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Plastic tool 'boxes'


It seems every time I buy a new or replacement tool, it comes packaged in a plastic 'blow molded' storage container. Now, ya'll know that trying to put a tool, corded especially, back in one of those boxes is like that famous noodle and a tiger's rear side. This particular one is for a small 7.2v pivoting head drill/driver replacing the 10 year old 7.2v Crftsman that came down with a terminal case of batteritus croakitus. What do you do with these boxes? Some I do keep for seldom used tools, but this is a screwdriver and needs to be out for easy grabbing. Even my big Bosch came with one of these boxes - and that's 'gone'. I thought we consumers were supposed to be thinking 'green' and saving our natural resources - and this box probably took over a quart of crude oil, sent to China from Iran for manufacture (batteries are from Taiwan).

 

 



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Those boxesdo come in handy if you are a "portable" workman; I worked out of a truck all my life, and tool boxes and cases were the best way to keep track of things.  I have all of the boxes my tools came in, and store the less used tools in them.  When I have to take some tools on a "rescue mission", the boxes come in very handy, and when we moved, they were a real godsend.  As to getting the noodle where you want it to be, patience and attention to detail are paramount;  I managed to stuff my Miller Maxstar 150ST welder back into it's original blow molded case, along with an extra TIG torch, a bunch of extra tungstens and gas lenses, the regulator and hose,  the SMAW leads, and a custom made extension cord.  The cases are also recyclable, if that's a consideration.



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Not being "portable" I usually throw them away right after getting them home.
However, I am going to fix some hooks in my "man cave" (aka tiny shop) so I can hang my drills, skill saw, jig saw, sawsall and such on and let the cords hang down the wall and hopefully straighten out some day - - - - instead of wrapping them around the tool as I have always done and then cuss the cord for not being manageable.


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I guess if I was working out of a truck, might think more about using the boxes, but like MY, and in my workshop, the cords usually get wrapped around the tool and stored in a cupboard. I do have a big Bosch jig saw, a nailer, a stapler, a sawzall and my seldom used Craftsman 1/4" shank router in boxes while about everything isn't.

Probably if I had more battery powered tools, I would use the boxes more - but again, cords.  like that tiger bum and a noodle ..............



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i throw all them boxes away and put my tools in my gang box soon as i get um.now, my little 1/4" impact drill, its in its box. under my bed. hahahaha

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I have probably 20 of those boxes,, left over from clean up of the tool rooms at work,, along with a bunch of various drills, impact drills ,, etc,

Thew drills never get put back in the box, I have cut the molded inside section out of a couple of them to store drill bits, used nuts and bolts etc,, keeps junk under control kinda,  from the looks of my shop you wouldn't think that I ever cleaned it up,, no



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I keep the box for the cordless and have all kinds of other stuff in it. That stays on my truck but I need one for the work bench area. Time to go shoppin!



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Thanks Dave, for some reason this thread has prompted me to do something I've been meaning to do for a long time.

Ever had one of those projects????? biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin  Not just ONE, huh????

Anyhow, I took the 4 tools that I have that have their cords wrapped around themselves and hung them against the wall by their plug ends.  This allowed the weight of the tool to help straighten their very coiled cords.

Well, it seems to be working just great.  Here is the older 3/8" drill whose cord had a mind of it's own similar to a coiled spring but now is much straighter and way more manageable.

Now all that's left to do is design some hangers against a "selected wall" that will allow me to hang the body of the tools in so their cords hang down freely and be easily accessible and out of the way. 

Now there's 3 items that might not be compatible with each other.



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Em - anything to help you out (short of monetary 'donations') We live to serve

That new DeWalt drill seems to be working very nicely with pretty good power. I pulled a bunch 2 and 3 inch 'rock screws out of some very tough fir 2x4's in my minorkitchen mod with no problem. Further use of the plastic box - maybe, eventually - or then, maybe not



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Quite a few of my corded tools came with a velcro or rubber tabbed strap on the cord to hold it together in a "hank", and they work well for getting the "noodle " in the box.  I have seen them in stores a few times, but can't seem to find them, now, online.   Even a boot lace fastened onto a cord with a clove hitch will do the job, just not quite as handy as a velcro strap.  However, with the new batteries that are on the market, cords may seriously be an endangered species; my new Makita 18V drill and impact driver seem to run forever, have more than enough power for drilling and driving almost anything I have tossed them at, and I usually wind up just sticking the batteries on the charger out of boredom, just to watch the red and green lights wink as they do their thing; I am quite impressed with them.

By the bye, I see you updated your avatar photo with a new portrait of you and your Missus.    biggrin  Grands??



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Rrumbler wrote:
By the bye, I see you updated your avatar photo with a new portrait of you and your Missus.    biggrin  Grands??

The Missus maybe??   but that dude's way too young to be Dave. biggrin



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Mello Yello wrote:
Rrumbler wrote:
By the bye, I see you updated your avatar photo with a new portrait of you and your Missus.    biggrin  Grands??

The Missus maybe??   but that dude's way too young to be Dave. biggrin


I have to admit that the DW is a bit younger then me (and a lot better looking), but I gave up cradle robbing

The youngest grand children - here from San Antonio last summer - and after rides in my '31.

Sean has a form of autism, called Asparger's. Mia, she's probably the smartest little girl I ever met. Both great kids to have around.



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nice pic of the kidos dave. their why we get up in the mornin. im gona miss um. i aint never not had kids. hahaha..i specy ol boo will be here a few more years but it goes fast.heck, i mite like it. we'll see. hahaha


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 ol boo will be here a few more years


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shes planin on a school away from home. i guess when school starts shes on her way. i know they got to grow up but that dont mean i gota like it.

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shes planin on a school away from home. i guess when school starts shes on her way. i know they got to grow up but that dont mean i gota like it.


How well I know - - - you do the best you can and then you do a lot of praying and keep your fingers crossed.

Then everytime the phone rings late at night you almost have a coronary.



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yeah, i got one im worried like heck about.its just sux seein um leave out in this dang mess. its tougher than when we came up. well, that and most all of the kidos are spoiled as heck and really dont know how to take care of theirselfs. its our fault. times changed. moms went to work. had to. when i was a kid 11 up you coulda dumped me out in the dang woods and id be fine. man, these kids today dont get out in it. they know nothin about how to survive.i bet they couldnt grow corn. hahaha.dang sure couldnt butcher a hog or clean a coop full of chickens. hahaha. its way different now. i think the young folks are programed . hahaha... i really dont know what all happened but man, i dont like it now.its shockin how many folks live on fast food and sode pop.all that crap in our food. that dang stuff aint posed to eaten. hahaha,

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