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Unless I have a kit of stuff (like a drill, three batteries, and a charger) to
carry around, not at all. Big waste of space.
Just got a Hilti angle grinder. It's a small, 5" grinder, maybe a foot long,
and its case is the size of a long-distance suitcase.
Nope - My shop got broken into and having things carefully stowed in their
"flight cases" lent a new definition to the phrase. Everyhing is under
lock, key and a pit bull on crack.
Tools that I use a lot (eg drills, router) are kept in a cabinet (or
atop the workbench). I have kept the cases for no good reason. Other
tools that I use less often or carry to a jobsite (eg air nailers,
sawzall) are kept in the case.
This comes close to my own answer. In my case I have those blow-molded
cases for my biscuit joiner, belt sander, brad nailer and roto-zip
(don't laugh, it was a present). Other more often used tools such as
drills, router, etc. were either purchased without a case or the case
was tossed. It amazes me how some of these cases are fairly compact
compared to the tool and supplies kept in them and some are WAAAAAY
outsized. Tool sets like socket sets and my tap & die set are usually
kept in their original plastic cases.
Nope! If I did that there would be no room for anything else. I've got
a ton of those cases sitting in the attic. That's why God created
cabinets with drawers.
Let's see how many I can remember without cheating by going into the shop.
Makita Cordless circ saw
Makita 18v drill
Makita 12 V impact driver
Makita 9.6 drill
Dewalt power hand planer
PC557 biscuit cutter
Rotozip (save your money)
PC finish nailer
PC framing nailer
Now I'll go peek:
Couldn't find anything I missed. So there you have it. A stack of
cases that would reach to the ceiling.
Mostly No. The cases are usually a big waste of space. My preference would
be to dispose of cases completely and reduce the cost of the tool that
amount. For the few that want cases for transportation purposes, let them
buy them as an option.
A sneeky glot sort of.
I just got the new PC router 890 and it has a fantastic case. A place to store
the wrench, a set of spaces to hold bushings, holes for bits,both 1/2 & 1/4, a
spot for the collet your not using and it can be a holder for the router when
it's being used, that is between cuts.
Only one problem I really don't have room for it.
Well up on the shelf with the other empties.
Bob making sawdust in Salem Or.
Blow molded cases cost almost nothing to make. That's why you get them with
your new shiny tool, so the manufacturer makes it look like you're getting
more for your money. I bought a cheapie hole saw set at HF, I think it was
$2.00 and it came with a fitted blow molded case. Probably cost all of 25
cents, once they made the die for it.
Are you sure you didn't exaggerate there? LOL
I keep my job tools in cases because they're in the back of my truck & I
can keep the appropriate items with them, i.e. 3/8" drill case (metal,
Milwaukee hammer) has a tray that's loaded with all the various bits,
sabre saw case (blow molded) has the saw blades, router case (metal, 690
fixed, also has enough room to hold my router bit case, you see where
I'm going here. In my shop I like to keep things the same way, if it is
dedicated to a particular tool. I also like knowing that the tools are
being given the protection & respect that I think they deserve.
You can abuse me, abuse my tools and you will meet death. :-)
An unkind remark is like a killing frost. No matter how much it warms
up later, the damage remains.
Yup, mainly to keep all the stuff that goes with them (blades,
batteries, wrenches, bits, etc.) all in one place so I don't have to
go hunting from them. Plus, it makes them easier to stack on shelves.
This also goes for the original (but now duct-taped) box my #45 came
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"Man is a tool-using animal. Weak in himself and of small stature,
he stands on a basis of some half-square foot, has to straddle out
his legs lest the very winds supplant him. Nevertheless, he can
use tools, can devise tools: with these the granite mountain melts
into light dust before him: seas are his smooth highway, winds and
fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without tools.
Without tools he is nothing: with tools he is all."
That's the reason to keep the case, all right. That, and there are certain
rarely-used tools that might as well stay in their cases as become a tangle
of cords and ziplock bags of parts labeled "biscuit joiner" or "Hitachi
If they made real hinges and latches on those cases, it would be a no
brainer to save 'em.
I had to think about this--always feel as if I'm throwing away something
valuable when I toss a case, even the blow molded literally dime-a-dozen so
prevalent now. Mine works out like this: I keep the circular saw in its case;
routers in cases if they have them; drill cases get tossed. Actually, the othe
circular saw is not in a case, but it almost never gets used--gear driven (Skil
77M) that is rough on my aging elbow. Basically, if a tool has a lot of
accessories, I keep it in a case. For the old P-C circular saw, I also want to
keep from banging up the base plate, as well as storing extra blades. For
drills, the drill bits already have their own storage, traveling and otherwise.
For routers, the bits have storage in the shop, in varous ways, but the collets
and template guides are often brand specific, so I like to keep them with the
Now, the dozen or so cases I have on hand...who wants 'em?
"Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages
of making a disagreeable person keep his distance." Ambrose Bierce
The ones that aren't in drawers or cabinets are. I usually try to
keep power tools that have many small parts and accessories in the
case, so the small bits don't run and hide.
Some tools, like my cordless drills, get used so often, they never
really get put away.
No. The tools are stored inside cabinets or on wall shelves. The cases are
stored in the basement. However, if I have occasion to take the particular
tools to another location, they ALWAYS travel in their cases.
| Do you guys keep you tool in the original cases...?
Let me add my voice to the many who have said, in substance, "It depends on
Most of those cheap, injection-molded carrying cases are a waste of space.
If the case simply holds the tool and maybe one or two accessories, I throw
it out. Or to be more precise, I send it off to the recycler.
My Sawzall case wouldn't fit in any of my cabinets or on any of my shelves.
The tool fits fine into a number of drawers, and in my large generic
portable toolchest, and so the case is long gone. The blades go into a
drawer in my tool cabinet (the big red thing with all the drawers) and the
instruction manual goes into a file cabinet.
Tools I rarely use, such as the Wagner PowerPainter, stay in the case
because the cases are more stackable in the attic than the tool itself.
The only case I keep around is the case for my DeWalt cordless drill, and I
use it only when I'm doing a simple "away" job like moving the privacy rails
at the church for a concert. It's a well-built case -- unlike the cheaply
molded cases -- and has spots for the charger, a spare battery, a case of
bits, and assorted fasteners.
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