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When it comes to choosing tools, many people invest time into deciding what tool best suits their needs. They work to keep them operating safely and effectively. Quite often, however, people overlook the importance of tool storage. Properly stored tools are less prone to damage and easier to locate when you need them. Use our guide to help you decide which storage system is right for you.
You can find tool storage in many sizes and configurations:
Hooks and hangers are wall-mounted storage options that keep tools within easy reach of work benches and other work areas. Pegboard-mounted hooks and hangers offer a highly configurable solution that you can expand or rearrange as needed.
Tool bags are durable fabric or leather bags for storing and carrying tools. The bags are lightweight and feature handles, shoulder straps or both for easy portability. Zipper closures protect the tools and keep them contained, while an open-mouth design allows easy access and visibility. Look for internal and external pockets and loops as well as trays to keep the tools and other items where they belong and to make them easy to find. You also can find bags with wheels and telescoping handles to make transport easier.
Similar to bags, some tool organizers fit over five-gallon buckets, turning the buckets into tool totes.
Tool boxes or cases are available in steel as well as plastic, polypropylene and structural foam. Drawers on some tool boxes let you lay out and organize your tools for ready access. Some tool boxes include trays and organizers you can remove and take with you. Cantilever tool boxes have trays or bins that spread outward when you open them, giving you a clearer view of your tools. Look for large capacities and lockable lids for security. Wheeled tool boxes are also available, making it easier to get heavier tool collections to your worksite.
Tool chests and cabinets give you increased storage capacity over tool boxes. These steel storage solutions have drawers in different depths and configurations, allowing you store and organize a variety of tools. Some include liners to help protect the drawers as well as your tools. Many offer heavy duty, lockable casters so you can roll them where you need them or secure them in place. Keyed locks are available on some models, as are power strips with surge protectors. You can also find versions that include built-in lights, clocks or electronics like MP3 and CD players.
Truck tool boxes are for storing and transporting tools on a truck. Some can also function as standalone storage. These storage solutions typically have steel or aluminum construction and either single or double lids that lock. Truck tool boxes are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so make sure you find a model that will fit your vehicle.