DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0 on a jobsite

DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0: Everything you Need to Know

The next generation of tool storage is here with the all-new TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 from DEWALT. The original ToughSystem 1.0 launched in 2011 and became the first storage eco-system made for the job site. The new system takes the work storage industry to a new level with portability, durability, and interlocking modular stacking capabilities.


The new TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 has been completely re-engineered to give the end-user the most of what can be expected from a modular and mobile storage system. Designed for small to large-sized contractors, TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 brings rugged-terrain portability* to the job site for contractors working in the harshest environments. *Compared to the DWST08250 design proven through passed conveyor testing.

Best TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 Upgrades

Metal wire latches on the DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0.


Large two-piece front metal wire latches and stronger and wider handles that can be easily opened or carried while wearing gloves.

DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 AutoLock side latches.

AutoLock Latches

The patented AutoLock side latches are one of the biggest improvements which easily click the case onto place without having to open or lock it in by hand, unlike the previous 1.0 storage system.

DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Large Tool Box sitting in the rain.

IP65 Rated

The IP65 in mold integrated seal provides a secure fit in helping to keep out the harshest elements.

One-touch release on the AutoLock side latches of a DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Tool Box.

One-Touch Release

Also, the AutoLock allows a one-touch release for easy removal from just one side.

The handle is removed from a DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Rolling Tool Box.

Removable Handle

Building onto those new features they have also added a removable back handle from the rolling toolbox (DWST08450) which now allows the organizer to fit under most full-size pickup truck covers. 

A DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Storage System is pulled through some rough terrain.

8″ Wheels

Large 8” durable wheels make job site portability easy and the reinforced metal padlock eye brings extra security to the job site.


The DEWALT TSTAK 2.0 and TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 storage systems were released around the same time and each has its own pros and cons. They both are compatible with previous iterations within the system, are lockable for added security, and provide an organized system to move your tools around. The TSTAK system is a less expensive option but that savings in cost cuts out or downgrades some of the features found in the higher prices TOUGHSYSTEM. The TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 features a higher IP rating, thicker body, and larger load capacity. Ultimately what it boils down to is which system best fits the needs of your operation.

DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Large Storage Organizer Set
2.5mm Polypropylene Body3.5 mm Reinforced Body
IP54 Rated Water & Dust SealIP65 Rated Water & Dust Seal
30kg Load Capacity50kg Load Capacity
Heavy-Duty Metal latchesMetal Wire Latches
Not Half-Width Module CompatibleHalf-Width Module Compatible


A DEWALT TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 stack and Extra Large Tool Box on the jobsite.

The TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 consists of four different case sizes starting with small (DWST08165), large (DWST08300), XL (DWST08400), and its base model rolling toolbox (DWST08450) which is all backward compatible with most previous cases. In addition to the individual cases, two system sets can be ordered under one number. The first exclusive set to Acme Tools is the XL Storage Organizer Set (DWST60436) which consists of a small, XL and the rolling tool box base maximizing your storage capacity. The second set is the Large Storage Organizer Set (DWST60436-HD) which consists of a small, large, and rolling tool box base. Two optional accessories are available to create more versatility in the larger boxes. A shallow tool tray (DWST08110) and a deep tool tray (DWST08120) can be stacked inside the cases to customize your storage. Both tool trays include a pop-up handle on either end for easy portability in or out of your cases. (Tool trays are only compatible with 2.0 products).

For the organization of smaller items, such as nails, bolts, nuts, screws, and more there is the deep compact organizer (DWST08020). The organizer contains six removable cups for added flexibility of your loadout. For additional customization of your storage system, DEWALT offers a deep foam insert (DWST08121) that can be manually cut to keep specific tools in place. Over the next few months of 2022 DEWALT has more in store for their top-level storage system with a Full-Size Organizer (DWST08040), Compact Tool Bag (DWST08025), Jobsite Tool Bag (DWST08350), and a Two-Drawer Unit (DWST08320).

ImageProductPart NumberMore Info
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 XL Storage Organizer SetTool Box Tower 3pc Rolling Set DWST60436Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 Small Tool BoxSmall Tool BoxDWST08165Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 Large Tool BoxLarge Tool BoxDWST08300Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 Extra Large Tool BoxExtra Large Tool BoxDWST08400Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 Rolling Tool BoxMobile Storage Tool BoxDWST08450Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 Shallow Tool TrayShallow Tool TrayDWST08110Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem Deep Tool TrayDeep Tool TrayDWST08120Buy Now
Dewalt ToughSystem 2.0 Deep Compact OrganizerDeep Compact OrganizerDWST08020Buy Now
DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Deep Foam InsertDeep Foam InsertDWST08121Buy Now
DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Full Size OrganizerFull-Sized OrganizerDWST08040Pre-Order
DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Compact Tool BagCompact Tool BagDWST08025Buy Now
DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Jobsite Tool BagJobsite Tool BagDWST08350Buy Now
DEWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Two Drawer UnitTwo-Drawer UnitDWST08320Pre-Order


When Did DEWALT TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 launch?

Acme Tools was the exclusive Industrial Channel provider for the TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 initial launch on July 1st, 2020. DEWALT is releasing new products every year in the TOUGHSYSTEM line with several products releasing in early 2022.  

Is the TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 compatible with TOUGHSYSTEM 1.0?

Yes, TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 is compatible with most 1.0 systems. The few exceptions are the DCB104 charger, portable power charging station, and the original TOUGHSYSTEM 1.0 Radio.

What should I do with my TOUGHSYSTEM 1.0?

We encourage you to keep TOUGHSYSTEM 1.0 products and pair them with the new system! The different systems contain different product lineups and you may find uses for both. It will all depend on your individual needs and what types of tools and equipment you are organizing and storing.

Is the new DEWALT TOUGHSYSTEM compatible with TSTAK?

No, Dewalt TOUGHSYSTEM 1.0 and TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 are not compatible with the TSTAK system.

What is the yellow button on the lower cross bar to the rolling tool box?

The yellow button on the crossbar of the rolling tool box handle is a release lever that is pressed to lower and raise the handle. It can also be used to remove the handle entirely after two small red tabs at the bottom of each side of the handle are turned 90 degrees. Removing the handle allows the rolling tool box to fit under most truck bed covers.

Handle release mechanism is pressed on the DEWALT TOUGHSYSTEM rolling tool box handle

What is the yellow clip on the top, middle of the different boxes?

The yellow flip-up clip on the top of the boxes allows you to lock in 1/2 width boxes and bags, such as the Deep Compact Organizer and the Compact Tool Bag. This allows for two organizers or a combination of an organizer and tool bag to be stored on your stack.

Dewalt Half-Width Organizer being locked into Toughsystem 2.0 stack.

Shop DeWalt TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 at Acme Tools.


  • Jason Robbins

    July 4, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I’m glad they made the rolling box handles removable! Tipping it on its side to fit under my tonneau cover made a disaster of my tools 🙂 I’m hoping they improved the carry handle design as well, my hand always scraped the pad lock tab when I picked the small box up.

  • Shaun Foran

    July 15, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Is there any plan to make the side lock on the 1.0 replaceable with the 2.0 side lock? I think that would be HUGE for Dewalt to give us a little “upgrade” to our old system since the old style are sometimes a pain use

  • Lance

    July 22, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Why is the DCB104 noted as not compatible, is there a specific reason? I just bought DCB104 and unsure if I should return. Interested in getting Tough System 2.0.

    • Acme Tools

      July 23, 2020 at 7:54 am

      Hi Lance, Thank you for your question. We do not have a good answer at this time, we are relaying information provided to us by DEWALT. Once our warehouse catches up to demand of the product we will be able to get a sample from them and try to see what exactly is the cause of the DCB104 not matching to the new 2.0 system.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

  • David Bannasch

    July 25, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Any idea when the 2.0 organizers will be available? (Deep Organizer & Deep Compact Organizer) Also, any idea if DeWalt is planning to add a Shallow Organizer & Shallow Compact Organizer?

    • Acme Tools

      July 27, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Hi David, Thank you for your question. We have seen the 2.0 organizers but have not been given an official date as to when they will be shipping to us from DEWALT. Once we receive the approval we will be doing more video’s and updating our blog post to include them.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools.

    • Acme Tools

      October 7, 2020 at 7:55 am

      Hello, Thank you for your question. The tool trays will not directly mount onto the wall rack. The trays are designed to fit inside the 2.0 boxes.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

    • Acme Tools

      November 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

      Hi Mike, Thank you for your question. We have not heard of foam inserts for the TOUGHSYSTEM 2.0 line from DEWALT yet. You might be able to find some very high quality aftermarket inserts though.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

    • Acme Tools

      April 2, 2021 at 7:59 am

      Hello Louise. Thank you for your question. I believe what you are asking about is the yellow button on the lower cross bar to the rolling tool box. If so, this is a handle lock release button. When you press it you are able to raise and lower the extension handle. If this is not the item in question please let us know what particular box you are looking at and we will see if we can answer your question.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

      • Casey

        April 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm

        I came here to find that out too Louise. I want to know what the yellow thing near each box top handle is for. It just flips up and down and we can’t figure out it’s design.

        • Acme Tools

          April 2, 2021 at 3:52 pm

          Hi Casey, The yellow flip up clip on the top of the boxes allows you to lock in 1/2 width boxes and bags. We have a video on our website showing the ToughSystem 2.0 items and at 1min 55sec into the video the clip is explained. You can get to the video by clicking HERE

          Thank you,
          Acme Tools

    • Acme Tools

      August 9, 2021 at 8:02 am

      Hi Cody, Thank you for your question. We are not aware of a mass produced level holder for the ToughSystem boxes. Our suggestion would be to look into either 3D printing one or finding someone that can print or manufacture one for you. The options are limitless.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

  • Craig parry

    October 14, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    When are dewalt bringing the new toughsystem radio out in the UK? Rumour has it there is an extra 15w rms? So 55w instead of 40w, the old one sounded amazing, so can’t wait for the new one

  • Braden

    July 25, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    There is two spots under the lid of the small tool box, one looks like a wifi symbol but both look like something can be put there. Any idea what’s these are for?

  • Andy

    September 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

    The two-drawer unit is fantastic and built really tough with great slides and self-locking drawers. My one gripe is that the handles are on both sides of the unit, and there isn’t one on top- which makes carrying this unit a two-handed operation. Do you know if there’s a way to modify this by removing the “loose parts well” that comes standard on top of the unit and replacing it with a Tough System 2.0 top handle that most of the other units have?


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