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  • VAlocalhunter
    started a topic Tack Trunk Recommendations

    Tack Trunk Recommendations

    Hey Everyone!

    So I will soon be purchasing my first tack trunk I was wondering if you guys had any advice or things you wish you knew before you bought yours? I'm looking for a wooden one with a bandage lid, doesn't have to be huge. Also if anyone has purchased any and can give me the links, that'd be great to! So any advice?

  • mpsbarnmanager
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    Honestly if you have basic tools and know how to use them, buy $75 worth of wood and build your own. Ask around, you'd be surprised, maybe dad, grandpa, neighbor man (or woman), etc... I cringe when people pay $500+ for a basic tack trunk.

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  • ivy62
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    my husband got plans and built ours. bandage lid, cubby for helmet and sliding draw...love it

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  • sarcam02
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    Originally posted by LEL View Post
    Are the Stanley trunks still available? I see the Husky version is in stock at Home Depot, but the Stanley version states it is out of stock and cannot be ordered. I used to have the Stanley version and loved it. (Sold it when I downsized and moved.)
    Most big box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot have some version of the 50 gallon Stanley. I own a DeWalt, a Husky and a few Stanleys. I use black duct tape to cover ugly logos. I swear by these for travel while my McGuinn lives at the barn

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  • TarheelJD
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    Even though this is an ancient thread that got resurrected, I figure I'd add my $0.02, in case anyone who is currently shopping sees it. I have this trunk from SmartPak in Medium.

    https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/sm...ood-trunk-6297

    It is beautiful and really well made, but I would not buy it again because, even empty, it is heavy as all get out. I would get something smaller and lighter, with no bandage lid, if I had to do it all over again.

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  • specifiedcupcake
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    If you're dead set on wood with some options for internals, I cannot recommend Bird Song Tack Trunks enough. I have two- one is a moderate size that used to travel when I did a lot of showing. The other monster was one I used when I was moving to another continent, and now it holds ALL THE THINGS in front of my stable.

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  • atl_hunter
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    Originally posted by sarcam02 View Post

    This is great advice. My lovely McGuinn never leaves the barn at this stage. Instead I am all about convenience and my Stanley 50 gallonrolling trunk http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-037025.../dp/B000Q5LZT4 is my go to option
    I have a gorgeous and very expensive Phoenix West from my previous barn. While it had a cover it was still beat to hell from all the loading and unloading into the trailer to go to shows. Things have fallen on it in the trailer and dented it, grooms put my name on it with nasty old duct tape that won't seem to come off, it has no wheels and when my horse died and I moved out, it added insult to injury to have to lift that mofo into the back of the pickup truck and take it home.

    My new barn doesn't have a host of grooms to pack the trailer, and is more hands-on which I prefer. The barn uses those Stanley trunks with nice trunk covers. Looks just as nice and it's

    1. way cheaper than getting a new trunk or attempting to reskin and repaint my existing one
    2 a heck of a lot easier to move around
    3. has a LOT more space
    4. looks nearly the same with the cover on it

    My $$$$ Phoenix West in in my garage. Nicest Garage storage chest ever!!!

    If the nice lightweight airline trunks looked nicer I would consider them but they are pricey and they honestly look cheap to me.

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  • mmeqcenter
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    Originally posted by LEL View Post
    Are the Stanley trunks still available? I see the Husky version is in stock at Home Depot, but the Stanley version states it is out of stock and cannot be ordered. I used to have the Stanley version and loved it. (Sold it when I downsized and moved.)
    Interesting I’ve never seen them shown as completely out of stock like that before. Dewalt is also available at Home Depot. Any of the three are great, Husky, Stanley, or Dewalt. Looks like Lowe’s now has a Craftsman version.

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  • greysfordays
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    Originally posted by LEL View Post
    Are the Stanley trunks still available? I see the Husky version is in stock at Home Depot, but the Stanley version states it is out of stock and cannot be ordered. I used to have the Stanley version and loved it. (Sold it when I downsized and moved.)
    Walmart has it. I don't really think it matters which, all these rubber trunks are a godsend.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Stanley-0...hoCtDIQAvD_BwE

    Equitex makes a nice cover for it, get that and call it a day.

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  • LEL
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    Are the Stanley trunks still available? I see the Husky version is in stock at Home Depot, but the Stanley version states it is out of stock and cannot be ordered. I used to have the Stanley version and loved it. (Sold it when I downsized and moved.)

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  • AlexxSays
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    Originally posted by Jelleigh View Post
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-37-...9261/203668066

    we got one of these and it is awesome. Has a little tray that we put extras in too. It has a lock. When we were at the KY spring classic saw a ton of these. We just made a cover for it with our name/barn on it (used a heavy cotton fabric and got iron on letters)
    I have this same trunk- it's the best, the little tray makes an awesome grooming tote

    Our barn management actually prefers these to the fancy wooden ones because they are easier to move around for showing / if any work needs to be done at the facility and trunks need to be moved.

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  • Jo
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    This post is 5 years old and was bumped with what I believe is an advertisement...

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  • touchstone-
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    This is not what you asked about, but I got a Stanley trunk with wheels and a handle via advice on this board, and I have never looked back. It is cheap and light and easy to move, and you never have to worry about it getting dinged in transit. My beautiful wooden trunk now sits in my house. And, with a nice custom cover, it almost looks like the real thing.

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  • LetItBe
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    Hi my name is LetItBe and I like trunks The McGuinns mentioned above last forever and are wonderful but even the smaller show trunk vs the large trunk is heavy so unless you have help not manageable at a show alone. For a while I was using just their braiding bench at the shows, still heavy but manageable by one person.

    This one https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ho...-wheels--15069 is nice but rather long for most places. This one is a great size https://www.doversaddlery.com/burlin...nk/p/X1-27335/ but is almost as heavy as the small McGuinn. The old Rubbermaid one I have didn't come with any trays so only good for storing blankets and saddle pads but newer ones have trays and wheels.

    I now use this https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-T...8250/207204993 and keep it in my trailer for shows. It holds all I need for 1-2 ponies sharing brushes, braiding gear, shampoo, etc. And I can get it in and out of the trailer without killing my back which is why I stopped using the braiding bench.

    LetItBe

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  • papaofjordan
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    PatriotJumpsofGeorgia. Best built tack trunks at below retail prices.

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  • STA
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    Stronghold Equine Equipment has beautiful wooden trunks. There were several at their display at Old Salem Farm during the Spring Shows. Their web address is: http://strongholdequineequipment.com/contact/
    You can go on their site and see some photographs.
    I have nothing to do with their business.

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  • janedoe726
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    Ask around locally. I had mine custom built and shipped in, and that was a logistical nightmare! I'm sure there's a local handyman/carpenter who could do a great job for a very reasonable amount with the added bonus that you can get exactly what you want. I know there is a guy around here who makes all the tack boxes for all the farms. Beautiful work, great guy- plus I will always buy locally when given the chance.

    And yes, wheels are a must! Also, I have a bandage lid on mine and the original hinges are about to have to be replaced. That does make the lid quite heavy, so make sure to get heavy duty hinges to go with it!

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  • trubandloki
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    I have never had a problem with my bandage lid. Interesting that people think they are too heavy and cumbersome.


    OP, I think the best place to buy a tack trunk is locally. For example, the husband of one of my friends makes amazing track trunks. Beautiful piece of furniture type construction.
    Look around at the shows and notice which tack trunks you like and ask that barn where they got them.

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  • ElementFarm
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    Like Sugar Cubes, I found that having two trunks is the way to go.

    For one, I have the small/light Phoenix West one that Inca linked to. No bandage lid, but it's the perfect show trunk. It's light enough I can move it from trailer to show stalls with no/limited assistance. It's small enough that it doesn't turn into a bottomless (heavy) pit of misc tack items. It looks nice and with a brass 'stall plate' with my name on it, and custom cover, it looks like a million bucks for a fraction of the cost of many other show trunks.

    For home use I have a big, with bandage lid, wooden trunk. I've had it about 10 years, but it did get it completely refurbished in that time period. Because the lid is so heavy, it did break through at least one set of hinges. Also, it needed special heavy-duty handles to make it barable to handle. Having a home trunk with tons of stuff in it, separate from the show trunk, has made life SO much easier. And agreed with other posters that the bandage lid can be convenient, but also inconvenient, and it puts additional wear and tear on the trunk and hardware.

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  • lynne
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    I have this one - it's made by Horse Fare. Mine doesn't have the bandage holder in the lid, but the lid is deep enough that I could rig it up to hold wraps using small screw eyes and short bungee cords. The trunk is beautiful quality and has held up great.

    https://www.smartpakequine.com/smart...od-trunk-6297p

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