Big-Time Boxes: Miguel Padilla

Feb. 7, 2012
He started with the Matco Tools 76" Triple Bay Rollaway, and built from there.

Miguel Padilla is a Master Tech at Pep Boys in Plantation Florida, one of the sunniest parts of the state.

Miguel began building his toolbox in late 2006 and says he’s only half-way done. He started by buying a 76" Triple Bay Rollaway from Matco Tools distributor Nick Sunberg, in black and silver with blue anodized trim and a stainless steel top. After Nick’s father, Andy, took over Miguel’s account in 2007, he added a hutch on top of the rollaway, with matching stainless steel walls. In 2010 he added two 27" 6-series side lockers, and just last year he upgraded to the 8" spring loaded casters.

Future plans include a horizontal top locker and, maybe (if the missus allows), a matching full-drawer single bay between the main rollaway and side locker. For now he says his favorite tool is his new Snap-on Verdict, "a great addition to my arsenal of diagnostic tools."

Miguel says he reads each issue of Professional Tool & Equipment News magazine starting at the back, and decided to send us pictures hoping to see his own box on this page one day. It’s a beauty, Miguel; thanks for showing us what ya got.

About the Author

Jacques Gordon

Jacques Gordon is the former editor-in-chief of PTEN and Professional Distributor magazines. His background includes 10 years as an automotive technician and 10 years in Tier 1 suppliers’ engineering labs testing gaskets, fuel injection systems and emission control systems.

He continues to stay abreast of the latest technical developments through editorial research and technician training seminars. He holds an ASE Master Technician with L1 Certification and a Master Hybrid Technician certification from ACDC.

Jacques has been writing for aftermarket magazines since 1998, and he has earned a reputation as one of the best technical writers in the business. He is a winner of two American Society of Business Press Editor awards and several company editorial awards.

He is currently the video script writer for the CARS Training Network in Ontario, Canada.

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