|Forum topic by ZiggyZ||posted 10-18-2012 01:59 AM||1011 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-18-2012 01:59 AM
I’m looking for some opinions on some options I am thinking about (or a totally different idea) for transporting tools to and from projects. Here is some background:
I work a different full-time job so woodworking/built-ins/finish carpentry is a weekend source of income for me.
I have a 6’ bed Toyota Tacoma 4×4 that is my daily driver and what I currently use.
Most of the work I do is done in my shop and then I take the boxes to the site for completion of the install. I also get quite a few jobs doing odds and ends like decks, doors, trimwork, etc. Since my tools cannot stay in the back of my truck overnight (no garage), I am looking for a solution that enables me to keep them in it or detach a trailer and leave them in it.
Some of the tools I use include a jobsite table saw, miter saw with stand, festool vac and track saw, routers, sanders, nail guns, compressor, drills, and various fasteners. These items all fit in the back so I have considered getting a cap or topper put on to be able to lock it and fab’ing up a rollout tool tray.
The other option I am considering is buying an enclosed 6’ x 12’ trailer and building it out and parking it at the house when I am not using it.
The downfall I see to the cap is limited space and inability to use my bed for mulch, etc. I may have to buy a utility trailer in this case as well. I’m not sure how much a topper would be so, any ideas on this would be helpful as well.
The trailer is fairly pricey ($3k) but would provide a longer term capability should my biz expand.
So, bottom line, does anybody use either of these options and if so, any ideas or input or lessons learned. Or is there something else I am not looking at that would be viable.
Thanks for any input!