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I am transferring my tools over to a new toolbox and I am going to be using several new tool and drawer organizers to help keep the tools organized. I ordered 6 different things from socket organizers to special wrench organizers and better ways to store all the pliers, cutting tools, etc. to get started. I thought I would show the new organizers and give my opinion of them so it might be helpful for others either organizing their tools or perhaps outfitting a new toolbox or thinking about it.

I outgrew my old toolbox a long time ago and I kept adding stuff into it and pretty soon I had resurrected my old, old tool box and put it into use along with a Craftsman Rolling work cart. Add in another center section from another Craftsman Box I had somewhere and I was working out of three different toolboxes and once again, out of room. Well, for my birthday, Mrs. Bear solved that problem.

My old toolbox was / is 41" wide and from the floor to the top of the top box, it is 5' tall. There is an extra side cabinet which hangs off the left side of the lower box which is 12" wide and has another 6 drawers in it. This toolbox is 18" deep from front to back. So, the base section is 53" wide and 3 feet tall and the upper box is 41" wide and 24" tall.

It's a Husky box which I have had for about 10 or 15 years (time flies by) and it's been a good box. The lock was broken on it when I bought it as a floor model from Home Depot and I replaced it with a lock set they provided. I never had a need to use the locks as most who have their toolboxes at home don't. This box has met my needs and has been a good box. I got a heck of a deal on it paying $400 for the lower box, upper box and the side box which hangs on the lower section, which is 12" wide.

Here is a picture of my current Husky Toolbox, which is being replaced by the new box



That was the price on the lower box back then discounted for being a floor model and with the broken lock. The clerk argued with me and she refused to scan the other two bar codes, one for the top and one for the side box. In fact, I had the manager who sold it to me come to the cash register when the cashier was scanning just the lower box and he approved it. So, I got the entire unit for $424, out the door. :dunno:

I tried to explain to them their mistake and they just ignored me. Funny thing was when I said I would take the box, the manager originally was going to sell me a new in the box set and they looked and looked in the store and couldn't find it. I recall him saying "The inventory shows 3 complete sets and the only one I can find is the one on the floor." That's when the discussion of the discount for the broken lock took place and the $400 for the lower unit was arrived upon. Anyways, it's no wonder their inventory was off so far......:laugh::lol:

My plan was to use the old box in a new location in the garage, to combine the old Craftsman boxes and roller cabinet into it. I say my plan "Was" to use the old box in this other role and then dispose of the Craftsman Boxes and Roller cabinet......but I had a serious incident, which could have turned out far worse. I will get into that in a second, but in the meantime, here are the new tool cabinets.

My new toolbox, sitting in the same place.



The new toolbox is huge, it's 72" wide and about 6' tall and the toolbox is 22" deep. Empty, the box weighed about 600 pounds.

Here is a picture of me lifting it off the trailer and my 1025r with the pallet forks had it's hands full with the toolbox out on the tips of the forks. It was sitting front to back on a trailer when delivered and I had to reach over the side of the trailer and pick it straight up over the side of the trailer and unload it that way. The lower unit was in a protective crate for shipping it while the upper unit was on a pallet strapped to the rear of the trailer.

In the photo, I had removed it from the trailer and unpacked it and now I am getting ready to set the lower unit in the garage.



It also has a lot of shallow drawers , which is exactly what I wanted as I am tired of digging for stuff. The new toolbox has 31 drawers in total and each drawer is heavy duty roller bearing slides and each drawer is rated for at least 100 pounds of tools. Each drawer already contains a very nice fitted anti slip mat in the bottom.

One major difference in this toolbox is many of the new big boxes have a real tall lid and top shelf area where you can store the cordless tools standing up and also store the battery chargers in the top of the box as well. While that is a great idea, I don't have more than 4 or 5 cordless tools and it would only take up a small fraction of the top under lid area. I want to store my sockets there, just as I did on my Husky box, using the socket organizers. So, this new box was more of the style I was seeking without the large lid and top shelf area for standing up the cordless tools.

Here is the worst drawer in the old toolbox, the drawer for pliers, electrical cutting tools, etc. This is the problem I am trying to get away from and I certainly will in the new toolbox.



The new organizer for the cutting tools and pliers is supposed to be here tomorrow, so I will provides pictures of the item and show it being put into use and give you my opinion of it. I ordered the organizer to be able to handle 10 tools per organizer and I ordered enough to organize 60 sets of pliers, side cutters, tin snips (which I have 10 sets with different cutting angles, tips, etc. of as I used to fabricate race car interior panels, etc.)

This is the new organizer for the cutting tools and pliers which will be here tomorrow.
 

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:munch:I’ll be watching. I am waiting for mobile work bench at Home Depot to go on sale and I also need to expand. Be watching for ideas as some of my drawers are the same mess as your.
 

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I have gotten the first couple of drawers done for the box already. Here is the screwdriver drawer.



And here is the new drawer for the Nut Drivers and the handled Torx drivers.



I already have the drawer for the oil change tools set up and it permits me to see everything in the drawer without having to dig for it.



The metal oil filter tool in the photo on the Honda filter is the same as the filter for the Yanmar diesel's in our 1025R and many of the SCUT and CUT's using the small Yanmar Diesel. This is a great tool for doing the oil change as it makes removal and the install of the new filter very easy and clean.

The black filter is the Hydro filter on my 455, which has fluted edges just like most oil filters. However, the filter for the Hydro on the new 1 series uses a smooth fluid filter cartridge and there are no flute in it. I use the long black handled filter pliers in the drawer for the hydro filter on my new tractor.

In the back of the drawer are pullers which are tough to store as they take up a lot of room. I don't like to tear down the puller as there are too many small parts to get shuffled everywhere so I store the puller in tack in the drawer with the oil filter tools.

Any of you Harley owners out there will likely recognize the Harley oil filter wrench lying in the drawer. Its the metal wrench with the varying sized edge around the filter portion of the wrench and the other end is for the drain plug. It works well and the wrench also fits other vehicles filters I own.
 

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:munch:I’ll be watching. I am waiting for mobile work bench at Home Depot to go on sale and I also need to expand. Be watching for ideas as some of my drawers are the same mess as your.
I can now say "the same mess as your drawer WAS...":laugh::lol:
 

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Organizer for Sockets

I have tried a number of things for organizing sockets and this is by FAR, the method of socket storage I prefer.

Now let me mention that my sockets organizing trays NEVER leave the tool box. They stay right there. I have a portable tool set in a plastic molded case with an entire set of 1/4" drive, 3/8" drive and shallow and deep well sockets with ratchets, extensions, etc. if I need to take sockets out of the garage. That set is stored in my out building where the lawn gear is kept.

Here are the socket organizers I purchased and came today.





These socket organizers are for 1/4" drive, 3/8" drive and 1/2" drive sockets in both SAE and Metric. I already have been using an entire set of this brand of socket organizers and will be transferring those to the new box as well.

The Hansen brand of socket organizers has served me extremely well. I just thought I would try this brand of socket organizers to see if they were any different and frankly, they are not any different. Next time, I would purchase the Hansen Brand again and save the price difference of $5 of so.

The Hansen organizers were put to the ultimate test on Saturday when I was moving my old tool chest and getting ready for the new tool chest to be delivered. As I went to move the old tool box stack, I locked the drawers and began to move it. As soon as I got the tool box turned sideways on the slope in the garage floor (which is very minimal just for drainage) the lock on the top box broke and the drawers all started to shift open. I tried to close the drawers and get the box turned back 90 degrees but the drawers kept fighting me.

I was in the garage alone and wish I could have stopped at that point and used a ratchet strap to secure the drawers. But i was alone and no help so I struggled trying to get the drawers kept closed on the top half and turn the box, which is very heavy. Just as I got the box starting to turn the drawers slid open again and this time, the impact caused the lower lock to also break and those drawers came open. I couldn't balance the box anymore and I jumped out of the way and over the entire stack went, face first.

Fortunately, I did not bolt the upper and lower boxes together as it would have made setting it back up even much more difficult than it already was. Meantime, all of my Hansen Socket organizers on the top of the box went flying and the top box actually tumbled an entire 360 degrees, landing face down with the drawers partially open.

The lower box went over and went face down, which was bad enough.

I can tell you had I not gotten out of the way, it would have been my last birthday. And what a mess........

So, I began to scoop up hand fulls of sockets and put them in 5 gallon buckets as well as the other tools scattered across the floor. I fill 5 bucket with the tools I picked up off the floor and then I used my 1025R pallet forks to set the top box back upright.

I did the same with the lower box and it was very near the lifting limit of the 1025r in weight as I kept getting up against the load limit in the hydraulics as I was setting the lower box, largely still full of tools, back up.

I walked up to the lower box and by hand, I couldn't budge it. The upper box was more empty than full at this point but it was still a struggle.

Bottom line, if you EVER move a toolbox, even with the incline being seemingly harmless, use ratchet straps around the toolbox to secure the drawers before moving it at all. Once the weight of the drawers snapped the top lock, I couldn't stop trying to balance it and close the drawers. It turned the tool box transition from one box to another into far bigger of a project than I had anticipated.
 

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SB,
If you find yourself with nothing to do, I could put your organizing experience to good use! just a little drive to my place... :lol:
 

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The Hansen Socket Organizers Are TOUGH

Despite taking a ride for which the Hansen Socket organizers are clearly NOT designed, only three of the posts on 6 full socket organizers were damaged in the "tumble" and not one of the posts was broken completely off the organizers. I glued them with super glue and they were good as new.

When I ordered the new set of socket organizers, Amazon was down to 1 set in stock of the Hansen Brand which is partly why I ordered the socket organizers I did as I didn't want to wait for delivery. I would strongly suggest anyone considering this style of socket organizers to purchase the Hansen Brand and they sure survived the tumble much better than I thought they would.

Here are the Good and Bad of these socket organizers.

Good
1. - They are not magnetic so you can easily get a socket with one greasy hand and not fight the magnet holding it.
2. - They hold the sockets and the sizes are very easy to see even as one's eyes change when we age.
3. - I would say 95% of my sockets fit the poles on the socket organizers. Some sockets do not, but they are usually oddball brands.
4. - I like the ability to stack the 1/4" up front, the 3/8" behind them and the 1/2" at the back and being able to see them all. Its a little tougher with this super tall new box, but I will get by.

Bad
1. For people who port their socket trays from job to job, you probably want a magnet to keep them organized.
2. Some sockets don't fit but all my S&K, Most Craftsman, T&E, etc all fit. So, if you have common brands of sockets, they should be just fine.

Here is the Amazon link for them;

Amazon.com: Hansen Global 92000 SAE Metric Socket Storage Trays - 6 Piece Set: Automotive



You can buy the individual sizes but the set was a better deal. Also, there are several color choices for the trays.
 

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SB,
If you find yourself with nothing to do, I could put your organizing experience to good use! just a little drive to my place... :lol:
My hourly rate is kind of high.........and I don't accept liquor, beer or food in payment as I don't drink and I am a picky eater.......

So, it's back to the hourly rate......:laugh::lol:

Let me tell you, I wanted to make this much, MUCH, MUCH less of a project than it turned into........:banghead:
 

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My hourly rate is kind of high.........and I don't accept liquor, beer or food in payment as I don't drink and I am a picky eater.......

So, it's back to the hourly rate......:laugh::lol:

Let me tell you, I wanted to make this much, MUCH, MUCH less of a project than it turned into........:banghead:
SB
I anticipated the hourly rate would be high! Good help is hard to find.....and when you find it, you must be prepared to pay for it! Nice Job though! :bigthumb:
 

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Despite taking a ride for which the Hansen Socket organizers are clearly NOT designed, only three of the posts on 6 full socket organizers were damaged in the "tumble" and not one of the posts was broken completely off the organizers. I glued them with super glue and they were good as new.

When I ordered the new set of socket organizers, Amazon was down to 1 set in stock of the Hansen Brand which is partly why I ordered the socket organizers I did as I didn't want to wait for delivery. I would strongly suggest anyone considering this style of socket organizers to purchase the Hansen Brand and they sure survived the tumble much better than I thought they would.

Here are the Good and Bad of these socket organizers.

Good
1. - They are not magnetic so you can easily get a socket with one greasy hand and not fight the magnet holding it.
2. - They hold the sockets and the sizes are very easy to see even as one's eyes change when we age.
3. - I would say 95% of my sockets fit the poles on the socket organizers. Some sockets do not, but they are usually oddball brands.
4. - I like the ability to stack the 1/4" up front, the 3/8" behind them and the 1/2" at the back and being able to see them all. Its a little tougher with this super tall new box, but I will get by.

Bad
1. For people who port their socket trays from job to job, you probably want a magnet to keep them organized.
2. Some sockets don't fit but all my S&K, Most Craftsman, T&E, etc all fit. So, if you have common brands of sockets, they should be just fine.

Here is the Amazon link for them;

Amazon.com: Hansen Global 92000 SAE Metric Socket Storage Trays - 6 Piece Set: Automotive

You can buy the individual sizes but the set was a better deal. Also, there are several color choices for the trays.
That is what I use for my socket organizer. Pic below. Also included a pic of one of my drawers showing how I organize my stuff.

Dave

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Sockets, Sockets, and more Sockets

I have the following in socket sets in my new toolbox organizer;

2 - 1/4" drive socket sets, SAE

1 - 1/4" drive socket sets, Metric

4 - 3/8" Drive socket Sets in SAE

2 - 3/8" Drive Socket Sets in Metric

2 - 1/2" Drive socket sets in SAE

1 - 1/2" Drive socket sets in Metric

So, I am filling all of these socket organizers as I am going through the buckets and here are all of the sockets which I don't have any place for on the organizers listed above because they are already full........



And I am not done sorting sockets. I am seriously thinking about offering select sockets to anyone who might need a size of what I have to fill their set or replace a lost socket, etc. I can tell you the majority of what I have surplus of are 3/8" drive and in the 7/16th to 3/4" sockets, both shallow and deep well.

When I am done filling the organizers, I won't have any need for these surplus sockets as the sets already contain the limit in the duplicate sizes of the sockets shown in the photo.

Perhaps if any of the GTT family members need specific socket sizes you could let me know and I will see what I have. As I said, the majority are SAE and in the 3/8th drive size. I bet I have at least 3 or 4 of each of the following in that group of excess sockets (keep in mind, I still have two more buckets to sort through)

3/8" drive in the sizes of 1/2", 9/16th", 5/8" and 11/16th and 3/4"

In both deep well and shallow sockets.

I have very few duplicates in Metric, but there are some.
 

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I've used the Hansen organizers for 10+ years now, they are fantastic :good2:

Nice job SB...this is on my to-do list too, but still undecided on what brand tool box I'll go with. The new Horrible Fright offerings are luring me in with the great reviews and good pricing, but I just can't make that dive yet.
 

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That is what I use for my socket organizer. Pic below. Also included a pic of one of my drawers showing how I organize my stuff.

Dave



I have an insane number of wrenches. I am going to try some special drawer organizers for the wrenches and in fact, I ordered three different brands of the wrench organizers to see which one's I like the best.

I want to store the wrenches vertically in size order other than some of the specialty wrenches, like tubing wrenches, ratchet wrenches, swivel ratchet wrenches, stubby wrenches, etc. which will likely lie flat in the drawer. I have combination wrenches up to 1"7/8" and the huge wrenches take up a lot of room.

I have set of 3/4" drive sockets and Impact sockets and those are just stored in the drawer standing the sockets straight up as they are so heavy and large in diameter. If there is one drawer that might meet the 100 plus pound weight limit, it's the 3/4" drive sockets and ratchet, breaker bar, extension, etc.


I tried to post pictures copied from the website for the different wrench storage racks I ordered, but the program doesn't show anything where I copied the photo's. I guess I will have to wait to take my own pictures and post those. Meanwhile, here are the amazon listings for the one's I ordered.

Ernst Manufacturing Standard Wrench Organizer, 16 Tool, Red - - Amazon.com


Amazon.com: Wrench rack by Hall Designs | 10 slot, steel. Made in USA (Red): Home Improvement


Wrench rack by Hall Designs | 20 slot, steel. Made in USA (Red) - - Amazon.com


Some of these are made of metal and some of plastic. Some are wedge shaped and the one style is square. The prices vary greatly from a low of $5 per storage rack to a high of $35 per storage rack. I will say the two more expensive options are made from steel and have excellent reviews from those who own and use them.

I will post photo's of each of them in use with my thoughts on the matter........


It's going to be interesting to see how these work out. The two are very highly rated by those who own them and use them............
 

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I've used the Hansen organizers for 10+ years now, they are fantastic :good2:

Nice job SB...this is on my to-do list too, but still undecided on what brand tool box I'll go with. The new Horrible Fright offerings are luring me in with the great reviews and good pricing, but I just can't make that dive yet.
I was able to buy this set for the price of the HF lower 72" tool chest which is their top of the line. The tool box I bought (actually Mrs. Bear bought it for me with OUR money...:laugh:..) had a retail price of $1,595 for the two pieces and they had them on sale for $1,295. I talked to the store manager and told him we were buying today and with Benjamin's, not plastic and I would pay $1,100 for the pair if they would sell them. The deal was made. Plus I paid a really nice young man who's fiance works at the store $100 to delivery it and help me unload it and get it out of the crate.

I looked at Cromwell Boxes and of course, Snap On. I couldn't find anything from Craftsman near this size in our area. Not even 1/2 the size. The Craftsman boxes I looked at at Lowe's were all much smaller and not of the design I was interested in.

Snap On boxes are nice, but I just can't justify tying up that much money in a chest that will likely move the next time when my estate is being settled. If I was say, oh....................an Elevator Service Technician Professional, then I would definitely have a Snap On Box as it would only take one week's pay to cover it's purchase price. Plus, if it gets moved around the shop or worksite often, then I would consider the best box I could get.

I left the wooden supports around the caster wheels as I set the tool box in place with the pallet forks and shimmed the front of the plywood with just a thick 1/2" bolt washer, so the box is sitting perfectly level front to back and side to side. Because I wanted to shim the box and I would only move it with the tractor anyways, I want it sitting perfectly level after my event on Saturday.......

I know I would never bolt these boxes together either. No need and I don't see any benefit either. Had my old boxes been bolted together, i expect the damage would have been worse and it would have been MUCH harder to get righted......

I like the box, especially for the price. :good2:
 

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I got the same socket organizers and love them.
 

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Pliers and Cutting tool organizer

These are supposed to be delivered tomorrow, which I think will work very nicely for the pliers, cutting tools, etc. I have a total of 6 of these coming and after considering all of the alternatives, I am confident this will be a good approach. There is a style out these which is a wire rack but I didn't like how it holds the tools.

There was another version which is a plastic tray type, but there was almost twice as much length in the organizer than in the tools it holds so it would be very wasteful for drawer space.
 

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Another Organizer for small tools, etc.

I have used these trays for all the small stuff like air tool couplings and all the little stuff we have in the tool box like feeler gauges, swivels, 1/4" drive extensions and adapters, etc. These are reasonable at $10 each

 

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Storage for Bits, etc. Including the SAE bits for drills, etc

I have ordered a couple of these, as well. They are very good for storing the frequently used "bits" and it's magnetic, so it will hold them in place.

The case these are kept in now takes up much more drawer space because they are all lying flat. I will take the case the bits came in and get rid of it so space isn't wasted.

Here is the Amazon link for these;

Amazon.com: Olsa Tools | Hex Bit Organizer with Strong Magnetic Base | Premium Quality Hex Bit Holder (Red): Automotive

 

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Getting the Wrenches Sorted

I have been organizing the wrenches and putting them back into their groups based upon type. This drawer has all of the wrenches which are other than traditional combination wrenches. These are the tubing wrenches, the ratchet wrenches, the stubby's, and other "specialty wrenches".

This is NOT how I plan to store them, this is just for the sorting process.



Here are the traditional combination wrenches. This is how they were stored in the last tool box in these plastic tubs and it worked well, but the tubs don't fit in the new drawers so the wrench storage I have on order will be used.

 

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The Husky Box sure took a Licking.......

But it is still ticking and doesn't really show as much damage from the fall as I would have thought.

I was expecting the drawers to be twisted and bent and unable to open and close, these all work and the large drawer missing from the lower cabinet is fine and will go back in and work. Some of the front drawer handles were bent but overall, the box took one heck of a hit and works just like it should. Even the top lid closes on the top chest and it aligned when closed.

I was expecting to have to scrap the Husky box after the crash it took on Saturday. Maybe I have the Christine of Tool Boxes and it straightens itself out just like the car in the Stephen King Movie....I wonder if the tool box is out cruising around searching retribution in the middle of the night like the car was? :laugh::lol:



 

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