Ever since they were announced, through all the coverage, positive feedback and recommendations; I had my eye on a Packout set. Pricey to a homeowner/diy enthusiast, but seemed justified by so many people and the press. Finally bit the bullet and bought a set with one of each module and the big tote.
The boxes came … unboxing … inspection for damage … all good … then after the first looks and glances … I started looking at the tote. Was not impressed. Gave it a couple days, busy doing stuff. Finally figured I’d start moving tools. Sigh, that tote is just such a let down that I feel like I should send the whole kit back.
For one the material is thinner, probably half as thick, than my current trusty old 10" electricians tote (made by big johnson) that I use as a primary tool bag. Now that bag is pretty full, but it has plenty of pockets and has served me well. Thing is there’s a few “primary” things I like to have around as well (studfinder, infrared thermometer, small drill, …) a few electronic gizmos I’d like to protect a bit better and the small parts storage is somewhat minimal.
So I needed / wanted something bigger, then would purge select & consolidate some different things into a new primary set and do things more efficiently.
Starting with, moving my 10" tote of stuff in to the 20" milwaukee tote + one packout parts bin underneath for all the screws and what not bits that are currently in two transparent parts bins, inside my 10" tote.
The stated number of pockets is actually lowered, due to what looks like 9 pen/pencil pockets on the outside and the inside pocket arrangement just ends up being poor. I knew it was only one sided, but I thought that side could at least hold the bulk of screw drivers, pliers, etc. Then I’d get a few small bins or pouch envelopes to toss a few things on the wide open side. No. … I have not even moved a QUARTER of the screw drivers, pliers, doodads and measuring tools over; and that long side with pockets already fills up, the pockets blocking the center area between it. … it just seems so basic and not even that well built.
Feeling so underwhelmed, I haven’t even looked inside any of the other four units.