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Title: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: AJ on March 05, 2013, 11:55:39 AM
Over the years I have used both. For the last few years I have been using a medium size plastic toolbox.

One thing I like about a toolbox over a toolbag is you can close it up to keep little helpers out of it.

Back when I worked for the man it was also nice that I could lock up my toolbox at the end of the day instead of leaving my tools out in the open in a toolbag. I could almost count on tools missing out of my bag if the boss or another tech got to work 5 minutes before me and then I would not notice the missing tool unit I was out on the road doing calls.

I also find it easier to sit on a toolbox then a bag full of tools.  :P

So are you a toolbox or toolbag kind of guy?


Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 05, 2013, 12:23:32 PM
A while back I got one of them bags that fit in a five gallon bucket. Trouble is it is so dang heavy you cannot carry it.
Title: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: AJ on March 05, 2013, 12:41:42 PM
I tried the tool bucket thing also. To bulky and like you say it can get heavy. The older I get the less crap I like to carry around.


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Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 05, 2013, 02:38:09 PM
Platt tool case, 3 in 34 years. http://www.alltimetools.com/p-770-platt-cases-deluxe-polyethylene-tool-case-with-chrome-hardware.aspx
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: andersenappliance on March 05, 2013, 02:46:51 PM
Mine is a cross.  It is open like a bag, but it has stiff sides like the box.  I trimmed one of those bucket pocket thingys and sewed it into the inside edge.  Everything stands up in little pockets, there is a bit of center room for stuff, and there are pockets outside that house my cordless, lubes, glues and most common tools.

I cost me about $20 all together, and works great.

It does get a bit heavy though.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: ramwash on March 05, 2013, 03:32:39 PM
I have used a tool trolley but I found in wet weather the wheels would leave a wet mark on the customers floor so now I use a veto pro pack xlt, and I think its one of the best tool bags that I have ever seen and you can just zip it closed so young kids wont touch your tools while you work. http://www.vetopropac.com/products/model-xlt , I will never be going back to a toolbox, this tool bag has a center compatrment for a laptop or tablet, but i have a small plastic multi compartment box to hold all my electrical crimp connectors in it, on one end I have the veto pro pac Mb to hold my fluke 179 and Insulation tester. http://www.vetopropac.com/products/model-mb
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: haroldsappliance on March 05, 2013, 04:01:16 PM
I  O0prefer the tool box as it can be closed to keep out dogs, cats and cock roaches. you can sit on it and stand on it when necessary. works for me.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: AJ on March 05, 2013, 04:16:42 PM
Harold, great minds think alike.  O0
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: AJ on March 05, 2013, 04:19:51 PM
Mine is a cross.  It is open like a bag, but it has stiff sides like the box.  I trimmed one of those bucket pocket thingys and sewed it into the inside edge.  Everything stands up in little pockets, there is a bit of center room for stuff, and there are pockets outside that house my cordless, lubes, glues and most common tools.

I cost me about $20 all together, and works great.

It does get a bit heavy though.

Sounds interesting, the bucket thing I tried had the pockets on the outside and thought to myself that's dumb.
Why don't they make it fit on the inside and make a nice seat/cover for the bucket.

Would be great if you could post a photo of yours.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: AJ on March 05, 2013, 04:24:52 PM
Platt tool case, 3 in 34 years. http://www.alltimetools.com/p-770-platt-cases-deluxe-polyethylene-tool-case-with-chrome-hardware.aspx

Cool, never tried one.

It's interesting to see all the different option out there.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: domain on March 05, 2013, 05:29:05 PM
Open BAG. :D
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 05, 2013, 10:02:19 PM
The one I have has pockets inside and out.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: lesguns on March 05, 2013, 11:24:38 PM
I used a platt tool box for many years-currently have a Harbor Freight tool box.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: RAH52 on March 06, 2013, 03:39:36 AM
Open bag with an xcelite roll up tool kit .That way I can do a quick inventory of my tools before I leave the home because most people won't call and say you left a tool behind .In general you leave it you lose it .
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 06, 2013, 05:05:03 AM
Been using a case like the Platt for about 20 years, but now i'm getting older i'm leaning more towards using a toolbag to save weight & cutting down on tools I carry in to every call.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Bailey on March 06, 2013, 09:10:32 AM
I have used The Big House tool bag from Duluth Trading for years. I love this thing. All the tools are in individual pockets so they are easy to find and I can tell right away if something is missing. I've carried all kinds of cases and bags and boxes through the years until I developed some kind of elbow problem. This bag has a shoulder strap so it frees up your hands to carry things and open doors.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: bigbuck on March 06, 2013, 09:57:32 AM
Same here vetto pro, a little expensive, but well worth it!!!

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Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: ohmslaw on March 09, 2013, 01:21:21 PM
Love my Veto Pro Pac Tech-LC

(http://r3.cygnuspub.com/files/cygnus/image/COND/2012/AUG/600x400/veto-pro-pac-tech-lc_10762844.jpg)
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: AJ on March 09, 2013, 01:33:30 PM

It's interesting how toolboxes have changed over the years. When I started doing this in 1988 I had a metal toolbox that I glued rubber pads to on the bottom to help keep from scratching up customers floors.


A few years later I was the first tech in the company I worked for to start using a plastic toolbox. The other techs gave me crap about it being my "lunchbox", lol...


The first toolbag I started using got called a "man purse" by a few people.  :2funny:


Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Bailey on March 09, 2013, 01:43:33 PM
I also started out with a metal tool box. A genuine Maytag Red Carpet Service one, white with the red logo. Trouble was that I had to dig to find anything. The tool I wanted was always in the bottom of the pile. Then I had an aluminum briefcase type. Loved that one. It had slots for all the tools to fit into. I thought it looked professional. But the bags have been the best.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: tgoods on March 10, 2013, 04:11:35 PM
I prefer an open tool bag, it's too inconvenient to open and close a bag or toolbox every time I have to move it. The problem I have with soft-sided bags is the side with the bigger pockets and heavier tools tends to sag.  I have a CLC bag that two of the big pockets are unusable because of the sagging.  I got a $50 Home Depot gift card for Christmas so I stopped in yesterday. This (http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203222985?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=tool+bag&storeId=10051&N=5yc1v&R=203222985#.UTz0JErAF8E) is what I picked up.  It has rigid vertical sides, a small footprint, lots of pockets and a five year warranty. I haven't swapped my tools over yet, but I think this will be a good bag.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: domain on March 10, 2013, 08:45:17 PM
I am about to purchase a CLC tool backpack(75 pocket) Cant wait...
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 14, 2013, 11:45:31 AM
Just replaced my toolbox with an Eclipse tools Tech bag, brought the weight down to 18.4lb with everything in it. That's 10lb lighter than my tool box :)
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Bailey on March 14, 2013, 04:02:58 PM
I think mine has to be at least 50 lbs. I hate to make trips to the truck so my bag is just the right mix of tools [for me] to complete 98 percent of my calls.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 15, 2013, 12:16:03 AM
Maybe we oughta design our own preliminary diagnosis bag. If I has a wish I would want a lightweight circular bag with a ohms meter in the center. Surrounded by essential nut-drivers, Phillips, and flathead's, wire Skinner, and crimper tool.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 15, 2013, 08:43:33 AM
I think mine has to be at least 50 lbs. I hate to make trips to the truck so my bag is just the right mix of tools [for me] to complete 98 percent of my calls.

Hi Bailey: The Test Equipment / Tools in the bag cover about 90 - 95 % of all calls, both Domestic / Commercial. The only time I go back to the truck is when I need larger tools or something like a Hammer / Chisel, keeping the weight down is certainly easier on the body.
If I know from the outset that i'm going to need say a bigger spanner then I can drop that in the bag & take it out when I've finished.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 16, 2013, 06:58:15 AM
Maybe we oughta design our own preliminary diagnosis bag. If I has a wish I would want a lightweight circular bag with a ohms meter in the center. Surrounded by essential nut-drivers, Phillips, and flathead's, wire Skinner, and crimper tool.

Hey JW: You volunteering to design a bag for us ? needs room for a decent small torch too.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 16, 2013, 07:18:06 AM
Hay that is an idea!
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 16, 2013, 07:52:49 AM
Hey JW: I think we both forgot something ::) what about a set of Linemans pliers ? you can leave those out. With the things you suggested & the Torch / Linemans, I think that would make a good basic carry in kit.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 16, 2013, 11:27:00 AM
I am workin on it now
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 16, 2013, 01:14:38 PM
Cool Dude, look forward to seeing how you get on.



Andy
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 17, 2013, 02:24:19 PM
Hey JW: How are you getting on with your design ?
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 18, 2013, 02:05:34 PM
Here is what I have so far:  O0 :rofl: :cheers: Click pix to enlarge:
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Specialist on March 18, 2013, 03:54:39 PM
Hey JW: Isn't that a standard 5 Gallon bucket tote ? I thought you were talking about something a lot smaller, just for diagnostic essentials.




Andy
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: JWWebster on March 18, 2013, 04:46:33 PM
Yep I def need to do coffee can mini bucket version
I can insulate it with a hugger & use the center to hold my beer.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: appltech on April 16, 2013, 10:06:56 PM
I am considering the Veto Pro Pac XLT so I can carry my laptop with my me. My concern is whether the neoprene pockets will hold up without getting stretched out. Does anyone have one with the neoprene? Any input?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Wigwag on April 21, 2013, 07:10:24 AM
Veto Pro Pac, Tech LC, quite simply the best.  www.vetopropac.com
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Wigwag on April 21, 2013, 07:12:15 AM
No Problem with the streching, plus they come with a 5 year warrenty.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: jason1979g on July 27, 2013, 01:53:59 PM
im just starting out, so i went with this one for now. holds what i need for the everyday repair job.

http://www.harborfreight.com/18-x-13-x-6-aluminum-case-69315.html
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: Bailey on July 27, 2013, 02:23:56 PM
I used an aluminum case for years and really liked it. As you get a feel for what tools you want to carry, there are some cases with more pallets and pockets. I seemed to wear out the handles. That shoulder strap will be nice.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: InfinitePulse on January 29, 2014, 07:32:23 PM
There's a few guys I work with that use this bag:

http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/tradesman-pro-organizers/tradesman-pro-organizer-backpack

I've seen people have issues with the CLC and Craftsman backpacks, but I'm inclined to buy this guy unless I find a good recommendation for another bag. I know about the Pro Pac but it's way expensive. I'm looking particularly for a backpack because we typically carry parts to install and go to high rises and the such.

Any other suggestions of should I just go with the Klein bag?
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: niobrara on January 30, 2014, 10:47:45 PM
Ive had the  klientool backpac for about 6 months now. I like it.
Title: Re: Toolbag or toolbox?
Post by: DaleCaskanette on February 02, 2014, 04:23:03 PM
I use a back pack style tool bag both hands free to carry parts and 1 arm isn't an inch longer at the end of the day