Sunex Tools is known for making high-quality tools, and their tool chests are a shining spot for the brand’s reputation as well as sockets and specialty automotive equipment. The Sunex Pinup Series is a special edition series of shop staples. People everywhere love the vintage pin-up style artwork and thought that went into creating the lineup that has gotten a lot of buzz. Today we are going to look at the ever stunning “Eleanor” that is basically everything I could ever want in a tool chest and more. Let’s check it out in the Sunex Pinup Series Tool Chest Review.
Sunex Pinup Series Tool Chest Review Overview
I will never forget the first time I saw one of the tool chests in the Sunex Tools Pinup Series. I was at an event and was instantly attracted to the Shelby-blue finish of a tool chest at the Sunex booth. In all senses of the word, this chest was nothing short of beautiful. When the lid opened and I saw the artwork tastefully inside showing a beautiful woman sitting on a piston and holding a wrench, I was in awe of the design. The artwork is reminiscent of a 1950’s pinup photograph, very vintage and fun. As a woman, I have an insane amount of respect for the history of women in their journey to empowerment. When you see these images, they are the perfect embodiment of a woman owning herself, her appearance, and most importantly her love of tools. It’s not sleazy, it’s powerfully sexy. I don’t think I could possibly summarize how much this lineup has inspired me.
The Pinup Series is a child of a family owned company and a women-run marketing department. The colors, the inspiration, they all come from real women in the business owning themselves and their talents. I find this series to be fun, bright, exciting and all around amazing. The fact that the tool chest is also designed to be durable and practical is the icing on the case. They are somewhat like owning functional art.
Sunex Pinup Series Tool Chest Review Features
The Sunex Pinup Series has had three limited editions. Today we look at the “Eleanor” but previous editions of “Gertie” and “Dorothy” are still available with new editions in the works. Each edition features a special edition color and artwork.
Sunex cut no corners in the construction of this tool chest. Using 18-gauge steel and premium fasteners, this tool chest will likely outlive me.
Protective edge bumpers add a nice touch, adding protection for the chest in a busy shop, and also lending protection to surroundings like cars and other shop equipment.
The handle has an easy grip feeling to it, giving an easy grasp even with greasy hands.
Four 5-inch casters, two with locks, allow incredible mobility and to this chest and offer 600 pounds of support.
The hinged lid allows for independent locking of that compartment. The hinges allow a full open for ultimate visibility.
Roller bearing drawer glides offer smooth and consistent operation with full extension.
Inside the top section is a slide lock to lock or unlock the drawers.
This tool chest has six drawers with multiple depths for ultimate storage and versatility. The top three drawers have a depth of 2.5 inches, the next two have a depth of 3.25 inches and the bottom has a depth of 4.25 inches.
Each drawer features EVA foam liners for a non-slip surface allowing your tools to stay right where you want them.
Latching handles on the drawers allow each drawer to locked when closed.
Sunex included two things you don’t often see on a tool chest, both a locking pry-bar rack and a locking screwdriver rack.
Additionally, on the sides of the chest, you have extra slots for more screwdrivers and easy organization.
Sunex Pinup Series Tool Chest Review Performance
Sunex made an incredibly well-designed tool chest in this model. The overall construction is impeccable, no detail was left to chance. The actual paint job was flawless, I couldn’t find a single scuff or paint issue anywhere. The finished seems and features like the edge bumpers really add to the feel of how well Sunex makes their chests.
This Chest is very easy to move around the shop. The large handle aided in being able to pull the chest around. The casters lock well and swiveled better than most. The two together make maneuvering the tool chest a breeze. Since a large portion of Sunex Tools are designed with professional mechanics in mind, I felt they really built this chest to suit their needs.
The hinged lid was a huge standout in functionality. The hinges allow the top to open fully, but slowly without slamming. With a separate keyed lock there is a lot of security in the chest. Upon opening it, the access to the prybar and screwdriver racks as well as a large storage area for containing your most used tools. I liked this area a lot for storing valuable tools and things you reach for a lot.
The drawers are well thought out and keep a lot of hand tools and accessory storage in mind. I like that there was a deeper drawer that could easily hold certain power tools that you may need such as impact wrenches or drivers. The upper, more shallow drawers are perfect for organizing standard hand tools like pliers and the like. The slides on the drawer allow them to fully open but in a smooth and succinct motion.
Overall, this is a premium tool chest. The features will give you the very best organization possible, especially for mechanics. As well, this tool chest is very fun and brings a lot of energy into a shop that definitely makes the work day go by a bit easier.
Sunex Pinup Series Tool Chest Review Value
The Sunex Pinup Series “Eleanor” Chest can be purchased for $699.00 from Acme Tools. I honestly felt this tool chest was far better quality than most available today. I would have expected to pay quite a bit more for this chest given the overall construction and feature set. There is no doubt that this tool chest was designed with the automotive industry in mind, but I think a wide range of users will find it suits their needs as well.
Sunex Pinup Series Tool Chest Review Final Thoughts
I loved the entire thought process behind the Sunex Pinup Series. Aestethicly these chests are beautiful, and more importantly, have a message that I think is incredible. They are both fun and empowering, something that can be hard to accomplish. All appearances aside, they are also incredibly functional tool chests. The construction quality is unparalleled in my experience, no cost was spared to create durable and long-lasting chests. The feature set is impressive, showcasing Sunex’s overall thoughtfulness in their chests. If you are in the market for tool chests, I would definitely recommend the fun-loving Pinup Series, but thankfully Sunex offers a full range of options to suit everyone’s preferences and style. Bravo Sunex for this lineup, you have certainly gained a lifelong fan in me.