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Old 11-11-2009, 04:55 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a new storage solution as I've outgrown my current hard-plastic toolbox. I've come across this Stanley Xtreme Open Tote Tool Bag (see attached image as I can't post direct links yet) which looks incredible. However I have never seen or used a Tote before and have no idea what it's like in the real world.

I've also never used a bag but do note its popularity. Any comments on the tote and what your preferred storage solution is?
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:00 AM   #2
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I have not bought a hard tool box in years with exception for my mechanical tools.
I find them to be more versitile and more easily fit in my truck but not nearly as neet as some of my old hard toolboxes.

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Small soft bags for the battery drill/bits/etc., and for my most common hand tools I use every day. Then hard boxes for the corded power tools&tools I don't want to always be lugging around with me. Then mud buckets or a pile in the corner of the truck for the rest.
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I rocked the open top bag for a while but it tends to encourage others to "borrow" tools and then not return them to their rightful place.

I got my first closed top bag a week after I was in a hurry and grabbed my open top by its strap, one of my dental picks (plaque scraper I think) was in an outside pouch and as I lifted it up it stuck in my thigh, I then had to pull it out with needle nose pliars.

I love the Veto closed top because it has very little "catch-all" space that one could throw tools hap-hazardly into. It almost forces you to put everything back in its proper pouch.
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By Kraft I of course mean the no-name kind, but you catch my drift.

I remember when I first met Kristi I made her Beans and Weiners and she said "what is this I've never had it before"....only thing I could think or say was "better get use to it!".

Craig does your trailer always look that good? Its rare to see a trailer that you can walk to the back of let alone access the side door!

Onece I get a little more "systainerized" I'd love to see the kits you have prepared, I've taken a page from your book of kitting. That is I've begun to put commonly used tools and accessories in my systainers so I'm never without them. IE: pencil/sharipes everywhere, small screwdrivers with alarm contacts, extra screws with decora plates.
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This CLC bag is great, only problem is the big open center lets me load it upwards of 80lbs. The sides zip up so your not going to loose anything loading or unloading.

http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Leather...7999818&sr=1-6
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This CLC bag is great, only problem is the big open center lets me load it upwards of 80lbs. The sides zip up so your not going to loose anything loading or unloading.

http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Leather...7999818&sr=1-6
I have one of them and the thing is very heavy
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I use 3 different things to carry my tools in.

Fatmax tool box
Craftsman 3-drawer toolbox
Craftsman tool bag

The Fatmax toolbox is great because you can easily dump tools in. It's even better because if you lock your keys in the toolbox, a flatbar will easily (without damaging) open the toolbox up.

The Craftsman 3-drawer toolbox is my favorite. 1 ok size area that opens up / unlocks the 3 other drawers. It appears tiny but i'll list all my tools in which are easily, neatly, and conveniently stored in this toolbox because i'm bored.

(Top Shelf)1 finish hammer, 1 framing hammer, 1 flatbar, 1 catspaw, 1 toolbelt, 1 pair of all purpose gloves
(1st Drawer) Tons of writing utensils, 2 safety glasses, 3 utility knifes, 1 sheet of paper
(2nd Drawer) 3 tape measures, 1 speed square, 1 folding ruler, 1 stud finder, 1 combination square, extra razor knifes
(3rd Drawer) 1 DeWalt case of sinks, bits etc. 2 chalklines with extra powder, 3 chisels, 3 nail sets

So yeah fits everything, plus I don't need a search and rescue crew to find 1 tool.

The toolbag I only use if I know for sure what tools i'll need, plus I won't be carrying weight I don't need to carry.
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Call me old fashioned but I still stick to the old tool box. It stacks in my truck, can be closed to keep the dust and crap out and I don't have to worry about things smacking my levels and squares while they are in the box. I also like the fact that when the lid is closed my no-name boxes don't imply I have expensive gear in them. Once opened people can tell I like organisation but from the outside they look scratched and old and would not let on how much the tools are worth in the box. For my general tight space stuff i still like a bag though. Less damage to walls and floors with a bag.

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Call me old fashioned but I still stick to the old tool box. It stacks in my truck, can be closed to keep the dust and crap out and I don't have to worry about things smacking my levels and squares while they are in the box. I also like the fact that when the lid is closed my no-name boxes don't imply I have expensive gear in them. Once opened people can tell I like organisation but from the outside they look scratched and old and would not let on how much the tools are worth in the box. For my general tight space stuff i still like a bag though. Less damage to walls and floors with a bag.

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I agree. I like to keep my tools updated, but my box has sentimental value beyond words. It has been with me for many years, and the dings and scratches are badges of honor.
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I use this bag for rough in tools



and this one for trim tools



metal toolboxes get dented up to bad when they are in the truck with CI fittings bouncing around, and plastic toolboxes just don't last.
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I got a plastic snap-on step-stool toolbox and it was identical to my free POS no-name one that was given to me at a trade show.

The MAC toolbag/box looks identical to the Husky one I picked up for 25 bucks at The Depot.

Snap-on souldering iron was just a Wellar rebadged, knives are just kershaw rebadged, etc etc.

Lots of Snap-on, MAC, Matco tools are good but anything they have the strays from socket-sets or wrenches is just rebadged rubbish...Don't get me started about the $60 Dykes that won't cut a wet noodle.
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Got me one of these Fat Max 4 in 1 tool boxes. So far I really love it. Great for cabinet installation, carries just about all the tools I need for a standard install. Fewer trips to the truck equals more time to work and less foot steps.








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This is the absolute best storage box Stanley makes in my opinion:



Makes break down a snap.

Just place everything in it and wheel it away.

Easy in the truck.
Easy out of the truck.

Plus, it's a great lunch bench!

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