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    Default Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    First off, I dont wear traditional bags or aprons! I Think Finish carpenters should avoid them because of all the damage they cause to the finished woodwork, doors and cabinets etc...The Older guys on the job when I first started, made me take mine off, and never bring them on the job again. Then they showed me the way...The push cart! Today that still is the case, working in custom homes and for the HO. I still see to many Interior guys creating so much damage being careless, and sometimes just being stupid!

    But there are times where having some extra pockets (that dont stickout to far) is a good idea.

    What are you guys using?

    So far I have seen on these forums currently in other threads: which Im totally liking!

    Blaklader pants.
    http://www.blakladerworkwear.ca/

    and

    Skillers workwear.
    http://repconnw.com/index.php?&vmcch...mart&Itemid=71

    Anything else out there?
    Also what other cool tool totes are you guys using? (besides home made)

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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    I always wear an apron for finish work. I really hate having to search around for pencil, tape, nail-set (spring type). In the shop I wear a long apron. Both provide a better place to wipe glue than my shirt or pants.
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    I have a basic CLC leather carpenter's pouch, but I don't hang my hammer on the loops, I stick it upside down in the main pocket. Also I've gone to using a 10oz hammer instead of the 19 I've used for years, and I don't miss it. I find I am carrying less and less stuff in my belt as I get older - only the bare essentials. I usually have my tote with my other hand tools close by. I hate that I'm careful installing pre-hungs, only to have the next guy come in and band up the fresh jambs with his hammers hanging from both sides of his 500 pocket tool belt!

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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    ive been wearing the blakenlader pants for about 1 year now, and have only put on a tool when I do not night job as a toolman stripper..... lol just kidding.

    but the blakenlader pants are great. I have several pair and with the built in knee pads they work great. they hold pencils, knife screw driver, nippers, hammer and several pockets for screws etc. well worth the bucks
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    Quote Originally Posted by kreg McMahon View Post
    ive been wearing the blakenlader pants for about 1 year now, and have only put on a tool when I do not night job as a toolman stripper..... lol just kidding.

    but the blakenlader pants are great. I have several pair and with the built in knee pads they work great. they hold pencils, knife screw driver, nippers, hammer and several pockets for screws etc. well worth the bucks
    I'll second the pants. They work well and the knee pads come in handy. I may get the vest for when I need more 'on board' storage.
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    the bead board king has spoken!!! ;-)

    i use Skillers and i like them very much but the new company, serving the USA, service is crap. i am still waiting for one of my pouches for a tool belt i ordered in November. they have been back ordered and b/c everything is made in Sweden and shipped by container boat it takes for ever to order something that isn't in stock. i would call and place your order based on availability now. the best part is they mailed me the whole rig and not that one pouch i might have canceled the order if they told me that before receiving them. luckily I have plenty of the add on pouches made by Skillers and have been making do.

    their new website is wretched...can't navigate easily and so slow. i have their pants belt and it is a nice low profile that my tool belt doesn't pull down. you know what on second thought... don't buy them. i am done... i was going to say how their add on tabs
    http://repconnw.com/index.php?page=s...mart&Itemid=71
    and $9 pouches
    http://repconnw.com/index.php?page=s...mart&Itemid=71
    are pretty nice b/c you can add them to any pants but forget it.

    with the service that i have gotten in the past year - i can't recommend them anymore. buy blaklader stuff its the same quality with better service and available at multiple USA stores so if you don't like the service one place you can use a different place. i hope blaklader is going to be at JLC RI b/c i need some new pants.

    i actually bought all my original skiller stuff from contractor's solutions and they now sell blaklader - they were very good to work with - since i didn't know my size in the beginning back then. i will have to give them a buzz.
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    I have a skillers vest...says "made in USA" on the external tag.
    Try Ebay,I found one for $20 a while back.They run a size small so order larger.Have never worn one in hot weather.

    I need another,the one I have now is loaded down with a big tool belt,they have velcro loops on the inside to slide a belt into,so they support like suspenders.I'd like to get another and set it up for just finish work.If your making long runs to where your saw is setup I don't like the pouch either.

    Arch,what are you using for a cart?

    On finished floors sometimes I'll lay out a scrap of 3'x5' carpet,soft side down and lay some tools out on that.
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    There is no perfect bag setup or vest set up. I like to have options depending on what kind of work im doing. For finish work the skillers vest is the way to go most of the time. I can take it off during lunch or when I have to drive. I wouldnt want to unload all my tools and fasteners all the time. For heavier work I have the oxylights one peice framers w/ the optional suspenders depending on how loaded up I am. If im hanging beams on scafolding for example I got my nailer hooked on my belt, my impact hooked on also at times w/ multiple fasteners, the suspenders hold the weight nice and are very comfortable or I can pop them off and still have bags on. For super light work I have a Bucket boss tool pouch that snaps to my belt and its very small and light and holds the essentials nicely. Everyones different, but through my search for the right setup for me this is what works for now.
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    Quote Originally Posted by BGeezus View Post

    Arch,what are you using for a cart?

    On finished floors sometimes I'll lay out a scrap of 3'x5' carpet,soft side down and lay some tools out on that.
    We use a cart just like this one
    http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Tool-...5850790&sr=8-2

    also we do the same thing...piece of ramboard or non slip mat to lay tools on. You just don't need many tools to do this work on your person. most fit in cargo pockets, or back pockets (responsibly) but I can see where those blaklader "Marsupial pants" (as they were described) would be pretty awesome! and discreet.

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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    I love the Blaklader pants too. They also make shorts as well.

    Having the kneepads is a great idea. I have the lightweight and heavy duty pads and only insert the HDs when I know I'll be laying decking all day. Otherwise, the lighter pads are fine for normal use.

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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    I use a cart as well. I've been using one so long that I'm an organizational mess without one, especially for door hardware. I also have a flat dollie with a folding handle that I use for 1 or 2 day cabinet installs where it's not worth bringing a cart. I do commercial jobs so my setup is going to be a little different for me than you residential guys. The only time I wear a tool belt is swinging doors and all I have in it is a cordless, screws and a wonder bar.

    I do wear an apron if I'm drywalling, framing or forming concrete (anything outside). Never for trim.

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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    i also favor using a tool cart instead of a tool belt when doing most trim and cabinetry work because of the freedom and ease of use. protecting the installed work from tool belt scratches is definitely a plus along with being able to have all the tools i need for a job to be close at hand.

    here is my tool cart
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    Quote Originally Posted by smtitmas View Post

    here is my tool cart
    Very,very nice.
    S.M. do you use the cart on site? Can those wheels handle the usual job-site obstacles?
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    Default Re: Best Tool bag/pouch/carrier or apron for Finish Carpenters?!

    SM, Great cart! looks very functional

    OK, so what about tool organizers or totes? any cool ones from sweden or germany we should be looking at?

    we have CLC tool tote..that work out fine.. but I know there is always something better out there...anyone seen anything?

    These look great! I wonder if they are worth the price.

    http://www.amazon.com/VETO-PRO-Model..._bxgy_hi_img_b

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