Last updated on August 18th, 2018 at 02:04 pm
Carrying a tool backpack to the job site is a brilliant idea but having it on your back all the time while you work can really be a burden. Generally, a conventional tool bag is meant to carry many tools, most of which are not needed in every activity while working. A tool belt is a special hands-free tool bag worn on the waist for carrying tools while working. It usually provides convenience and easy access to tools that are specific to a particular task.
For example, if you are an electrician by trade, you would have all types of tools an electrician needs in the backpack. However, if you were tasked with terminating wiring connections to a wall socket, you would just need to grab a few tools from the tool bag. Some of the tools you would pick would be a pair of pliers, a socket tester, a pair of strippers, a voltmeter, screwdrivers, and an insulating tape. Instead of carrying the whole bag, you can just put them in a tool belt, which not only holds tools securely but also makes them easily accessible while working. It also relieves you unnecessary weight thus improving efficiency.
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Occidental Leather 8089 OxyLights 7 Bag Framer Set Review
Occidental Leather company is known for making some of the most durable heavy duty tool organizers and the 8089 OxyLights tool belt is definitely one of them. It is handmade, very well stitched, and riveted at all pressure points for increased strength and durability. It has two bags with plenty of pockets to accommodate different tools you might need to have on yourself on the job. In addition, it has leather loops, slots, and holders where you can slide in or hook additional tools. The tool belt also has 2 hammer loops; one is a leather hoop on the side of one of the bags (suitable for right-handed) and the other one is a metallic loop at the back. To ensure that the tool belt system is not heavy on you, the bags are made of very solid durable nylon material.
The occidental leather 8089 OxyLights is designed for various trades but works best for framers. As you probably know, framing is arguably the most athletic type of carpentry because you are building a skeleton of a house that needs you to move up and down, slide between studs, duck between trusses and the last thing you want is anything that obstructs your movement. As such, the occidental leather tool belt has bags that can be moved easily along the leather belt to give your legs full range of motion as well as make it easy for you to access tools. In addition, it has an independent steel hammer loop that can be positioned at any place of preference on the belt.
ToughBuilt – Handyman Tool Belt Set Review
The ToughBuilt tool belt system is a 3 piece set that includes a belt with padding, and 2 pouches. The pouches provide a total of 10 pockets of different sizes to accommodate various tools. In addition, one of the bags has a strong modular hammer loop. The 2″ padded belt, on the other hand, has 4 suspender loops onto which the rig suspension system, though not included, is attached.
Unlike other tool belts that either have the bags permanently stitched onto the belt or the belt routed through them, the ToughBuilt tool belt uses a proprietary clip technology called ClipTech to attach the pouches. The ClipTech innovation uses a hard-plastic hub onto which a bag attaches to. This tool belt, in particular, has two ClipTech hubs onto which the two bags are attached. The technology allows the bags to effortless be adjusted or changed out to fit every job. Each bag also has an integrated kickstand to allow it to stand on the floor or table without spilling tools.
Generally, this tool belt is designed perfectly for electricians, construction, contractors, carpenters, framers, and plumbers. Its pouches have enough space to accommodate a large variety of tools. Together with its 2 large pockets are a plastic-lined utility knife pocket, a notebook pocket, an extreme-duty hammer loop, screwdriver loops, and 2 tape measure clips. With its rugged 6-layer construction and rivet reinforcements, durability is guaranteed. It also has 4 suspender loops that allow you to attach any four links suspension system.
Gatorback B240 Electrician’s Combo with Pro-Comfort Back Support Belt Review
One of the heavily padded and most comfortable tool belt systems is the Gatorback B240 toolbelt otherwise known as the electrician toolbelt combo. The tool organizer gets its name from the patented back design that mimics an alligator’s back. Between the paddings are air channels that enhance ventilation to prevent sweating while wearing it. The belt has full back support built into it to allow you to work for long hours without getting fatigued. The Gatorback B240 tool belt has strong handles built into it for easy carrying and storage. There are also four suspender rings sewn directly on top of the bag for attaching a four-links pair of tool belt suspenders.
As far as storage space is concerned, the Gatorback toolbelt has 2 pouches with a total of 18 different sizes of pockets to accommodate a large variety of tools. It also has a metallic hammer loop at the back and a tape chain on the outside of one of the bags. Each pouch has webbing that goes across the top to help keep the form. Double stitching and box stitching are also utilized to enhance the strength of the tool belt. As if that is not enough strength, all stress points are reinforced with bar-tacking and rivets. To keep the pouches open, the inside of each of them has a piece of plastic that runs through the middle. In other words, a piece of plastic sandwiches the 2 layers of 1250 vinyl nylon material used to make the bags to prevent the bottom from pushing tools or other things down through the middle.
The bags attach to the belt using velcro, which has in various occasions been faulted for ripping off or not holding up. It is actually the major shortcoming of this magnificent tool belt. Nevertheless, the velcro allows easy attachment and removal of pouches thus increasing efficiency. The belt is leather-tipped and fitted with a metallic buckle for increased strength and durability.
Although built to be used by handymen of all trades, the Gatorback B240 is more suitable as an electrician tool belt. Its pockets are engineered to carry the tools of a professional electrician including a tape chain that is specifically useful to electricians for holding insulation tapes. So, if you are an electrician looking for a very tough, sturdy, versatile, and most of all, a comfortable tool belt that is built with an electrician in mind, the Gatorback B240 toolbelt is the best choice for the money. It will serve your needs and you might also experience less of the bags falling off the belt because electrical tools are generally light enough to not cause velcro to disappoint. In addition, you don’t have to worry about your body size because the Gatorback tool belt has you covered with its different sizes ranging from small to triple extra-Large.
Bucket Boss Bucketboss 55185-MOSC 3 Bag Framers Rig Review
When you have so many good alternatives to choose from, it becomes very difficult to select. This requires attention to the nitty-gritty stuff. The Bucket Boss 55185-MOSC is equally a very reliable, tough, and versatile tool belt. It is made of ballistic nylon; a very tough material for wearables that is very hard to tear apart. Its belt system has a heavy duty buckle and features 5 monster grommets that give you up to 8 inches of adjustability. There is also a slider on the side to give you more adjustability. This infinitely adjustable belt makes it possible for this tool belt to be used by people with waist sizes ranging from small to 52 inches.
This tool belt features 3 pouches that deliver enough storage space. They have numerous pockets including a speed square pouch and measuring tape pouch to allow you to organize tools more efficiently. It also features a super heavy-duty webbing hammer loop and a cat’s paw nail port on the side of one of the pouches and a steel hammer loop at the back. The bags are made of 2 layers of 1680 heavy-duty poly fabric and their bottoms are reinforced with diamond PVC that is super abrasion resistant.
While its construction is as rugged, reliable, and tough as the other three tool belts reviewed thus far, the Bucket Boss 55185 has the suspension system as the differentiating thing. The suspension system has four links and is elastic to support a load and to allow flexibility and movement. It also has a mobile phone pocket that is large enough to hold an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. The pocket has a top flap to keep the phone from falling off when you lean forward. Another unique thing about the suspenders is the breathable shoulder pads that are designed to allow air to flow in and out to keep your body cool even when it gets really hot. The suspenders are removable to allow you to wear only when you need them.
The Bucket Boss 55185-MOSC 3 Bag Framers Rig is an excellent tool belt not only for framers but every handyman. Unlike the other tool belts in this review, this unit features a very strong load-bearing suspension system. The tool belt is also available in different colors.