How To Choose An Appropriate Toolbox Nov. 17, 2017

All contractors and craftsmen have at least once faced a problem of proper tool management, namely convenient and efficient storing & carrying of their whole paraphernalia job-to-job or job-to-home and back. As a consequence, each of them has his or her own tool storage ideas and tips on this issue. People who work in certain workshops or service centers, in their turn, also use different utilities suitable for their places and demands. All their hand tools are usually neatly placed in drawers or boxes that keep them protected from dust, mess and impacts. This is how things are in a perfect world, but unfortunately, the reality mostly shows another scenario – messy workplaces with tools scattered about, or drawers with a bunch of staff scratching one another… and the worst – a flummoxed serviceman, who’s trying to fix a problem in your house, suddenly starts ransacking his toolbox in idle attempts to find THAT wrench/screwdriver/bit/fill-in-the-blank, which he definitely saw in this very pocket yesterday, and then diffidently asks whether you have any of that kind at home to lend him for a couple of moments. Sounds not very professional, does it?

Do I need a storing utility?

You do. And here is why: a neat workplace/toolbox with all the necessary instruments and accessories close at hand and ready for use is essential both for users and tools! The benefits are quite obvious:

Anyway, there is one more important benefit of using storing means for your tools – it removes any hassle from your performance! You just open a case or a box, take what you need, do your job and put it back, that’s it!

At this very moment, some of you may say "Wait a minute! I can just buy a toolkit with all the necessary devices that are already placed in a box/case/whatever and kill two birds with one stone!". Yes, it’s quite a decent way out but let the birds live. What if a serviceman has been selecting the tools necessary for his job and personal demands bit by bit over the years? What if you want to make up your own unique kit of tools or already have it? If that"s your case, you badly need some kind of box or a carrier!

There exist three main types of tool storage means:

  • fixed/stationary equipment – best used in workshops, sometimes this type is supplied with rollers for easy transporting around a room;
  • cases or boxes for hand carrying – perfect for contractors who provide on-call service;
  • belt carriers or pouches – usually compact utilities for working in a wide variety of areas & situations.

OK, that is clear, the only thing left is to choose a decent utility that fits your personal demands and needs or that of your workplace the best way. Let’s look through the TOP 3 of the best utilities for your tools & accessories.

This kind of tool storing items is one of the most popular. An average tool bag is capacious and has several compartments intended for devices and instruments of various shapes and sizes. One of our top-sellers – Greenlee 0158-19 – possesses fifteen different pockets and an additional tray for small items/parts storage. It is made of a heavy-duty material which makes this product your reliable job-companion even over the years of use. Additionally, it ensures a high level of comfort by virtue of a shoulder strap and a padded handle for carrying.

Other representatives of this type of tool carriers feature a high level of convenience due to the presence of wheels. Such bags are widely popular with servicemen all over the world for they allow them to carry all the needed components without any effort and eliminate fatigue after long-distance carrying. The one that is most liked by our customers is Bahco 4750FB2W-24A. It properly accommodates a number of tools and protects them from dust & moisture. Moreover, it is really easy-to-clean.

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These cases feature a qualitative combination of high impact-resistance and capacity. A variety of materials and shapes allow every technician/serviceman to choose the one that meets his personal needs. Most often, the manufacturers use plastic or metal due to their durability and resistance. But this is not a "must", you can often see hard cases made of sturdy fabric which shelters instruments with equal reliability. In this category, one of the bestsellers is the ruggedized padlock-compliant Bahco 4750PTBW47 – a tool tote which is suitable for use in harsh conditions. Possessing a really convenient handle and polypropylene wheels, it allows users to carry (namely, to roll) it easily to any distances without getting tired. It also provides proper security to the components inside for it can be padlocked.

There is one more type of hardened cases that is worth your attention. They are referred to as cantilever boxes and are extremely convenient for use by plumbers, HVAC/R techs, and servicemen. Their specificity is manifested in the cantilever opening/closing action, which allows for really efficient tool managing.

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Our Top 3 is wound up by the most original types of tool storage organizers intended for tackling challenging tasks. That is if you’re up to repairing a roof or any other object situated at a height you’ll definitely take interest in a tool belt – a simplistic accessory which is always at hand (while your hands remain free)! If you take a closer look at the Beta Tools 020050000 – a tool pouch with belt – you will see a variety of pockets, compartments, and loops for miscellaneous instruments. This nylon pouch gets easily adjusted on your waist/hips and ensures easy access and selection of a tool you need during maintenance or repair. Many servicemen say that tool belts with pouches make the process of tool selection intuitive after some weeks of use, i.e. not only hands are free, but eyes too. So, having your tools organized in such an asset allows you to operate faster even if you happen to do it on a ladder!

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How to choose a toolbox?

Sure, it’s not so easy for the choice is really wide. We are sure, the following steps will definitely help you narrow down the choice and get a superior utility that fits your needs to a full extent.

STEP 1. Have a look at your tooling, namely its dimensions and quantity. This is quite essential for the right choice. This helps to decide on the size of your future organizer.

STEP 2. Estimate the weight of your tools, at least approximately. The heavier your tools are the more durable should the chosen carrier be. Tool carriers with wheels will also do good in this case.

STEP 3. Are there any fragile tools in your set? If yes, pay attention to the compartments & pockets while choosing – there should be special "private" ones for such tools.

STEP 4. Determine your working environment. For harsh ones – choose rugged boxes/totes with proper resistance qualities, for mild ones – take a fabric carrier, but resistance to moisture wouldn’t hurt anyway. If your environment is a workshop or any other service studio – you’d better choose a roller cab or a mobile workstation. That will accommodate all the necessary instruments and sometimes even serve as a worktop.

All toolboxes, carriers, and organizers make your job faster and much easier, despite their shape, color or type. A famous Spanish proverb says "A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools". Indeed, taking good care of the tools and instruments you work with means taking care of your job "health" – reduce the expenses, increase your profit and professionalism!

So, lose no more time – choose a toolbox and let your profit climb!

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