Deciding A System
Where do we start with today's tool storage? With so many options we are just looking for a simple answer. You are in the right place. We are trying to break down the understanding of tool systems and getting organised.
The key to being organised is to, not over confuse things from the start. Now you might be looking at your tools and thinking how do I get this to a system? We understand you have a collection of tools over many years. The answer is simple.
Let's start by itemising tools.
- What's the majority brand of your power tools?
- What you using for parts and accessories?
- How are your hand tools stored?
- Do you have a day to day bag or box?
- We will be looking to keep the information in the above bullet points through this article, to help you create an organised system that suits you.
Once you look at what you have, you can start to make things clearer. Do you have a majority power tool brand? This is the ultimate if you are looking to streamline things and get in a simple working system. Having said this if you don't have a preferred tool brand and find yourself with a variety of different boxes, the simplest answer is to used the preferred power tool boxes to help create your system. This might be suited/help with most of your tools. We will speak about storage for parts & accessories later on in this article.
TODAYS MAIN BOXES
Main power tool brands and boxes include some of the following.
- Festool (Systainer & new Systainer 3)
- Festool (New Systainer 3)
- Makita (Makpac)
- Dewalt (Tstack)
- Dewalt (Tstak 2.0)
- Stanley (Fat max pro organisers)
- Bosch (Lboxx)
- Trend (Compact Modular Storage)
- Milwaukee (Packout)
- Dewalt (Tough System)
- Dewalt (Tough System 2.0)
- Veto (tool bags all types)
ONE SYSTEM IS BEST?
Having worked with hundreds of customers we believe we have the ultimate answer for anyone working with the following boxes with in construction, trades & services industry.
Following from our previous conversation about trying to use one preferred tool brand boxes for the rest of your tools. One system is the ultimate for any organised tool fanatics? We have worked with hundreds of customer to prove that some times this can not be most effective but also practical.
As a example some of the huge Festool fans still don't like the storage capabilities of the SYS1 for screws and small accessories. We have sold many systems with a integrated Stanley Pro Organiser unit.
Having looked at this we can now say if you can itemise your tools, parts and accessories? Sometimes this will work best with one system for all. Or a split system including boxes for power tools and boxes for parts & accessories.
With the Stanley organiser being slightly wider this creates more storage, the clear lid is a must if you have multiple boxes, always a great idea to label everything (we will talk more about this later)
The Systainer is limited because of the overall design of the corners of the box, doesn't carry weight as well. Is good in some situations where you are fitting kitchens and you are using one system as an example.
WOODEN VAN RACKS OVER METAL?
LOADS OF OPTIONS?
We have found multiple van storage systems online before coming up with a modular system that suits the construction trades and services industry. Im a ex carpenter of 14 years on the tools, got to a point I didn't feel challenged. Then I come up with Custom Solutions UK in 2014.
INFORMATION ON OUR SYSTEM
If you haven't read our story on how we created the ultimate wooden racking system check out the story on www.customsolutionsuk.uk or find all the original Custom Solutions UK van racking products on www.BoxRackKing.com.
When it comes to design, our most important factor is safety, when we say this it's all about the safety of all people with in the van. Always recommend with a steel bulkhead as minimum. The safety of your tools did come second but for a very good reason, because we knew if you was safe, there wouldn't be a problem with the safety of the tools.
Our system is very simple think of it like kitchen units for your van.
- Only 2 unit types Standard or Wheel arch
- Limited standard widths & heights
- Suits all major power tool brands
- 2 depth of unit
- Custom sizes available including full custom installs. No limits van storage.
- End user safety
- Cost effective
- Purchase over time or as a one off system
- Add to system any time
- Awesome second had value
- Long life product
- Refit to as many vans as possible (only limited by size of rear scribe panel)
- We say 10 years life product minimum
- Manufactured in birch ply
- 12mm thick light weight
- All wood system
- Motorhome catches standard or upgrade.
- Full drawer systems on any SH3 shelf
- All SH2 units perfect for just power tools
- All units fit SH1, SH2, or SH3 parts.
- Customer loyalty
- Scalable products
- Storage for everything
- Time saving
FURTHER SAFETY INFORMATION
Earlier we spoke about safety, we fully understand the need for safety for any van storage system. When we look in to this further, wooden van storage has been about long before metal. Now we could say wooden storage has more risk over metal because of the quantity of either system sold on a global basis. Or we could say we now need something in place for added piece of mind for metal, because as you know this needs a crash/crush area or you will just have a projectial that will lead to serious injury.
WHY OUR SYSTEM IS WHAT IT IS?
We looked in to this so the system ended up modular not just because it's practical but it gives individual areas to crush on any impact. Simple yet practical. The system also creates closed areas for all smaller parts to be stored so you are left with no projectial. We believe one closed system is the best for safety, this illuminates risk!
Having dealt with hundreds of customers, we have seen the change from metal rack to our system multiple times. Our main reason we see is that metal rack have multiple parts to go wrong, small parts break, all expenses with expenses extras. What seems good because of the money turns out to not be practical. We have also seen many working system with metal racks primarily for smaller vans including VW Caddy or Ford Connect size work really well. We have also worked hard to come up with the ultimate van racks for all construction and service workers. We aim to store everything so you can access everything like your hammer as an example. A place for everything will make sure time is saved. Unfortunately so time is money!
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