The plastic tool box provides tradies with a durable, sturdy tool carrier. With hinged lids and secure fasteners, your tools are protected and secure as you move from site to site. Pre-organisation of your tool box makes your job more efficient and keeps your tools in the best condition.
Here are ten tips for the best organisation of your plastic tool box.
- Choose the right size plastic tool box for your requirements. Plastic tool boxes come in a multitude of designs. Some, like the RS PRO Plastic Tool Box have one removable tote tray and two fastened compartments; others offer drawers and a range of trays and compartments. If you carry a lot of heavy tools, you may look for a plastic tool box on wheels like the Stanley 3in1 2 drawers Plastic Tool Box.
- Place heavy tools at the bottom tray. This allows other tools to avoid damage and helps balance the tool box as you carry it around.
- Lay gloves, ear and eye protection on top of your heavy tools, under the removable tray.
- Use the interior tote tray for screwdrivers, pliers, spanners and other smaller tools. If your tool box has elasticised restraints for screwdrivers or spanners, place them in size order for better accessibility and organisation.
- Some tool boxes come with foam interior trays which are suitable for laying spanners and screwdrivers, preventing damage and ensuring the tools are ready for use.
- Store soldering irons, Multimeters, cables and other electrical accessories in the removable tote tray or second crate. If you work in a harsh environment, consider a waterproof or ruggedized tool box such as the GT Line Plastic Tool Case.
- Arrange small items such as screws, nails and drill bits in the secured compartments. It is tempting to just leave them in their bags and toss them into the main part of the box. However, once you start a job, having your screws, drill bits, nuts and bolts or washers sorted into sizes and separated into easily accessed compartments will speed up your job and make your life easier.
- Use sticky labels or permanent markers to label your compartments with sizes for your screws, nuts and bolts.
- Make use of document holders to keep papers dry, clean and easily available.
- Before leaving for work, check that your tool box is in good order. Make sure all fasteners are closing properly, trays are fitted in place, and your handle is tightly fitted. If your tool box is not in good working order, you are in danger or dropping or displacing tools as you head to your job, and it may be time to invest in a new one.
A well organised tool box, that is in good working order, will improve your working day, making tools easy to grab. Tools will be better maintained and transporting them around will be the easiest part of the job. Plastic tool boxes are secure, durable and lightweight and provide the best protection and portability for your equipment.