If there’s one thing that any handyman needs, it’s a reliable toolbox. Whether just to hold tools or for everyday use, everyone who works with their hands needs a way to transport the items they use on a day to day basis. It’s not restricted to handymen; contractors, engineers, electricians, even fishermen use toolboxes very frequently. However, there’s one element that sets them apart from everyone else: they know what to look for in a toolbox.
Let’s assume for the sake of argument that you need a portable toolbox. This is the most common type of toolbox, designed for mostly smaller tools that can be carried easily. There are several kinds of portable toolboxes to choose from. There is the traditional metal or hard plastic toolbox that many people associate with the term. There is the ‘tote,’ a canvas bag with a heavy strap that flings over the shoulder. Then there’s the tool cart, a heavy duty version of a portable toolbox that can carry heavier equipment, but sacrifices mobility to do so.
Which box to use depends on the job at hand. If performing a task that requires mostly small tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and maybe a hammer, the traditional toolbox should be sufficient. However, if the job requires ‘larger’ tools, the tote might be a better choice – it opens at the top and allows items that might not fit within the confines of a box to stick out, providing extra space. Finally, if the job requires heavy duty saws or other items that require stability, the tool cart might be the best choice; it can double as a table in a pinch, and the wheels allow you to carry equipment that may weight several hundred pounds. The tool cart is perfect for home renovations, for instance – it can carry out debris just as easily as it can carry in tools.
Nothing complicates a job more than not having the right tools at hand. Many people choose to make things more difficult for themselves by not picking up the right sort of toolbox beforehand. Take the time to evaluate the job you’ll be performing, as well as the sort of tools you’ll need. After that, go find a toolbox. You won’t regret it, especially when you walk in to the job site and realize you don’t have to make any trips out to the truck to grab more tools.