acanarelli wrote:The furniture in my bedroom cost many times more than this tool chest and the drawers are much larger and hold a lot more stuff. None of the drawers have ball bearing slides and my wife and I have lived happily with them for years and never a problem. So what's the big deal? Just squirt some oil in those cheap drawer slides and you're good to go.
In connection with the post I wrote above, I want to emphasize that I offer NO ARGUMENT that drawers sans roller bearings are better. Of course the roller bearings ARE better. My question is ARE THEY NECESSARY?
At least 30 years ago (probably more)I bought a unit that looks very much like the unit being sold here. The label reads, "ALL AMERICAN by WATERLOO". There are 10 drawers on this unit and there isn't a ball bearing on one of them ( I couldn't afford ball bearings in those days). Well, I stuffed most of the tools I owned into those drawers and some of those tools were heavy!
Today I still own and use that rolling drawer cabinet and NEVER had a problem. It looks very much like the day I bought it. As a precaution, I squirted some "Lock Ease" into the drawer slides and they performed very well for me. I have since purchased 8 more rolling cabinets (most without ball bearing slides)and I've had no problems.
So what I'm saying is this...
If you have plenty of money and want ball bearing slides, get them. On the other hand, if you don't have a fat wallet, don't let the lack of bearing slides keep you from making a purchase, as you don't really need them.