A tool bag is an extension of your workwear. It allows you to keep your must-have tools close by. As they say, “time is money” and less time searching for tools means more time on task. That means working efficiently, more work completed or getting home sooner and being able to do other things!
A good tool belt can set you back anywhere from $50 to $200 or more. You should be willing to pay for the features you need but steer clear of the bags with features that are not a requirement for you. Remember, it’s not just about the price when you’re choosing a tool bag that works for you.
Fit for Purpose
The type of tool bag you need will be primarily based on the type of work you do. Take an inventory of the tools you need the bag to hold. This list may include tape measure, square, level, pliers, screwdrivers, and more. Also consider the number and size of the pouches you require.
Utility is one thing but comfort and fit is another. How does the tool bag feel when you are wearing it? Can it be adjusted to suit your needs? Can accessories be added or removed? Is it possible to rearrange to suit your working preferences? What about when it is weighed down? Try the tool bag on with tools, if you can. As a result, you’ll have a much better idea of how it will feel on the job.
Leather, canvas and nylon are popular material choices for tool bags. Also consider the secondary materials used in the construction of the tool bag – threads, rivets, webbing, buckle clips and slides – all these items contribute to the overall quality of the bag.
Construction and Assembly
Where and how is the tool bag manufactured? Many customers feel compelled to purchase a tool bag made in Australia, whilst this might not matter to others. And although there are a number of decent factory mass produced bags out there, there’s really no substitute for the quality and finish that comes from a hand-crafted tool bag made by a professional Leathersmith.