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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #1
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I have a 299 piece socket set that I need to be organized in a very user-friendly manner, as it is just how I roll. Neat, clean, and organized. It also makes identifying lost tools a breeze, not to mention it makes jobs go a lot smoother when you can find tools quickly.

I have the storage for them, but there is so many that I cannot come up with a system to store them that will work well. How do GL4x4 members store their tools? Pictures, links, anything will help.

I understand this is a toolbox and not a fashion show, but some people will understand how organization is key.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+set+299+piece
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:25 PM   #2
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I like Magnetic socket rails for sockets, and the cloth pouches that roll up for wrenches.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #3
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I have a Tool cart so I try to keep the stuff i use the most in that. pliers some hammers metric sockets.. and a set of gearwrenches.. then i have my toolbox with everything else.. it works out good cause i can roll the cart from car to car.. ImpActs and air hammer hang on the side in Muffler clamps bolted to it.. and i keep my air ratchets in the drawers
These Hansen socket trays work AWESOME !! there is not better way to keep them organized and easily accessed.. but they break easily on the small sizes
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Socket Drawer of toolbox.. these are old pics but you get the idea..
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that would work well if there were not 299 sockets.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #5
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I was thinking about the hansen holders as you have shown, but it seems there are just too many of them. I'm still considering it though.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:29 PM   #6
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Which part breaks on the hansen's?
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:30 PM   #7
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I just have them all over the floor, since once they hit the floor they stop falling and I know where they are.
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Which part breaks on the hansen's?
the pegs the sockets sit on snap off when something gets.... thrown , at them
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:34 PM   #9
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socket trays are awesome. i get shit from the other techs at work all the time because how organized i keep keep my box. they tell me im working on cars not planes. i dont care tho, it makes finding your shit sooooo much easier.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:39 PM   #11
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Maybe organize the sockets in color-coded sections? Like put walls up around each set of sockets, different colors or maybe labeled.
I need to buy more of those metal wrench holder things. I'm someone who collects a crapload of wrenches and screw drivers. For sockets, I only really use one set for everything, my 1/2" deepwell impact sockets with a breaker bar. For the little things anything goes.
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socket trays are awesome. i get shit from the other techs at work all the time because how organized i keep keep my box. they tell me im working on cars not planes. i dont care tho, it makes finding your shit sooooo much easier.
Not to mention the time you save. I notice when my toolbox is organized it must be at least twice as quick for me to get a project done, because half the time I'm looking for the right tool socket or wrench.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 06:48 AM   #13
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I third the Hansen's. I like the fact that only the correct size socket fits in the correct spot. Make figuring out whats missing (or what you still need to buy) very easy.
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I forth the Hansen's They rock.
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I know of a Shop were the guy just built little walls and different sizes go in different Areas. The Hansens do see to be a great idea though. Do they make them so that the Sockets can lay down though? To fit in a Shorter drawer? Just asking.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:32 AM   #16
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With my toolbox at home I split the drawers; Standard & metric sockets and wrenchs in their own drawers and the sockets split in these:http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a
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This took some time but sears also sells this 1/2" thick foam with a sticky back. i cut the foam to size of the drawer then lined all the 3/8 and 1/4 drive sockets , metric on the left and SAE on right. traced each one out and cut out a undersized hole. they hold really well none of the sockets fall over when i open the drawer.

i was considering laying out the drawer on cad and then sending it to a sheet metal shop and having burnt out with a laser. then they can also come back and write the socket size next to the hole.
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I have tried a few things but i fell in love with these.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...rd=socket+rack



Each socket snaps into a plastic fitting with a ball bearing. The sockets snap in very tight. You can get them in black or gray for standard or metric. I like them because they lay well in the tool chest and i can grab them when I'm on the go and stuff a rack or two in my tool bag. Ill take a picture of my tool chest when i get home.
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I have tried a few things but i fell in love with these.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...rd=socket+rack



Each socket snaps into a plastic fitting with a ball bearing. The sockets snap in very tight. You can get them in black or gray for standard or metric. I like them because they lay well in the tool chest and i can grab them when I'm on the go and stuff a rack or two in my tool bag. Ill take a picture of my tool chest when i get home.
I have those too - works good and you can bring them to the car if your toolbox is out of reach.
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I just found the same thing at harbor freight not too long ago. I didn't buy any because i bought the craftsman one already but they looked exactly the same and 60% cheaper.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=96343



I bought these tool pads to set the rails on

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94206

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