A mobile tool cart, a trolley, a chest or whatever some may call it is the best solution when it comes to storing a large number of tools without sacrificing portability. Mobile tool trolleys allow you to have a more versatile workplace and all your tools in one place. They feature drawers that are made specifically for certain types of tools and provide a safer and more convenient storage space. Although a mobile tool trolley is made to be rolled around for a more convenient workflow, they can also be stationery. Having that extra option is always a plus as it allows you to do things your own way rather than being restricted by your workplace.
What To Consider When Buying A Mobile Tool Trolley
Mobile tool trolleys can be made of different materials such as wood, metal and plastic. A metal or stainless steel tool trolley is the most common option but you can also find high-end models made of hardwood. The choice of a trolley’s material depends on the tools you’ll fill it with.
The same goes for the capacity of the trolley, it depends on the number of tools you’ll store in it. If you have just a handful of essential tools, a standard tool trolley will be enough but if you plan on expanding your set of tools, a tool cabinet is what you should be looking for.
Drawers are quite important with tool carts as they make up the majority of their storage capacity. Trolley drawers should be spacious enough not only to accommodate your tools but also to allow you to reorganize them when needed. A stamped drawer bottom is what you need to look for too as it makes a drawer more durable and stronger especially if you need to put heavy tools in it. Drawers with a flush design will help save some space and rolled drawer edges add some rigidity.
A tool cart is also meant to provide a safe place for you to store your tools. This is why you should look for a tool cart that that uses a reliable locking mechanism. The majority of mobile trolleys come with a tubular lock system which means you need to lock or unlock a single drawer in order to do the same thing for the rest of the drawers. There are portable tool carts that use a more conventional mechanism such as a padlock eyelet with a traditional padlock.
Having quality casters is important when it comes to the one feature that makes these trolleys unique – portability. Casters made of heavy-duty materials such as polyurethane can improve traction and grip especially when coupled together with rubber coatings. You’ll also want to have both a swivelling and a locking mechanism. This will make the trolley more secure, easier to maneuver and more stable too.
How Do I Organize My Tool Cart?
Organizing your tools should always start from top to bottom and in the upper drawers you should have your sockets. This is because usually the upper drawers of a mobile tool trolley make it easier to get to your sockets and read markings too. This is where you’ll want to get a socket organizer.
The middle drawers should be used to store your wrenches, screwdrivers, chisels speciality tools and other tools that are meant to be used in specific occasions. The middle drawers usually require a well-cushioned drawer liner so your tools stay in place and the metal part of the drawer stays protected. You can also use plastic when it comes to the middle drawers.
The heaviest tools should always be stored in the lowest drawers. This will prevent any injury if a tool were to fall down and it makes the trolley more stable since it lowers its centre of gravity. Power tools should go here too as lower drawers usually provide more room and power tools are known to take up a lot of room. Less commonly used tools should also be stored in the lower drawers and more commonly used tools in the centre (middle) drawers.
Using Foam Organizers
You can get your own foam liner and cut your own layout in it for a more custom solution. Lay out every tool you want to have in a certain drawer on top of the foam liner. Arrange your tools so you have tools that you use together near each other. Place tools that you use more frequently near the front of the drawer so you can access them more easily. When you have your layout sorted, trace the tools with a pen or pencil and start cutting away.