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Forum topic by Joshua Oehler posted 07-13-2014 06:36 AM 1591 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joshua Oehler

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07-13-2014 06:36 AM

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How many of you all keep the boxes that your tools came in? I prefer to keep my tools in the boxes they came in especially the ones I don’t use on a regular basis but it creates a storage nightmare. I would like to have stations with drawers where everything was right where you needed it at the time without fumbling through boxes. If I do that though then I have to find a place to keep the boxes. Do you guys throw the boxes out? Just curious how everyone else dealt with this.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 09:28 AM

Most of the plastic blow molded cases get tossed.
The ones I keep for now are air tool cases since they keep the dust out (though this may change once I build a drawer for them in the workbench).
I also keep festool’s systainers since they’re very conenient; but I only own a couple at the moment.

The rest of my tools are on shelves above the workbench. Easy access.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 12:39 PM

Mostly I just toss them. For one I hate the way you have to wad up the power cord to get them in the box. I do have a few around for some of the newer tools I own that I have yet to create a space for. But when I do the plastic abominations will go.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 01:25 PM

In the past, I paid special consideration for tools that include a hard blow mold tool case. That all changed when I got my Dewalt router, where the case was obscenely huge. I realized that the molding that keeps the tools stationary aren’t necessarily the most space efficient, and they don’t stack well. Now I could care less if there was a hard case because I’ll probably replace it with a Dewalt TSTAK, which I have more or less switched to. Same concept as the Festool, there are some aspects of it that aren’t as convenient as the Festool/Tanos T-Loc Systainers but I like how they all take up the same footprint and allow for great vertical storage. Transporting them is also a breeze.

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 01:29 PM

I have always thrown most of my boxes away. They take up too much room and are also inconvenient. I have always preferred drawers and storage cabinets.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 01:40 PM

I have an attic that I can keep original boxes. When re-selling, having the box and paperwork is always helpful for someone looking for a good, used tool. Personally, I would think someone took good care of the tool by having the original container/s. Just my opinion.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 02:01 PM

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 03:18 PM

I always toss the cardboard boxes and molded plastic containers into the burn pile behind my barn. If I don’t my shop would get entirely too cluttered…and not have room for wood scraps that actually get used occasionally.

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 02:42 AM

I keep my power tools in their boxes. Mostly I do this to keep all the accessories together with the tool, but I find it also helps to keep the cords under control. If I did throw the cardboard boxes out I would be making new wooden boxes to hold the tools. The difference being that the wooden boxes would be designed to fit into my shelves and I might try to build in a more effective method of holding the accessories. Gfadvm’s example is a brilliant example of that.

You never know, if I get my brain properly into gear, I might even design them to fit my tools properly!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 02:51 AM

I see them for sale on Craigslist all the time.

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#10 posted 07-14-2014 12:05 PM

I have a station with big deep drawers that all of my precious hand power tools go in, the plastic cases are stored under the workshop.

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#11 posted 07-14-2014 02:08 PM

It really does depend on what your scenario is. If your work environment is a permanent or even semi-permanent workspace/shop, the plastic tool cases will be more of a nuisance than a benefit (as per everyone comments). However if your work environment is closer to that of a carpenter/contractor (like me) and have to frequently move your tools to and from the work space, storage that does a good job of protecting and transporting your tools will sound a lot more appealing.

My biggest complaint about the plastic storage that comes with the tool, is their ability to stack and transport efficiently. In that scenario, a stacking storage system (Festool/Tanos Systainer, Bosch/Sortimo L-Boxx, Dewalt TSTAK) starts to make a whole lot more sense. I pack in a tool and all the related accessories (e.g. sander and all sand paper, router and all the bits/guides) and can transport them easily with one hand.

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 07-14-2014 02:17 PM

That’s what I have an attic for. I keep boxes for everything. Why? Still haven’t figured it out.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 07-14-2014 02:41 PM

That s what I have an attic for. I keep boxes for everything. Why? Still haven t figured it out.

- TheFridge

Haven’t gotten rid of my old ones away yet either…

-- paxorion

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#14 posted 07-14-2014 07:11 PM

Got all the responses that I thought I would get. I agree with everyone that they take up too much room and are a pain. I don’t know.. I guess I’m just cheap. I figured since I bought the tool I paid for the box too and I’m not going to through away money. I like the idea of storing the boxes in the attic space…I may be doomed to be in an episode of hoarders.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#15 posted 07-14-2014 07:23 PM

I often wonder what the cost impact is for any sort of tool boxes. Many tools today come with a carrying case or bag of some sort. They may be either heavy fabric bag or molded plastic. Would your perspective be impacted by an additional factor of fabric vs. plastic?

-- paxorion

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