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Old 12-04-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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Working From A Tool Cart


I wear some of my tools in my Oxy Tool Chest (a tool vest), but I often need more tools than I can wear within arms reach. My solution is to use a tool cart (based on a mini scaffold).

The cart also helps with hauling tools in to the job and back out. If I leave tools on a secure job, it gives me a compact place as a tool crib. It also serves as a small work bench for assembly of small trim runs, and is great for cruising around with 30 knobsets, for putting hardware on doors, etc.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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I wear a Blakladder vest with all the essentials. I also have a small rubbermaid cart that holds all the other misc. stuff I need.

Here is the vest.....

http://www.thenewworker.com/index.as...=45&prodID=178

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jeffaah: LOL mine is blue
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I use a similar system I guess, I use a rubbermaid utility cart for working on commercial jobs so I dont have to walk half a mile back to my tools to get something.
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jeffaah: LOL mine is blue

I love mine. One of the best things I've bought in a long time. I actually would have never bought it, but Greg Di had to go back to the Blakladder booth at the JLC in RI. I saw them and bought the vest and pants.
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hmm, this is a good idea, i just switched from houses to apartments. i keep leaving hand tools laying around which i gotta go find, luckily im one of 2 carpenters in the building + a few subtrades as its a small building


i had a plywood tool tote which i buildt but i found it too heavy to carry around once loaded. although today i was at the HD and they had small toolbags for $10 which will prob suffice for a cordless drill, some bits and the hand tools im regularly grabbing for. cant really wear my nail bag because the stairwells are tight and so are the corridors, too much chance of dinging the walls and the painters are already screaming at everyone
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I love mine. One of the best things I've bought in a long time. I actually would have never bought it, but Greg Di had to go back to the Blakladder booth at the JLC in RI. I saw them and bought the vest and pants.
Do those things have a hammer loop?
I like my Skillers vest, but always looking
for improvements.
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Check out Festool's Systainer that has an insert for all common hand tools to fit in Part #491 301. You can pack a lot of stuff in it. I've looked at it numerous times, yet to buy it though, I keep getting thier Sortainers instead.

Kirby- I am in and out of rental units all the time repairing, replacing, re-doing stuff ALL the time. I can grab my drill and lock it to the top of the Sortainer I need and away I got, all in one hand. Trust me some of these houses and buildings have a ton of stairs, my knees like stairs less and less each day.
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Love that finish work you are doing there.
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I wear a Blakladder vest with all the essentials. I also have a small rubbermaid cart that holds all the other misc. stuff I need.

Here is the vest.....

http://www.thenewworker.com/index.as...=45&prodID=178
Here is the Oxy (Occidental Leather) Vest and a pics of the cart loaded to move into a job.:
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Do those things have a hammer loop?
I like my Skillers vest, but always looking
for improvements.
Yes. On the right hand side, just above the waist. It is a little higher then a traditional apron loop.....but i did get used to it.
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Here is the Oxy (Occidental Leather) Vest and a pics of the cart loaded to move into a job.:
Just gotta say thanks again, Bass.

A new Lowe's opened up and they had a promotional on Werner mini baker staging for $80.00. I bought one to keep my tools on and it's pictured in one of my posts. I liked it so much, I bought another one and use it for my materials.

I'm working on a project where the drywallers are coming in while I'm still finishing up on some framing details. They needed me to move " my stuff " while they hung a couple of walls & a section of ceiling.

No Problem!!!!

I just wheeled my (2) roll carts & my chopbox out of their way and kept right on working. I can't tell you what an inspiration that has been. it's the simple stuff that's so good..........
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Nice to hear that you like the mini scaffolds as tool and material carts. You are right about how nice it is to be able to quickly move out of the way of another trade.

Most of my ideas aren't "Rocket Surgery"--it is good to keep things simple--cheap is nice too.

I think I'll do a thread on stuff that gives a big bang for the buck. Inexpensive tools that are really helpful.

All the best,

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Nice to hear that you like the mini scaffolds as tool and material carts. You are right about how nice it is to be able to quickly move out of the way of another trade.

Most of my ideas aren't "Rocket Surgery"--it is good to keep things simple--cheap is nice too.

I think I'll do a thread on stuff that gives a big bang for the buck. Inexpensive tools that are really helpful.

All the best,

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Good idea...You've already got a good start. Don't be afraid to repost some of your older ideas. Some may not have seen them yet. I'd post on that one fer sure
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Very nice idea, I might have to copy it someday.
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Here are some pics of assembly work being done on the cart (handy for this kind of stuff):
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I love mine. One of the best things I've bought in a long time. I actually would have never bought it, but Greg Di had to go back to the Blakladder booth at the JLC in RI. I saw them and bought the vest and pants.
well i can't wait to go to the blaklader booth this year ;-)

jeff how hot is the vest in the summer? i was debating one for a while for interior work.
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Basswood,
Where do I find those nifty little clamps at? And what exactly are the called?
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Hey bass,
where do you find that bevel protractor square thingy in your vest?

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