If you have a problem with your tools migrating out, we suggest using a soft polyester piece of foam ½” to 1” thick placed between the top and bottom pallets in your case. When you close your case the foam will create pressure on the tools, holding them in place.
Why the Issue?
1. Accommodate A Variety of Manufacturers. Most tool pockets are made for generic tools made by a variety of companies. So, it is difficult to get a “perfect” fit for any given screwdriver, plier, crimper or wrench.
2. Location of Telescoping Handle. Cases were first designed so that the telescoping handle and carry handle were in the same plane. Tools/pockets were perpendicular to the ground. So, when the tool case was rolled, the tools tended to stay in their pockets.
As people asked for longer handles, case companies changed the location of the telescoping handles to extend out the longer case axis. This changed the average telescoping length of handles to over 40 inches, in some cases to 42” and more. But, the pallets have not changed from horizontal to vertical. Thus, the pockets that were perpendicular to the ground are now parallel to the ground. As the case is rolled, vibration may cause the tools to come out of their pockets.
Working On Solutions
CH Ellis & Chicago Case are looking at creating new pallets to address this issue. We are looking at changing the material from the current nylon pockets to elastic. We are also looking into making vertical pallets that allow the tools to ride perpendicular to the ground.
This solution creates some issues that must be addressed such as the orientation of the open tool case while using the tools and the relocation of pallet hardware.
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