Whether you are a contractor, electrician, plumber, carpenter, or cabinet installer, you need a solution to haul your tools to your place a business. This could be a clients business to install some new electrical runs or a clients kitchen to get their brand new kitchen installed. No matter your profession, you need your tools with you when you are on the go. There are many ways to haul your tools and supplies from one place to another but recently manufacturers are stepping up their game and introducing dedicated Modular Tool Storage Systems (MTSS) as a solution for their customers. There are many options out there from dozens of manufacturers but recently Milwaukee Tool has introduced their PACKOUT Modular Tool Storage System. They really didn’t have a good foothold in this market but that has all changed with the introduction of their new lineup.
Milwaukee Tool PACKOUT Tool Storage
We first saw the PACKOUT System at NPS2017 in Milwaukee and were extremely excited about it. What makes it exciting? Milwaukee has designed all their release products with their “Mod-Lock” interlocking system. This means that all their products are connectable. This gives the customer the flexibility to build, arrange, and customize their PACKOUT setup that individually suites their needs. Whether that is specific for larger power tools, smaller hand tools, or even more organizers for parts and supplies. Milwaukee claims PACKOUT is the most versatile and durable modular storage system in the industry.
Within the launch of PACKOUT, Milwaukee has introduced 8 components or units into the lineup. Let’s review the shared features and specs and then we can dive into each unit and take a closer look. Let’s break down the system a little closer.
Mod-Lock Modular Connectivity
The most important feature fo these units are the Mod-Lock Modular connectivity cleats (bottom) and connecting grooves (top). Simply place one component or unit onto another and align the cleats and grooves and push back. To release, simply press the button on the front of the unit and pull or push forward. While the units are empty, this can be a bit of a challenge with them being so light but add a couple tools and it is easy as pie.
Bottom Cleats on Totes
Bottom Cleats on Large Tool Box
All the hard cases (Toolboxes and organizers) are IP65 rated. What does this mean? Let’s quickly break it down for you.
The two digits represent different forms of environmental influence. The first digit represents protection against ingress of solid objects and the second digit represents protection against ingress of liquids.
6 means it is totally protected against dust ingress. 5 means they are protected against low-pressure water jets from any direction with limited ingress permitted.
Metal Reinforced Locking Points
cIf the user decides they would like to lock their cases shut to prevent a person from opening and stealing the contents, the Toolboxes and Organizers feature metal reinforced locking points. Slap a locking mechanism on it and that quick theft is no longer an issue. Of course, the PACKOUT units are relatively small so the evil person could simply just pick up the unit and take off with it.
The Toolboxes and Organizers all have latches. Large latches with large handles to easily get leverage to open and close them. The small organizer has smaller corner latches but are still impressive for the size of the unit and with what the competing models on the market.
Metal Reinforced Corners
To keep their IP65 rating, Milwaukee Tool has included aluminum reinforced corners that help protect the units while they are on the go. Whether they are in the back of your pickup or work van, being carried into the job site or pushed back on the shelf, the metal corners will help keep these units in working order.