boxes? That would explain why the tops and cleat patterns are designed the way they are.

It surprises me that there are no folding side handles except on the rolling tool cart, and no top handle except on the large tool box. Some compromises are sure to be made.

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Overall

Overall, WOW, just WOW. I think that Milwaukee did a great job, and some hands-on testing or long-term use will surely only confirm that.

The price point will be disagreeable for a lot of users, but many will get over it. When buying high quality tool storage, you have to pay more to get more.

I’m hoping Milwaukee chooses to come out with other colors, such as black. That would surely spread its acceptance in other fields outside construction and the trades, such as by photographers. I think that these boxes have a chance at taking on Pelican cases, although they’ll need to come out with some kick-ass internal organizational accessories first.

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Questions?

Keeping in mind that I don’t have any of these new Milwaukee Packout tool storage products in front of me at the moment, is there anything else you like to know?

I don’t have any dimensions – yet. All I was given is that the boxes are a little over 21″ long.

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I love my rigid rolling stack. But this has me considering a switch up. I love the rest of what Milwaukee has released. Will have to really be blown away in person before I will drop that kind of coin though.
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31 days ago
I need to invest in an system like this for my house as well as the pirates in the NOC. This looks extremely high quality, I'm sad to say I don't have experience with Milwaukee's tools or smart storage. That said, I've never heard anything bad regarding quality, are they going toe to toe with DeWalt?
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31 days ago
Seems like both Dewalt and Milwaukee are inching their way into the broader tool market. M is playing catchup a little, seems like Dewalt had a head start in the hand tools and storage, but Dewalt's storage line is so fractured and inconsistent; they have like three different tiers of stuff, and none of it interoperates. What I really want is a rolling stack similar to this, but with drawers do you don't have to unstack everything to get to something in the middle/bottom. Dewalt ToughStak is the only line I'm aware of with such units, but they are generally not great.
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Steven Spielberg is bringing back Animaniacs · Newswire · The A.V. Club

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In addition to all of his upcoming Peter Jackson collaborations, Steven Spielberg has found the time to return to his beloved animated series, Animaniacs. According to Indiewire, the mega-director and producer, who developed the show on the heels of Tiny Toons Adventures, is reteaming with Warner Bros. to bring back the Warner brothers and Warner sister.

Just last year, Animaniacs joined Netflix’s streaming options, and the core voice cast—Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and MacNeille—announced a tour. Spielberg’s Amblin Television is behind the reboot, which has yet to land a network, but should generate tons of interest once that search begins in earnest. The popular cartoon featured the voices of such golden-voiced individuals as Tress MacNeille and Maurice LaMarche, and scored multiple Daytime Emmys in its original run. So better start working on your state capitals again.

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This makes me happy.
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I can hear orson Welles already
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If Spielberg knows anything, it's comedy, as 1941 can attest.
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Paul Allen showed off his new rocket-launching plane today, and it’s BIG

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Paul Allen's intriguing launch company, Vulcan Aerospace, has gone relatively quiet in recent years, and questions about the venture's viability have been increasing. But on Wednesday, the cofounder of Microsoft shared a new photo of the company's Stratolaunch airplane—the largest in the world—and it seems the company is moving forward.

The new plane is, in a word, bigly. The aircraft has 385-foot wingspan and, powered by six Pratt & Whitney engines used on Boeing 747 aircraft, has a maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds. The Stratolaunch's wingspan is the largest in history, blowing away the previous record-holder (Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose) by 65 feet. Vulcan Aerospace says its Stratolaunch airplane will have an operational range of 2,000 nautical miles. Serving as a reusable first stage for rocket launches, the Stratolaunch system will be capable of delivering payloads to multiple orbits and inclinations in a single mission.

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Some Men Are Not Happy About A Women-Only Screening Of 'Wonder Woman'

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Alamo Drafthouse is not a typical corporate movie chain. For a horror movie screening this week, it gave its patrons gas masks and took them by school bus out into the woods. Last night it showed the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick on a boat. Its queer film series is called Homo Arigato.

So when the Drafthouse announced this week that to celebrate the release of Wonder Woman, it was going to offer a women-only screening at its downtown Austin location, it didn't sound all that edgy:

"The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening?

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.

"So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created."

Innocent enough. Right?

Well, this may or may not surprise you, but some men did not like this one bit.

"I hope someone sues this is discrimination based on sex," tweeted one.

"Er, isn't this kinda inherently sexist? Not to mention the fact that the legality is questionable given the Civil Rights Act..." wrote another.

And the comments on the Drafthouse's Facebook page rolled in — as did the theater's cheerful replies.

The Drafthouse responded by adding a second women-only screening — which, like the first, quickly sold out.

Other women-only public spaces have made the headlines in recent years. Cities including Mexico City, Tokyo, and Delhi have women-only subway cars. In 2011, Istanbul's Fenerbahce soccer club played a game before a crowd of 41,000 women and children only; men were banned as punishment for fans' unruly behavior.

The screening isn't the only unusual event on display here: witness also the rare sight of a company's social media manager earning plaudits.

The Alamo has a history of wearing its attitude on its sleeve tattoo.

A few years ago, a woman left an angry, perhaps drunken, voicemail for the theater, complaining that she had been kicked out for using her phone during a movie. The theater incorporated her profanity-riddled message into one of its legendary no-talking PSAs it shows before movies.

The late Texas Gov. Ann Richards was a frequent visitor to the Drafthouse in Austin, and the star of its greatest-ever 'Don't Talk' PSA.

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I applaud the Alamo here. Bravo!
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Rabble rabble!
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Dell Launches 'VR Ready' XPS 27 AIO: 4K, Core i7-7700, Radeon RX 570, 10 Speakers

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Dell has launched a new version of their XPS 27 all-in-one gaming PC. The VR Ready flavor of the XPS 27 has the same 4K display and the same 10-speaker audio sub-system as the latest iteration of the large XPS AIO, but is powered by a more powerful CPU from Intel along with AMD’s discrete Radeon RX 570 graphics board.

AIO PCs have existed for decades, with their continued popularity fueled by their compact, desk-sized footprint. In the recent years demand for higher performance and even gaming-grade all-in-ones increased noticeably, and manufacturers started to offer AIOs with rather powerful hardware. In fact, in early 2016 several PC makers even introduced Mini-ITX-based AIOs with top-of-the-range discrete graphics cards aiming at customers seeking for maximum performance.

Dell’s new XPS 27 with the VR Ready badge are designed for gamers with average requirements for performance. The systems are still considerably more powerful than their predecessors launched earlier this year are because they do not use integrated or mobile graphics, but rely on AMD’s Radeon RX 570 (2048 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, 256-bit memory bus, etc.) graphics adapter with 8 GB of memory. Meanwhile, the key feature of the latest XPS 27 remained intact: the audio sub-system with 10 speakers (six on the front, two down firing and two radiating) designed to enable surround sound without using bulky external audio equipment.

The VR Ready versions of the Dell XPS 27 are based on Intel’s Core i7-7700 CPU as well as the H170 PCH. By default, the systems are equipped with 16 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, but that is upgradeable to 64 GB. As for storage, the PCs have one M.2 slot (PCIe 3.0 x4) as well as two 2.5” bays for HDDs or SSDs, all accessible to the end user. When it comes to connectivity, the Dell XPS 27 feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.x, a GbE port, five USB 3.0 Type-A headers, one HDMI output, one DisplayPort 1.2, two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB Type-C), an SD/MMC card reader, a 720p webcam with an IR sensor for facial recognition, a microphone and so on. Overall, there are plenty of ports to plug-in additional peripherals, including various VR gear.

Dell XPS 27 7760 'VR-Ready' Specifications
  Non-Touch Touch-Enabled
Display 27" IPS with 3840×2160 resolution
1.07 billion colors, 100% Adobe RGB, 350-nit brightness
CPU Intel Core i7-7700
4C/8T, 3.6/4.2 GHz
8 MB cache
65 W
PCH Intel H170
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 570 with 8 GB of GDDR5
2048 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, 256-bit memory bus
Memory  16 GB of DDR4-2133 (four slots in total, upgradeable to 64 GB)
Storage 2 TB HDD
32 GB caching SSD (M.2)
512 GB SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.x
Ethernet GbE
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
1 × DP 1.2
Audio 10 speakers
1 × audio out
USB 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps, one supports PowerShare)
2 × Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
Other I/O 720p webcam with RGB and IR sensors
SD/MMC card reader
Dimensions 625 mm / 24.6" × 435 mm / 17.1" × 80 mm / 3.16"
Stand regular articulating stand
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home or Pro

All Dell XPS 27 AIO PCs are constructed of CNC-machined aluminum and come with UltraSharp displays with a 4K (3840×2160) resolution. Meanwhile, computers with touch-enabled screens also feature articulating stands for added convenience. The stand comes at an extra cost, so some gamers may prefer to install a larger SSD and/or more memory and skip the touch option.

At present Dell offers two versions of the VR Ready XPS 27 featuring Intel’s Core i7-7700 CPU and AMD’s Radeon RX 570 GPU, but different storage configurations and touch support. The model with a 2 TB HDD and 32 GB caching SSD costs $1999.99, whereas the model with a 512 GB PCIe SSD, a touchscreen display with articulating stand and optional Windows 10 Pro comes at $2,649.99.

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Man...that is sexy. If only it ran macOS...
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