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Anyone here as annoyed as I am with the plastic tool cases that come with the larger powered hand tools? After you take the tool out of the case and stow them in your shop the cases themselves take up huge amounts of space…I never want to throw them out for fear I may have to pack up a tool to use it in the field or I may upgrade and sell the tool as it has been replaced with something better and wood prefer to sell it with its case..seems to never happen anyway.

The molded fittings on the inside of the case clearly only receive the tool meant for it in specific…
and that makes things a little difficult.

Is there anyone in tool land that has a clever idea for these buggers? Something useful or ingenious…can they be cut or reshaped to suit some purpose? Dewalt seems to be the worst offender of these wretched plastic thingys and I am two shakes away from tossing the lot into a dumpster…although the minute I do it there will be some discovery or need…

Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 273 days ago

I’ve always wondered the same thing, but in the end I tossed mine after getting frustrated w/ the amount of space they occupy.

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#2 posted 273 days ago

I’ve done a few different things with mine. They area apparently popular at garage sales, something I don’t do, so I gave some to Goodwill. I sat a couple out for the trash, always the night before, and they often get picked up by somebody besides the sanitation guys. I only have (and will forever only have) one Festool, and I sold that one at about 1/2 the price Fessie charges for new ones. I did see one marked with a recycle symbol, and it went to the recycle center. I have 2 small ones from Bosch that actually may be useful for other things, so I’ve kept them. I’m trying to figure out how to bolt one to my small tractor to keep a few tools in. Lastly, the last 2 Milwaukee cordless tools I bought (and my Bosch recip) came in a fabric tote, they actually have uses beyond the tool. That said, every time I see a thread like this, I’m surprised by how many folks actually keep their tools in them…so we are in the minority. I can see using them f you truck them around from job to job, but that’s not me.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 273 days ago

It would take a lot more than a plastic tool case to get me annoyed…but I always throw most of them out right after I buy my tool since all my work is done in my shop and not in the field. I do store some infrequently used tools in some just to keep them dust free. Never found any other use for them.

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#4 posted 273 days ago

All my tools are in drawers or on shelves. I keep the plastic cases for a while but then they get tossed. There’s only a limited amount of room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 273 days ago

I keep a few for tools I don’t use too often but most get tossed.

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#6 posted 273 days ago

I usually keep the boxes till just past the return period in case they stop working…

I only kept one box from my circular saw and modded it to fit my black and decker valve grinding stuff…

I got rid of it last year, it was easy sale because he liked how neat and orderly it was…

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#7 posted 273 days ago

I’ve heard of people cutiing/modifying the inside of the cases to better accomodate the tool/cord/accessories.
Me personally, if a tool doesn’t fit into a case quickly/easily, I toss the case. If it does, I store the tool in the case.
Most get tossed.

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#8 posted 273 days ago

I guess I’m in the minority here, as I like and keep the tool cases. The tools get stored in their cases and then reside in a drawer or cabinet. They do take up extra space and take a little more effort to access, but I prefer to keep my tools clean, organuizaed, and protected from damage, so for me the trade-offs are worth it. I’m a hobbyist though—my view my change is I was using lots of the tools on a daily basis.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 272 days ago

I use some of them, they do protect the tool, especially those with blades. On the other hand, they can be a real PITA if I can’t coil the cord quickly into the case so it actually closes, as a result, some of them are kept for storage, and others are chucked.

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#10 posted 272 days ago

I enjoy putting them out at the end of the drive, (latched closed, of course), and see how many hours they last. Not many. But I must admit, I’ve never seen any at a garage sale empty, nor at the Goodwill. Someone must find uses for them.
In any case, once you get a couple soft bags, (which I keep), any field work is much easier with soft bags rather than the hard cases. Even the guys where I was in sales for a mechanical contractor, floating around in the vans, the boxes almost never had the tools in them. Usually at the end of week cleanup, they would get tossed.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#11 posted 272 days ago

I keep the ones that work well and are easy to use. If for example thay don’t close tight orare difficult to ge the toold back int I toss em. Most of the tools in my shop are on a shelf in thier case. when I was working at a cabinet shop the cases were helpful to keep my tools safe in transit. I have even made a couple of cases for tools that didn’t come with ones that were easy to use. Some are in bags….I know where everything is by just looking:

-- .. heyoka ..

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#12 posted 272 days ago

I cut the insides out of them and then they are better to store things in. Like one has a piece of packing foam with all my router bits stuck in and the wrenches for the of the others is full of finishing stuff like brushes sand paper steel wool and stuff like that. The others are used for small car parts (knobs clips nuts and bolts)for a datsun roadster I’m restoring. They are good to store things like that after you cut the insides out. I try to separate my tools by jobs so I have one with plumbing stuff and one with electrical stuff. So if I go to fix something I can get the things needed quickly and put in my travel tool bag or box.

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#13 posted 272 days ago

Some I find helpful like small nail gun cases, for stowing brad nails and accessories.

The truly ridiculous cases are from router combo kits. 75 cubic feet, yet it won’t store an edge guide.
I just put them in the attic in case I ever need them, or want to include them with a future sale.
I think tools with cases, manuals, and accessories are easier to sell.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 272 days ago

I keep my jigsaw and plate jointer in their cases because I don’t use them much. All the others got tossed. I really hate the stupid duffel bags that some tools come in

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#15 posted 272 days ago

Now that I have a “real” shop set up, I keep my tools on shelves under the bench, at the ready.

I’ve tossed all but a few of the plastic cases.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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