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09-15-2020 01:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: parts bin organizer

I’m interested to know what plastic organizers people use to store their small parts. I’ve been using this one from Home Depot and built a rack to hold them, but now they’ve been discontinued. It would be ideal to find a system that is available long enough to add-on to one’s collection.

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#1 posted 09-15-2020 02:21 PM

I’ve been pretty happy with similar polypropylene organizer cases from Plano.
A lot of people like the larger cases from Stanley, because the bins come out of the carrier.

When one of my friends found a type of storage case he liked back in the 80’s, he bought a lifetime supply and has been using them ever since. That brand, of course, is totally gone today.

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#2 posted 09-15-2020 02:38 PM

lot of people use the HF black and yellow ones.

i prefer to have all my random screws and hardware scattered throughout my garage so i can never find that screw or bolt that I need. That way I can just buy more from HD.

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#3 posted 09-15-2020 03:06 PM

i prefer to have all my random screws and hardware scattered throughout my garage so i can never find that screw or bolt that I need. That way I can just buy more from HD.

- Steve

Hey. That’s MY line!

I get these at Harbor Freight. They’re sturdy and the wells are curved at the bottom so it’s easier to get small parts out.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 09-15-2020 03:44 PM

I used to have several boxes of various pieces of hardware. Taking up a couple drawers in my toolbox plus parts of my garage shelves. But i realized now matter how much junk I amassed I STILL had to go buy the right size and quantity of what I needed for a project. So I tossed everything except what could fit into one of those plano type tackle boxes, along with a couple boxes of screws, like 2” and 1 1/2” drywalls.

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#5 posted 09-16-2020 04:27 AM

A one size fits all has never really worked for me. I will use various methods to store supplies, including building my own when size is unusual or has limitations. My trick for getting sufficient supplies to keep me from making special trip for say 1 1/2 inch # 8 brass screws? I buy a box of screws every time I do go to get supplies. Over time that $6 investment stocked me up. Now I only need to restock when project is done. I also have a neighbor who drops off bags of screws he comes across. Very helpful.

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#6 posted 09-19-2020 11:44 AM

I’ve been pretty happy with similar polypropylene organizer cases from Plano.

Eeyore, thanks for focusing me on the Plano brand. I had considered them earlier, but a more determined google search revealed the 3600 line. It has the same dimensions and general features including moving hinges and latches. Best of all, it fits in the organizer I built!

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#7 posted 09-19-2020 12:56 PM

I am not sure if all Plano products are USA made, but there is a lot of their manufacturing done in Plano, IL. They may have supplied HD?. A friend’s daughter worked there, and he got me boxes like you use for 25 cents each. I took all he could get. I also use many other types of storage because all parts are not the same size.

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#8 posted 09-24-2020 10:31 PM

A similar question was asked previously. See here:

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#9 posted 09-25-2020 05:41 PM

for years (decades) I have just been tossing loose stuff into a shallow box.
and just plunder through it until I found what I needed. (or not).
eventually, that box got full – so I made another box.
so now, for a Covid Project, I am sorting out TWO boxes of “stuff” to put in
the plastic bins that hang on the wall.
this is the FIRST box – I may not get to the second one anytime soon.


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#10 posted 09-25-2020 06:24 PM

I use the shallow HF plastic units with the clear lid, and different size, yellow, lift-out bins inside. Stanley makes the same thing, but more expensive. They look like they came off the same line at the same factory. I have one unit that has deeper bins.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#11 posted 10-01-2020 08:40 PM

I used 15 of these, can’t beat them for the $$ (I paid $10 ea). Ebay sellers prices vary but I see them as low as 11.99, shipped free.!

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