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Offline mcooley

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Tool tote for TS 55?
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:19 AM »
Anyone have a favorite tool tote similar say to Klein that can easily carry the TS 55?

Thanks

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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Tool tote for TS 55?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 04:27 PM »
Anyone have a favorite tool tote similar say to Klein that can easily carry the TS 55?

Thanks
YES! It is called a Systainer. The "4" version works very well, and with a Sys-roll is easy to move a group of tools around.

What kind of tote are you looking for specifically? My other "totes" are the Ridgid boxes, as they are cheap and work quit well. Of course I also have a smaller Snap-on tote bag for automotive tools, and a bucket tote deal that is my goto for interior work.

Hmm...I googled Klein tote and it showed a lot of Calvin Klein purse totes. Not sure what you are looking for??
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 04:29 PM by Peter_C »

Offline mcooley

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Re: Tool tote for TS 55?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 05:36 PM »
Rigid bottom and canvas or similar tough material. I like the Systainers but they aren't always practical for being mobile and working on the fly etc. I prefer if it can close with it in there. But open tote style works as well.

Like the MFT table some of what Festool labels as "mobile" has a lot of practical negative issues with it. The MFT table is full of them if one is truly moving that thing around a lot.

Soft case or semi-rigid bags definitely have their place when it comes to mobility and storage. Bags with some flexibility make more sense for repacking quickly. Too many times a plastic box ends up being more a "puzzle" to fit it all back in the way it came. I am convinced the Systainer is as much about marketing as function because with all the pics people post of how they display those things Festool can't complain. For example, I personally couldn't work in a shop where all the tools were stored out of view and hidden away. The monolithic systainer wall is not my thing I guess.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Tool tote for TS 55?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 07:07 PM »
For example, I personally couldn't work in a shop where all the tools were stored out of view and hidden away. The monolithic systainer wall is not my thing I guess.
I will agree with that 100%. Everything should be within quick and easy access and set up as much as possible. My friendly cabinet makers have 6+ routers. They are plugged in sitting on a shelf and ready to go.

On the other hand if you are mobile IE: remodeling, new construction, etc, having Systainer's is awesome! Although I actually prefer the size of the Ridgid boxes. I jam as much as I can into each Systainer/box. Less boxes is better under all circumstances.  Wheels are a must. I prefer to move 100+lbs in one shot on wheels. Although some tools deserve protection and I count my track saw as one of them. On the other hand most of my cordless stuff is packed into a Ridgid box.

One thing I do have a lot of is bins, as in the ones from Costco. The clear ones are nice but the black with yellow tops are bigger. I think I am up to about 70 bins for entire home organization. All my drywall stuff is in one bin, another has tiling, another...you get the picture. I have a folding 200lb dolly that moves the bins around as needed.

Depending on how many Festool Systainer's you have, getting a Sys-roll might just be the solution for mobility.

Check out the Husky and Ridgid stuff at Home Depot.

FWIW someone on here put wheels on their MFT.

Offline Huxleywood

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Re: Tool tote for TS 55?
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 06:09 AM »
I have several Dewalt ones that came with cordless tools, I often use them to carry a bunch of miscellaneous tools to do work around the house, yard or friend's/family's homes.  They have a lot of different sizes on Amazon and they are cheaper than Klein bags.  All the ones I have use a plastic sheet to keep the bottom spread. 

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Tool tote for TS 55?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 06:36 PM »
Funny, I was always disappointed when I would order a new DeWalt tool only to find out after the fact that it only came with one of those canvas bags and not a good solid hard case. That has been one thing I really like about Festool tools is that they all come with a uniformly designed hard case system. Especially since they usually can carry and keep organized most if not all the accessories for that tool. It pleases my OCD :)
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Offline mcooley

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Re: Tool tote for TS 55?
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2017, 08:22 AM »
I've got a piece of plywood with casters attached which slide onto the rail of the MFT which allows it to skate. Not ideal because the problem is really with lifting it and getting it situated in the vehicle. It's not easy to negotiate without some improper turning and twisting which after doing a lot of has caused me some physical issues.

The Costco bin idea sounds good for the shop. What would be really cool is if someone designed a semi-rigid tool bag that was also semi-convertible so you could expand or contract it etc. Bicycle transporting has gone this way a bit with semi-soft cases that still protect the parts but without the weight and heft of a plastic enclosure.

Think modern tent construction but with some rigid component that would still enable each bag to have 3 different sizes and when not in use go completely flat. Maybe a prototype is in order?