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Old 06-22-2012, 06:15 PM
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I have been trying t outhink this for a career, standard socket set organizers just don't work. This one serves 2 bays, hoist. Can reach it from either side with wrench racks and some metric combo stuff with a few drive things on the cart. There is even a space for general adapters, super easy.

The sizes are not sorted by drive size but by fastener, I sub a couple with some smaller 1/4 in tuna cans. I am going to make another unit and a little tuning to this concept, another unit for the other side of the shop. Makes it easy to see when one side of the shop is overloaded with duplicates as well as shortage of the commons. I can reach back to my cabinets for special stuff, occasional, etc but this is 95%. I want to get one new 1/2 air gun that will save a few steps and replace a 3/8 air ratchet or 2. For the 1/2 I want a CP747 or what ever it is identical to the one I got, 4 speed in it.

I gained about half the room back on my carts, not completely finished but its already a super clutter reducer. I had tried pegs like the wrench racks but that never seemed to work out, will see how this goes.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:49 PM
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I have since color coded all the 13mm with yellow tape, the 10 with body tape with additional green stripe for 1/4 drive in those small sizes. I put a yellow tape on all 13mm wrenches and a body tape on 10. Its easy enough to tell the difference in a 1/2 vs a 3/8 drive but 13's and 1/2 especially of same brand, drive size, some of the engraving is so small its a joke even for good eyes.

This winter one afternoon will have my helper engrave a bunch of big ID for size on all the sockets. Now they ink it on, ha, and in hurry sizes like 11/16 and 5/8 are mixed and I might ID all the 18 mm. Metric wrenches not such a real problem, only need a few misc in one part of the shop or walk if needed but SAE is a different matter. Have another set of hangers on benches just for common combination wrenches, about 4 spots in shop plus a couple drawers for less used stuff. It all kind of floats around to some extent but I have about 75 or so common combination wrenches hanging around I really live by, all flavors, doesnt matter as long as we gan grab as easy as possible.

We use them so much I dont even bother with drawers. I like hangers.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:08 PM
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Nicely done.
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:54 AM
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My farmer freind Dan uses a hanging board for all his wrenches. I have wanted to make one but with my limited space I find it's just better to keep them in the drawer on racks.

I like the easy susan too.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:31 PM
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I had tried pegs for sockets but that just didnt pan out and I figured out aprox how many wrenches I had in circulation in various sizes, nothing real scientific and it changes but adjusted the length of the screw or added a screw so when its full of a particular size chances are one of the others is empty. I am going to remove 2 old wrench racks and reeplace with one modified, can have 3 that used to take 4 to do the same work.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:01 PM
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I drink that brand of coffee. And my shop is full of red cans,too!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:07 PM
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I've never had a socket organizer I liked until a few years ago. All the metail rails are a to hard to get sockets on and off. Sears makes a cool unit will holes drilled in it for each socket- Except it has holes for sockets I don't have, and doesn't have holes for sockets I have. But the worst feature is it doesn't fin the OD on a number of standard craftsman sockets.

Hansen makes a neat organizer with pegs that stick up through the socket with a label, but again, they miss sizes I have and use.

Finaly I found these plastic rails from craftsman with pop on socket mounts with actual square pegs with ball detents. Sockets snap on like a socket wrench- not tighter or looser. Rails can be cut to length (a 1/4" rail doesn't need to be 12"), and additional mounts added as needed.

The cheapest way to buy them is in combo packs of 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2"- even if you just want the pegs, The rails are black or gray for SAE or Metric.

This is one case where craftsman beats snap-on hands down.

BTW, i heep spare sockets in bins. So if I loose a socket, or need an extra, I usually have one.

3/4 stuff I keep in a huge Wright set box. They are big and stable enough to see where each socket goes back to. With a minor mod, the box even fits my torque multiplier.

The little bit of 1" stuff I have goes in a Acro bin.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:38 PM
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I took a few minutes and whip up a couple prototypes for some more stuff, it really stripped off my service cart. The A frame you can see the end of sits next to the hoist, this is the ideal spot for the stuff but it was organizational nightmare in our kind of shop.

The plastic reels were Hobarts they had incremental spacing, took about a minute with a battery drill and uni bit.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:10 PM
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Well, those are neat!
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:26 AM
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While I pretty much hate socket rails, I did find these "spring loaded" rails that work pretty good. They are in my "travel box". The sockets are crap brand, I think they where called "Powerbuilt" 4 sets for $20 at Costco, I can afford to lose them.

In the shop, I have 2 service carts and a main tool box, the service carts have the hanson socket organizers, I really like them, because it keeps track of whats missing, and what you are looking for is quick and easy to find.

The grey shallow plastic inserts are from sears/craftsman. Ive had those for close to 2 decades now. Those are in my main box, and the sockets provide for back up, I dont really "work" out of my main box, just the service carts.
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