How to Remove a Snap-On Tool Chest Drawer

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Snap-On tool chest drawers are generally equipped with what are known as "friction drawers," or drawers that are on slides that are not equipped with ball bearings. This means your Snap-On tool chest must be routinely lubricated to open and close smoothly. These drawers can be removed if necessary, but it is a bit more involved than just pressing two slide stop-tabs in with your thumbs because the drawer release tabs are on the back sides of the drawer box.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Spray lubricant
  • 2 hacksaw blades

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  1. 1

    Open the drawer on your Snap-On tool chest you wish to pull out completely.

  2. 2

    Put on a pair of gloves and retrieve two hacksaw blades. The hacksaw blades do not need to be sharp, but they should be as straight as possible.

  3. 3

    Lubricate both hacksaw blades with a spray lubricant.

  4. 4

    Approach the open drawer and pull it out as far as it will go. Slide one hacksaw blade between the slide and the side of the drawer itself. Then slide the other blade in the same way on the opposite side of the drawer--between the slide and drawer box.

  5. 5

    Push each blade toward the tool chest simultaneously while holding the drawer in its fullest open position until you hear a click or pop. The drawer should feel loose.

  6. 6

    Put your hands on either side of the drawer box and pull out from the tool chest. If the drawer box does not come free, reinsert the hacksaw blades and try again.

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