What do you all do with the plastic cases that your nailers, drills,
routers, and every thing else that comes in a carry case. I got a pile of
cases that is 4 feet high. I like to display my tools on a peg board or open
shelf. I was just wondering what you all do with them.
sell them. flea markets or internal company for-sale lists
all my tools stay in the shop in their own little shelves with all their
little wrenchs and attachments. I would not have space to store all the
fancy plastic cases and wish I could buy most things without them.
I toss them as soon as I get home. However, if the companies like
Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Ect, we would all pitch a fit!
Stick them under a workbench or bottoms shelf never to be used again.
sell them. flea markets or internal company for-sale lists
I would not have space to store all the fancy plastic cases and wish I could
buy most things without them.
I keep most of my tools IN the case it came in. I never know when I'm gonna
have to hit the road with router/circular saw/jigsaw/whatever in tow with
me. I also never really know just how long I'll go and NOT use something and
the case is the best way I can think of to protect my investment.
As a minor aside, my tools are not "on display". If they are out and
visible, it's because that's where I need it/used it/am using it...not for
someone to see.
Depends on what it is.
My router, sander, and drill cases are in deep storage. The tools
live in a drawers or cabinets around the shop. Tools that don't get
used that often, like my biscuit joiner, have lots of small parts,
like my Kreg Pro Pack, or are often carried elsewhere, like finish
nailers, sleep in the case.
Everything gets stored back in the case. I like to keep it that way, then
any wrenches or accesories are easily found. Tools I buy without a case I
often buy a small plastic tool box to store them in. If I need to drag my
tools to my mom's or to help out a neighbor, just grab the case, it is all
in there. I still need to buy a box for my PC 333VS sander. I will get one
big enough so I can store the packs of sand paper with it to.
I like setting things up in kits. tools with their own cases stay in
them. tools without get grouped by function and kept in something,
usually canvas tool bags. tooling goes in boxes (usually) by type. I
have a few boxes and bags of general purpose hand tools, but I try to
avoid that (I can justify for instance an "on site installing hand
tool " kit).
mud tools and painting tools go in 5gal. buckets.
Exactly here too. Portable tools are either in the case they came in or
put in a plastic tool box purchased to contain the tool and the
necessary usage items. Nailers are put in a box with a good collection
of respective nails, sanders have a full selection of papers, recip saws
with various types & sizes of blades, drills with common bits of various
types & sizes as well as screw & nut driver bits, and so on. The boxes
are stored on shelves in a cabinet and when I need a specific tool,
either in the shop or elsewhere in our home or at a family member, I can
just grab the box and know I will have at least the 90% need covered.
Things like electrical tools go into a heavily loaded pouch so that any
electrical or multimedia wiring can be done with the single kit. Then
even things like drywalling tools just go into a large plastic covered
tote bin with everything to do the job from start to finished.
I find it a significant convenience to know that, when I need a specific
portable tool for a job, everything needed to use the tool is already on
hand bundled up with it. Even in the workshop this is a big time saver
because everything is together. No picking the drill from one shelf and
getting drill bits from a kit near the DP and finding a screwdriver tip
from another drawer, and so on.
The thought process is simply, keep portable tools portable and ready to
go with anything that is commonly required with the tool. A portable
tool without it's accessories & other stuff is as good as not having the
tool to start.
Of course if you just want to show the stuff and never have a need to be
portable then the story is different.
Man, that would drive me nuts. Little used tools I can see putting in a
case, but not the few I use frequently. I have two ROS sanders. One has
120 grit, the other 400 grit. Both are just a reach under the bench. Paper
is in a drawer on top of the bench. Drill with bits sit in arm's reach
always. I have two old Tupperware containers on the bench also. One has1
assorted staples and nail strips that I put in there when I change sizes.
The other has drills for pilot holes and countersink as well as screw
driving tips and holders.
To the chagrin of a few here, they are also plugged in all the time too. No
little kids to go into the shop any more.
It's just as easy for someone to grab tools displayed on the wall. Personally,
I figure if someone gets inside my house when I'm not there, they've pretty much
got access to everything I own. If they come inside when I'm there, I'll just
introduce them to my other hobby: firearms.
I keep my portable power tools in the plastic storage cases they came in; mostly
for protection. I have a relatively narrow bookcase sitting between the two
bays of my garage right at the garage door opening... it only extends maybe 4
feet (though it's 7 feet tall). My tools are stored there. It makes them handy
because I tend to work out there with the garage doors open for ventilation and
the table saw is right there.
On Sun, 15 Feb 2004 05:40:30 GMT, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN"
mine are a bit more spread out. routers are in cases in the router
table, with the exception of the big freud, which stays mounted in the
table and has no case. drill motors are in 2 canvas tool bags in a
deep drawer in a roll away tool box. ROS sanders are in similar bags
in another drawer of the same cabinet. another rolling toolbox has
cased tools in it- some are factory cases, some are shop built. I have
about 30 feet of shelf with cased tools also, if you count some
when I think about it, it's a hell of a lot of power tools.
never enough though, it seems....
Just gave me an idea. Time to inventory tools and make an Excel
spreadsheet. Both for at home and at work. Sometimes, engraving your
initials on tools just isn't enough! It would be good to have a handy
source for part numbers and serial numbers. An easy way to identify if
I ever had to claim something at a pawn shop!
Display? Freudian slip? You don't put them out for show so you can look at them
and feel like your in a real shop? Or are they on display for other people?
Just think of the room you would save if you put them back in the cases.
If the tool came in a case I put them back in the case and the case goes on a
shelf. Like others I like the protection a case offers and I like having the
main components, if not the tooling, together and ready to be used.
Many times if a tool doesn't have a case or box I'll make one.
Some get left empty for the tools I use often. I actually store some
tools in these cases (Sazall, brad nailer, biscuit joiner). My
Milwaukee drill has a metal case, but I don't use that case to store
my drill as it gets used often.
I keep my tools in them locked in a metal storage cabinet (except for
those I use all the time - cordless drill, cordless screwdriver etc.)
I especially like the boxes for corded tools as cords tend to get in
the way and tangled when loose and it only takes a minute to take them
out and put them back . Wrenches, blades, parts etc. are always there
where you need them. I only wish some of the boxes had more storage
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