This subject has spawned literally thousands of products over the years. I’m pretty sure I have posted about this before but it’s one of those subjects us guys can always find something to talk about.
I’m sure everyone is familiar with these things and their variants,
I’d have to go count them but I have at least eight of these in various sizes and flavors.
Some small and portable, some huge and wall mountable.
They were a perennial favorite back in the day and can be a great score at garage and estate sales if you can find them cheap enough.
Especially if they already have stuff in them.
The biggest drawback to these I have found over the years is that the drawers tend to break and/or discolor. They also seem to be easy to misplace for some reason.
Still, they can be quite handy as you can see what’s in the drawers.
Then we have the parts bins.
I bought one of these from Harbor Freight a year or two ago for just under $40.00.
It turned into a Catch All for all kinds of crap and I wound up giving the damn thing away here just recently to a buddy at work just to get rid of it. I’m sure some people just love them, we have scads of them at work and they do have their uses but they take up a huge amount of space when you start taking into account just how many different sizes and types of fasteners that are out there and we are talking bulk here anyway.
I don’t need two hundred of anything.
Of course if money is no object you can buy the metal drawers you sometimes still see in certain places that come with the slide outs.
I actually have one of these I got way back in the mid 80’s.
They are tough but can get VERY HEAVY when full of nuts and bolts in a big hurry.
They also start taking up real estate in a hurry but they are tough, no doubt about it.
A couple of years ago, I ran into what for me, are almost the ideal little storage units for fasteners and small parts also.
Harbor Freight was carrying them and they turned out to be pretty damn handy.
Of course they no longer offer them.
Even an internet search took me a while to find just a picture of one.
Harbor Freight was selling them for under $20.00 when they had them.
It looks like Wal Mart was selling them at one point, at almost double that price but they are out of stock.
I’m telling ya, if you can find these cheap enough, get a BUNCH of them. They are even stackable!
The ones I was getting at Harbor Freight were the same color of yellow as the handle on this one.
I don’t care what color they are, I just want them to hold my little goodies and make them easy to find.
This little unit does both, plus they are portable and in a pinch you can throw some tools up in the top and pack it off. You can also use that area to store bulkier items that won’t fit in the drawers.
I’m telling ya, these things are the bomb.
You can use a Sharpie to write on the little cases or on the outside.
I have one for the fine threaded fasteners that the Sprite likes to use by the handful, one for crimpable electrical connectors, one for small fittings, one for various lengths of Deck screws, you get the idea.
Stack one on top of the other and you can get an amazing amount of crap in them and all you have to do is peek at the front to see what’s in them.
There is a see through door on the front that latches to keep the drawers from falling out and you can pull an entire drawer full of stuff out and move it to wherever you are working without having to drag the whole thing around and the little drawers have lids with flip up latches to keep the parts in them.
Naturally, when I finally find something that works and works well, I can’t hardly find them again and I’m not paying forty dollars for one of them even if I do find a supplier..
All I can do at this point is scour the internet or hope Harbor Freight gets a deal on them again and puts some back in stock.
If you run across one of these at a reasonable price, snag it.
You will be glad you did.