Modular Tool Storage System
Organize your Equipment with a Modular Tool Storage System
By Robert Robillard
In the residential remodeling and construction world job sites are busy, hectic arenas with tools and equipment everywhere. Oftentimes contractors simply overlook the “tools that protect the tools.” They are just too darn busy to consider properly organizing and securing their valuable tools and equipment. But they should!
Jobsite tool storage is just as important as the tools that are used to do the job. The average contractor’s tools are valued at thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. That’s an investment work protecting.
Take the time to analyze your work efforts during the course of a day. Ask yourself a few questions: How many times did you go back to the truck or trailer for a tool? Did you spend time searching for a bit, blade or accessory? Do you store task-specific tools or accessories together? Do you have a system to get multiple tools and accessories into a job in one trip? Where are your “time sinks” when it comes to tool storage, setup and cleanup?
See where I’m going? Contractors need to think about tool storage and organization as an investment, and for DIY’ers it will enhance productivity. A smartly designed tool storage system simplifies the protection, storage and transportation of tools and accessories, so you spend more time working and less time searching.
Creating a tailored, customizable tool storage and transport system will save time and work in the long run.
Tool Storage Research
Research has shown that the key to becoming better organized on the job site is through the use of modular organizers. Modular organizers are designed to allow for better and more secure storage, better organization and easier mobility.
We’ve also learned that organization is the key to being productive at work. Contractors use only 33 percent of their time on the job site working. The rest of that time is spent on tasks such as material runs, unplanned interruptions, searching for tools, searching for parts and running errands.
We can’t control all the unplanned “time sinks” but we can choose a system to organize our tools and accessories.
Today’s storage systems have several things in common. They are durable, lightweight, stackable, and have a uniform footprint designed to protect your tools. They also incorporate mobile carts for transporting the units in fewer trips. The most common individual tool storage and accessory organization systems are:
- Festool Systainer and Systainer-Ports systems
- Bosch L-Boxx, Click and Go System
- Dewalts TSTAK system and ToughSystem