Cool looking, but if I had to carry that many tools with me all day long, I'd be pretty tired and would be questioning my choice of professions.
For the past 30-35 years, I've worn a simple two bag rig of two Nicholas pouches, separate hammer hook, on a surplus web belt. Hammer, utility knife, 2 pencils, up to four nail sets, awl, tape measure, chalk line and combination square, three sizes of nails. Some things rotate out,depending on the task- small window bar, cats paw. modified try square etc. As I got older, started wearing suspenders because my hips disappeared.
Still under $100.
As I'm "ol skool" I still keep a small- 10"x16"x 4"- handbox with me that I load with other tools I'll need during the day ie: the ubiquitous battery drill, driver and bits, small level, chisels, screw drivers etc.
Ahh, now we're getting to the crust of the biscuit.....
I also don't wear my tool belt when installing cabinets & casework, too many chances for dings and scratches, I wear a cloth apron to hold a few fasteners etc. I also don't ever put my drill down upright standing on the battery- ever see a little cross, square or star in the woodwork? DAMHIKT
I've got a rolling chopsaw stand that I keep stuff in on the job- compressor, battery charger, brads and nails, but still just load a tote for what I'm doing each day, habit I guess. I also glued non marring rubber feet to my finish tote.
And I've lost too many hand tools to others who liked them more than me to ever leave any of them on the site.
I prefer nothing other than the sidekick in the shop. Finish carpentry I like a durable apron with a hammer loop. Framing is a simple separate two pocket leather pouch and a separate metal hammer holster.
We only install cabinets, and use nothing and I really dont see the need for any of this unless we are talking about installing trim or whatever throughout the house.
Pencil goes behind the ear, Tape clipped onto pocket, screw jar right by where we are working, driver right by where we are working or hung from jeans pocket, knife in back pocket. Basically we install one room, then move to the next room. I never really understood the need to have all these tools hanging off you on a belt provided you are working local to one room.
We effectively do what JM does. My ears are incompatible with pencils. I got tired of wearing out my jeans with tapes. The sidekick solves that problem. An open tool box that holds the guns a multiple size screw box, nails/pins for the guns, a combo square, nail sets, etc. Its quickly carried from room to room. I personally hate stuff hanging off of me. It also tends to ding up doors, trim and walls and the cabinets.
I too am constantly trying to improve my setup. The past couple of years I've been using this vest from Duluth Trading. It has 4 bags that are removable. They are the weak link in the system. I'll replace them with some custom made ones soon.
I'm not suggesting it is the best one but I really like the vest concept. I really needed to get the weight off my waist and its worked great.
I also keep my tools limited to essentials and keep their weight down. I'll pay twice as much for a lighter tool because I feel the difference at the end of the day (ie. titanium hammer). Or use a 10 or 12V impact/drill instead of an 18 or 20V with a huge 5 Ah battery.
I've been using one of these for a few years. Its got plenty of room for the typical hammer, 2 combo squares, a couple of block planes, I keep a couple of Japanese hand saws in the side. The best part is because its open you can carry an impact gun and screw gun as well. On top I carry my stabila 32" level.
With that box and a smallish screw box, I can install anything.
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