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Old 03-24-2020, 10:34 AM   #1
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Anyone use these? I'm talking about Milwaukee Packout, rigid pro system, DeWalt tough system and tstak, etc. I bought some of the rigid pro system to mess with since they are cheaper and durable, and so far I really like them. I have 1 small tool box with my 18v drill, 18v impact, drill bits, paddle bits, etc in it and 2 clear top organizers. One organizer has wirenuts and such on it and the other is all fasteners. So far I really like them and can see myself moving to more of these and less euro bins. I also have the milk crate thing for most of my power tools.

Anyone else use these things?
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:47 AM   #2
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Yes. Here are the DeWalt units. I have been switching everything over to the Milwaukee ones though. They are a bit better built and I like that they click and stack better.
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I love the Milwaukee Packouts, but they are damn expensive.
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Some day, when I grow up, I’ll buy some Systainers.
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I love the Milwaukee Packouts, but they are damn expensive.
I hit a HD sale a while back. Bought a whole crap ton of them. This little vacation is giving me time to play around with what goes where and to label everything. Labeling it makes it easy to glance and see what needs to go on my supply list.
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I hit a HD sale a while back. Bought a whole crap ton of them. This little vacation is giving me time to play around with what goes where and to label everything. Labeling it makes it easy to glance and see what needs to go on my supply list.
Are you having your kids label it? Or did you misspell Fasteners on your own?

I let my 10 year old niece label everything in my van because her handwriting is much better than mine.
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Are you having your kids label it? Or did you misspell Fasteners on your own?

I let my 10 year old niece label everything in my van because her handwriting is much better than mine.
I mispell on my owun.
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I tried a few of the Dewalts, they're OK but the tabs snap off too easily, I am in the process of switching to Ridgid.

The milk crates are important to me. The ridgid $20 milk crate is a pisser but the milwaukee $40 milk crate is worse.

The milwaukee dolly is a great idea, but again it's an $80 dolly or something like that. I'll make something work with the Ridgid.

The ridgid wheeled base unit is shorter by itself than the Dewalt or Milwaukee so it's easier to stow under a table or etc. on site.
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I decided the price difference between the Milwaukee and the rigid was too great for too little improvement. I'm gonna get a rolling box or 2, and keep rolling with it. Now the crappy part is the Adrian steel shelves in my van aren't wide enough to stack 2 rigid boxes side by side.
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The rigid boxes are in my opinion the best for your buck. You get a good quality product for a reasonable price.
The Milwaukee packout organizers were the game changer for me. I'll try and post my set up soon.

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The milwaukee dolly is a great idea, but again it's an $80 dolly or something like that.

$29.88 Splatz, I may get one someday.



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I mean the Packout dolly

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Ya, I'm too cheap to buy that. I'd find a way to mount it to a furniture dolly or garbage can wheel set.
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Harbor Freight dolly

I've got a bunch of these all different sizes.

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Ya, I'm too cheap to buy that. I'd find a way to mount it to a furniture dolly or garbage can wheel set.
It would actually be cheaper to rip the lid off some other Packout thing and screw it onto a $12 generic dolly.
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The plumber I have been working with in MA must have a fortune tied up in those milwaukee pack outs. He hauls in about a dozen of those things when doing a boiler. Then again, once his apprentice gets them in there, not too many trips to the truck. I must have made a 100 trips to the truck for all my bits and pieces so there is something to this.
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I've posted these before I think. This is one of my older vans. I built some wood shelving to put the boxes in. They work great for all the parts and pieces. If I am doing 1/2" EMT I can just grab the 1/2" box and it has all my connectors, couplings, and various straps.

Have it set up for all kinds of things with various sized containers. Harbor Freight also has some knockoff units that work pretty good. I used them for years without real complaint.
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Nothing like telling you to drop em and bend over!

$90 for that?


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Not that I take the show on the road with more than a bag and a veto these days but I'm loving these portable boxes.

I'm looking to get a set just for the little things I do on my own. But being cheap I'm leaning to the Craftsman boxes. I think they are very affordable.
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For lift work, I built my own materials sleeves. These consist of 2x4 sticks wrapped with 1/8 plywood -- the cheap stuff. The inner 2x4 sticks are not screwed, are free to slide forward and back. The sleeve is picked up via a cut-out 'handle' on one face only. (use a hole-saw and sawzall )

They fit on scissor-lifts and eliminate no-end of materials trips.

One sleeve is dedicated to 1/2 EMT, another to MC, another to 3/4 EMT -- etc.

Then when running EMT you can just reach down to get your stuff.

I favor MC + 3/4 EMT... I'm not working Big Projects.

I came up with this ugly kluge after rain kept destroying the thin cardboard that the SH sends out with minor materials.

Even j-boxes work with sleeves.

If Trump sends me a recovery check -- same as Boeing -- I'll pop for the Festool stack. Otherwise I'll have to launch my own TV show.
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