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Old 04-24-2018, 06:43 AM   #1
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Wanting to find the perfect tool box for the basement slide.

I use a small standard tool box with a center handle now and is is stuffed and too hard to find what I need.

I have a tackle box for electrical items and tools and another husky box for battery powered tools and fasteners.

I would like to combine them all into one organized box with drawers and simply put what I need for each project in a portable bag or box.

Anyone have the perfect set up or concerned about weight? Most boxes Iím looking at only weigh 50 pounds on top of the tools I already carry.

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I use one of these. It's large enough to hold two sets of wrenches from 1/4 to 1 1/2, and 8 mm to 30 mm, three full sets of sockets, 3/8 drive standard and metric and 1/2" drive standard, plus a few 3/4 drive large sockets, screw drivers, pliers, and misc tools like filter wrenches. The good thing is I can still lift it out of the basement and carry it to the back of the coach.

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I use a Husky rolling tool bag. They make a number of different sizes and had one that fits perfectly in the space I use. Although itís well laid out with numerous pockets etc. it doesnít have drawers like a standard toolbox if that important to you. I load it up with tons of tools, metric and S.A.E. Works great for me and love the rolling capability. Also, very well made and durable. Got mine at Home Depot.

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Not sure how much room you have, below is my solution.....

We have a older pusher, and go for extended trips. In addition we bring our Jeep along and enjoy off-road trips. Therefore I wanted a good selection of tools. And like you, wanted to be able to find them.

The below pictured box is a Harbor Freight tool cart. I simply cut the legs off, and it fit in our basement with a 1/2" to spare height, and 5-6" to spare width. When the lid is closed the drawers remain locked, a lot of space with all the drawers and the top area under the lid.

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I second the soft bag system. Buy three or four smaller bags and separate your tools into category's for each bag: bag1-sockets/drivers/extensions, bag2-pliers/screwdrivers/hacksaw, bag3-small tools(like allen's/torx) in small clear plastic containers, bag4-whatever didn't fit in 1 thru 3. Mark the bags clearly on each end so you can always see which one is which at a glance.

I got tired of one big box or bag that weighed a ton, then having to dump it all out each time to find the one tool I needed. Soft bags won't scratch up everything they come in contact with, nor will they rust.
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I use one of these. It's large enough to hold two sets of wrenches from 1/4 to 1 1/2, and 8 mm to 30 mm, three full sets of sockets, 3/8 drive standard and metric and 1/2" drive standard, plus a few 3/4 drive large sockets, screw drivers, pliers, and misc tools like filter wrenches. The good thing is I can still lift it out of the basement and carry it to the back of the coach.





Thatís close to what I was thinking and better than what I am using now.

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I use a Husky rolling tool bag. They make a number of different sizes and had one that fits perfectly in the space I use. Although itís well laid out with numerous pockets etc. it doesnít have drawers like a standard toolbox if that important to you. I load it up with tons of tools, metric and S.A.E. Works great for me and love the rolling capability. Also, very well made and durable. Got mine at Home Depot.

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I have used bags before and great for transporting but looking for more permanent at least in the coach.

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Not sure how much room you have, below is my solution.....



We have a older pusher, and go for extended trips. In addition we bring our Jeep along and enjoy off-road trips. Therefore I wanted a good selection of tools. And like you, wanted to be able to find them.



The below pictured box is a Harbor Freight tool cart. I simply cut the legs off, and it fit in our basement with a 1/2" to spare height, and 5-6" to spare width. When the lid is closed the drawers remain locked, a lot of space with all the drawers and the top area under the lid.



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I was looking at some Matco and Mack role carts on Craigslist cheap and was thinking the same thing.

Nice setup.

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I second the soft bag system. Buy three or four smaller bags and separate your tools into category's for each bag: bag1-sockets/drivers/extensions, bag2-pliers/screwdrivers/hacksaw, bag3-small tools(like allen's/torx) in small clear plastic containers, bag4-whatever didn't fit in 1 thru 3. Mark the bags clearly on each end so you can always see which one is which at a glance.

I got tired of one big box or bag that weighed a ton, then having to dump it all out each time to find the one tool I needed. Soft bags won't scratch up everything they come in contact with, nor will they rust.


Great points.

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I'm a fan of the mid or center boxes over the top boxes with a large well on top.
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I use one of these. It's large enough to hold two sets of wrenches from 1/4 to 1 1/2, and 8 mm to 30 mm, three full sets of sockets, 3/8 drive standard and metric and 1/2" drive standard, plus a few 3/4 drive large sockets, screw drivers, pliers, and misc tools like filter wrenches. The good thing is I can still lift it out of the basement and carry it to the back of the coach.

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My old coach doesn't have real tall bays, so this one is small enough to sit in the tray and still barely slide in the bay opening with top handle down. Plus it's not too long - just short enough to not hit the frame rail when you slide the tray in.
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Not sure how much room you have, below is my solution.....

We have a older pusher, and go for extended trips. In addition we bring our Jeep along and enjoy off-road trips. Therefore I wanted a good selection of tools. And like you, wanted to be able to find them.

The below pictured box is a Harbor Freight tool cart. I simply cut the legs off, and it fit in our basement with a 1/2" to spare height, and 5-6" to spare width. When the lid is closed the drawers remain locked, a lot of space with all the drawers and the top area under the lid.

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Sears has a plastic with 4 drawers. Very light and Very strong. I have one in my work tractor for 10 years. 1/4 ď, 3/8Ē , 1/2Ē drawers and bottom drawer for wrenches up to 1.5Ē.
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Husky Brand soft bag here from Home Depot. They have a variety of sizes and configurations. This holds my most often used tools. Can be readily carried where I need it.

I also have a large craftsman socket and wrench set in one of those molded cases. Plus another generic tool box with seldom used tools.
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