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You know when you need a tool and at that moment it is not at hand because it has mysteriously disappeared. Organising tools can be made a lot easier with the help of a tool bag.

Besides a mobile workshop or a large tool box, the handy tool bags are a good alternative. In addition, the tools placed in the tool bag are immediately at hand, so you don't have to search for them.

In addition, hand tool bags are very practical when it comes to constantly changing places of use. A tool bag should also meet the special needs of some occupational groups, such as roofers, motor vehicle mechatronics technicians, chimney sweeps etc.




Summary

  • Tool bags keep things tidy and are both a transport and storage solution
  • Important purchase criteria would be the size, the material, the carrying comfort, the carrying capacity and the number of compartments a tool bag has to offer
  • Tool bags are available in different price ranges and differ in shape, size and quality

The Best Tool Bag: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for tool bags

The following buying criteria should make it easier for you to make a purchase decision and compare the individual models.

The criteria that you can use to compare the tool bags with each other include:

Size (dimensions) incl. volume in L

There is a wide variety of tool bags on the market, which differ mainly in size. Some professions need a larger tool bag than others.

Therefore, you should pay attention to the size and volume when making your purchase decision. While a do-it-yourselfer needs simple tools, an electrician, for example, needs enough space for his specialist tools such as a multimeter or soldering iron.

Material

Depending on the area of use, you should pay attention to the material the tool bag is made of. On a construction site, you may want to use sturdy, impact-resistant, durable and water-repellent material. If you need a tool bag for industrial use, oil, grease and chemical resistant materials are advantageous.

Carrying comfort

If you are a mechanic who is on the move a lot or if your location changes frequently, then carrying comfort is a decisive factor in the purchase decision. Here, too, the intended use and mode of transport must be taken into account.

There are tool bags with wheels that allow you to cover long distances on foot if you have heavy tools with you. In addition to a comfortable carrying handle, a shoulder strap is another feature that not every tool bag has.

Product weight and carrying capacity

The weight of a tool bag and the maximum carrying capacity are always specified and are a factor in the purchase decision. A collection of tools should not be underestimated in terms of weight and therefore the maximum carrying capacity of the tool bag should always be kept in mind.

Shape

Besides size and material, the shape of the tool bag is another important point to consider. The shape can be selected depending on the area of use and personal preference:

  • Shape of bag
  • Basket shape
  • Folder shape
  • Belt bag
  • Case shape
  • Folding bag
  • Roller bag
  • Drawer bag

Guide: Frequently asked questions about tool bags answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about tool bags. In this way, we want to give you a better overview of the products.

Who is a tool bag suitable for?

For anyone who has tools at home and wants to have a certain amount of order. In addition, such tool bags are suitable for specific trades such as industrial mechanics, plumbers, fitters, electricians, car mechanics, carpenters and many more.

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Tool pouches that you wear on your belt have the advantage that you always have the tools with you and have quick access to them. (Image source: annawaldl / Pixabay)

There is a wide variety of tool pouches on the market that you can choose from. Many tool bags have advantages and disadvantages, so you should always decide according to personal preference.

What material should tool bags be made of?

A tool bag should be made of a durable, water-repellent material in order to withstand certain stresses and strains in the everyday work of a craftsman. And depending on the use, you should make sure that the tool bag is suitable for your needs. Common tool bags consist of:

  • Leather
  • Plastic
  • Nylon fabric
  • Polyester fabric

Furthermore, the unit of measurement denier (600D polyester fabric) is usually specified for tool bags. The denier unit defines the fineness of a yarn and thus the tear strength of the material.

What does a tool bag cost?

The price is mainly determined by the size as well as the material and quality. The market offers a large number of variations of tool bags, so that a price range from low to high is offered. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (5-15 €) Mostly smaller bags, sufficient for a small selection of tools
Medium-priced (15-60 €) Larger bags with many tool compartments that can accommodate a large collection of tools
High-priced (€60+) High-quality, large and robust bags, often with nice-to-have additions and a sturdy bottom tray.

What else should you look for in a tool bag?

Depending on the area of use, you should make sure that the tool bag is waterproof so that it can also be used safely in rainy weather or humid environments.

Another point is the workmanship of the carrying handles. Here you should make sure that the construction is appropriately stable so that the seams do not tear directly when carrying heavy weights.

Conclusion

To avoid getting lost in a chaos of tools, tool bags are just the thing. Easy handling allows you to organise your tools individually in a storage solution and access them quickly.

In addition, moving between locations is no longer a challenge. Many tool bags are suitable for outdoor use, so outdoor use is no problem at all.

As you can see from the table above, there are tool bags in every price segment that guarantee the basic function of a tool bag. However, if you value quality, workmanship, more space and additional functions, you have to expect to invest a little more money.

However, a tool bag lasts for what feels like an eternity with standard use.

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