When you need to carry your tools somewhere, you can’t just grab whatever you need and put it in a plastic bag. Many of the tools are too heavy to be carried in such a way, not to mention that some of the tools are sharp enough to rip through the bag. When you’re done with using your tools, you can’t just leave them lying around.
You might trip on them, you might lose them, they can get damaged, and you’ll probably spend too much time looking for the tool you need. Tools need to be carried properly so that there’s no danger of them falling out of the carry bag and hurting someone or getting damaged. Tools also need to be stored properly because that way they can be well organized, handy, and it might help them last longer. Luckily, there are plenty of options that will help you carry or store tools, or in some cases – do both.
Let’s start with tool belts and tool aprons. They are usually made of tough canvas or leather, and they are very light and easy to wear. They are the best way to have some tools handy if you plan to move around a lot while working. Still, belts and aprons come with a drawback – because the whole idea behind them is that they are great for wearing all the time while you’re working, and because their size is pretty limited, they can only hold a couple of tools. Otherwise, they might become too heavy.
Many handymen swear by their tool bag. Tool bags are constructed from the same durable materials as belts and aprons so that they can’t be easily cut through, and so that they can carry the weight of all the tools you need to carry in them. And you’ll be able to carry many more tools in them than in belts and aprons. But, because they are bigger, it also means that they can get heavier, so they can’t really be carried all the time while you’re using the tools. Still, tool bags offer great mobility, even though they, just like belts and aprons, aren’t a good long term storage options.
Toolboxes are where mobility and storage come together. Toolboxes are made to be very durable, either from hard plastic, or like the Wilson & Miller toolbox, from steel. One of the best things about toolboxes is that they usually come with a couple of trays inside them, effectively allowing users to organize their tools in different layers. The hand carry toolbox can hold a decent amount of tools, but in case you need more tools that can fit in a standard toolbox, or if you need more tools than you can carry, there are also rolling toolboxes, which work pretty much like wheeled luggage, except that you carry your tools in it instead of your clothes. When the handle or such a rolling toolbox is drawn out, you can usually stack a couple of tool cases on each other, so that you can have with you literally every single tool you need.
Stationary tool storage is what people turn to when they have more tools, and bigger tools, than they can store in a toolbox. Tool chest and tool cabinets can store even the heaviest and largest tools, or they can take in a large amount of smaller tools. Because they can’t be moved around like toolboxes or bags, they will probably end up being the place where your tools end up when you don’t have to carry them with you.
They tend to be more expensive then toolboxes not only because there’s more material that goes into making them, but also because they need tougher materials to allow them to carry heavier loads, and they also need to have quality bearings for the drawers. And of course, there’s the tool workbench, which combines a work surface on top, and a number of storage options bellow. Like all stationary tool storage, they can come with wheels on them that allows them some mobility, although their size and weight, especially when fully loaded with tools, will make it impractical, if not impossible, to move them around much. They can usually be moved around the room they’re in, but since they usually get placed somewhere where tools are to be used, like workshops, or auto repair shops, the mobility they have is all the mobility you’ll need from them.