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Forum topic by DonJ posted 11-15-2008 07:14 AM 1563 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2008 07:14 AM

I’ve got several carrying cases for routers, circular saws, etc that just take up room. Some I keep because I keep the tool stored in them. Others just lay around empty. What do you guys do with your “non-used” cases? It just seems a shame to throw them away.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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Tom Adamski

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#1 posted 11-15-2008 07:25 AM

It is a shame that the tool companies don’t design a case that could be used for other purposes. For me, unless it is for something I know I’ll need it’s case, it goes out in the recycling bin.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 07:26 AM

Anything that doesn’t contain something constructive gets burned or tossed. Fire therapy is a good thing.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 11-15-2008 07:33 AM

Most of my cases end up in storage up in the attic, never to be seen again. What do you all do with the soft canvas/nylon cases? Most of mine sit in a corner of my workshop collecting dust.

-- Mark, Norfolk, VA

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#4 posted 11-15-2008 07:33 AM

I nail, screw, punch and kick the ones that are lemons

sadly….................they eventually get to a land fill site

I really like tools that come in a “canvass lunch bag”

easier to pack and multifunctional…........”Milwaukie makes a 12V lithium ion battery drill, light as a good pancake, that doesnt have a big plastic hardshelled bucket kinda case….......and the case doubles as a grocery bag”

nothing worse then excess baggage

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 11-15-2008 08:46 AM

I have the same problem with my mechanic tools – everything comes in a blow-molded fitted plastic case that’s usually too tall to fit in my toolbox drawers. A couple of the useful-sized ones got modified and reused. A sharp utility knife (or a dull one heated red hot with a torch ;-) ) will slice out the fitted section, leaving a wide-open rustproof case with some pretty good latches. And then they become a first aid kit or a roadside emergency kit left in the trunk of the car. I’ve seen some big ones that would actually make a pretty nice carry-on bag, once the partitions and stuff got removed. I bet if you know anyone with kids, they could think of plenty of uses for them, like storing Legos.

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#6 posted 11-15-2008 09:10 AM

I’m pretty sure that if you offer them in eBay or any of such sites you’ll find that there is actually somebody that is interested in them… Why don’t you go that route and give it a try if you are sure you won’t need them? Remember: one man’s junk…

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#7 posted 11-15-2008 12:26 PM

I have included them in a garage sale for a dollar. They were one of the first things to go. I will be trying to go at them with a utility knife now. Sounds like a great idea. Thanks RichardB.

-- Berta in NC

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#8 posted 11-15-2008 02:54 PM

Looks like I’m the only one who actually still stores the “tools” in them! Keeps the tools in a protected environment but I can also see that they take up a lot of space too.

Try for local selling without the Ebay hassles.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 11-15-2008 06:41 PM

I’m like Dadoo. I still store tools in them. Well half of them at least. The others get left out all over the benches, on the floor, on the saw, on the sander,..................where ever they aren’t suppose to be. Have to clean the tools off to get to them to use the darn things.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 11-15-2008 07:15 PM

As soon as I read the question, my first thought was exactly what RichardB suggested. I’ve got several, big ones from various cordless sets, that would be perfect for cutting the sections out for specific tools, and maybe I could sturdy them up on the inside to store other things.

After I take them out of the blown plastic cases they most of the time go into the larger canvas bags, so they are handy when I need them.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 11-15-2008 08:33 PM

For me the plastic cases always wound up in the trash. After reading this post that may change: I like the idea of cutting out the inside and enlarging the size of the case to be used for any number of reasons. The canvass cases are the ones that I find useful as nothing more than a tote to carry tools from my house to the park I volunteer at. Non-profit organizations don’t buy very good tools, so when I work on a mower, gator, or tractor I always take my own tools with me and the canvass bags really work well. (I don’t have a tool box because I have everything hung on a peg board)

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 11-15-2008 10:48 PM

I keep the tools in the cases. I have stick-on labels on the outside telling me what is in the case.

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Dan Lyke

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#13 posted 11-15-2008 10:51 PM

I store my tools in the cases, even the Craftsman and Makita, but that’s a big score for Festool, who uses Tanos Systainers for their cases. The cases stack and latch together, and have versions with slide out drawers in them. The form factor is handy enough that I now buy Systainers for general storage, not just for tools.

I hate having to figure out how a tool goes back in its case, and that’s now also a factor I consider when I’m buying the tool. Sure, it seems like a niggling little thing, but if the engineers couldn’t figure that out, imagine what else they missed.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#14 posted 11-15-2008 10:55 PM

The tools that don’t get used all of the time, live in their cases. Tools I use regularly are on a shelf and their cases are either somewhere collecting dust or I use some of the bigger ones to keep other things in. I think I’ll be modifying some cases too.

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#15 posted 11-16-2008 12:23 AM

Dan, I’m with you.. if I can’t put the tool (or whatever) right back into its case when I first look at it, I move on to the next. Sometimes I go back to it .. but it is a big “negative” on the pros/cons list

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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