Category: Storage/Organization

12-Inch Tool Bag

08/24/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Hand Tools, Hot Buys, Storage/Organization


Canvas-Style Tool Bag
Item: 12" Tool Bag
Item number: 38168
Retail price: $9.99
Frequent sale price: $6.99
Target price: $3.99 (with coupon)
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This canvas-style tool bag is a steal at our target price of $3.99. It's great for transporting tools to the job, stowing tools and other accessories in your vehicle, or organizing small power tools such as drills, grinders, and multifunction tools. Don't expect any real padding or other protection for its contents, but you are rewarded for your purchase with 8 outer pockets and 15 inner pockets for organizing your stuff. The solid bottom helps it keep its shape when partially full, and the durable 600-Denier nylon material guarantees years of service from this sturdy bag. We carry one in our van to stow our triple ball trailer hitch, ratchet tie-downs, lashing straps, and other accessories we sometimes use for towing plus a few small tools. Sorry, but our mover's blankets don't fit along with the other stuff.

Bottom line: This Harbor Freight Denier nylon tool bag is a steal at our target price. Its soft-sided construction doesn't provide any real protection for your contents, but it does have a fine assortment of small pockets inside and out.


20-Piece Poly Bins and Rails

08/21/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Hot Buys, Storage/Organization, Material Handling & Safety


Small Parts Storage Bins
Item: 20- Piece Poly Bins and Rails
Item number: 41949
Retail price: $12.99
Frequent sale price: $9.99 (with coupon)
Target price: $9.99
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This 20-piece small parts storage system is another great buy from Harbor Freight. The poly bins withstand routine shop use holding up to heavy bolts or nails. They stack neatly on a bench or can be wall mounted with the included rails. We haven't tried the wall-mounting system (we're content with them sitting on our bench), but other online reviewers attest to their ability to mount solidly on the wall. Once wall mounted, individual bins can be easily removed and reattached as needed.

They go on sale several times a year for our target price and then they're an absolute steal for a great system of organizing small parts and hardware. And of course individual bins can be used to transport your material to the work site, not a bad use in itself.

There are a lot of uses for these storage bins besides racking up your nuts and bolts. We usually have several repair projects in progress about the shop, often delayed by waiting for parts or just trying to figure out how best to complete the repair. These storage bins are great for keeping the nuts and bolts and other small parts of the "project" together while we're working on something else. How many times have you started a project, been interrupted, and then found your parts mysteriously scattered around the shop? Load a couple of these bins with the nuts and other parts you dismantle while working on the project as insurance they'll be together should you get delayed in completing.

You might consider buying a couple of sets of these when they go on sale. You'll probably find they fill up fast with your assortment of nuts, bolts, screws, and nails, and then discover that you have even more uses for them. They even hold water, although we wouldn't recommend them for parts soaking.

Bottom line: A great system for storing nuts and bolts, nails, and other small parts. These sturdy poly bins hold up to routine shop use with no complaints.


1001-Piece Nut and Bolt Storehouse®

08/16/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Hot Buys, Storage/Organization


Nuts and Bolts Assortment with Cabinet
Item: 1001-Piece Nut and Bolt Storehouse®
Item number: 67628
Retail price: $14.99
Regular sale price: $6.99 (with coupon)
Target price: $6.99
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OK, 1001 doesn't translate to very many when spread across a range of sizes, but they're housed in a good-quality cabinet and that alone is worth our target price. Add the fact that you do get some nuts (and bolts) and most importantly, this set gets you started to being well organized. So don't be too disappointed when you see only a few items in each bin. You can top up the sizes that you actually use frequently and have the others for that rare time that you need an odd size to finish a project.

Do the math: 1000 units (I presume the cabinet itself is the 1001st item) divided by 35 bins with 2 specific items (e.g., a single nut or bolt size) in each bin leaves only 14 units per item or 28 units per drawer. The drawers look mostly empty to me, but who cares? I top them up from my bulk supplies.

The assortment of small nuts and bolts covers both SAE and metric sizes. There are even screws and some cotter pins amongst the mix. The small metric nuts and bolts alone can be a lifesaver for those assembling (or re-assembling) an item made outside the USA (which is about everything today). Drop a small metric bolt while trying to re-assemble? No problem, go to your nifty little collection included in this deal.

You'll pay our target price or more for the 25-bin cabinet alone at the big box retailers. Just consider the hardware and the preprinted labels a bonus and don't grumble about how few of each size is actually included in this set.

They're typical Chinese quality nuts and bolts which is to say not very high quality, but they work for many light- to medium-duty applications. (I have a lot of stainless steel small parts left over from my professional work, and I have become rather spoiled by that quality of made in USA product.) And the big box stores are starting to stock the same quality products but continue to charge 'better quality' prices. We love this little set. It supplements the extensive collections of nuts and bolts we have already, but guess what? This makes another great 'duplicate' like we've been touting for many of your tools. We keep this set in a different location, next to a workbench where it's not used as often as our main small-parts fabrication workbench but nonetheless does have occasional need for a nut here and a bolt there of the small sizes contained in this set.

Bottom line: A good purchase for most, when bought at our target price. If you don't already have your small nuts and bolts organized, this will get you started. And if you are organized, you might just need this as a duplicate in a less-often used location.

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