After many years of blogging, and consistent with my desire to move toward retirement, we have ended the Insights blog. Thanks to Doug Bedell for his years of blog support.

Tool Kits for the Well-Organized (and Well-Heeled) Technician

Posted on October 31, 2012
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After you get past pencil and paper, what sort of tool kit is necessary to be effective as a technology tech? That depends, of course, on the job at hand. But for carrying your wires, crimps and caps, along with the tools to install them, there are a host of carriers.

One of the newer ones caught our eye for its handy-dandy convenience, and then it raised our brow for its high price tag. There’s also its tongue-twisting name: the Festool Sortainer.

“In just a couple of days,” writes Stuart Deutsch on Make, they (Sortainers) have “have proved to be among the most versatile and effective small tool and parts organizers I have ever used.” With drawers of different sizes, Sortainers are, indeed, a means of keeping small-to-tiny parts well-organized. And, if you need more than one, they’re readily stackable as well as handy to carry. They’ve got big, sturdy, fold-away handles.

Yet they sell for $140 a unit, a bit pricey, as Deutsch notes. But he adds that “their quality, utility, and elegance justify the one-time investment.” That depends, we suspect, upon how serious a technician one is.

Still, in design terms, Sortainers have our old catch-all, mingle-together tool kit clearly beat. When it comes to their evident utility, it’s not even close. – Doug Bedell


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