Purchased a new tool box from Stanley Tools

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  1. transmaster

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    I came to the realization that the storied "Parts Stash" was an unorganized mess. The big stuff is in well marked boxes but the small parts, :dunno: I have Nakamichi branded locking banana plugs. I am sure I put them in "that" tool box but when I went looking for them I could not find them, still haven't. I need a better storage solution. I found this Stanley tool box. "Stanley Hand Tools STST19900". What I particularly like are the bottom snap-on parts compartments each with it's own handle that snap on the bottom of the main tool box. I wanted a plastic box and this one has great reviews from contractors. I ordered the basic tool box and 2 additional snap-on sections. Looking at the compartments in the top cover I already see a home for my Hammerhead electric screwdriver. One reviewers uses this box for his BBQ tools and spices.

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  2. Todd Dodds

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    I admire a man that is organized. Alas, a box like your's would be a waste on me...just one more box-o-stuff to get lost and buried in the dark corners of the Hell Garage.
     
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  3. NAD80

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    Nice for organization. Now to clear out part of the house and organize the remainder.
     
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    I have been eyeballing something like this ..For parts storage.
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    Looks great, as long as you don't get lots of dust. We get heaps of dust from the trees and valley breezes.
     
  6. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    My tools box and parts storage are buildings.
    I gather and stash.
    Never know what I’ll need.
    I have tools and parts I haven’t used... yet.

    It’s organized like the world.

    I know where most thing are or could be.

    My main problem is multiple homes.
    Sometimes stuff is in the wrong home.
    So I gather and store multiple copies.
     
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  7. Todd Dodds

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    Same here: There's a place for everything, and everything's someplace
    ...but it's usually faster to just go to the hardware and get a new one, than spend all morning looking for one of 4 or 5 I already have.
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  8. blhagstrom

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    That can happen for special things.
    Since I am semi-rural, a trip to the store is a trip to town. That can burn many hours or a whole day. And I’m at the point where I have better inventory than most stores. And the stuff I need usually isn’t in the stores.

    I grew up hearing “we can order that”.
    Well, now we have the internet.
    I CAN ORDER IT!

    I fix stuff most people cannot fix.

    I am working on a new deal now and found a great tool in my stash that works perfectly for part of the procces. It’s an old hand shear. Well made so you know it’s OLD. Works great so you know it’s old. It’s something between an industrial scissors and a tin snips. Love it.
     
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    No Durham is what you want. Durham makes the best all metal storage bins that exist. Completely expandable. And amazingly cheap. These are what you would find in a machine shop.
    http://www.durhammfg.com/

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    These are what the drawers look like. Each drawer fits in a sliding bracket the drawer pulls out with but if necessary you can lift each drawer out and take it to were you might need it.

    All metal this one you can move the dividers to suit.
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    This one has fixed compartments, note the concave bottom which makes it easy to fish parts out.

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  10. 45rpmspinner

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    Actually, I was gonna mention these. Bought my first set a year ago. About to order another.
    Here's a link to a distributor:
    https://www.zoro.com/durham-drawer-...s-gray-307-95-d931/i/G0784235/#specifications
     
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    This is what I am drooling over at Durham.
    But it costs about $1800 USD.:(

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    Wow.
    I did indeed order a second set of the smaller Durham parts boxes through Zoro....
    .....and it arrived 49 hours later.
    Now that's what I call free shipping.

    I might add that shipping these things can't be cheap. They weigh 30+ lbs.
     
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    Thanks for posting. I am getting my garage organized and have been looking for something like this that doesn't break the bank. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    That you can add too, and it doesn’t break.
     
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    Vidmar/Lista are, by far, my favorite storage solutions; however, they are too expensive unless you're operating a relatively robust business. That said, Durham is a great solution at a reasonable price.
     
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    I'm really liking the Stanley parts boxes that snap together I can grab the ones I need to bring into the job from the van, snap them together, and carry in one hand. I've called my work van the rolling hardware store for years. The workbench in the garage however, is stacked so high with parts and misc you can't even see the tabletop or the storage bins on the wall!
     
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    Looking at thise Stanley parts boxes, Amazon Basics has an interesting one.
     
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    Great info & ideas. I like the Durham stuff, for sure.
    I still haven't found my ideal parts solution, but am ok with a plethora of different storage boxes/bins for now (helps for first pass locating!).
    BUT. I found I could no longer comfortably lift my main 'holds nearly everything' tool box, and wanted something smaller and lighter to hold the 'fixes 90% of stuff I work on'.
    Since I have a number of Festools, I dabbled with their parts systems, but are too pricey (the OPs Stanleys are probably better for that), and not always 'inversion friendly' for little stuff. (Great for bigger tools though.)

    Then, a light bulb: For a few years I'd laughed at the little Festool Mini-Systainers, but it dawned on me that they might work really well for carrying a decent assortment of stuff around the place to the project at hand.
    Plus, they latch and stack together really easily.
    So, I got one, then another, and then another. I'm smitten now. Sometimes can be found for less used (and the grey one helps for easy identification)...about $30 ea, IRCC. The weird thing is that I've considered getting a 4th one, but don't know what I'd put in it! (Maybe 'parts needed'?)
    I have one for small hand tools (ratchet drivers, multi-screw drivers, pliers, etc etc), one for the Fluke meter, and one for a small bendy Makita (white) power driver (with room left over for a very small drill, too).
    (Got one of these
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    for manual driving, too - fits perfectly with various bits & extensions)
    Now I 'pick & stack' the ones I need at the moment; lightweight, holds a LOT of stuff, and gets me through almost all repairs or small 'build' projects...and still haven't filled them with tools yet.
    Very happy with 'em - and STILL surprised they work so dang well.
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