Basic Tool Case for Do-it-yourselfers
A tool case is a practical storage place for tools anywhere and ensures that all tools stay together. Every household should have a well-stocked tool case in order to be able to carry out smaller tasks themselves.
THE tool case does not exist
The range of fully equipped tool cases is large. What exactly belongs in there and how can the quality of the tools be assessed?
First of all, there is no such thing as ONE tool case. The equipment of such a case is as varied as the purposes. An electrician, for example, needs a lot of tools that a gas / water plumber does not need and vice versa.
For the average do-it-yourselfer, however, a good universal tool case is usually sufficient. Since the individual offers differ greatly in terms of price, it is worthwhile to compare different suitcases with one another.
With the tool case test you can get a well-founded overview. But now to the details:
The right case is light and stable
Since the contents of the suitcase can sometimes be quite heavy, it is important that it is made of the right material. The tool case should above all be stable but also light, ideally made of aluminum, since plastic is easier to break in the event of a fall.
The handles should also make a stable impression and the case should generally appear robust. It goes without saying that it should be easy to open and close.
In addition to sufficient space, the inside of the case should above all have fastening options to prevent the individual tools from accidentally flying around. Fitted shelves and shelves are also a practical way of keeping order and an overview.
Keep the suitcase equipment simple
As already mentioned, the question of the right content is highly individual. Tools that are not required cost money and unnecessarily increase the weight of the case. Still, some tools are simply part of it:
- Hammer. A good hammer is easy to grip and has a non-slip handle. He should weigh around 300 grams to work properly with him.
- Pliers. A basic set of pliers consists of nippers, needle-nose pliers and combination pliers. A pipe wrench is also recommended.
- Wrench. These include wrenches, Allen keys and ring spanners which should be available in different sizes. A reversible ratchet is particularly space-saving.
- Screwdriver. An assortment of screwdrivers is essential. Here you should have different sizes of slotted and Phillips screwdrivers in the range. Alternatively, a ratchet with appropriate bits can also provide more space here.
- Saw. A small saw with different saw blades for wood and metal is completely sufficient for most applications in the private sector.
- Measure and test. Folding rule, tape measure and spirit level are among the measuring components of a tool case. a phase tester should also be included.
- To cut. At least a carpet knife, a cable cutter and all-purpose scissors should find space in the case. Most cutting work can be done with them.
In addition to the tool case, it is advisable to purchase a cordless drill to be prepared for any eventuality.
As always: Pay attention to the quality of the tool
In general, it is worth investing a little more in quality than in quantity. Very inexpensive tools wear out quickly and can then no longer be used for the job.
High-quality tools usually last a lifetime and you avoid the risk of injuries from poor-quality tools. Cheap or even inferior scrap tools pose a potential risk of injury.
Since it can sometimes be quite time-consuming to thoroughly test each tool to determine whether it is scrap or quality – a complete universal tool case from a brand manufacturer can also make sense.
Do-it-yourselfers certainly don’t have to be constantly up to date with the latest professional tools. Older tool models are often sufficient. It is much more important to be able to trust the quality of the tool itself.