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Old 02-20-2018, 02:58 PM
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Default Screw storage

Anyone found a good way to organize/store their screws? I've currently got a couple of the plastic type cabinets that sit against the wall. One for pocket screws and one for the others. That's fine, until I need to haul some to a job elsewhere. I've tried the Festool solutions and found them wanting (at least for me). The 12 drawer Sortainer became a problem when the drawers were on the full side, they wouldn't open. Some of the screws bounced around and stuck up against the ceiling of the drawer.

I don't want to build anything, just buy something and put it to good use.
Looking for suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
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Yea, it's a challenge to mix between shop and mobile storage needs. I'm hardly an expert on such matters, but what has worked OK for me is to have a few dedicated boxes for various screws that I tend to use the most. The best option I found for me when I was looking was these boxes from Dewalt that can link together for easier carry, and the individual containers can be removed for when you only need one or two sizes at hand. Relatively inexpensive, durable, portable, and can see what's inside without opening. I'm probably going to get a few more of these assuming they still make them, these are about 5 years old now and doing well.







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I have been thinking of something just like that.

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Have you considered Sotrimo T-Boxxes?

https://www.sortimo.com/products/cases-boxxes/t-boxx/

Not cheap but they are well made with a ton of options.

You can find them on eBay. Amazon shows them as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Sortimo-STB-3...sortimo+t-boxx

I have a similar style in the Festool boxes that I like a lot. About the same size as the Sortimo. I bought them many years ago and they quickly stopped selling them in the US. Tanos might be an option, however.

Adam Savage (Mythbusters) first turned me on to them. Here's a nice rack and overview inspired by him - Glaco is a maker that does some wild videos if you want to subscribe to his channel.

https://youtu.be/LDPfv8XKspQ
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How do those Sortimo t-boxxes compare with systainers for durability?

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Have you considered Sotrimo T-Boxxes?

https://www.sortimo.com/products/cases-boxxes/t-boxx/

Not cheap but they are well made with a ton of options.

You can find them on eBay. Amazon shows them as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Sortimo-STB-3...sortimo+t-boxx

I have a similar style in the Festool boxes that I like a lot. About the same size as the Sortimo. I bought them many years ago and they quickly stopped selling them in the US. Tanos might be an option, however.

Adam Savage (Mythbusters) first turned me on to them. Here's a nice rack and overview inspired by him - Glaco is a maker that does some wild videos if you want to subscribe to his channel.

https://youtu.be/LDPfv8XKspQ
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:30 PM
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Mike,

I use Plano fishing lure containers, come in lots of sizes, adjustable rows, inexpensive and made in the USA.

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Old 02-25-2018, 12:18 AM
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For in the shop I found an old rusted tape storage cabinet, cleaned it up and repainted it and it just happened that the Festool compartment boxes fit in it nearly perfectly.

It works for nearly all my hardware. The boxes come out and fit in an empty sys-1 when I need to be on site.













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How do those Sortimo t-boxxes compare with systainers for durability?
I don't have them but they certainly look to have the same level of German quality as I've seen with the Festool boxes. Those that I have seen commenting on them absolutely seem to like them though they do groan a bit on the price.

Amazon reviews seem to be positive - https://www.amazon.com/Sortimo-STB-3...ustomerReviews

Another review from last year - https://forum.shmakerspace.org/t/sor...roject-log/563

You can find the Tanos Rack-tainer boxes at Amazon. I have these in both Festool and Tanos versions. They are excellent. A little smaller than the Sortimos, but similar features in terms of locking lids and a grid that keeps contents from shifting from compartment to compartment -

https://www.amazon.com/Rack-Systaine...keywords=tanos

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Old 02-26-2018, 04:59 AM
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That chest is fantastic. Great find!

What kind of 'tape' was it used for? Would love to find one of those!


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Old 02-26-2018, 05:45 AM
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That chest is fantastic. Great find!

What kind of 'tape' was it used for? Would love to find one of those!


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It was for storing backup tapes in a data center. One of my neighbors brought it home from work and it rusted in his garage for about 10 years. When they moved, he told me I could have it if I hauled it away. It weighs about 200 pounds empty. I sanded off all the rust and painted it with Rustoleum Hammered Metal Gray epoxy.
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