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12-17-2014 04:16 PM
496CHEVY3100 d have the big expensive boxes I use 3 Husky boxes ,1 for Metric 1 for sea and the center id for parts to be installed and the top is a bolt bin,so they are all used not nececarly for tools ,,I have a couple Old smaller Snap On I keep at the lift with mantaince tools Oil filters grease guns etc, they are all I need

Notice the Roll around Cornwell they ALL use them lopl the big blie snap on and Matco just sit there,

I don't know if anyone have used the Cornwell ,I Really LIKE them

these are my Cheap boxes
12-17-2014 03:51 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Very neat and well organized Brian,
Not only do I not have to go from drawer to drawer looking for a tool like I see the guys do, but I can literally close my eyes and open a draw and grab a tool. Over the top, I don't think so. It makes my work that much easier, every second spent looking for something is a second I could be working.

Brian
12-17-2014 03:44 PM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Somewhere along the way years ago I read something somewhere or saw something, don't remember when but it hit me as making a lot of sense. I think it was "lean" training on trimming the fat on steps and equipment wasting your time on the job. That being, you have ONLY the tools you need on the job at hand, if you are working on late model cars as I was, there was no reason what so ever for a single SAE tool in the box, why? Well, I do did keep a deep 1/4" drive 5/16" and 1/4" socket for some odd Ford bolts that they kept for years for some unknown reason. But that was it, the ONLY SAE tools in my box.

I kept whittling it down to just the tools I used on a regular basis within reason. A few I rarely used but just kept it realistic. I found that we have a tremendous amount of clutter in our boxes, too many of the same tool, broken tools never to be used again, tools we don't use anymore like clip tools, I had MANY clip tools that had been replaced by better ones, I was never using them, but there they were taking up r

I was using this very small box a MAC 1200 (or 1100, I forget) but it's a very small box compared to the other guys in the shop.

I didn't have a smaller box to put tools in I was using for the particular job because I simply rolled THIS box to any car I was working on. That is one of the funny things I have seen with the guys at work who ALL bought those smaller boxes they roll around, they have all they need in them and hardly go to their big boxes anymore! LOLOL

I had that side box bolted to it to hold my sanders, and a small cabinet on the wall to hold my welding helmet, a large grinder with my shinking disc (VERY seldom used) and a spring compressor for struts. That's it, every tool I needed to do my job every day, from chopping a top to replacing the rear floor and quarters on a one year old Lexus, I did everything everyday the other guys in the shop were doing, out of this little box. And I have MANY tools like a spot weld driller and hole punches and stuff that they don't have in their giant boxes full of junk!



This is what the drawers look like.



I have watched guys in the shop go to their box to get a tool you have asked to borrow and they will open every drawer looking for it! I have one guy with an $8500 SnapOn box AND an $800 roll around cart that STILL does this.

We all do things different, I understand that, but most of us DON'T need a big box. Some do, yeah, I get that. But I have to say, VERY seldom does someone do so many different jobs that they need something so big.

Brian
Very neat and well organized Brian,
12-17-2014 02:03 PM
tech69 that almost looks just like this one guys' I worked with but his was MAC and way bigger. The sides were bigger and the center wider. He even had a microwave in the center area and mini fridge. It was ridiculous I tell you. I could care less what the box looks like as long as it's not too pricey and holds my tools and the drawers feel quality when opening and closing them. I mean, what else do you need? I will say though, sometimes I'll buy a tool I'll only use a few times if it's something I can't do without the tool and paying someone would cost more than the tool itself.
12-17-2014 01:58 PM
496CHEVY3100 I agree the boxes have become excessive ,,it is hard to judge size by photo unless you compare to the 55 cab on the stand this box it taller than I can reach I am 6,3 without a small step ladder,and is 16 ft long it has 8 ft lights built in and 8 power recepticals cam with Disc brakes and coil over shocks and a Safe ,,who needs this No One IMO ,he has to use a cart like Briams for a roll around because he cant move it.. I think he took this after his mother :

printed second photo by mistake
12-17-2014 01:26 PM
MARTINSR Somewhere along the way years ago I read something somewhere or saw something, don't remember when but it hit me as making a lot of sense. I think it was "lean" training on trimming the fat on steps and equipment wasting your time on the job. That being, you have ONLY the tools you need on the job at hand, if you are working on late model cars as I was, there was no reason what so ever for a single SAE tool in the box, why? Well, I do did keep a deep 1/4" drive 5/16" and 1/4" socket for some odd Ford bolts that they kept for years for some unknown reason. But that was it, the ONLY SAE tools in my box.

I kept whittling it down to just the tools I used on a regular basis within reason. A few I rarely used but just kept it realistic. I found that we have a tremendous amount of clutter in our boxes, too many of the same tool, broken tools never to be used again, tools we don't use anymore like clip tools, I had MANY clip tools that had been replaced by better ones, I was never using them, but there they were taking up room.

I was using this very small box a MAC 1200 (or 1100, I forget) but it's a very small box compared to the other guys in the shop.

I didn't have a smaller box to put tools in I was using for the particular job because I simply rolled THIS box to any car I was working on. That is one of the funny things I have seen with the guys at work who ALL bought those smaller boxes they roll around, they have all they need in them and hardly go to their big boxes anymore! LOLOL

I had that side box bolted to it to hold my sanders, and a small cabinet on the wall to hold my welding helmet, a large grinder with my shinking disc (VERY seldom used) and a spring compressor for struts. That's it, every tool I needed to do my job every day, from chopping a top to replacing the rear floor and quarters on a one year old Lexus, I did everything everyday the other guys in the shop were doing, out of this little box. And I have MANY tools like a spot weld driller and hole punches and stuff that they don't have in their giant boxes full of junk!



This is what the drawers look like.



I have watched guys in the shop go to their box to get a tool you have asked to borrow and they will open every drawer looking for it! I have one guy with an $8500 SnapOn box AND an $800 roll around cart that STILL does this.

We all do things different, I understand that, but most of us DON'T need a big box. Some do, yeah, I get that. But I have to say, VERY seldom does someone do so many different jobs that they need something so big.

Brian
12-17-2014 12:40 PM
deadbodyman whenever I'm training a new guy and he starts looking for a tool I explain that every time you look for a tool its 5minutes minimum lost...Do that three times a day that's 15min a day then multiply that times 5 days a week and it costs an hour and 15min a week ,at the shop rate that's over 50.00 a week I spend for you to look for tools. now I see you looking about twice an hour so now you know why I want the tools in the box and in the proper place...then I empty the box ,put all the tools on the floor and make him put them all away while I'm standing there so he knows where everything goes. that usually puts an end to him asking where something is every 10 minutes ...
12-17-2014 12:27 PM
1971BB427 Tool boxes are as important as the tools in them. They not only protect the tools, but will save you time looking for tools, IF they are well organized, and not over stuffed! Anyone who makes their living with tools knows how important it is to have your tools readily available, and not spend valuable time searching through storage to find what you need.
In addition to my roll around tool boxes, I have a work cart that has a secure top box, and two drawers. I often use this when I begin a job to fill with the tools and parts I need to do that job. It's easier to roll it to the car, than go back and forth between my main boxes for each tool. Once the job is done, I wheel it back and return the tools to my boxes, and take the leftover parts off the bottom of the cart. It's the best $100 I ever spent for helping me be productive, and saving time.
12-17-2014 11:35 AM
tech69 love my HF box. i have the main box with one side piece. i already need the top box and another side box. would look like this when done.

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12-17-2014 07:26 AM
496CHEVY3100 It helps organize the tools and helps to keep from loosing those expensive tools.
I could use one more
12-17-2014 02:56 AM
Vegaguy Why do people spend so much money on something that doesn't make you any money? The tools in it are what help you make your money. The tool box itself doesn't, its just a storage unit.
08-17-2014 12:06 AM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Most all of us have "too many tools", it's part of our makeup along with parts and projects.

Brian
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

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08-16-2014 10:22 PM
496CHEVY3100 My wife and i read a lot of these threads together ,she even helps me get the cars ready for the car shows,she is not a tom boy just Likes cars

The Red 77 Z28 is her car ,when i painted it she sanded 90% of the car in 1988, while i was at work ,driving a truck, paint job is 26 years old
08-16-2014 06:35 PM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by ogre View Post
^^ i can't believe you typed that on a public forum
now all the women in the world will reference this post when talking to their husbands about buying new shoes.

way to go brian, ruin it for the rest of us
I'm not worried. Pretty sure my wife wont be looking in on car forums. In fact, I'd be willing to wager big money she'll never see that or any other comments all over the hotrod related forums!
08-16-2014 05:03 PM
Trophyman
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Originally Posted by gearheadslife View Post
some need to look at shops that work on big rigs.. your toy boxes won't cut it.
That box IS a bit of overkill. But truthfully, my boxes are almost half that size. I don't use all of the tools in them now, but retiring I worked in a shop where one day I was working on a tar pot the next day a Cat 951 track loader and by the end of the week a I was hip deep in a Barber-Greene asphalt paver. NOBODY borrowed tools in a shop. You had to have tools to work on everything.
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