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May 9, 2021

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Perch Tool Holders and Racks Review

Perch Tool Holders and Racks Review

Perch Tool Holders Offer Versatile Tool Storage

After a very positive experience with 48 Tools’ battery holders, we turned our attention to Perch tool holders and racks to organize the rest of our arsenal. It turns out there is a TON of versatility in how you can use them.


Pros

  • Easy installation
  • One-hand tool insertion and removal
  • Available stainless steel racks and free DIY rack plans
  • Glass-filled polymer is more durable than other plastics
  • Optional hardware lets you install a holder on the bottom and top of each point on the rack

Cons

  • Some early holders were too tight (newest versions have been corrected)

Perch Tool Holders

At the heart of the system are Perch tool holders. These are glass-filled polymer inserts that fit the shape of a power tool’s battery slot. Two screws attach it to whatever surface you’re working with.

The slots don’t lock the way batteries do, so you can slide them on or off with one hand. The fit has a very tight tolerance, offering enough friction to hold the tool, but not so much that it’s a pain to get off.

In the early stages, some of the holders were a little too tight, but Perch has made adjustments to them and they all have just the right fit.

The easiest way to mount the holders is so your tools hang upside down. It’s possible to install them so the tools stick out away from a wall or pegboard, but you need to make sure you use screws that attach to a solid backing. Just drywall and pegboard won’t cut it. For standard mounting, Perch includes stainless steel hardware.

Perch Tool Holders Options

  • Bosch 18V
  • DeWalt 20V Max
  • Makita 18V
  • Milwaukee 18V
  • Ridgid 18V

In the Works

  • Bauer
  • Black & Decker
  • Hilti
  • Hitachi/Metabo HPT
  • Kobalt
  • Porter-Cable
  • Snap-On

Perch Tool Racks

One of the really cool things Perch has on their website is plans so you can build your own racks to go with the tool holders. If you don’t feel like building your own, there are Perch tool racks you can buy.


Perch Tool Holders and Racks

The Perch-V is made from 304 stainless steel and is tough enough to hold up to 125 pounds of tools and gear. Five install points for Perch tool holders angle up slightly. Between each install point, slots give you room to hang four other tools.

The flat surface on top is helpful in a couple of ways. If you don’t already have a battery storage system, you can set batteries on top. It’s also wide enough that you can also set larger tools such as your circular saw or jigsaw up there.

Keyholes make installation easy. If you’re using it on your pegboard, we highly recommend you hit studs or use toggle bolts to make sure the weight of your tools doesn’t pull it down.

Just for kicks, we decided to see if we could work out a way to mount a Perch tool rack on a Craftsman VersaTrack rail. Repurposing one of the larger hooks and with a touch of grinding and welding, it worked beautifully with the locking function still intact.

Perch Tool Holder and Racks Versatrack Conversion

Perch Tool Holders and Racks Price

No matter which brand you need Perch tool holders for, they’re $6.95 each. We’ve also seen them on Amazon, but they run a few dollars more. The Perch tool rack is $114.00 and comes with 5 hangers.

Plans to build your own racks are free. We love that, but we also really like the look and durability of the stainless steel racks.

We didn’t get a chance to test them, but Perch also offers double stack hardware sets for $8.00. This lets you hang install one holder below the rack and another above it.

The Bottom Line

Whether you’re organizing your garage, work van, or shop, we really like what Perch tool holders and racks bring to tool organization. They’re versatile, the racks are well-built, and they help us make better use of the space we have.

Perch Tool Holder and Rack Specs

  • Rack Material: 304 Stainless Steel
  • Mount Material: Glass-filled Polymer
  • Mounting Hardware: Stainless Steel
  • Supports up to 150 lbs.
  • Mount Price: $6.95
  • Rack Price: $114

For more information about the Perch Tool Holders and Racks, check out the website by clicking here.

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