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Ode to the Roughneck Tote

I'd like to raise a toast to the good old 68L (18 Gallon) Roughneck Storage Tote. This little tank is the strongest storage box on the market and has served me well in the many posts I deploy it.

Yes I work for the company but before you write me off as a shameless self-promoter….let me remind you that I'm also a consumer. A consumer who's used this tote in -30 degree Celcius (-22 Fahrenheit) weather as a staging post for my recycling.

Let me explain.

My downtown Toronto home does not have the luxury of an attached garage that most of you probably enjoy. As a result I don't have a quick dumping ground for my recyclables. Instead I have a detached garage that I have to go outside to get to.

I'm not going to venture out every time I have an empty milk carton or a drained can of tomatoes. However, I also don't want to drown my cozy living space with piles of "to-be recycled" stuff. The answer is the 68L or 18G Roughneck storage box. I have it positioned on a small landing just outside the door that leads down my back outside stairs. Now I simply open the door (that's conveniently close to my kitchen) and chuck all my recyclables as I go. Then, every few days, I take the tote down to the city-provided recycling receptacle in my garage.

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Clever system but what's amazing is that the tote has survived three years out there! Through 33 C / 100 F degree summer days (yes we have a handful if you count the humidity) and -30 C / -22 F winter days. Through it all my Roughneck never shrinks from the challenge.

If your storage job is light duty you know you have plenty of options. But if your storage need involves, a lot of weight, impact, moisture and/or temperature swings…..get the Roughneck.


And if you don't believe me….check out the consumer reviews….they have no conflict of interest.

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5 Responses to Ode to the Roughneck Tote

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  3. Melissa McBride December 1, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I love them. It’s sort of a family tradition for us. When I moved to my first house, my parents arrived with two SUV’s and more 18g Roughneck’s than I could count. Over the years, I buy them when on sale & believe that I have the most organized moves and storage space. I love them. I’m a Realtor and often give a stack of Roughnecks, masking tape & Sharpies as my client gifts. I’m not an employee of Rubbermaid, just a true long time fan.

  4. Brian Miller February 23, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Hello Maureen.
    You’re probably right…garbage men are a lot more rough with the tote then I am. That said, my guy’s survived three years peppered with more then a few frigid Canadian days and nights. Does anybody else have any experiences with these?

  5. Maureen February 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Roughnecks, however, do not hold up in the cold if you use them for recycleables and the pickup company drops the cold tote to the ground after emptying it. They don’t even survive one trip to the curb in cold weather.

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