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     drewus1946 updated 2 days, 10 hours ago 7 Members · 13 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.

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