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01-04-2013 03:29 PM

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I’ve amassed an assortment of portable power tool cases. You know the hard plastic ones that routers, hand drills etc. are sent in. What do you folks do with them? They seem like a good idea but the reality is I don’t use them and prefer my own storage devices..drawers, shelves etc. But I’m reluctant to get rid of the cases (though I don’t know why..) for whatever reason. These things do take up a good bit of valuable shop space. Ideas?


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#1 posted 01-04-2013 03:38 PM

I keep mine, as I often bring my tools and play “handyman” at my friend’s houses. I also think that were I to sell an item on CL, it may help with the sale.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 03:41 PM

I agree with DIY Randy, but sometimes the case is such crud, parts break off , hinges fail etc that it just heads to the recycle bins

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 03:41 PM

I have a storage cabinet that has all the power tools (in thier cases) that don’t fit nicely on my peg board wall. I also keep the cases for the tools on the wall in case I need to take them out on a job site.

The cases stack nicely in the cabinet and the empty ones are kept on a different shelf than the full ones.
It takes some space, but, no one says you have to keep your empties in the shop. Perhaps in the attic, or a closet shelf?

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 03:44 PM

I have a number of portable tool cases as well, metal and plastic, they are taking up space in my shop storage area…

Have thought about pitching them out or recycling them a number of times, but just don’t seem to do it.

Also interested in seeing if anyone wants or needs them or has a better use for them – I have about 30 from nailers, routers, drills, etc.

I find the Festool systainers to be the same way, not practical if you have a shop and aren’t transporting them. At least they stack up better for storage.

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 04:01 PM

cases for my drills and routers I toss them to the curb,my nailers and sawzall I keep in the case.

-- Bill in Mich

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 04:10 PM

I set them out “on” the garbage dumpster behind my building, and the scrappers usually grab them within an hour. I used to save them until I ended up with a whole shelf full of empty cases. I sold a few on ebay but it wasn’t really worth the hassle. Mostly, I just don’t want to throw them in the garbage when I know somebody out there would want them. I used canvas tool bags for my portable power tools, and shop made wooden toolboxes for hand tools.

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 04:21 PM

Is there a way to gut them out, do a little wood working inside them, and have small tool/parts stowage places? Maybe make a set of dividers that fit down in the gutted out case? Doesn’t even have to keep the lid, use it for a second stowage unit. Can see it now, a whole rack of pull out shelves, made from case halves, and MAYBE a little skill at wood working….

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 04:27 PM

I keep mine solely because it’s a good way to keep the owners manuals and assorted tools/accessories where I can find them (I suffer from CRS syndrome).

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 05:38 PM

Mine have a little home lined up on the floor under the wall bench but I never use any of them, probably haven’t opened them twice since buying the tools.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 06:23 PM

I use mine as carry on luggage when I fly. Drill case for underwear, circular saw case for socks, etc. My biggest cases get shirts and pants. People look at me kind of strange but it’s better than spending money on trendy luggage. I save all my money for tools and repurpose the accessories in some pretty amazing ways..

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#11 posted 01-04-2013 06:42 PM

I’ve given them to Goodwill (apparently they are popular there) as well as set them out for the trash. Those are usually grabbed before the trash guy shows up. I’ve also read that they sell quite good at a garage sale.

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#12 posted 01-04-2013 07:54 PM

So far I’ve chucked them all, I don’t have the space.

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#13 posted 01-04-2013 07:58 PM

I use them to transport tools to the job. I usually modify them to hold more than just the tool they are designed to fit.

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#14 posted 01-04-2013 08:12 PM

Great answers so far, keep ‘em coming.

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#15 posted 01-04-2013 08:17 PM

Far too often, I find it hard to fit tools back into their cases.
I toss cases that come with commonly used tools, such as a hand drill or nailers. These types of commonly used tools are kept in a drawer or hung on a wall. I’m too impatient to keep stuffing a drill and its 8ft cord into a tiny box.
I keep cases that contain less-used tools (Biscuit Joiner) or tools with small parts/bits/accessories (Dremel). Tools like a biscuit joiner also stay in their case because I’d hate to see its fence get banged around or have the whole tool inadvertently fall (unprotected) off its shelf.

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