Tool Storage Reviews & Buying Guides

Tool storage takes many different forms. We’ve reviewed the best tool box and the best tool chest. Possibly the hottest new tool storage solution includes the likes of Milwaukee Packout and DeWalt ToughSystem 2.0. You can’t, however, forget to factor in garage storage solutions. Those include the Ryobi Link Modular Storage System and Milwaukee Packout Shop Storage. Our favorite tool storage solutions include gigantic tool chests from the likes of Husky and Craftsman. Even customizable, pre-filled boxes from Sonic Tools really capture our attention. We love features like soft close drawers, locking casters, power and USB options, and the over-the-top build quality. Tool storage has gone from blad to “wow” in just a few scant years.

Veto Pro Pac Model LC Tool Bag Review

Veto Pro Pac Model LC Tool Bag Review

I like a good tool bag. Veto Pro Pac’s Model LC Closed Top zippered bag is actually a GREAT tool bag. The reasons are varied but mostly its greatness centers on its flexibility and durability. I mean, when people grab a tool bag from… well, wherever they grab them, it’s often with the idea that they’re getting the best they can for the money and “hopefully” it’ll hold up. The Veto Pro Pac is for people who’ve already gone that route… and failed. It’s for the professional who understands what a tool bag should be, and what it shouldn’t. It’s designed by people who have, frankly, been there, and done that – and it shows. The Veto Pro Pac Model LC comes across as a bag you don’t have to baby. You can throw it, slam it, kick it around – it’ll be fine and so will your tools. And that made us happy. ‘Cause we like to throw and kick things around… and so we begin our review.

Rockler Rubber Bench Mat Review

Rockler Rubber Bench Mat Review

Back in 2003 I purchased a product made of recycled rubber tires and cut it to fit inside my Jeep Liberty’s cargo area. It was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. When Rockler announced their Recycled Rubber Bench Mat I immediately knew that this excellent product had more or less made its way into the world of woodworking shops everywhere. What’s unique about it is the simplicity of design. There’s nothing fancy about it – it’s just rubber, but it’s the perfect texture and protection for any surface. Let’s face it, if your idea of the perfect worktop surface is linoleum, plywood or tile – this is going to revolutionize your life… or at least add a level of convenience and flexibility you hadn’t thought of before.

Dymo Rhino 5200 Label Printer Review

Dymo Rhino 5200 Label Printer Review

If you are a professional contractor, electrician, plumber, or like to keep your stuff organized and easy to find, by now you’ve likely heard of Dymo’s line of Rhino label printers. The Rhino labelers are one of few industrial quality products designed to serve the needs of journeymen and contracting professionals who need on-site labelers that can stand up to the tough elements and challenges faced on the jobsite. The company just released its Rhino 5200 to update and replace its already well-regarded RhinoPro 5000 label printer that has been an industry standard. The new product simplifies and augments an already impressive label printing tool. Dymo doesn’t just stop at the machines, however, they have an impressive and well-rounded line of label products that cover the gamut and function in almost any environment. This includes entry-level nylon tape, vinyl tape in multiple color choices and also permanent polyester labels which are hearty enough to work for outdoor use or application onto rough surfaces. We were happy to put our grubby hands on the new 5200 and, when we did, we were quite pleased with the results.

Dymo Rhino 6000 Label Printer Review

Dymo Rhino 6000 Label Printer Review

Dymo label printers have long been the serious user’s choice in label creation for quite some time now. With the new Rhino 6000 they have truly upped the ante in terms of features and capabilities. I say this for several reasons. One, the company has an extensive line of products that are specifically targeted for the professional and “pro-sumer” markets, and two, the Rhino brand is backed by labels that will work in a variety of applications and environments. From simple nylon tape that is perfect for cabling and simple label jobs, to vinyl which is available in many colors, to permanent polyester tape that can handle outdoor use and rough surfaces, Dymo has paid attention to the needs of custom A/V installers, electricians and journeymen everywhere.

Kerry-All 4' x 8' Plywood Pouch Review

Kerry-All 4′ x 8′ Plywood Pouch Review

Have you ever showed up at your local building supply store, loaded up our truck with materials only to have it start to rain as you were driving home? Since most of us don’t have vehicles or trailers to be able to transport larger size materials without them being exposed to the elements, how do you get them home with no damage? That’s easy with the line of Kerry-All Pouches from Kerry Woodworking. These pouches come in many sizes that allow you to slip in your materials to keep the weather off of them for easy transport with any vehicle or trailer.

Strap Sack Tie Down Storage Review

Strap Sack Tie Down Storage Review

Just slip the Strap Sack over your existing tie-down ratchets for a simple and effective solution to eliminate the issues that come from tangled straps and long tails that flap in the wind. With the Strap Stacks installed over your tie-down ratchets you will also have a handy place to store the strap when not in use and protect the ratcheting mechanism from the weather.

Bosch L-Boxx Tool Storage System Preview

Bosch L-Boxx Tool Storage System

At this year’s 2010 Global Leadership Tour, Don Briner, who works in Bosch’s Tool Organization and Storage department, gave us a nice preview of their upcoming adaptation of Sortimo’s L-Boxx tool storage system. The new products seem to compete directly with Festool’s Systainers (though Bosch was careful not to directly address this in their presentation). The L-Boxx obviously targets mobile work, but its simplification of the transport and storage of power tools, accessories and consumables makes it appealing to just about everyone.

TracRac TracONE Pickup Truck Rack System Review

TracRac TracONE Universal Truck Rack System Review

The TracRac TracONE pickup truck rack system brings professional quality and features to a level that almost any sportsman, contractor or do-it-yourself type can afford and really use. With the ability to fit virtually any pickup truck on the road today, there is no excuse to have long material dangerously dangling off the back of your tailgate, or even worse, with the material balanced though the sliding rear window of your truck in the the cab! With the TracONE system, you can haul 800 pounds overhead on a super strong aircraft grade aluminum utility rack.