The generous side bags have 13 pockets, several of which are large enough to hold a supply of outlets or whatever else you are scooting around and installing. The open center compartment holds parts boxes, cordless drills, and other large items. The padded seat — which has an integrated carrying handle — is very comfortable, and the wheels, though not very large, roll easily on hardwood, concrete, and carpet without leaving any telltale marks. We were unable to find a website for this product, but know it's available from Amazon and a number of smaller Internet vendors. Web price: $110.




Keter's organizer is configured like a tackle box: It has a lid on top and an upper compartment that pivots back to expose the contents of the lower section (4). A pair of legs comes out with the upper compartment to keep the box from tipping (5).

Our company has a small army of these organizers, though ours bear the Craftsman and Husky logos (Keter apparently private-labels them for multiple companies). Aside from the color and labeling, I can't detect any difference between the various brand versions.

Keter makes a number of other types of organizers as well, including a conventional toolbox; the model we like has removable compartments. We use it to store screws, nails, and other small parts and supplies. The removable compartments hold parts securely, even if the box is tipped on its side. The cantilever action provides easy access to everything, and the carrying handle folds neatly out of the way.

Although this organizer is plastic (with metal latches and handles), we've found it to be quite durable. It's a good value, too — and frequently on sale. Web price: $20 to $40.


4 & 5 KETER




Occidental has designed a wonderfully compact leather carrier that we found to be just the right size for most of the everyday hand tools we use in our carpentry tasks. The leather and nylon bag (6) has 45 pockets of varying size and shape, a tape pouch, and two removable clip-on pouches (one at either end) that can be easily snapped off the bag and onto a belt with their contents intact. There's plenty of room in the center of the divider for hammers, while chisels, knives, and other sharp tools can be stored in one of two included plastic sleeves, which protect the edge of the tools as well as the bag itself. A zippered pouch holds small items like square gauges and drill bits.

The bag's padded leather handle makes for comfortable carrying, and a rubber bottom provides a layer of protection on finished surfaces. The Stronghold Master Carpenter Case is made in Sonoma County, Calif. Web price: $250.




By itself, this carrier isn't a tool organizer; it's a vehicle for various pouches and pockets from Iron Dog's modular tool-belt line. The result is a very versatile method of tool storage and transportation.

The company's lineup currently includes 32 pouches and pockets in a range of sizes and shapes, all constructed from a five-layer lamination of leather, foam, and ballistic nylon. Each component has a heavy-duty spring clip mounted on the back for attachment to either the carrier (7) or one of four different belts (8) that the company also sells.

The carrier is hinged at the top and can be made to stand up on a flat surface, or it can be slung over a sawhorse or step ladder. This is a nice solution for carpenters and other tradesmen who may wear a toolbelt one day and work out of a tool bag the next, because it allows them to use the same pouches for both scenarios. Web price: $45 for the carrier; $20 to $60 for pockets and pouches.


7 & 8 IRON DOG