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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Aero Toolbox drawers locked - Need help

Ok, long story short, my neighbor gave me his old Aero wheeled toolbox. It was in ok shape, aside from having a small amount of rust and some scratches and such, so I took a wire wheel to it last night to clean it up. The plan is \ was, to do that, prime and paint it.

I laid a 2 x 6 on the floor and flipped the cabinet from side to side as I wire wheeled. Once I was done with the sides and back, I laid it on it's back and did the front frame before calling it a night. When I finished, I stood it up and decided to see if I could figure out how to remove the drawers. Well, they're locked. I don't know how, but they are.

The only lock on the whole cabinet, is on the bottom door and the tab that flips into the slot to lock that door shut is gone. It is a base cabinet so there is no lid that controls the drawers like on some other cabinets I've seen.

Any ideas on how to unlock it? I can flip open that bottom door and gain access to the cubby under the drawers and such. That's it though.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Re: Aero Toolbox drawers locked - Need help

open the lower section then try the drawers.

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I did that. That was the only thing I could do.

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Re: Aero Toolbox drawers locked - Need help


Do you have a sawzall, probably in the toolbox, huh?
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Re: Aero Toolbox drawers locked - Need help

When the lower door/hatch is closed it moves a lever that locks the drawers. When that hatch is opened the whole way it unlocks drawers. Check is see if that lever is connected to hatch. It may have become dislodged when flipping cabinet around.

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Re: Aero Toolbox drawers locked - Need help

Try setting it down the top.Then see if the drawers will open.If they do remove them and then remove or disable the gravity lock.

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My old Snap On Bottom has a spring loaded metal rod along the top of the bottom opening.

Closing the door pushed the rod up to make the drawer lock work. Then the lock secured the door shut making it hold the drawer lock.

sounds like you had something move when you were turning it over, did the drawers open b/4 you started?

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I hear TNT will open it.

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If the lock is the typical barrel variety you can try the ancient, yet workable, paddle and rake. Get a piece of metal banding tape that is thin enough to fit all the way into the lock then file a series of "teeth" into the tape. This will be your key. Now take another piece of the metal tape and fashon a small paddle on one end. Bend the paddle at a slight angle so you can exert some leverage on it. Now insert the "key" in the lock and rake it in/out while at the same time having the paddle inserted in the lock and with slight torque place on it towarrd the unlocking action. With luck and a cheap lock it may open. I know this is along shot but I have had it work for me in the past. PS - do not keep the paddle and rake even if they work as they can be seen by some as burgler tools.

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Most everything you have in your tool box can be considered burglary tools if you have them in you pocket at O dark thirty poking around in a neighborhood. It s even legal to have a lock picking device in your tool box.




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