Tool bag (not for motorcycles, but for hand tools)

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  1. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I have a basic Husky 10x10 tool bag for my hand tools. It is about a year and a half old and getting pretty beat up. Most of the outer pockets have worn through and will let screwdrivers slip though. It have served me well for the $20 or so I paid for it. I am a maintenance tech and I use this thing daily. It always has the same assortment of screwdrivers/pliers and crescent wrenches in it but depending on what I am doing, I'll pile electrical test equipment in, pipe wrenches, drills, etc... I try to keep it emptied out pretty well because it can be pretty heavy all loaded up and walking up 4 flights of stairs with a 40-50 pound bag kinda sucks.

    I been doing some Internet searching for a replacement. I am not sure what more I would want. Maybe a small radio built in? Integrated parts bins may be nice. Maybe more backpack/messenger bag style? Does anyone have a tool bag they really like?
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  2. ttpete

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  3. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    I've got a military surplus bag like this. It's a little smaller than yours but it's 20 years old at least. It's got my tools in it for when I head out to Pick and Pull.

    I also saw some at Duluth Trading Co that looked pretty durable.
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  4. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    Hell yeah, I got one of those. Probably the most durable tool bag I have.
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  5. Just Max

    Just Max I put the F in luck

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    http://www.vetopropac.com/

    Stuff is $$ but after having one for a few years, I would say worth the cost.


    Given your description, I would check out the tech-pac

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  6. jeep44

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    I keep one of these bags full of tools in each one of my cars. Great little bags.
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  7. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    That looks like a real nice bag, I think I have seen them on display at the local Johnstone supply, I'll have to check them out in person. I am not opposed to paying $$$ if the bag will hold up.
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    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I need something that has interior pockets to keep things somewhat organized.
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    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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  10. tominboise

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    I like the military bag shown. I also buy used laptop bags at the pawnshop or thrift stores for a couple of $$ and put things like jumper cables and tow straps in them....
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  11. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    After doing some more reading on the veto pac, I think I am going to get the backpack. Being able to wear it as a backpack while carrying a ladder and other items in my arms will be very helpful.
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  12. machinebuilder

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    For working in plant maintenance this is one of the best options I've seen

    http://www.mscdirect.com/product/08022097

    it's similar to your Home Depot one but being leather it doesn't fall apart.

    When you walk up to a machine and set it down your tools don't fall out.

    It's not the "black hole" of the military tool pouch where you dig thru everything looking for the small screwdriver on the bottom.

    I actually had built my own before these came out, for the amount of time and effort I would have bought it, but mine was custom fit for the tools I carried.
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  14. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I noticed the weight of the veto bags, you think that would make much of a difference in a backpack style bag?
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    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Dont know if it would fit your purposes but I used to use the BucketBoss. Tool bag fits on a 5 gallon bucket, pockets all around and keeps the bucket open. I was a welder, worked great for keeping my tools, rod, markers and such on the outside and grinders and such on the inside. Was perfect when I had to go in a deep pit or ditch, could lower everything in one shot by a rope instead of having to carry it all down.

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  16. Just Max

    Just Max I put the F in luck

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    The weight is what you are paying for. it's all in how you load it.
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  17. phoenix13

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    well . . not if you're carrying it!

    veto pro are definitely bomb proof, but at a cost.

    the "hands -free" idea is attractive, but why burden yourself and pay for it in the latter part of your career with bad knees, back pain, and other ailments which come with trade work? will your boss or customers call and see how you're feeling? or even care? think of YOU first & foremost.

    voice of some experience here. and when you kneel, stick a piece of cardboard or something down first. it's cumulative.
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  18. Jamesville

    Jamesville a man of few posts

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    I am an HVAC tech at a University and do my share of ladder carrying and trips to the roof too. I have been using this Greenlee bag for 5+ years. It suits my needs perfectly and has held up well. The interior of the bag has multiple loops for pliers, nut drivers and such. Even with all the loops occupied, it leaves a fair amount of space for carrying job specific items. Under the flap you see pictured is enough room for a VOM and on the other side, under a flap are vertical sections for your assortment of screwdrivers. Two smaller flapped storage areas are on the ends of the bag. I highly recommend this bag. It was $70+ when I bought it-but I would do it again in a minute.

    http://www.greenlee.com/products/CARRIER%40cTOOL-11%22.html

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  19. syntec4

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    Veto..

    I've tried em all and these are the best. Although i do still make my own plywood and some fancy wooden ones as well.

    The Veto is a bitch to get here in the UK and bloody expensive even for the small ones. But it's still worth the cost and effort. Mine is used all day every day. You can see in this pic a stanley one which lasted only a few months which is now relegated to tile tools. I also tried Makita, Dewalt and many others. The pockets always rip open at the bottom and as you say, the tools fall out the bottom.

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  20. Tallboy

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    Another vote for the Veto ProPac.

    I did a lot of shopping and research into the offerings and settled on the Veto. So very well thought out. Since I work in a manufacturing plant, I opted for the open top, but the closed top ones would be good for transport.
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