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Offline Bauskac

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Why don't we have square containers
« on: November 05, 2018, 09:26 AM »
I have been making great use of the SYS-SB's and the SYS 4TL-SORT/3's, but I sometimes find that the medium container (500067) is too small, but the large one (500068) is too big.  Why don't we have one that is square (120X120) that is the equivalent of (4) small ones, or 2 medium ones?  The dimensions would work.  Am I missing something?? Does anyone else wish for this, or am I the only one?

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Why don't we have square containers
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 08:06 PM »
Probably the same reason paper isn't square and you don't see square totes/boxes/bins in stores.   Square just doesn't work well as most objects tend to be of a rectangular footprint.   Having a long and short side gives more options when packing something in the same area/volume.  If in the same space you had the option of the same volume and same quantity of containers but you had to pick square vs rectangle,   rectangle is going to be the winner most the time.    This general trend does not apply to liquids and gases.

Not saying options are bad, but problem when looking at tooling up, they knew people would want rectangles over squares, so they went that way.

Having just been doing some cleanup/binning of stuff, finding myself putting some stuff in some small ziplock bins, those semi-reusable things for food, but also good for small HW and such.  They are basically the size you asked for. Sounds great at first, then you go to put a collection of them in bigger bins and they just don't pack.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Why don't we have square containers
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 04:45 PM »
Because someone at Festool has decided for us that we're not to need 2x2 (120x120mm) Einsatzboxen as we are to live with 1x1, 1x2 and 2x3 (on a 60mm grid). Neither do we seem to need 240x60 ones.

I guess it's the same guy that decided on making the old (colored) Einsatzboxen incompatible with the SORT/3 (by having the fins in the bottom of the drawers in the way) while at the same time making the drawers in a way that the middle section can't be effectively used with the new bins while the old (colored) ones fit nearly perfect there.

Not one of the brightest decisions of the festool development team, if you ask me.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Why don't we have square containers
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 06:10 AM »
I'd like to see a long, wide box equal to two SYS boxes with a lid that would allow standard size SYS boxes to attach. Would be good for long tools like handsaws or accessories for routers, etc.
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Offline Gregor

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Re: Why don't we have square containers
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 12:45 PM »
@Bob D.  This topic is about this stuff:



What you're looking for is called Maxi Systainer.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2018, 12:48 PM by Gregor »

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Why don't we have square containers
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 10:36 PM »
@Bob D.  This topic is about this stuff:



What you're looking for is called Maxi Systainer.

Sorry, I thought it was about the boxes.
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