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Mulit-drawer Machinist Tool Chest by Equipto Illinois c.1930



This is an original industrial multi-drawer machinist cabinet for tools and hardware by Equipto Aurora Illinois, USA. It is made of sheet metal and has a total of 18 draws. Each draw is H 3 in. x W 5.25 in. D 11.75 in. and works as intended. There are several draws with removable steel dividers. The piece has retained it's original powdered coated army green color and shows some wear and rust consistent with age and use.

  • CREATOR Equipto (manufacturer)
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Sheet Metal, Powder Coated.
  • CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 13.75 in. x W 34.25 in. x D 13.25 in.


It all began in 1907, when Thomas M. Dunham began developing motorcycle headlights and sidecars in Aurora, Illinois. With the increase in automobile production, motorcycle parts soon were not in such high demand, so Equipto began producing body parts for Ford Motor Company’s Model T Chassis.

As the relationship with the car industry flourished, Dunham began hearing other needs within the automotive industry. One car dealer needed heavy-duty shelving to store large, hefty car parts and the idea for space utilization products was born. Today, Equipto’s clients are Harley Davidson, Caterpillar and Boeing. Their industrial cabinets were commonplace in factories and machine shops in the early 20th century. And were generally used to hold spare parts, nuts and bolts, or cold and hot rolled steel bars.

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