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Old 09-18-17, 01:40 PM
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Cycle tool organiser

I've gathered a lot of cycle workshop tools over the last few years and it's getting to the point where I don't quite know what I've got! They're just all dumped into a large plastic box with a lid, so getting to them is a bit of a pain.

I want to be more organised and be able to know what what I've got and access each tool with ease.

Hence, I'm looking of suggestions on workshop storage ideas that don't cost too much money (say up to 100 USD). The sizes of the tools range from hex key sets to the large 15mm Park Tool pedal spanner and a couple of torque wrenches. I'd say there's around a cubic foot of storage space required.
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Portable Classic: A tool roll with a pocket sewn for each tool.

In the work shop paint a Shadow- outline of each tool you hang from a nail on a piece of plywood..

This was done in a few bike shops that did not require mechanics to buy their own tools..

In Auto service bays you see tool boxes with a lot of shallow drawers , that is because the mechanic has to buy his own tools
and they each have their own drawer, and place within that drawer.






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Old 09-18-17, 02:14 PM
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Been using this for about 2 months now in my tiny NYC apartment; I like it.
US$80 delivered. Looks like it's discontinued. All black replacement is over US$20 more.
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I use a way cheaper variation of what is in this posting.

https://simplicityvintagecycles.com/...s-effectively/

I like it cause it's on wheels.
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Many thanks for the suggestions! I'll look into each one.
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Get the largest mechanic's tool chest you can afford from Sears, Home Depot or Lowe's. You'll grow in to it over the years. Sort tools by drawers. If you run out of room buy an inexpensive roller chest to mount your tool box on and keep smilin'! When space runs out on that buy a mid-box to mount between the toolbox and roller cart. Keep with the same brand so things look and fit right.

If I had to start from scratch today I'd probably opt for Husky (Home Depot) or Cobalt (Lowe's). Craftsman chests are not what they used to be unless you get their high-end boxes. The Husky's and Cobalts are pretty darn good for the money.

After a few decades it may look something like this. I like stacked chests rather than the long low carts because they take up less real estate in the shop.


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Old 09-18-17, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
I've gathered a lot of cycle workshop tools over the last few years and it's getting to the point where I don't quite know what I've got! They're just all dumped into a large plastic box with a lid, so getting to them is a bit of a pain.

I want to be more organised and be able to know what what I've got and access each tool with ease.

Hence, I'm looking of suggestions on workshop storage ideas that don't cost too much money (say up to 100 USD). The sizes of the tools range from hex key sets to the large 15mm Park Tool pedal spanner and a couple of torque wrenches. I'd say there's around a cubic foot of storage space required.
I just use a simple Craftsman tool bag. There's 6 small pouches on the outside, I use those for Allen wrenches, and other common tools. Larger wrenches, cable cutters are inside the bag, with a small tacklebox organizer for small parts.
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Old 09-18-17, 05:35 PM
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My tools mostly all go in 2 of these
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1 of these


If something does not fit, it's either just too large in general or gets stowed not far away from the said larger items nearby.
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Old 09-18-17, 07:51 PM
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Harbor freight tool boxes are very good, I have guys in my shop that use them everyday with no issues.
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Originally Posted by scottmcd View Post
Harbor freight tool boxes are very good, I have guys in my shop that use them everyday with no issues.
Yes, the Harbor Freight boxes have come a long way (HF has added some premium lines in recent years).

For the $100 budget the OP mentioned HF makes a really nice rolling cart. I've had one of these for 8-10 years, several of the operators at the plant has these and I've never heard a complaint. These are regularly on sale for $99.99
https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...art-61634.html
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Cheap as beans solutions. Plywood (I used old, used one, to be thrown away). Some paint (not necessary). Some wood screws. A marker.





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Old 09-19-17, 12:19 AM
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I've rummaged around in my shed and found a large sheet of marine-grade plywood. I can make use of that with some screws and hooks. The four-drawer plastic unit looks good too and I saw something very similar at a discount store around the corner from my home. I think that should all work out great for very little cash outlay.
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When I had the space I used this. The bottom drawers were for accessories, the middle held all the extra cables and housing, the top were all the tools.
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When I moved to a smaller condo, I need to minimize and I purchased the Park Tool Case. Great for apartment dwellers and if you travel with your tools. (I tried putting them in one post but the photos were next to each other vs top and bottom and it meant a large scroll to the right.)
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
Get the largest mechanic's tool chest you can afford from Sears, Home Depot or Lowe's. You'll grow in to it over the years. Sort tools by drawers. If you run out of room buy an inexpensive roller chest to mount your tool box on and keep smilin'! When space runs out on that buy a mid-box to mount between the toolbox and roller cart. Keep with the same brand so things look and fit right.

If I had to start from scratch today I'd probably opt for Husky (Home Depot) or Cobalt (Lowe's). Craftsman chests are not what they used to be unless you get their high-end boxes. The Husky's and Cobalts are pretty darn good for the money.
I always recommend getting the roller bottom first. This gives you a flat work surface and roller mobility.
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3 draw tool chest
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I use one of these to tote my selection of tools to Communicycle events. We volunteer to repair kid's bikes at community centers and churches as part of a youth ministry (I'm just a mech, not a minister). It holds all the hand tools, some hand cleaner, a bottle of lube, and some plastic organizer boxes for smaller tools and parts, like sockets and hex bits. I have a small two-wheel dolly I made, years ago, to save having to carry it, and I use a plastic milk crate, upside-down, to put it on, so I don't have to keep bending over.

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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
I've rummaged around in my shed and found a large sheet of marine-grade plywood. I can make use of that with some screws and hooks. The four-drawer plastic unit looks good too and I saw something very similar at a discount store around the corner from my home. I think that should all work out great for very little cash outlay.
Those plastic drawers are a bit cumbersome to open & close at times. There's a reason toolboxes, filing cabinets, dressers,etc. use ball bearing slides. Don't know exactly where you are in the UK; here someone's giving away a filing cabinet:
https://london.craigslist.co.uk/zip/...310538523.html

PS, here's my last set-up when i lived in a bigger place:
CRAFTSMAN STAINLESS STEEL 40IN. by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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+1 on Harbor Freight boxes. Much better than the crap that passes for Craftsman stuff these days and better than most department store (home depot, lowes etc) brands also. Probably best bang for your buck tool storage out there.

To estimate what size to buy, look at your current tool collection + what you think you need then double it. Then double that.

But then again I'm a certifiable tool nut, lol.
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These work remarkably well:

https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Wall-.../dp/B00MV6E8R2

I have two of them screwed to a board on my wall. Above them, are some hooks for larger tools. Seldom-used tools go in a bin on a shelf.
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I'm a fan of pegboard organizers. I read a good tip somewhere - maybe from Park Tool - to paint the pegboard white to increase visibility. They can easily be reorganized if needed.

If I had to buy another one I'd go with a metal one for more durability, but the wood ones I've used work well enough.

If you want to keep a record of how the tool layout is supposed to be - useful if you have several tools off at once - take a picture of it and print it out.

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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Those plastic drawers are a bit cumbersome to open & close at times.
The pro version (metal, with beraings for drawers) costs about 50 times more where I live. The plastic ones cost about 20 euros.

The plastic drawers work fine. The ones in the picture are the bigger ones. They have some plastic wheels. Bit of grease and filing off about 1-2 mm off the top part frame above each drawer did the job for the drawers in the picture. Smaller drawers work fine without any work on them.

If money was not an issue, I'd get the metal ones - with good quality wheels - of course.

Also, I use drawers mostly for the spare parts. Most of the tools are on the walls. Easier to check if they're all (back) in place.

For carrying tools around, I'd get a tool case with wheels and places for sorting the tools. I got a Curver made one, similar to this:


Only it has a "grid" along the 1/3 of the top of the deep compartment, so you can put screwdrivers etc nicely there, all sorted and held in place. I use it when I need to work in the field.
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Originally Posted by kmcrawford111 View Post
I'm a fan of pegboard organizers. I read a good tip somewhere - maybe from Park Tool - to paint the pegboard white to increase visibility. They can easily be reorganized if needed.

If I had to buy another one I'd go with a metal one for more durability, but the wood ones I've used work well enough.

If you want to keep a record of how the tool layout is supposed to be - useful if you have several tools off at once - take a picture of it and print it out.
Here, I improvised that with a piece of wood I had already had at hand.



Though at that price, the plastic one you linked looks perfect. It works perfectly fine, I've used such plastic tool holders. One advantage of using wood is you can make the layout just the way you want it, though the plastic one has so many various sized holes it's not really an issue.
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Here, I improvised that with a piece of wood I had already had at hand.



Though at that price, the plastic one you linked looks perfect. It works perfectly fine, I've used such plastic tool holders. One advantage of using wood is you can make the layout just the way you want it, though the plastic one has so many various sized holes it's not really an issue.
Think you quoted the wrong mate.
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Think you quoted the wrong mate.
My bad. It was intended for @Gresp15C post.
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