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Forum topic by stevejack posted 09-28-2020 08:02 PM 588 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2020 08:02 PM

ODD question. I have a mountain of tool cases, mostly DEWALT, piled up in my shop. I have moves 3 times in the last 10 years. I have never put my tools in those boxes but hauled the empty boxes along with me.

Does anyone keep their tool cases?

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#1 posted 09-28-2020 08:09 PM

I admit that I do, only reason is I somehow think they will be useful and I have the room. In reality, I could toss them all and never miss them 8^)

Sure, keep them if you haul your tools around to job sites or otherwise need the protection, but unless they are useful in other ways, like a nice “square” interior that can be repurposed, but the blow-moulded-formed interiors shoot that down.
Anyway, to each his own.

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#2 posted 09-28-2020 08:12 PM

I have sold, and flipped so many tools in my years I always keep boxes so the next owner can have it. Royal PIA, but it’s what I do.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 09-28-2020 08:58 PM

For some reason, the the power cords are always 2 feet too long to fold back into the tool case easily. Maybe the case designers don’t get the specs on the power cord length or some other disconnect…. I gotta complain about that now while there is this opportunity. ( Yet, in my experience, tools go in and out of DeWalt cases without much fuss. )

I do keep a lot of the cases, and with the tools inside. The cases stack on a shelf better than bare tools, power cables are tamed, and their sundry accessories stay nearby.

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 09-28-2020 09:00 PM

First thing in trash for me. If I put a tool in a case, I’d have to get it back out when I need it. Caveat is if your in construction.

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#5 posted 09-28-2020 09:34 PM

I have my older bosch jig saw in the case, which also holds a bosch sawblade case neatly inside. I also keep my hitachi corded drill in its case and my air nailers in their cases. This lets me stack them neatly on open shelves in the garage, kind of like books laid sideways.

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#6 posted 09-28-2020 09:40 PM

most get tossed right away,the only ones i keep are tools with a lot of accessories.they just take up to much valuable space for me.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 09-28-2020 09:55 PM

I use them for stage if the tool is infrequently used other wise trash. If you don’t want them put them out to the curb they will disappear. If u are on craigs list advertise in the free section curb alert tool cases. or free cycle

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#8 posted 09-29-2020 10:35 AM

Nope, they are useless to me. Most of them get tossed into the trash, every once in a while I just put them out the night before…they sometimes disappear by the next morning. I understand they are popular at yard sales and the local Goodwill store. The one exception is the Festool cases. The only new one I ever had was with my tracksaw and I sold it or 1/2 the price of new.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 09-29-2020 11:41 AM

If a tool comes in a plastic case, I tend to store the tool in it. The case might take up more room on the shelf, but the tool or piece of equipment is out of the way, kept clean, and generally doesn’t get banged up, rust, or otherwise wind up in worse shape for being stored. Considering how long I’ve had many of my tools (15-20 years) and the excellent condition they are in, I’d say the plastic cases have done their job.

I also use kaizen foam in my tool chests and rolling cabinets to keep the hand tools organized so they don’t get banged up, nicked, or otherwise damaged from being piled up in a drawer. Again, the tools aren’t cheap so I want to take care of them so I don’t have to replace them. But then, I’m also a bit of a neat freak and everything has to be organized.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 09-29-2020 11:56 AM

I’ve gutted a few of the smaller boxes for storing tow straps, tie downs, tire chains, etc. if they fit behind the seat in my truck. I end up leaving larger tools in their cases.

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#11 posted 09-29-2020 12:29 PM

I keep them. Never for the original tools. I gut them and use them as storage for the replacement of cardboard boxes that don’t resist any water, silverfish or impact.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#12 posted 09-29-2020 01:28 PM

Toss or sell. and make drawers for them. With the exception of my construction tools

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#13 posted 09-29-2020 06:28 PM

I don’t understand what you mean when you “more home to mothers.” Do you mean “move home to Mother’s”?

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#14 posted 09-29-2020 09:51 PM

I use a bunch of them to collect dust…. Oh, and take up storage space.

But, there are some tools that get put back in the case, neatly, every time. My biscuit joiners, corded jig saw, Dremel, things that don’t get pulled out every day, or maybe even every week… and especially those things that have accessories, like little blades, or tools to adjust, etc.

But, I do keep the cases around in case I sell the tools… Always easier to sell and ship in the original plastic case, than loose in a cardboard box.

I’m a guitar player too… I won’t even begin to mention the pedal boxes I have. I will particularly avoid discussing this topic when my wife is present!

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#15 posted 09-29-2020 10:14 PM

Most of the time of the time I toss them, I have few in the boxes though. If you moved them 3 times without using them, why?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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