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When it came time for The Ultimate Garage Project to choose Garage Accessories they cane to Pit Products and Garage Pals! Take a look at what they had to say about some of our products.
When it comes to creating the Ultimate Garage, one of the big contributing factors, if not in fact the biggest, are the type of cabinets chosen to fit the project. When taking into consideration the direction we wanted to steer the Motor City's Ultimate Garage Project our goal was to find a cabinet that was not only functional for storage and as a workbench, but also something that looked incredible as well. With this criteria met, we looked for a few other things -- a company that had a manufacturing facility in the USA and a friendly, honest and customer-loyal staff that would assist us in better determining what would work with the layout of our garage and stand behind their workmanship. We found all this and more with Garage Pals.
Garage Pals is not only deserving of the Made-In-The-USA label, it's one better for us because they are located right here in our backyard — Jackson, MI which is less than an hour drive from our project headquarters. We contacted Garage Pals and provided a rough diagram of the layout of the garage we are renovating and they assisted in suggesting what products would fit our space physically, aesthetically and functionally.
The first of the storage solutions we opted to install was the Garage Pals eight-foot base cabinet. When this mammoth beauty was pulled out of the delivery truck I could feel the smile as it grew across my face. This is the core cabinet of every guys dream — an absolutely stunning, sparkling, shiny, rugged, and huge diamond plate, foundation cabinet. As the delivery crew unpacked it and pushed it into location, the garage immediately was transformed and its character was born.
The cabinet really looks great and it's built very well too (what else would you expect from good-old, red-blooded American workers?) The cabinet is constructed with aluminum diamond plate except for the bench top and interior 16"-deep shelf which are constructed of smooth aluminum. The bench top is huge and really adds a ton of workspace to any garage or shop. The interior shelf runs the full length of the unit and it is very easy to adjust the height with the rail system included and installed as part of the cabinet. The rails are labeled with numbers to make it quick and easy to get the same height adjustment at all points.
There are several locations on the cabinet where heavy duty MIG welding was performed and all riveting was completed with stainless steel. The piano hinges are made of high-strength aluminum and the cabinet has a heavy-duty two-point lockable latching system which is very solid. Another feature we liked when determining our cabinet choice was that the Garage Pals cabinet was complete box — meaning there is a full cabinet back and floor, which was not the case with some of the others we looked at. It's also comforting to know that these aluminum cabinets will be around a lot longer than me — they won't rust, rot or suffer from water damage.
This cabinet is HUGE and can be used to store a variety of items. We were pleased to find some red plastic bags in the cabinets containing all mounting hardware necessary — handfuls of large, self-taping screws and bolts — the good kind — no cheap'n out here. It seems today that more often than not when you invest your hard-earned money in a product, you get it home just to learn that you have to run back out to the hardware store to buy mounting hardware, etc. I really do appreciate the companies that include everything you need at the time of purchase. Thank you Garage Pals (I even have some extra bolts left over! — consumers like that!)
There are several options available with the cabinets including castors/wheels, lighting, pegboard and naturally some overhead matching cabinets which we also felt we must have!
Enter the Garage Pals four-foot and two-foot overhead storage cabinets. These attractive and functional pair really balance out the look of the garage with the base cabinet and naturally provide us with even more much needed storage. Like the base, these overheads are complete boxes as well — back included; they are lockable and have the adjustable shelving. We installed them in minutes using the included mounting hardware driving the self-tapping bolts through the cabinet into our garage wall studs. What an incredible finished look.
We are eager to shop Garage Pals more in the coming weeks as they have a large and growing variety of functional garage and shop storage products that will make our life easier and more organized.
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