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Old 05-23-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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What do you use to organize your sockets?

I am getting ready to start a job at in the service department at a dealership down here so I am trying to get my tool box a little more organized. I have seen everything from cutting out foam to some plastic organizers with all the socket sizes next to each hole. So, what do you all use? I am low on money so I am trying to find something cheap that will do for now until I can afford a better set up/ box.
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I use these, but I dont really like them. I am just now starting to get a set of tools for the truck and a set for the shop, so I am going to use these primarily for the traveling set.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-2-pc-..._tnt=39869:4:0
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I am getting ready to start a job at in the service department at a dealership down here so I am trying to get my tool box a little more organized. I have seen everything from cutting out foam to some plastic organizers with all the socket sizes next to each hole. So, what do you all use? I am low on money so I am trying to find something cheap that will do for now until I can afford a better set up/ box.
I have used foam it is pricey and time consuming to cut in and has a tendency to accumulate various fluids, grease etc from the sockets. The foam takes up a lot of space. http://foamfittools.com/ I have a lot of exp with the foam we had to do this for our tool boxes in the Air Force I believe the other services also did this as it was for tool and inventory control they get a little pissy if you loose a tool on an aircraft lol.

I did have the plastic trays they take up a lot of space at least the ones that are flat and have the holes laid out. http://www.sears.com/craftsman-socke...a=00965172000P

The other style of plastic ones that are form fitting and magnetic take less space then the flat ones but are pricey depending on how many sockets you have . http://www.sears.com/lisle-3-8-in-dr...a=00919061000P

I finally went back to the standard rack http://www.sears.com/craftsman-2-pc-...a=00941325000P
you can grab your rack and go instead of going back and forth , course if you know ever socket your going to need for every job then that is not a problem.

One of the ways I have done is simple oak plank and drilled the hole sizes and depths for the sockets takes a little less space then all of the above except the racks. However, it is all up to you and how much you want to walk back and forth. I am sure with all the full time and weekend wrenches others have some other innovative ideas too.

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Thanks guys. I have considered using the basic rack and have used them in the past but didnt really like them that much. My toolbox is one of the mobile units and I am just putting the stuff I use a lot in it. The other box is for the stuff I dont use as often. I was looking today and found something that might work for what I want.

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I have a couple of these , they are made by Lisle , this one is for 1/2" sockets , they make them for 3/8" and 1/4" drive as well

The magnet strip is very strong and the sockets don't fall out even upside down



http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/p...s/?product=239
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I have a couple of these , they are made by Lisle , this one is for 1/2" sockets , they make them for 3/8" and 1/4" drive as well

The magnet strip is very strong and the sockets don't fall out even upside down



http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/p...s/?product=239
That is nice set up. Can you stack them on top of each other?
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[QUOTE=OZ-T;6932538]I have a couple of these , they are made by Lisle , this one is for 1/2" sockets , they make them for 3/8" and 1/4" drive as well

The magnet strip is very strong and the sockets don't fall out even upside down



http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/p...239[/QUOTE]

Saw that same type of thing at Northern Tool today. I might have to get one.
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That is nice set up. Can you stack them on top of each other?
They aren't made to nest in each other and the sizes of the trays for each drive size are slightly different but they securely hold the sockets ( at least the 1/2" drive one does )
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I have a couple of these , they are made by Lisle , this one is for 1/2" sockets , they make them for 3/8" and 1/4" drive as well

The magnet strip is very strong and the sockets don't fall out even upside down



http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/p...s/?product=239
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I have a few of these too. The magnets are great at holding the sockets. The only downside I've found with them is that they take up a lot of space in the tool box. For now I've moved to the cheaper metal socket organizers like in the 2nd post, but I really like these.
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I used one as a fixed socket storage tray in a custom tool box I made to fit behind the rear seats in my DC

The tray is fixed to the lid and the sockets in the bottom side of the tray actually travel in an upside down orientation , I've only had a couple fall out of place when I hit a large , unexpected bump , so in normal use they should stay fixed in the tray no problem





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They aren't made to nest in each other and the sizes of the trays for each drive size are slightly different but they securely hold the sockets ( at least the 1/2" drive one does )
sweet thank you. I am going to give one of those a try and see how I like them.
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Lock a socket tray FTW Aaron.

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