Reasons to purchase a top-quality tool bag
The benefits of a tool bag are endless. It’s everything from a time-saver to a money-saver, since it protects your tools from damage. It makes life super convenient and is a great alternative to ensure order if you don’t have space for a large tool cabinet. However, you’ll only enjoy these benefits if you invest in a high quality product that won’t break, let in water or become a nuisance thanks to a lack of smart design.
Do you see the value of top of the range items?
Now you just have to find the ideal one for your application. These features should be on your priority list.
Features to consider when looking for a tool bag
A quick glance at the bag you consider, or simply reading the specs, can give you insight into these features. The effort of looking for these features can save you money and frustration in the long term.
Type of bag
There’s no clear winner here, as you must determine what works for you. But don’t take the first one you see. Take your time to test different types so you know yours is relevant to your preferences and application:
- Backpacks: As mentioned in our DeWalt DGL523 review, the benefit is how comfortable they are to carry, but their capacity may be limited.
- Standard holdall bags: Ample space and with a padded handle or strap they become carry-friendly.
- Bucket bag: They have great capacity and may suit the space you have available in your car or work area.
You can also consider tote designs as shown with our McGuire model, or even wheeled bags if you know you’ll be carrying heavy loads.
Number of pockets
In terms of pockets, it’s not always the more the better, as you may simply want to carry a few power tools in a well-protected tool bag. List what you need to place inside yours and find a tool bag that caters in terms of number & size of pockets.
Tool bag size
If you only have a few tools to carry around, a large bag will be unnecessarily cumbersome. Pick an appropriate size that will keep all your tools, while still allowing the bag to close easily. Once again, making a list of the tools you want to take with you is an ideal first step.
Remember, a large bag must be extra durable, so the added weight won’t cause tearing.
Also keep in mind the space the bag will take up. Some designs are specifically space-saving, which is ideal if you keep your gear in your car. You don’t want it to take up all the boot space if you’re transporting other equipment too.
Size obviously relates to weight, but so does:
- The fabric used
- The number of metal components vs plastic
- The amount of padding
Weight isn’t always a priority, especially if you opt for a tool bag simply to replace a stationary tool cupboard in your garage. You won’t often move it, so you can rather focus on other features when you shop for yours.
However, if your work requires you to move around a lot, or you’re a technician traveling from room to room all through the day, weight is paramount. You may have to sacrifice some size or padding to ensure your tool bag won’t cause fatigue.
Remember, carrying a heavy, loaded bag all the time can have an impact on your health, such as your back or joints. Think carefully what strain you place on your body, so you don’t regret your decisions in hindsight.
Construction material and durability
Tools are usually used for heavy duty application and accidents are bound to happen. Will your bag protect your tools if something falls on top of it? Can it even withstand the impact if you accidentally drop it?
Your bag must be manufactured from light, but durable fabric, so it won’t easily tear. If you know you’ll work outside a lot, moisture and light from the sun shouldn’t cause the fibers to quickly deteriorate.
Also read reviews about all the different components such as zippers, clasps and buckles. If low quality items break you’ll lose some functionality and you’ll wish you spent a little more money the first time.
Handle and strap padding
This makes all the difference in terms of portability, especially on those days you have to carry your bag over long distances. It’s worth investing in a bag that has padding to keep your hands from being pinched or prevent the strap cutting into your shoulder. The heavier your set of tools, the more valuable this will be. Padding also prevents wear and tear, so it’s for both your benefit and the bag’s longevity.
No two bag designs are the same. Above you saw small pockets such as the ones in the WORKPRO holdall, while the Klein backpack specifically caters for longer tools. What tools do you use?
If you really want your bag to suit your preferences and improve your workflow, make sure the pockets on the outside match the tool sizes of your most often used items. By customizing your bag to your work habits your bag can help you work faster than ever before.
The best tool bag isn’t only there for your convenience, it’s your number one protective barrier to ensure your tools stay in excellent condition. A waterproof lining, bottom or zipper will prevent rust. If you carry around other items such as papers or your laptop, this becomes a non-negotiable feature.
This is why the Klein model mentioned above makes so much sense. The bottom protects from moisture and keeps the fabric from getting drenched. When working outside instead of in an office, this is a high priority.
Remember, being water-resistant is less effective than being waterproof, so read specification information carefully.
The best tool bag options can be expensive. You’ll have more peace of mind if you opt for one with a warranty. Firstly, a proper warranty is usually a sign of quality and the manufacturer’s confidence in the durability of their product. Secondly, if there’s a small factory mistake, you can exchange it for a better one so you never regret your purchase.
Accessories aren’t always prerequisites, but can make your work even more effortless and even safer:
- A light
- Hooks and clips from which to hang tape or odd items
However, don’t pick a bag simply because it has added features, unless it’s relevant to your work.