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Finally Organizing
« on: August 05, 2019, 03:12 PM »
Since acquiring a Midi and a handful of tools that came in systainers I have slowly been trying to acquire more boxes in order to more effectively get in and out of job sites quicker.

Here are two of the attempts so far. I copied user Dbn107 with the pvc organization on the toolbox.
I glued circular magnets on the bottom of the 1” pvc in order to hold fasteners and small metal tools better. Also any sharp or pointy tool I put a small layer of foam on the bottoms of the pvc tube. I’m leaving one side more open for random tools and larger tools.

The mini sys now holds my more common router bits, a set of bushings, and the wrenches for the routers I use.

Below it I have a first aid mini sys.

Still trying to find best uses for my empty sys 2, sys 3 and mini sys 3.
I want my drills in a box but can’t decide if I should cram in a hackzall that I use frequently or leave it in my demolition bin, because it isn’t a precision instrument that I need to protect.

Anyway thanks all

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Re: Finally Organizing
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 04:18 PM »
Hi @CarlsonCarpentry - Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

What kind of work do you do?  That may help us to have some ideas for you on organizing your tools and materials.  I think some folks on the forum can attest to how the type of work done can vary from season to season or year to year and so using systainers helps to reconfigure the tools for the type of work. 

I've had it in my mind to build a "battery Systainer" to hold a much of my power tool batteries and then a charger as well. I've even got parts to fit in an outlet on the systainer so it is easy to pop the lid and take a power cord out and plug the systainer into a wall leaving the charges and batteries still in the systainer and kitted out nicely. 

I like the idea of drill/drivers/bits all being an in a single systainer, that may be me.  Some folks use the Combi II or Combi III though with the bits in drawers and the power tools in the top.

keep the inspiration coming. 

-Sys Tim

Re: Finally Organizing
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019, 04:34 PM »
Hi @CarlsonCarpentry - Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

What kind of work do you do?  That may help us to have some ideas for you on organizing your tools and materials.  I think some folks on the forum can attest to how the type of work done can vary from season to season or year to year and so using systainers helps to reconfigure the tools for the type of work. 

I've had it in my mind to build a "battery Systainer" to hold a much of my power tool batteries and then a charger as well. I've even got parts to fit in an outlet on the systainer so it is easy to pop the lid and take a power cord out and plug the systainer into a wall leaving the charges and batteries still in the systainer and kitted out nicely. 

I like the idea of drill/drivers/bits all being an in a single systainer, that may be me.  Some folks use the Combi II or Combi III though with the bits in drawers and the power tools in the top.

keep the inspiration coming. 

-Sys Tim

That is a good point. I am hanging doors and installing windows. I think the reason I am hesitating on some of the organization is because there is so many aspects to the job it can be hard to comparmentenalize.

For instance in the beginning of the day I am doing demo/removal. Framing hammer, impact driver, large prey bar, Sawzall, circular saw etc. none of these are tools I necessarily want in small organized boxes.
When it is installation time I am using more hand tools, impact driver and drills (1 or 2), jigsaw, oscillating tools, Sanders, clamps etc. those are all more tools for the systainer box system I think.
So when I think about impact drivers and drills I debate a sys 1 under the tote, with drills on their sides. Or I could do a sys 3 and have the drills face down, and have plenty of room for a third or fourth tool. I guess trial and error will help.

Re: Finally Organizing
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2019, 04:37 PM »
The size of my truck bins.... some tools I keep batteries on, some off....

Just a lot of factors to consider. I didn’t think trying to get organized could be such a headache!

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Re: Finally Organizing
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2019, 09:32 PM »
Take it a step at a time. 

Just an idea, perhaps make a slightly more detailed list of your work flow.  You started the outline in your previous post.  Note the steps, tools and types of jobs.  See if there are tools that are lumped together for a task.  If you want, maybe record yourself working and see what tools you grab and where you place them. 

From the above you can pick a set of tools or task that you want to be efficient.  Old habits have to break, new habits formed, so give it time.  One step at a time and try it out.  For the most part, the organization can change.  Try to release the thoughts of "getting it right the first time"...I often fall into that rut.

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Re: Finally Organizing
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2019, 09:32 AM »
.......I've had it in my mind to build a "battery Systainer" to hold a much of my power tool batteries and then a charger as well. I've even got parts to fit in an outlet on the systainer so it is easy to pop the lid and take a power cord out and plug the systainer into a wall leaving the charges and batteries still in the systainer and kitted out nicely. 

I like the idea of drill/drivers/bits all being an in a single systainer........

-Sys Tim

Hey @Systainer.Store How about some pictures?

Thanks, Mike A.

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Re: Finally Organizing
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019, 09:05 PM »
Glad to share ideas, though I certainly don't want to take the thread off course. 

Here are some pics of the parts/pieces.

I likely need to do this in a SYS-II.  SYS-I is too short, SYS-III shown in the picture is too deep.  I don't have a SYS-II on hand and will have to get one next time I run over to the warehouse.  Oh how I like the red Tanos to go along with the Milwaukee gear.  I have a few more of these in stock.

Then I have some shadow foam.  I also have Kaizen foam and will have to look at the depth to determine which one I will use.
The layout would be two to four M18 batteries and a couple M12 batteries.  As well as the rapid charger.

The rapid charger cord would be cut and wired into the black outlet with switch and fuse.  It will be important to have the right clearance around the charger for heat dissipation and getting the battery in and out.  That is, don't burry it in foam.

The power cord I picked is a locking style - I thought this might help to ensure a connection that isn't kicked loose.  Cord would store in the systainer when traveling.

I do a little bit of transport of my batteries and tools.  In my work (selling systainers, designing new businesses, working with startups, making (3d print, laser, shop stuff, etc), rental properties and investing), I don't travel a lot with tools - some, but not every day.  So I'd enjoy thoughts and feedback for any 'power users' or folks that have attempted something like this.

This arrangement can get heavy with the M18s in there.  I think it is key to have it balanced for ease in carrying.  I like the idea of everything nicely held together in one box.

-Sys Tim