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Cases for handheld power tools

by richgreer
posted 06-26-2010 06:47 PM

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 07:23 PM

I’m with you, Rich. For the tools I use often, I find a place to keep them so that they are easily accessible. I do keep a few things in the case if I don’t use them often….like my biscuit joiner.

What to do with the cases is sort of a dilemma for me. I never use them, but I can’t bear to throw them away, so they end up taking up space and gathering dust on a shelf.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 07:33 PM

Putting them back in the case is a pain, they only go in one way, and the power cord allways gets in the way.

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 07:45 PM

I’ll make it a troika.

Can’t throw ‘em out, but hate to take up valuable space to store ‘em.

Actually, many of the cases are nicely made.

I’ve sold two cases to eBay contractors as cool lunch boxes.


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#4 posted 06-26-2010 08:03 PM

I still use my cases for like my brad nailers and staple guns mainly because I have such a dust issue. Untill I get an air vac system I feel better with them in there even if its always a pain when I need them…...........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 08:14 PM

The only tools that aren’t in cases are my drills and the tools that didn’t come with a case; cordless hand planner and sanders.

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 08:35 PM

My new drill/impact driver set sits comfortably in it’s bag. With no actual workshop space, the cases are important to me, but I seem to be the exception.

Also, it seems like the industry is moving towards two new types of containers; the bag mentioned above, and several manufacturers seem to be adopting the Tanos Systainers introduced by Festool.

-- ~Mark

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 08:45 PM

I have a few Festools. When I got the first one I was very impressed with the case (systainer). I though I might store my festool plunge saw in the case. Nope – I quickly realized that even with a case that nice, I still don’t want to store tools in their cases.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 08:52 PM

Everything out of the case. I usually ditch the case, because I never use them, unless they are made in such a way that I can use them for other stuff. Cases are great for those without much room, and those who take them off site, and probably those who lose the associated attachments. I have a moderate case of OCD, so I have a shelf or drawer for everything, including the attachments. But because I have a moderate case of OCD…....I don’t care what the shelf or drawer looks like…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 06-26-2010 09:03 PM

I generally sell my old plastic cases at our yard sales.

However, I like to use non-representative cases to carry my tools, e.g. you’ll find my battery-driven drill in an old violin case. It adds to the spooky eclectic shtick that I use to entertain my clients.

-- 温故知新

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 06-26-2010 09:11 PM

I like your style….........(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 06-26-2010 09:24 PM

I once had a trick case that came with my Makita router. When I initially opened the case I could see the router, an extra base, extra collet, wrenches, etc. all securely in place. I removed what I needed. Later, I wanted to put everything back in the case to take the router off-site. Some magically trick had happened because it was no longer possible to fit everything back into the case. It was a dirty trick and I blame Makita.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 06-26-2010 09:46 PM

The only cases I keep are my Paslode Impulse cases. They hold the gun, a couple batteries, batt. recharger, and some even hold a box of nails (not the framer). Everything else is a big waste of plastic.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#13 posted 06-26-2010 10:03 PM

I only keep the case if it has more purpose than just holding the tool. I recycle my plastic cases. I use CLC tool bags for off site work., even have color coded bags for specific tools. I can carry alot more than some silly plastic case has to offer.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#14 posted 06-26-2010 10:32 PM

Only select tools I leave in the case like my fein multi master and that’s only because it’s in my contracting truck with lots of other tools. Getting ready for my tool sale I’ve found maybe 35 tool cases I’ve stored.


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Steven H

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#15 posted 06-27-2010 12:06 AM

I usually store the dremel in its case, there no room in the shop for it. And plus it prevents from wood dust also.

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#16 posted 06-27-2010 01:02 AM

Free cases, at least 25.

Milwaukee, PC, Dewalt, Hilti, Drill Doctor, Hitachi, did I say Porter Cable? you name it, I have them.

All unused, my tools are almost all in drawers.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#17 posted 06-27-2010 01:55 AM

Hey Jim, Anchorage Alaska:

I’ve got some old Atlas Powder Co. dynamite boxes that I carry tools in when I go to craft shows.
It really turns heads. ;~>

Then there’s that grenade box from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky…

-- 温故知新

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Jim Bertelson

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#18 posted 06-27-2010 02:11 AM

Love it. You should live in Alaska….....or Kentucky…..(-:

Having lived both places…......

But you would really fit in up here…...........

.......with the rest of us rabble rousing idiots….....(-:

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#19 posted 06-27-2010 02:51 AM

In the shop, once I take the tool out of the case the tool ends up under the assembly bench and the case back on the shelf, till I need them on the job aain and then back in the case till I need it in the shop again.
My milwakee cordless set I bought a soft sided bag to keep them in and chucked the plastic suitcase.

-- Doug...

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#20 posted 06-27-2010 03:11 AM

About 50/50 on the case use issue.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#21 posted 06-27-2010 04:07 AM

I’ve sold a few of the cases on yard sales. I’ve reused a few that had easily removable dividers such as the old metal Milwaukee and Porter Cable cases. These new plastic cases are pretty useless. If my tools were all in their respective cases when I headed out on an install . . . I’d need to bring an additional trailer.

When I buy a new tool, getting a case with it is not considered a benefit. I would prefer that they charge a little less and keep all the plastic out of the land fills . . . cause that’s where mine are headed.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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#22 posted 06-27-2010 04:33 AM

I am the odd man out. I keep all the tools in their boxes if it came in a box, I actually have a large boxes that I keep all the smaller boxes in. I have all my manuals in a box. Well my fixed base router stays in it’s router table, but the tools and the plunger base says in the box.

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#23 posted 06-27-2010 07:28 AM

Most used tools stay out of their case. Tools that are used occasionally go back to their case after use.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#24 posted 06-27-2010 07:44 AM

All of my tools except for the cordless ones are in their cases hanging on pegboard.

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#25 posted 06-27-2010 12:59 PM

i try to buy my new tools without the plastic case whenever possible, i don’t like paying 30-50$ for something i will never use. if i were doing on site jobs then i would probably prefer having solid containers, but in a workshop they aren’t handy. plus i feel that if ever my shop would get broken into, then it would be so much more easy for thieves to grab the cases, rather than to look for the tools and their accesories in all the drawers that can be locked.
in school we must store the tools back in their containers after use, after 6 months we still need to struggle 5 minutes to get the deWalt routers back in their case. and with the festool systainers you need to dismantle all the accesories from the tools including dustfilters, electric cable, jigsaw blade etc… in order to get the tools to fit in the box…

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jim C

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#26 posted 06-27-2010 02:02 PM

Very timely this topic came up.
I just emptied my garage/workshop to re-paint and had over a dozen empty cases. (Most of my hand tools have designated places in shelves I built on the walls) The cases were kept on top of my shop cabinets. I sat for an hour trying to decide what to do with them, or how they could be useful.
In the end, they rode off in the recycle truck.
I haven’t looked back at those dust collectors.

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#27 posted 06-27-2010 02:28 PM

I’m going to add to this.
Back in the day when I first stated “collecting tools” They never came with a case.
Being a contrator I would purchase the case sperate, allways a metal box if I needed one for that tool
(that have stoodup the test of time).
Now it seems you cannot buy a tool without it coming with a plastic case (now I dont mind being a contrator)
But we should have the opption of just buying the tool (guess they make to much money off the cases and dont care what we do with them after). Personaly I have been replacing a lot of my cases for carrybags, I can fit more related tools and asscories in it and are IMO easier to carry.
There my 2c

-- Doug...

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#28 posted 06-27-2010 02:52 PM

I keep my routers, laminate trimmer, saber saw and nail guns in cases. My drills, sanders and circular saw out.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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John Gray

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#29 posted 06-27-2010 06:05 PM

I keep all the cases on a shelf up by the ceiling I figure the tools will sell for more back in their cases on the ESTATE SALE. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#30 posted 06-28-2010 09:02 PM

I keep all of my tools in the case. I have a closet over the stairs to the basement and it makes it easier to get to them and keeps them cleaner. I keep my Festools in their cases stacked on the dust collector. It keeps all of the attachments with the tool and stacked up they take less space.

I guess if I had a big shop with lots of shelf space, I probably would not put them back in the case. But I find in my small space, it is easier to organize them in the cases.


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