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How do you store your power tools?

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Hudson1984, 20 Mar 2020.

  1. Hudson1984

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    Hi all,

    so I've slowly been adding to the tool kit, and i'm at a point now where I want to put things away in a neater way.
    I have an impact driver
    drill/driver
    Circ saw
    Multitool.
    planner
    sander.

    all Makita 18V tools, just curious to see what others have done to store their power tools. I've plenty of wall space to make something. Plenty of cupboards but would rather have them at arms length than having to find the right box. I don't go anywhere with my tools, all jobs are at home so they don't need to be in racks ready to go into a van for example
     
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    Most used tools- cordless drill and impact driver go in top draw for quick access with drill bits and accessories next door down then specialist bits etc in third draw.Rest of power tools sit in their boxes in vertical bank of shelves. Chop saw sits on mobile timber bench ready for use. Larger power tools sit in boxes under work bench .
    Hand tools all wall mounted in racks.
     
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    Take them out of the plastic boxes they come in and make some plywood boxes
     
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    Why?
     
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    Steel lock boxes with large, car size silica gel air dessicator inside when on site. I also has a van vault at home and another in the van. A variety of Systainers, Makpacs, Metabo Metalok and Hitachi HSC boxes, totes, etc when mobile (they all lock together despite the boxes looking quite different)
     
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    Something that surprised me last year around November some off the Bosch and dewalt kit that i hadn't used since the summer when i went to charge the batteries had condensation in the boxes
    i was quite stunned by that as my shed is dry and never allowed to drop below 9 degrees at chest height
    i have learnt 2 things from that decent kit can cope with it unaffected and open boxes every few months to air with constant dropping average temperatures but shut the boxes when the room is at its coolest to draw out moisture

    now unfinished ply or wood can breathe allowing excess moisture to escape so ply boxes may help
     
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    My tools sit in plastic cases sometimes for a year or more unused, zero condensation.
     
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    the point about summer was to give rounded information as i expect warm moist air was trapped causing the problem as no airflow within the boxes where as wood breaths
     
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    Nothing to do with condensation. If you are unlucky to be targeted by the scrotes/light fingered brigade, The boxes are a magnet to them. The police also cannot get fingerprints off the boxes. This was told to a mate who had £2000 worth of gear lifted out of his secured workshop, Mostly de walt stuff but also a very old knocked wolf drill which was in a spare Makita box
     
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    I’m sure thieves can open a wooden box, complete nonsense about fingerprint, smooth plastic is ideal for lifting prints , plod probably couldn’t be ar-sed
     
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    I store mine in the garage. I don't do enough DIY work that they need a special way of storage, and the garage with all the rubbish in it doesn't have the space for a workbench. I buy the MAKPAC cases and plastic liners off ebay or similar. It means I can stack the tools up and it's easy enough to carry one or two into the house as needed. The only thing I really need is a nice neat sticker I can put on the outside that tells me what's inside each case. At the moment, I rely on stacking them in order of use so the drill driver and impact driver is at the top and the mini router is at the bottom.
     
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