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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210399 09/11/19 06:01 PM
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Craftsman is owned by Black and Decker. Sears, Lowes, and Amazon seem to be some retailers. Make your own case from wood.

Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5210418 09/11/19 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite
I bough a couple of magnetic socket rail organizers. You can throw them ini a bag or put them in a tool box drawer.
seems work well for me.

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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210424 09/11/19 06:25 PM
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wrap a couple bungee cords around it and call it a day.


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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210444 09/11/19 06:58 PM
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I had the same problem with an old made-in-USA craftsman set and liked the size of the case for its portability size/weight, so I took some sheet aluminum (about 0.1" thick), melted a slot to slide in it near where the original latches were as a backing plate, held it in place with expanding foam, then got some cheap stainless latches off ebay to screw mount to the plate.

However I didn't have any problem with the hinge because it was the rod style, not a living joint like the front plastic latches.

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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210489 09/11/19 07:57 PM
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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210491 09/11/19 07:58 PM
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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210500 09/11/19 08:06 PM
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You can buy an oversize case with drawers, organize everything in the drawers, they will slide all over the place in your vehicle, make noise, and take up lots of space. This is what I do in my garage for tools that don't travel anywhere.

You can make your own storage solution using Kaizen foam, in the custom made or remade container of your choice. I appreciate the artistry that goes into this, but my tool collection is too fluid and changeable and my time too limited to indulge myself in this solution.

You can organize each set of tools (sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.) with the organizers made from them, such as socket rails, tool rolls, Ernst wrench organizers, oversized carabiners for box end wrenches, etc. This is what I do in my vehicle tool bags.

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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: Farnsworth] #5210542 09/11/19 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Farnsworth
Craftsman is owned by Black and Decker. Sears, Lowes, and Amazon seem to be some retailers. Make your own case from wood.

I do feel that "sometimes" if you want it done right you have to DIY, but in this case? Heck no. Making your own case out of wood is a a huge amount of time to do it right, essentially reinventing the wheel, spending the value of time worth more than the tools, and ending up with something MUCH larger than it needs to be (unless you invest that much more time), and MUCH MUCH heavier too.

I do get it, a custom wood tool box can be a great showoff item, a source of pride or vanity, but it is a tangent in that direction, not at all a reasonable solution to any problem.

Now if you had suggested using polycarbonate instead of wood, most of the same things would be true but at least it wouldn't necessarily need to be nearly as heavy, or large. The only thing wood has going for it besides looks, is that the wood itself is free if you happen to have a scrap bin full of it. Wood really has no virtues whatsoever for tool storage, is just what colonists used when they had nothing better.

On the other hand, a man's free time and enjoyment working with wood, well that's a thing. it is not a terrible idea but frankly, if you want to put your heart into a wood project, use the wood for something besides tool storage.

Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210645 09/12/19 04:07 AM
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What are your plans for this tool set? Primary garage use, junkyarding/ spare/ trunk set?

If it’s garage use, I’d get a box or tool cart/ box combo.

Anything else, you’ll either need a new set with a new case or an ammo can or took bag. Get a few rails to organize sockets and a roll to organize your wrenches. A 5 gallon bucket would work too.


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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: marine65] #5210648 09/12/19 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by marine65
wrap a couple bungee cords around it and call it a day.


Or a small buckle strap.


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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210667 09/12/19 05:20 AM
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I have bought several boxes of tools at pawn shops for pennies on the dollar. Go get a nice box that you like with tools and add to your collection. You can never have too many tools. banana


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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: marine65] #5210675 09/12/19 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by marine65
wrap a couple bungee cords around it and call it a day.


That's what I did back many years ago on a made in USA Craftsman set bought in the early 90's. Been a long time, but I think the hinges did not even last one year before they broke.


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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: rooflessVW] #5210691 09/12/19 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by rooflessVW
Blow-molded cases are trash and belong in the trash.

By a real toolbox and get organized.

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This one would be a little difficult to carry around...

Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5210769 09/12/19 07:45 AM
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Harbor freight has lots of options for tool bags and nice plastic or metal cases. It sounds like portability is the key here?

You may have to add some socket holder strips and clips for wrenches if you want to keep them organized in there.


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Re: Nice tool set with junky carrying case [Re: grampi] #5211030 09/12/19 02:13 PM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions...I will look into some of them...

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