Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood FSC Pent Tool Store provides you with a fantastic storage space to keep a number of tools. The height of this store would make this great for placing long handled items inside of here such as rakes, hoes and shovels. There is nothing worse than having a small shed that has large handled items all over the place at different angles, making some kind of tool comprised spider web that gets in your way when you are trying to look for stuff. With this store, you really can make sure all your tools, even the long ones are kept organised and out of your way. We actually feel that this would make for a pretty good general storage shed as well. At 3 feet 7 inches wide the tool store does not take up a whole lot of space in your garden, and even the depth is rather compact at 2 feet 1 inch. However, this store stands at over six feet tall and on the back wall they have put a shelf quite high up so you have even more room for storage.
We really like what they have done with the roof on this tool store. It is a pent roof, but rather than slope down towards the door, the roof actually slopes down towards the back of the store, meaning the rain will always drain off this way. The roof is made with some rather attractive looking sand felt that is sitting on top of solid sheet boarding.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The cladding has a very good look to it and it is done in an overlap kind of style which we really like. While not the thickest cladding we have ever seen we are sure that it is more than strong enough for the job it is made to do. One thing though that we must mention is that the back of the tool store is not made with the same cladding instead they have used solid sheet boarding. We are sure this was done as a cost cutting measure and in the grand scheme of things on a budget priced structure like this it is not a huge deal, but it does stand out due to looking so different from the rest of the walls.
The framing used for this tool store has been designed with robustness and longevity in mind. They have used a very good frame for the price and it really will ensure this tool store keeps its shape and does not get weak or flimsy as the years go by.
The floor is made from solid sheet boarding and this we feel was a very smart design choice. This kind of boarding is able to take quite a lot of weight so you are going to be able to really fill this tool store up with a number of heavy tools. If you take a closer look at the bottom of the store then you will see that they have very cleverly used some good sized floor joists that will help strengthen the floor.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
All of the wood will be given a basecoat treatment before it is sent your way. This is fantastic as it means even if there is torrential rain while it is being delivered, the wood will be protected. This is only a short term protection though, so you will need to give it a coating of wood treatment once you have installed. In order to make sure this has a rot free life a fresh coating of treatment should be applied once a year.
The ten year anti rot guarantee that this comes with is very generous, but we must warn you that in order for this to actually be valid, you must treat the tool store and look after it properly.
Doors And Windows
While this is a low priced tool storage solution they have spared no expense on the door and we are very impressed with what they have done. The door actually takes up most of the front of the store so you have lots of space when that door is open to get things in and out. The door is also very well made as they have used some very strong hinges which also have a great look to them. These hinges are more than just a design feature, as they will also stop that door from sagging.
With the size and price of this tool store, we knew that there would be no windows on it. But while not a big deal, we feel that a small, perhaps diamond shaped window on the door would have been nice.
Security And Privacy
The door has a turn button to ensure that it stays close and adding something like a pad bolt or padlock would not be a problem. In general, we are very happy with the amount of security that this is offering.
The Hartwood FSC Pent Tool Store is a structure that offers 100 percent privacy, due to the fact that it has no windows.
Customisation Options And Extras
This is something that has a very good look and we feel that with the right colour this could be one very interesting structure. Even if you did not want to paint this a whole new colour, we feel that with a lighter or even darker wood treatment, you could enhance the look of this.
They do have a couple of extras to tempt you with. First of all is their hasp and padlock set. This is a Yale branded set and will cost £19.99 and is worth considering if you are going to be putting tools that are expensive in here. They also have a shed alarm security kit. This will not only ensure your shed is locked up tightly, but it also comes with an alarm so you know if someone is messing with your stuff.
While this is most certainly a budget priced tool store and a couple of cost cutting measures have been made. For the most part, especially considering the price, we are very pleased with the overall quality of this tool store.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
This is something that we feel has been made to last so you are going to get many years out of this. It will require a little bit of looking after in the form of an annual coating of treatment, but as this will keep it rot free we do not mind this at all.
While this may be a little compact in its design, at the end of the day this is made to keep tools safe and that is exactly what it will do. The generous height of this makes it just perfect for a tool store, but if you are buying this for general storage then you will have to think about how you store things.
Ease of installation 8/10
This is something that is best installed with two people. It is not all that hard of a DIY job and as long as you follow the instructions, take your time and do not argue about whose turn it is to make the tea, then this will be installed in no time at all.
This is being sold at a very fair price and is going to last you many years. We think that they have made a very good tool store here and the price really does make it that little bit extra attractive.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood FSC Pent Tool Store is a great way to keep all those long tools that get in the way in a standard shed safe and organised. The height of this is just perfect for the job this was made to do. It is very well made and is going to give you many years of use and the overall design of the tool store is also very attractive so it is going to look great in your garden. If you are looking for a low cost way to keep your tools well organised and out of the rain then this is just a fantastic and practical way to do that. The price is very reasonable and the overall quality is impressive so we are sure you will be very pleased with this.
Prices around: £131.99
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