Milwaukee Packout Modular Storage System UPDATED
The Milwaukee Packout is one of the most popular modular storage solutions available today. With its simple design and high quality construction, it’s easy to see why so many people are happy with their purchase. However, there have been some changes since the original version was released several years ago. One of these changes is the addition of a roll top container that allows for easier access to your items.
This makes packing up and moving around much easier than before. Another change is the introduction of a new model called MILWAUKEE PACKOUT MODULAR STORAGE SYSTEM UPDATED (MPSS).
What Is The Difference Between MPSS And Original Milwaukee Packout?
The difference between the two versions of the Milwaukee Packout is pretty small. Both are made from solid wood and feature a sliding door that opens up to reveal a large compartment underneath. They both come in various colors and sizes and they’re very similar in terms of functionality. The only real differences are the color scheme, size, and price tag. If you want something different or just prefer one over another then you might like either one better.
The original has more of a neutral color scheme, though some of the exterior is a light wood that can be painted. The new version has primary colors which may be more appealing to you or your business. The original measures in at 40 inches by 48 inches by 24 inches while the new one measures in at 30 inches by 48 inches by 24 inches. Though the new one is smaller, it still has plenty of room for storing items.
The original also retails for around $119.00 while the new one is only $99.00. For that price, you’re paying less than half for something that does basically the same thing.
Is It Better To Buy The MPSS Or An Original?
This is a common question and the answer really is up to you. If you can afford the original then go for it since you’re getting more storage space and slightly better quality. On the other hand, if you want to pinch pennies or just don’t care that much about storage space then get the new version. Either way, you’re going to be satisfied with your purchase so just go with whatever is in your price range.
Other Storage Solutions
While the Milwaukee Packout is a popular choice and has been for a long time now, there are other options available to you. If you want something a little more high tech and efficient then there are rolling toolboxes available or you can just go with a simple plastic tote. If you want to know more about your options then read our post on storage solutions.
If you find that the roll out tool boxes or plastic totes are more your style then you’re also in luck. We’ve written an in-depth article about rolling tool boxes and their various features. You can read that here: Rolling Tool Boxes.
A Few More Things To Consider
Take into consideration how many people will be using these storage solutions. If it’s just going to be one or two people then you’ll probably want a bigger unit. If it’s going to be a group of several people, like in a shop or warehouse setting, then you’ll want something larger yet. If space is of a concern then you may want to go with something smaller and more compact.
You should also consider what types of tools you’ll be putting in these storage units. If you’ve got a lot of large power tools, like table saws and drill press machines, then you’ll need something that can handle the extra weight. On the other hand, if you’re just storing light hand tools, then almost anything should work.
It’s also a good idea to keep in mind the overall weight of the storage unit itself. If you need something that can be easily transported from one location to another, you probably should stay away from the larger units. While these units are designed to be portable, they can still be quite heavy when loaded down with tools.
Finances are also something that should be considered. While you may find the perfect unit for your tools, it may cost far more than you intended to spend. You may have to go with a smaller or less durable unit if price is an issue.
No matter what you decide, make sure the unit you choose is right for YOU.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use these storage units outdoors?
A. While most units are designed for indoor or sheltered outdoor use only, there are some models that are suitable for full time, outside use. Be sure to read the description and customer reviews before purchasing to ensure that the items you’re looking at can stand up to the elements.
What’s the difference between the latching and locking systems?
A. Latching systems use simple clips to secure the doors shut. These are VERY easy to break into and should not be used to store valuable items. Some units may come with a secondary locking system that slides or twists into place behind the latch, but these are easily defeated as well.
Most units nowadays have lockable doors, which offer a heightened level of security. Some units have internal locks while others havelocks that require a separate padlock. While these are more secure than their non-locking counterparts, they can still be broken into if someone is determined enough. It’s always a good idea to buy the best lock you can afford.
The last level of security are units with keyed locks. These are the most secure and make bolt cutters, hacksaws, and even sledge hammers useless. The only way into one of these is by having a key. Most high-security models have a thick metal plate on the front of the door protecting the lock from drilling.
How many people do these units hold?
A. It really depends on the size of the individual units, but most are designed to hold anywhere from 1 to 12 people. Larger units tend to be deeper rather than wider and only have a single door rather than multiple doors like the smaller models.
You can, however, find units that are longer and thinner instead of being deeper. Otherwise, the people capacity stays the same– 1-12 people.
I need something to store my canoe, which size unit do I need?
A. Surprisingly, you can store a canoe in most units. Just measure the length and width of your canoe and then look for a unit with dimensions that are at least equal to those measurements. As long as the ceilings are high enough to accommodate the height of your boat and there’s enough clearance on the sides, you should be good to go.
What is the difference between a unit that has a bottom and one that is completely open?
A. Aside from the price, not much. Both types are designed to keep items out of the weather, so whether it has a floor or not shouldn’t make much of a difference. The open style may make it slightly easier to load and unload your items if the floor is at the same level as the ground. This makes it easier to shove items in from the side rather than having to lift them in from the top. Keep in mind that your items will be on display if the floor is at ground level, so if you’re storing anything you don’t want people to see, an open unit is not a good choice.
How thick are the walls of these units?
I need to store some valuables and I can’t have anyone recognizing the contents if they happen to walk by.
A. The walls are between 2 1/2″ and 3″ thick, so you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing your contents unless they really know what they’re looking for. The doors are about the only part of the unit that isn’t completely solid, but most of the time even the door is blocked by a wall on the opposite side. Of course, if you’re really concerned about privacy, you can always block the door on the inside of the unit with a couple of the movable walls.
If I want to install a lock on my unit door or even have a locksmith install one for me, will it pass inspection?
A. No. Any modifications that are made to the unit will cause it not to pass inspection the next time it’s checked. This means you’ll have to go without a lock or risk having your unit taken away, which isn’t an option.
I really need to keep people out of my unit, what are my options?
A. Due to the nature of what is kept in these units, some people have strict privacy concerns. There are three options to secure your unit so that others cannot enter. One option is to install a lock on the door. A padlock or chain with a combination lock will work just fine; however, any kind of permanent modification like this will not pass inspection when the unit is checked again sometime in the future. The second option is to take advantage of the “gated community” feature that is incorporated into some of our locations. For an extra fee, we will restrict your unit from the rest of the storage area by closing gate across the doorway when you aren’t there. This added security comes at an extra cost of course, but some people feel it’s well worth it. The final option is to pay an off-duty police officer to guard the unit when you’re not around. This is more expensive than the other two options and isn’t really necessary because no one should be trying to get into your storage unit in the first place.
I’m going to be using my boat a lot, do you know of any facilities that have a launch near the property?
A. Not to disappoint you, but we don’t have any sort of boat launch at our facility and we don’t have anything to tie up to. If you have a boat, you’ll either have to trailer it over to the lake or find someplace else to keep it.
You have now finished reading the FAQ.
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