Regardless of whether you’re on a construction site or in a finished building, there are advantages and disadvantages to having a rolling tool bag. In this article I’ll be getting into a few different things that you should keep in mind when deciding whether a tool bag with wheels is for you.
Do you have a lot of tools?
One of the first things to consider is the amount of tools you have. These bags are great if you’re the type of person that has a tool for everything. They come in many shapes and sizes but generally have more space than a regular tool bag or tote. Another advantage of having a bag like this is that if your tool set includes power tools then you should have enough space to throw those in your bag as well. Instead of having multiple bags, one for your hand tools and one for power tools, you’ll be able to keep them all in one spot. You’ll also have enough space to have multiple little zipper bags to help compartmentalize everything in your bag. Most of these rolling tool bags will already have little pockets in there to put your tools inside.
Do you have to lug your tools around for long distances?
Another thing to consider is whether you’re walking long distances with your tools. Every job brings upon its own set of problems and one of the problems could be the parking situation. I’ve been on many jobs where the only spot we could park would be far away from the job. A rolling tool bag would come in handy in this situation and allow you to transport your tools from your car to the job site a lot easier.
Do you use a full tool belt system?
You must also consider how you wear your tools at work. Certain individuals will use full tool belt systems, some have a tool pouch on one side only, others just use their pockets, etc. Depending on the type of rolling tool bag and the tool belt system you have, you might not be able to fit it inside. Some people will just wear their tool belt and keep the rolling tool bag separate. Some people will stuff their tool belt in their rolling tool bag even if they can’t close the zipper on it. So at the end of the day it depends on how you want to haul your tools around.
Do you regularly go up and down stairs?
If your type of work involves you going up and down stairs constantly throughout the day then it might be a little tough lugging your rolling tool bag with you the whole time. If you don’t need all your tools on every floor then what you can do is leave your main bag in one spot and have a smaller bag or tool pouch that you carry with you when you’re constantly moving. Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the wheels on the tool bag. Some bags have bigger wheels that extend out a little further than the back of the tool bag which allow you to roll them up the stairs. Depending on how heavy your bag is it might still be easier to just carry them up the stairs.
What type of terrain are you usually on?
Another important thing to consider is whether you’re on finished grade dirt or not, whether you’re on concrete or not. Depending on the phase of the job it might be easier or harder to roll your bag around. If you’re generally on a finished floor then you shouldn’t have any issues taking your tools where you need them. If the ground is dirt and has a lot of peaks and valleys then it might be a little tough moving your bag around. Like I stated earlier, the size of the wheels will also make a difference, the bigger the wheels are the easier it is to roll on the dirt or over extension cords.
The Choice is Yours
So these are some things to consider when looking to get a rolling tool bag. Overall I think it’s a good choice, but just like everything in life there are pros and cons. If you feel like there’s anything I missed feel free to leave it in the comment section below for everyone to see. I’d love to hear what everyone has to say