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Tools of the Year 2021: Workbenches & Tool Chests

We searched the latest innovations from manufacturers for a tool chest of necessities on the farm and ranch.

This is the Workbenches & Tool Chests category of the exclusive Successful Farming "Tools of the Year" program to highlight innovations and must-have tools and shop supplies for your farm operation. These tools will help you get the job done.

Our editor selected one tool as an "Editor's Choice" and other tools as "Recommended" in Power Tools; Hand Tools; Ratchets & Sockets; Metalworking; Shop Supplies; Lighting; Workbenches & Tool Chests; and Shop Essentials.

Here is the list of the 2021 winners in Workbenches & Tool Chests.

Editor's Choice Tools of the Year 2021

Tools of the Year 2021

Ultimate Heavy-Duty Workbench

Carrying a lifetime warranty and built from an all-welded frame, the Badass 3Bay Workbench offers 10,000 pounds of tool and shop supply holding capacity. 

The patented swivel drawers have a rated capacity of 450 pounds each and pivot out on a 1-inch cold rolled steel shaft. Each drawer features a magnetic closure, grease fittings, and heavy-duty rubber mat to keep tools in place. 

The 3∕8-inch steel plate is left unpainted for welding. The cabinet stands on 4×4-inch legs utilizing heavy-duty leveling pads, so the user can level the bench on an uneven floor. Two heavy-duty fork tubes welded to the frame allow the workbench to be lifted with a forklift. 

The 3Bay Workbench retails from $6,800 to $7,700 (depending on accessories).

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Tools of the Year 2021 - Recommended

Workbenches Tools of the Year

Tall Accessory Storage

The Badass Accessory Cabinet, which mounts to the end of a workbench, offers a 24-inch-wide by 30-inch-deep storage space that is 54 1/2 inches tall to fit in tall tools. The VC24 retails for $2,500. Go to

Tools of the Year 2021 - Recommended

Workbenches Tools of the Year

Tough Tool Backpack

Made with a hard poly base, Crescent’s Tradesman Backpack comes with an adjustable front pocket to hold large items plus four exterior and 34 interior pockets.

The CTB1000 retails for $99.99. Go to

Tools of the Year 2021 - Recommended

Mobile Workstation for Electronics


The CA49-G from Beta Tools functions as a mobile workstation for diagnostic tools, laptops, testers, and battery chargers and features a two-level top shelf. 

The CA49-G retails for $996.82. Go to

Tools of the Year 2021 - Recommended

Workbenches Tools of the Year

Perfect for Portable Tool & Parts Storage

Capable of hauling a 50-pound load in tools and parts, Milwaukee’s Packout 3-Drawer Tool Box features drawers that are constructed of impact-resistant polymers that operate with all-metal ball-bearing slides and metal-reinforced corners. 

The toolbox retails for $149. Go to

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