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Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Inca on Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:29 am

I was looking to see what the fatmax cost will be at costco, and came across this, I like it looks better than the fatmax,
and was wondering if there are any fatmax people here that will share their opinion, since you already know fatmax so well.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11282956&search=tool%20box&topnav=&Mo=0&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode%20matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=tool%20box&Ntt=tool%20box&No=0&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%20matchallpartial
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Sam I Am on Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:24 am

Fat Max all the way for me, I love how everything fits inside. It works as my table, storage, office and it looks very smart. I have no problems with the weight as I only have to lift it in and out of my car. Have a look at some set-ups and then see if you can play with them both in the store, that will help you decide (that the fat max is better).
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Perry Noia on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:26 am

I like the look of this one with the stainless, but I don't like that it all has to come apart to open it. I like how the fatmax rolls open. But that's ME.... if you like this one more, then it's whatever works for YOU. Without seeing it personally and feeling the sturdiness of it and stuff... I can't really say.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Fabtastic on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:32 am

They are two very different types of toolboxes, even though they look similar when closed up. The FatMax spreads open horizontally and becomes a stable work station, while the Trinity one comes apart into three separate sections.

For me it would not work, as I use the FM as my sole workstation, I don't need a table. I put a hardboard tabletop across the top section. The Trinity one would be nice for carrying your stuff around in, but you still need a table, and also you need to take it apart and get into each of the three sections to get your stuff out. The way the FM opens up, everything is immediately accessible at once.

Pic of Fatmax opened up:
http://www.stanleytools.com/catalog_images/mid_res/020800R_mid_res.jpg


Pic of Trinity taken apart:
http://content.costco.com/Images/Content/ProductLarge/293488LL_v.jpg
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by BarbieSmith on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:33 am

Oh no, no!

While it looks much more attractive IMO than the FatMax when closed, it is not nearly as functional. For one, the FatMax remains *tall* when fully opened. So you have an instant 2 foot by 2 foot tabletop when the lid is opened (I put a little board and a black cloth over it and it looks like a real table!). And this tabletop is just the right height for your paints, wash basins, paintbrushes, glitter, camera, and all the go-to items that are in constant use. For most, it is the right height whether you are standing or sitting to work.

Also, and critically, when opened (and using the top as the tabletop) you have FULL and constant access to the items in the lower 2 areas. Critical for reaching for extra "bling", wipes, extra brushes, backup paints, gum, stickers, extra business cards, hair pins (in my middle drawer) - and for clean water, money safe, my purse, extra photos of designs, portable office (tape, push pins, etc.) (which are all in my lower drawer). Then you also have the removable tray that covers the bottom drawer (hiding your purse) and will hold all your tiny items (bling, glitter, etc.).

At birthday parties I never ask for table space - my FatMax IS my table. Quick, reliable, and always how *I* want it. To prevent your 3 piece tool box from being a tripping hazard and to have it at the right height to work at, you would need to request a table. Which is fine. But an extra step, and not under your control... you will get everything from bar tables to coffee tables.

But honestly, I LOVE the looks of the one you posted, but I would never find it as useful at the FM... But if you bought it, I bet you could *make* it work. It really IS cute. But for me, I have to go with functionality over aesthetics...
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Fabtastic on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:41 am

For years my daughter has used one similar to the one you posted, it only comes apart into two parts but at the time it was the only rolling one we could find. It has served her well, and she doesn't really need a FatMax but she agrees that it has more functionality.

I've been eyeing the spray paint you can buy to repaint plastic yard furniture, to "pretty up" my FatMax... has anyone done that? I seem to think that Suzy painted her copycat FM. I'd like to know how well it holds up.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Lady Jayde on Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:16 am

Once the paint cures (7-10 days) it works well...if you chip it before then, it scraps off rather easily.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Guest on Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:45 am

My rolling toolbox comes apart - two sections, not three but similar. Never been a problem. I saw a FatMax in person at Home Depot and, of course, had to have a play with it.... nope, not my cup of tea.

It was actually smaller in person than it looks in photos, but I didn't like the spread of it open. I would not use it as a work surface so that wasn't a consideration. Plus as it does hold a lot more it would be heavier and I'm not interested in increasing my load at this stage - I'm actually cutting back what I take.

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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Psalmbook on Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:28 am

I actually looked at both styles & found the fatmax to be better. My goal was to reduce having tons of pieces. I love how the fatmax opens up & sets up just like a table. I can work out of it & when I'm done I put a few things away & close it & I'm done.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Linda Adams on Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:05 pm

I'm a Fat Max Girl all day long!
I also say if I can't fit it into the FatMax I can't buy it!
(well I keep telling myself that anyway as I hit the "pay now" button!)

I drive a jeep Wrangler so I have to lift it up pretty high to get it onto the front seat. (one more cake of paint & I won't be able to budge it! HA!~)
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by JBax on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:54 pm

If I'm not using the fatmax as a table, I'm using it as a chair, cause it puts me at a good height with the director's chair.

The trinity looks cool, then I saw the 35 lbs. The fatmax is really only as heavy as the stuff you put in it.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Criss on Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:37 pm

Funny that this should be a topic. I saw this case last weekend at our local "Peavey Mart" My kids and I are always on the look out for items, cases, containers, etc that we can use for gigs. We pulled the trinity off the shelf and were admiring it for it's shiny look and cool ability to pull apart into sections. Than we went to pick up the kit, to see how heavy it was, and we were all surprised by the weight of it. It is significantly heavier than the "Fat Max." Both my kids tried pulling it down the aisle and lifting it, they both agreed it was heavier than the "Fat Max." The weight of it, plus my supplies, I don't know if I could get it into my trunk.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:47 pm

Im a Fat Max kinda girl. I too speculated at first about all the hoopla over this thing. Could it really be that great??? Well yeah it is sooooo awesomee to say the least. It fits everything I have and I mean everything. I love knowing exactly where something is..you know the saying everything in it's place and a place for everything.

But at the end of the day it is a matter of personal preference. To me it was and still is a smart investment and worth every penny.

And thank you to whomever just reminded my that Kryolan makes a special spray paint specifically to adhere to plastice. For the most part the black is okay with me it's just that yellow I can't stand... lol
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Fabtastic on Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:52 pm

According to various websites, the weight of the FatMax ranges from 22 to 27 pounds. Those are shipping weights, I think, so likely there is some packaging weight factored into some of those.

It must be the stainless steel that makes the Trinity so darn heavy (although very attractive!). The FatMax is way heavier than the Mastercraft two-part rolling toolbox my daughter uses (which I think is similar to what Shannon uses too), but is still lighter than the Trinity.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Just Jenny on Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:23 pm

I was at the hardware store last weekend. I did look at the rolling carts and the different Fatmax....different sizes. one was a good inch or two taller then the other. I plan on going back later to really look at them when I have more time, but I was surprised to see different heights. Maybe they were different makes....I gotta go back and look again.

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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Criss on Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:27 pm

I dont think the trinity is actually stainless steel, it felt like plastic, very thick plastic.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by Guest on Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:31 pm

A tool box called "Trinity".... Sounds like a movie title, of the spaghetti western variety!!

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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by IamGinaW on Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:56 am

I have one that comes apart and it is a pain to get into the bottom section. You have to take it apart to get to that section. I'd rather have a fatmax if I could afford it.
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Re: Fatmax Vs. Trinity

Post by wmeventservices on Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:49 am

The whole reason I use the fatmax is for fast set-up. I pull it out, open my two paint cases, unscrew my water and I'm done. It takes about two minutes. With the trinity, you would be having to do what you do with any other kit. Dig everything out, and piece by piece set it up on a table. It seems that it defeats the purpose of the large investment.
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