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How to Choose the Best Tech Tool Bag

User IconTom Lange
Clock IconDecember 10th, 2020
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“The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.” — Benjamin Franklin

All contractors in the skilled trades, from plumbers and electricians to HVAC and garage door technicians, know which tools they need to do their jobs well.

But when it comes to carrying those tools from job to job, some don’t use the best heavy duty, high-quality tech tool bag to prevent possible injury.

» Want to grow your contracting business? Click here to get a demo According to OSHA, back and shoulder injuries from lifting heavy loads account for more than 36 percent of days missed from work in service industries. 

Help your workers choose a quality technician tool case or field service tool box with easy accessibility and other features designed for comfort and health. 

Below, we take a look at some of the best HVAC, plumber and electrician tool bags on the market. Here are some brands we’ll cover:

  • Veto Pro Pac 

  • Occidental Leather

  • DeWalt

  • Mobile-Shop

  • Duluth Trading Co.

  • Stanley

  • C.K Magma

  • Pelican

  • Platt

  • CasePro

Best Tech Tool Bags

1. Veto Pro Pac TECH PAC Service Technician Bag

The waterproof base on the Veto Pro Pac TECH PAC Service Technician Bag makes it ideal for use in wet, muddy or messy environments. The base keeps the tech tool bag upright to avoid spills and it weighs in at only 9 pounds, so it doesn't significantly add to the weight of your techs’ tools. Along with 46 different pockets (inside and out), the TECH PAC also features bit extension, D-rings, a stainless steel tape clip, and memory stick pockets.

2. Occidental Leather 5585 Stronghold Journeyman's Tote

When it comes to durability and versatility, it's hard to beat the Occidental Leather 5585 Stronghold Journeyman's Tote. This tool bag for technicians features various compartments for a wide array of tool storage options and a leather handle for easy carrying. There's also a shoulder strap attachment, so the tradesman can alternate how they carry their tools to evenly distribute the load.

3. DeWalt DGL523 Lighted Tool Backpack

If your plumbers, HVAC techs and electricians regularly work in dark or tight spaces, consider the DeWalt DGL523 Lighted Tool Backpack. This tech tool bag offers 57 pockets to hold everything from cordless power tools to pliers and screwdrivers and drill bits, and a comfortable, ergonomic jobsite backpack design. Its best feature includes a portable, multi-directional light to keep dark or dim workspaces illuminated and safe.

4. Mobile-Shop Complete Tool Bag

Billed as the "Ultimate Grab-and-Go Tool Bag," the Mobile-Shop Complete Tool Bag comes with 90 tools for both homeowners and professionals. If your shop offers apprenticeships or wants to bring on new hires with everything they'll need for the job, this Mobile-Shop tool tote offering is an affordable, all-in-one answer.

5. Triple Threat Wide Mouth Tool Bag

Duluth Trade Company’s Triple Threat Wide Mouth Tool Bag keeps all of your gear in its proper place. This field service tool box includes two zippered compartments with more than 30 pockets, including an open top compartment in between that’s capable of holding larger tools, including anything from a reciprocating saw to an extension cord. The bag’s exterior includes another four pockets with storage capacity ideal for small tools, bits and drivers.

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6. Stanley STST70574 12-Inch Soft Sided Tool Bag

The Stanley STST70574 12-Inch Soft Sided Tool Bag is ideal for carrying hand tools. Material made of 600-by-600 denier polyester fabric is extremely strong and durable, and this technician tool bag’s numerous inside and outside pockets are perfect for keeping everything organized.

Technician Tool Cases

7. C.K Magma Technician's Tool Case Plus

The oversized C.K Magma Technician's Tool Case Plus is the perfect tool carrier for shops and technicians with extensive tool sets or who deal with big, complex repairs and installs. This technician tool case is also waterproof, features a shoulder strap attachment and includes a document/tablet/laptop storage pouch.

8. Pelican 0450 Protector Mobile Tool Chest

The Pelican 0450 Protector Mobile Tool Chest is another oversized tool organizer option for shops with a large number of tools needed on the job. This tool chest rolls like a piece of luggage and its rugged chassis is billed as being immune to "the extreme cold of the Arctic or the heat of battle." With its extensive storage options and multiple carrying handles, this technician tool case is ideal for two-man teams dispatched to challenging job sites or complex installs.

9. Platt 695ZT Field Service Tech

For HVAC technicians and other contracting professionals who prefer a field service tool box with a briefcase design, the Platt 695ZT Field Service Tech is a solid option for those who need easy access. This tech tool bag offers more than 40 pockets for various tools, as well as convenient document/tablet storage. For techs focused on consulting and inspecting, this understated tool bag helps put homeowners at ease by keeping your tools of the trade neat and organized.

10. CasePro Genesis 5000 Waterproof Tool Case

If water intrusion and rust pose problems for your team, the CasePro Genesis 5000 Waterproof Tool Case helps to keep your techs' tools protected from the elements with its waterproof and airtight plastic construction. This durable field service tool box also features removable pallets, so your techs can customize how to arrange, organize and fit their tools inside.

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