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tool boxes #13568 09/07/02 02:02 PM
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spkjpr Offline OP
Since I work at a plant that makes toolboxes and we have talked about what tools and etc we use, I was wondering what brand you use. I'll tell later what the company is and what brands we make.

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Re: tool boxes #13569 09/07/02 05:28 PM
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jlhmaint Offline
I work in a factory also they pay half of any tools i buy so heres what i got..

all fluke meters
all klien crimpers and cutters
a Very large MAC Tool box full of MAC tools and everything else i need the mac guy comes once a week man does my wife hate that.

Iam trading in my tool box for a new 7 foot MAC box that me and the painter are going to customize to a Harley Box with ghost flames and build a top box with display case for little harleys and tools. THe painter has a mac box with a stereo, tv, and playstation in it and a display shelf for his nascars. he built the top box to hold all this and it sets on a 5foot mac bottom box.

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Re: tool boxes #13570 09/07/02 06:27 PM
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walrus Offline
I like and use Snap On tools. Nobody makes a phillips head screwdriver like Snap On. Their magnetic bits will still hold a 3" sht rock screw after years of duty. Like Fluke meters, they are tough and weather resistant. The weather part is important when you work outside in snow and rain [Linked Image]
Car Mechanics spend thousands on tool boxes, I have a small Snap On roll away and it cost 2000 dollars 10 or 12years ago. They make boxes that cost way over 10,000 bucks now.

Re: tool boxes #13571 09/07/02 07:31 PM
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Electric Eagle Offline
I don't like wearing a tool belt, so I use a tool box for most jobs. The one I use is made by Rubermade. It's close to what I want, but I'm never satisfied. I'm considering going to a bucket with one of those tool wraps around it.

Re: tool boxes #13572 09/07/02 09:24 PM
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Bjarney Offline
Eag — 5144S Klein.

Re: tool boxes #13573 09/08/02 08:19 AM
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Trainwire Offline
Don't wear a tool belt, but do wear overalls, kind of the standard "uniform" in this bisiness. Lots of pockets for all the stuff I carry around. Do most of my work out of the pockets. Most of my hand tools are 1000 volt rated non metallic kevlar tools I bought from a company called "National Electric Gate Co." from GA. Most of my home tools are a mix of Snap on and Craftsman. Once worked at a place that would get weekly visits from 4, count em 4, "toy trucks". Snap-on, Mac,Matco, and Cornwell. I was always in debt.

Re: tool boxes #13574 09/08/02 06:59 PM
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Bjarney Offline
Trainwire—The {C-h} bibs work good for me because I’d inherited a skinny butt, and the tool belt got impractical. works good too.

One question, Tw—is it customary to wear brown or blue overalls in your territory? —bjarney

Re: tool boxes #13575 09/08/02 07:13 PM
Electric Eagle,
I tried the "Bucket Boss". If you live near me, in Tucson Az, I,ll give it to you. I could never find anything and it just turned into a junk collector. I am hard to please with tool boxes too so I made my own custom totes out of pine with plywood dividers and conduit handles. I also use Army surplus canvas bags for my drills and grinder, rotozip etc. Those blow mold cases go in the trash as soon as I get the tool home.

Re: tool boxes #13576 09/09/02 11:28 AM
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ElectricAL Offline
I'm partial to the 22" Kennedy cantilever box, though I use them for parts. I have three of them, one for telco / cable, one for luminaire parts, one for fasteners and labeling. My trouble shooting and general service / install carry-in is a CLC box shaped tool pouch #1526: this unit has a shoulder strap as well as a center carry handle, 28 pockets and a lower compartment holding a small parts tray. When the job at hand is repetative, I'll switch over to a Skillers vest.

Al Hildenbrand
Re: tool boxes #13577 09/10/02 04:50 AM
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Trainwire Offline
Bjarney, blue overalls for the most part. A few guys wear the brown duck in the wintertime. Nothing is colder than a cold steam loco. It will suck the heat right out of you.


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