Thursday, March 13, 2014

Original Bucket Boss

Lightweight Tool Transport: the Bucket Boss System

The Original Bucket Boss is one of those inventions that just about every DIYer looks at ans mutters, "Why didn't I think of that?" If you're not familiar with 'em, a Bucket Boss is a canvas tool transport/storage system that fits into a five-gallon plastic bucket. They're sort of open, cylindrical sleeves that fit inside the bucket plus flaps that drape over the outside. They're made entirely of heavy weight, water-resistant canvas.

Pockets, Pockets Galore

I have one that was made back in the '90s, an Original Bucket Boss (brown and olive green canvas) with 44 pockets. Mine has 36 pockets on the outside in two rows. The top row fits snug against the bucket and is best for drill bits long, narrow tools and accessories. The bottom row pockets are larger, for bulkier items like side cutters or a tape measure. One oversized pocket is a holster for a drill, with a safety strap. A long strap with a snap closure makes a handy storage for rolls of tape. All those pockets are taped on the edges to prevent fraying.

More small pockets are arrayed around the inside canvas lining, and they're just right for a carpenter's pencil, drill bits, nut drivers, screwdrivers, chisels and the like. Mine has a hammer loop built into the upper edge to keep your persuader within easy reach. The inside of the bucket remains open so you can carry extension cords, power tools, fasteners and other project needs.

Carry Just What You Need

Using one of these means you're carrying just the tools needed on your current project, without the extra weight of a steel tool box and all its other contents. Since they're inexpensive, you can buy a couple and keep one for plumbing, one for electrical - even one for gardening. All you need is more plastic buckets. You can carry boxes or bags of screws and nails inside the bucket, so it's a convenient system.

There are multiple configurations and pocket counts, from a tiny coffee-mug version (got it!) to a fat max version for overweight tools. You can get stacking trays for inside, a rain cover, and other accessories.


PLUS: They're not just lightweight and versatile, they're also tough and inexpensive
MINUS: none
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Everyone should have at least one Bucket Boss!

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