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Forum topic by stevejack posted 06-29-2021 03:44 PM 496 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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stevejack

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06-29-2021 03:44 PM

I was about to toss out a bunch of DeWalt tool cases last week, and thought you know these are pretty good cases. I Mean I will never use them for the tools that came in them again but there’s got to be something you can use them for or make out of them?

Anyone?


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Madmark2

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#1 posted 06-29-2021 04:02 PM

Bonfire?

I never keep cases. Most tools need additional supplies and accessories that won’t fit in the formed storage. Refolding cords takes time as does stuffing them back in the case.

Since the case innards are formed they’re hard to remove without destroying them or damaging the case itself. Even if the come out clean you need to line ‘em with foam or something to keep whatever is in them from crashing about. Making a wood carrier for the tools wouldn’t be space efficient and would be heavy.

When I make a box for a tool (vs a tool box) I usually wait until I’ve got all the bits & bobs so everything fits.


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pottz

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#2 posted 06-29-2021 04:05 PM

yeah i toss all mine except for the systainers,too much space wasted storing them.

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Ed Weber

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#3 posted 06-29-2021 04:14 PM

Remember when tools actually came in metal cases with room for accessories?
Ever since the move to blow-molded cases, they’re pretty much worthless for anything other than the tool. Half the time you have to coil the cord up just right to make it fit, absolutely ridiculous IMO. Many new tols don’t even have a “case”, just a zippered pouch of some sort.
My older Milwaukee tools have great metal cases with lots of room and are actually smaller on the exterior than the plastic of today.
Sorry for the little rant

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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 06-29-2021 04:21 PM

Please, please, do not burn them. Even those closer to departing this earth vs. those who have scores ahead of them cleaning the messes made by previous generations can comprehend this.

I’ve recycled what I can’t use and repurposed others to house various accessories for some other tool. The blow molded cases present more challenges, the older systainer type cases have more structure even when cutting the tool specific dividers out & the metal clasps lock more securely than those incorporated into the blow molded cases.

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 06-29-2021 05:05 PM

Give to them to the Goodwill store, I understand they are quite popular with their customers.

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#6 posted 06-29-2021 05:06 PM

One LJ said he stores plastic cases in the crawl space. If you even want to sell the tool, you can get the case out and clean it off and there you go.

I do keep my Dewalt bisquit jointer in it’s case, since I rarely use it. Also, my porter-cable circular saw. The Bosch jigsaw has an zipper bag that I also use.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Ed Weber

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#7 posted 06-29-2021 06:06 PM

I also have a couple still in those cases that I don’t use often, if I started to use them more frequently there would have to be a change.
I have this saw, The case is 11×19 x14. When I use it, I need a 3 foot square area just to open the case.

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sansoo22

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#8 posted 06-29-2021 06:12 PM

I have never found a use for any cases outside of what they were intended for. Unless its a systainer or something like the DeWalt Atomic drill driver combo that comes in a tough system case.

I either keep mine if its a tool I might sell later on or take it by Goodwill/Restore. A lot of guys in the trades will buy tool only and like to pick up the cases on the cheap when they can. I figure I’m not traveling with my tools these so why not let the them have the case.

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JAAune

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#9 posted 06-29-2021 10:28 PM

I cut out the interiors of two Bosch 1617 router cases and used them for paintball gear. Other than that, I rarely keep cases. Even most Festool systainers were sold on Ebay.

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PCDub

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#10 posted 07-01-2021 01:41 PM

There was a long thread a few months ago where people discussed the various ways they used cases other than for storing the tools….

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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 07-02-2021 04:58 PM



One LJ said he stores plastic cases in the crawl space. If you even want to sell the tool, you can get the case out and clean it off and there you go. I do keep my Dewalt bisquit jointer in it s case, since I rarely use it. Also, my porter-cable circular saw. The Bosch jigsaw has an zipper bag that I also use.

- Ocelot

Empty they have little weight, and also go into the attic easily. I’ve flipped tools most of my life, and can guarantee you will sell at a higher price, quicker if it’s in the “box”

Even if the buyer is going to remove the tool, and never put it away again. It’s a thing.

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JackDuren

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#12 posted 07-02-2021 05:22 PM

I still use the router combo cases and the screw gun cases. Keeps router parts together and I know I always have the drill boxes I can carry around the housd with accessoroes,..

These boxes do and don’t take as much as Milwaukee or Dewalts screw boxes.

Hobby woodworkers seem to pay for combo kits in there original boxes. Out of the box, not so much…

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