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Forum topic by JWags posted 04-20-2011 04:54 PM 2540 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2011 04:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander router biscuit joiner drill-driver tool cases storage

I’ve been equiping a new shop. Got rid of all my 20+ year old broken down power tools, and bought new ones.

All the tools have drawer space for easy access and storage, and I don’t take tools away from home. So my question:

What do you guys do with all the empty tool cases? They’re everywhere taking up space, and I don’t have the mindset (yet) to just pitch them. The DeWalt router case is bigger than my carry on luggage, and looks very strong.

Any ideas?

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 04:59 PM

I’ve seen them in yard sales. Apparently people will buy them. I’ve reused some of mine for other purposes, like an emergency tool kit for the car.

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 05:27 PM

In the attic, rafters; out of the way.

I’d keep them…if you ever want to resell the tool, you’ll want to sell the case as well.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 04-20-2011 05:34 PM

Some rarely-used tools live in their case (framing nailer, etc). Most of my Festools do (Systainers are just too cool). Most cases stay on a high shelf for a while, in case of an early failure, then get tossed.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#4 posted 04-20-2011 05:36 PM

On the job the Mexicans would buy a new tool and immediately pitch the tool cases. ?? I would pick them up and reuse them to hold my tools. A skillsaw case became my router case. Another skillsaw case became my new skillsaw case because I bought a recon, A sawzall case became my router bit case, etc… I have enough cases now but I bet you could trade them to a fellow carpenter/woodworker close by.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 04-20-2011 05:41 PM

Since I have room in my basement shop … I stick them on a shelf … for … for …. for … I’m not entirely sure WHAT for, but …. that’s since I have room.

If space were at a premium, I’d likely put ‘em all on CraigsList or eBay, and see what happened.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 04-20-2011 05:43 PM

Those of you who toss the cases, how/where do you store the accessories?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 04-20-2011 05:47 PM

FWIW, I did the opposite. I got tool cases for those handheld power tools that didn’t come with them. Jig saw, circular saw etc… This helps me organize them and keep the accessories together with them. I have a large shelf that all of my handheld power tools are stored on, I simply grab a case, and everything I need is there…

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#8 posted 04-20-2011 05:52 PM

So there you go.

If you want to get rid of YOUR tool cases, you just sell them to dbhost ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 04-20-2011 05:53 PM

It looks like I’m to odd man out, but I actually use most of them to store the tools. The only ones that are not kept in the cases are the drills that I use frequently. Most of the tools I only use occassionally such as: circular saw, plunge router, sawzall, belt & orbital sanders, etc so I just have them in the cases lined up on an out of the way shelf. The shelf is labeled so I can find the tools easily.

-- Glen

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#10 posted 04-20-2011 06:01 PM

I have a good deal of Ridgid tools. I like the soft cases they use, canvas bags instead of the blow molded cases. They make good tool bags for jobs at remote locations and are easy to store.


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#11 posted 04-20-2011 06:04 PM

The problem with keeping the tools in their cases is that many tools (like all my DeWalts) are difficult to put back IN the case, especially my sanders. My Sawzall stays in it’s case…as does my DeWalt 7” angle grinder. My DeWalt biscuit jointer also stays in its case – none of these tools are all that frequently used – though I do say a quick curse-word just knowing that I’d have to contend with the biscuit-er case once I use it. But my pneumatic nailers and sanders stay loose and fancy-free.

LOL. As I’m typing this, I just remembered that my son snagged his bike on that very same bisquit-er and pulled it right off my table saw yesterday…crash, right on the floor. I had a hard time yelling at him since I should have put the tool back in its case.

-- jay,

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#12 posted 04-20-2011 06:22 PM

Thanks for the replies. I’m storing all the accessories right in the drawer that each tool lives in. Since I have no plans to either sell or return any tools, it looks like I’ll have to toss the cases. Both my shop and storage space are very small.

I guess I just have to live with the fact that these cases added to the cost of the tool, and I have no use for them.

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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#13 posted 04-20-2011 08:33 PM

I am storing a bunch of cases as well, don’t keep them in the plastic they came in.

Woodnerd, how do you use your systainers without damaging your fingers or breaking fingernails? Sounds like a sissy question, but I have split more fingers and broken nails opening those stupid latches than I would like.

I agree, the shape and ability to stack them is great, I just can’t get into them very easily… maybe I don’t use them enough and they are all just still stiff… do they loosen up?

All the best with your plastic cases, James!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 04-20-2011 11:06 PM

I’ve re-purposed a lot of my cases, by cutting out the inside liner and lining with foam. The flatter ones are great for vehicle tool kits, especially in my little truck. As stated by others, my lesser used tools, especially the ones with lots of accessories/attachments, remain in their cases.

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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