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     fixbear updated 2 months ago 8Members · 15 Posts
  • drewus1946

    Member
    October 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    If any of you guys work in a facility with multiple kitchens that are stretched out, do you use a tool cart of some sort? Or have any ideas for a good setup?

  • fixbear

    Member
    October 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Depends on the extent of what you have to do. They make roll carts and shoulder bags. My common was a Klien leather belt and electrician style bag full of tools, Square D wiggin in a belt bag, and a fluke meter belt bag. Like carrying what today’s police have on your wast. That was good for most troubleshooting. With today’s requirements for equipment on hand with refrigeration, A modified golf cart sounds justified.

  • drewus1946

    Member
    October 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    A golf cart would be nice but, I have 10 kitchens and have to access most of them from inside. I’m to old to carry a tool belt full of tools anymore! lol

  • ectofix

    Member
    October 6, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I personally choose to run calls in our large complex like I once did as a field service technician. Just an assortment of basic tools in a bag that usually gets me through 95% of my calls. My boss provides me with THIS bag, although I’d prefer to have a Veto:

    Electrical/Maintenance Tool Carrier with Parts Tray by DeWalt

    I too have gotten too old to be carrying or hanging a tool bag from my shoulder (I just recently added another ZERO to my age and will soon staring at retirement, but still much younger than @fixbear {grin}), so I’ve taken to towing my tool bag around with a collapsible dolly.

    Folding Hand Truck – 100 lb Load Capacity

    Our place is large enough…and far enough away from my shop that those things take a pick-up truck ride several times a day.

    If I decide to initially load up with more stuff (for knowing what I’m getting into) or if I need to make a second run to the shop for parts or more tools, a five gallon bucket (gotten from culinary) serves that need nicely. The bucket rides very well on top of my tool bag (on the dolly) when I have concluded my repair and move on.

    Yes, we do have carts, like these:

    Utility Cart

    The only time I use a utility cart is to bring something back to the shop to work on it (slicer, Turbochef, etc.) or for particularly large jobs requiring WAY more tools or supplies (like descaling a Rational combi-oven)…or to do what I did today – bring a flight dish machine’s wash pump back to the shop for a rebuild and then return it.

    SOMETIMES…a cart becomes a piece of equipment’s new home in our shop for awhile, such as when an Electrolux SpeeDelight panini grill became a refugee in our shop during the COVID shutdown…sitting on one of our carts…in pieces.

    It was a GREAT DAY when I finally finished fixing that thing (in August) and returned it back to its food venue. What a monstrosity comprising an overly complicated appliance – just to grill a sandwich!

    • fixbear

      Member
      October 7, 2020 at 8:21 am

      but still much younger than @fixbear {grin}),

      That’s funny.

  • ShawnF

    Member
    October 6, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    I work for a school system. I like to use a tool bag. I actually use two, one is rather small. In the small one I keep my meter, standard and phillips screwdriver, needle nose pliers, wire strippers and a utility knife. The larger shoulder bag has the rest of the tools I would need for any routine job.

  • nafets47

    Member
    October 6, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I am lucky and take care of a hotel; rooms, chiller, kitchen, etc. And have storage locations throughout the facility to take care of different issues. So no carrying stuff for me.

  • drewus1946

    Member
    October 7, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Thanks guys for all the input. Greatly appreciated!

    • scottm

      Member
      October 16, 2020 at 10:13 am

      I use a Rubbermaid roll around cart. It allows me to put my tool gag and socket set as well as other tools I need on it plus I can carry my parts also when needed. I put a small bracket on the front to hook my 4ft. ladder on when I need it. The cart has a top and bottom shelf. works perfect for my needs. I have 4 kitchens at my casino I take care of.

      • drewus1946

        Member
        October 21, 2020 at 6:15 am

        Which casino do you work at Scott?

        • scottm

          Member
          October 22, 2020 at 11:48 am

          Odawa Casino in Petosky, Mi.

          • drewus1946

            Member
            October 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm

            I work at Harrahs Cherokee, NC

  • IcemanAustin

    Member
    October 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I do ice machine cleaning and cold/hot PM’s for a company here in Austin, TX….at least I used to until COVID. Got laid off. I decided to go into business for myself doing the same thing. I use a folding cart from Harbor Freight. Fits my 4 foot stepladder, chemical bucket, Veto TP3B bag, and powered sprayer for sanitizer. I just bungie it all down and roll on. As a side comment, breaking into the PM business is tough, as far as I can see. All the big players have it tied down with contracts. Wished I could do enough to really thrive, but don’t see it.

  • jose joziuk

    Member
    November 8, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Try this Milwaukee folding cart from the Home Depot.

  • fixbear

    Member
    November 24, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Being it’s so slow right now, I thought I would make everybody aware of a option to carrying tools to a site. It’s designed to satisfy OHSA’s viability problem and distribute the load evenly over your body for comfort. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never tried one, but it sounds good to me. Having your tools on your chest, belly and back close at hand, any supported by your shoulders, sounds like a winner. You can find it here at one of my suppliers for sealing machines.

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