April 3, 2007

Veto Pro Pac

veto_pro_pac.jpgThere are only a few options when it comes to finding a way to store your hand tools and have them easily transportable at the same time, and none of them are very good. We've had minimal success with the smaller sized doctor’s bag, but it was so tiny that it ended up overflowing and tools were always falling out when we picked it up. As an added bonus, our tools stayed in a jumbled pile and reaching for a wrench often took a few minutes of frustrating searching and untangling. So, recently, we switched over to the larger sized doctor’s bag, but even that has some critical problems. Now, we’ve got the room for our tools, but the bag divider doesn’t work. Essentially, we have the same problems we had with the smaller bag, except that now we’re not worried about leaving a Hansel and Gretel trail of hammers and screwdrivers everywhere we go.

We’ve also seen carpenters show up to the jobsite with their tools in ornate hand-made tool boxes. But not everyone wants to spent five weeks crafting a beautiful oak heirloom just so Mike, the summer help, can drop a Sawzall on it. Then, finally, there’s the dreaded five-gallon bucket with the bag insert. How pathetic is it when you see a woodworker carrying his beloved tools around in a plastic bucket? They’re tools, not Legos.

The other day, our friend told us about the Veto Pro Pac and we thought it looked like a pretty great solution. This heavy duty bag holds tools vertically, so they are easy to get at and easy to put back. According to their website, these bags are waterproof and come equipped with industrial strength nylon stitching and zippers. Rounding them out is a shoulder strap and a stainless steel tape clip. We take a lot of comfort in the fact that the bags were designed by an actual carpenter as opposed to someone who has conducted focus groups of actual carpenters.

Veto Pro Pac sells three bags of varying sizes.

  • Model XL – 61 pockets, capable of holding over 100 hand tools.
  • Model LC – 57 pockets, capable of holding over 75 hand tools.
  • Model XXL-F – 55 pockets, capable of holding over 80 tools. Designed to carry longer tools as well, such as saws and pry bars.

Depending on the bag, they retail anywhere from about $100 to around $150. Sounds like a lot, but if these bags really as good as they look, it’s a small price to pay to rid yourself of the shame and humiliation of the plastic bucket.

At Veto Pro Pac and Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 3, 2007 11:54 AM

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