You’ve made it! This is the fourth and final installment in my “Is this accessory compatible series.” Today we’re looking at the Craftsman VersaTrack system.
Craftsman was a staple at Sears stores for decades until 2017 when it was sold to Stanley Black & Decker Corporation. In October of the same year, Lowe’s won the rights to sell Craftsman in all two thousand locations.
You can check out the other installments in my “Will this accessory work” series here:
- Will this accessory work with Gladiator GearTrack?
- Will this accessory work with Kobalt K-Rail?
- Will this accessory work with Rubbermaid FastTrack?
Now, let’s take a look at the Craftsman VersaTrack wall storage system.
How the experiment works
Here’s how it works:
- I bought a hook and track piece from Rubbermaid FastTrack, Gladiator GearTrack, Craftsman VersaTrack and the Kobalt storage rail system found at Lowe’s.
- I mounted each on my wall and tested each brand’s hook to see if it fit and if it could actually hang anything reliably.
No one company has everything. Sometimes, you just want to know if an accessory from one brand will work with another. So that’s why I ran this little experiment. For a total cost of around $100 in total, I figured out what the best track storage system was for my garage.
I hope you like what I found out.
The Craftsman VersaTrack Design
The unique design of the Craftsman VersaTrack allows it to be both a slatwall and a track storage system at the same time. While Gladiator uses both the GearTrack and GearWall product lines for this, Craftsman integrates them both into one fairly well.
The top and bottom of the VersaTrack rail is a tongue-groove system so the rails to interlock with each other for a seamless fit.
Individual rails are around the $10 price point. That means that creating a slatwall storage area with Craftsman VersaTrack is a pretty economical option compared to other brands.
How the Craftsman VersaTrack Accessories Are Supposed To Fit
The hooks themselves fit in the raised center channel of each track. The bottom part of the hook then rests on the lower part of the track, so you’re not only getting support from the hook itself, but from the track in two places.
Pound for pound, the weight limits for the Craftsman hooks are higher than a Gladiator or Rubbermaid hook of the same type.
Finally, there’s a grey locking knob on the front of each hook that will secure it in place.
You don’t need to lock a hook in place but I do recommend it to keep the hook from sliding around.
Test 1: Gladiator GearTrack
At first glance the Gladiator hook seems to do just fine. The top of the Gladiator’s C-channel design fits neatly over the top of the Craftsman rail. The lower part slides in giving it the illusion that the hook is nice and secure.
The operative word there is “illusion.”
The lower VersaTrack channel doesn’t have enough depth for the bottom tab of the Gladiator hook. That means the hook actually site higher on the track than it should and wobbles from side to side.
All of the weight is resting on two small areas: the very bottom of the thin lower tab and a razor-thin sliver of the top C-channel.
To really make a Gladiator hook compatible with the Craftsman VersaTrack you would need to file off about two millimeters of the lower tab – essentially making it a flat piece of metal.
At that point, I’d be worried about the weight capacity of the hooks, so I don’t recommend it.
Compatible with Craftsman VersaTrack? Not without modifications
Test 2: Rubbermaid FastTrack
This is going to sound familiar if you’ve read any of my other “Is this compatible” series.
Rubbermaid hooks and accessories don’t work on anything except Rubbermaid FastTrack rails.
The C-channel is simply too narrow to fit over the Craftsman’s raised center portion.
If you REALLY wanted to make it work, you would need to file off about two millimeters from the bottom of the channel itself. Either that or grind down the lower section of the hook by the same amount.
Grinding down the hook is going to be a lot of work and grinding the track itself would be ugly if you ever decided to move the hook even a little bit.
Skip the Rubbermaid hooks if you’ve got a Craftsman VersaTrack system at home. It’s just not worth the effort to make it work.
Compatible with Craftsman VersaTrack? No
Test 3: Kobalt K-Rail
This test was another instant failure, which is common with the Kobalt K-Rail.
The top of the Kobalt’s C-channel hook is far too narrow to grab on to the Craftsman VersaTrack. The Kobalt system relies on the grippy rubberized plastic channel to provide the friction to hold their hooks in place.
Without that friction, the hook just falls off which is what happens here.
Compatible with Craftsman VersaTrack? No! It can’t even hang on the track by itself.