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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 12-02-2013 12:54 PM 1021 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2013 12:54 PM

The other thread about the ridiculous cases that come with power tools got me thinking about cord management for tools that don’t go back into the case. Actually, getting the cord into the case, when they do go back, is probably the most annoying thing about the case.

So when your tools are not in use, or even when they are, what do you guys use for cord management? I prefer these little guys I found at The Container Store :

You can get them cheaper, for around $3 for a 2-pack on Amazon (just search for Gear Tie), and you can get them in colors that are easy to spot after you set them down.

I’ve also used these, but I’ve found the ones above to be favorable, just personal preference.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 01:31 PM

Too bad that all tools don’t have what some do…. A cord that detaches from the tool so you can leave it plugged into the wall a just switch tools using that same cord. One cord—many tools.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 01:34 PM

I keep almost all of my outlets in the ceiling so my cords go up when plugged in. As far as storage, I just wrap the cord around the tool. All my ROS units hang on big hooks from the ceiling. Most other tools sit on shelves with cords wrapped around them. I’ve never used cord holders.

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 03:12 PM

I use double sided velcro tape with the slit in it. Wrap, slap, done.

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 03:17 PM

I like to use these and similar Cable Clamps.

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 03:24 PM

Cool link, farmer. I have a couple of those in the mega size for my extension cords, but I had no clue they made them that tiny.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 12-02-2013 04:10 PM

I’ve been using Cable Clamp’s for years they work great .I buy mine at Walmart

I use three sizes one for small wires,the next size for extension cords and the largest for my air hoses .

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#7 posted 12-02-2013 04:15 PM

I have an extension cord that is entirely too long for my shop bundled up into a birds nest of wires.

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