Are you looking for another way to carry your tools around? Have you thought about using a tool roll? They don’t seem to be as popular as they used to. We used them a lot in the military because they saved on space and kept tools organized.
Tool rolls are great for your vehicle, you can stow them under a seat, or in a cubby in your trailer or RV. People that go on motorcycle trips sometimes throw one into their backpacks. I use mine primarily at work since it is easy to carry out onto various roofs and into mechanical spaces. For as small as they are, you can pack quite a bit into one. Plus, when you unroll it you can see what tools you have on hand.
I showed this tool roll, the 32 pocket CLC model, to a friend here at work and he said he had never seen one. They are convenient, save on space, and are an inexpensive way to lug your tools around. Read the post below and decide if you think $12 is worth it.
CLC 32 Pocket Tool Roll
Just like the site name suggests, I work as a building engineer. My primary use for the tool roll is when I need to have a selection and variety of tools on hand when I am away from my main toolbox. I flipping hate having to make trips for that one wrench or a bigger screwdriver. I will make a pit stop at my toolbox, and either just grab the roll by the handle since I know what’s inside, or I will swap things out if I need something else, and then go make the trip. Imagine being out on the roof somewhere working on something like a fan AND NOT having to make trips to go get something.
Here is a quick list of the features of this inexpensive bad boy:
- Measures 14″ wide by 28″ long when unrolled.
- Elastic straps hold your tools in place.
- Fairly robust handle.
- Has specific pockets for sockets on one end.
- Socket pocket section closes with its own velcro flap.
- Adjustable length and quick release buckles.
- Tool roll pocket sizes vary for different tools.
- “Rain flap” that covers your tools when closed.
Check out the picture to the right. These are all of the tools I carry around in it. For how small this thing rolls up, that’s quite a few. Rolled up and closed, with all of the stuff pictured inside, it measures about 5″ in diameter, easily small enough to fit underneath a seat or in the trunk of your vehicle.
Right now it has different screwdrivers, a nut driver set, a small ratcheting wrench set, a couple pliers, fuse pullers, different wire strippers, and a small 3/8″ socket set with ratchet. You should be able to tackle most jobs with that assortment.
Think about making a quick fix to your trailer out camping with it, or needing something at the boat launch and being able to pull out the right tool. I have broken things on my trailer while camping a few times and needed different tools. One time the water pump froze and burst a line while out in winter, we had let the pump sit idle for too long. I was able to remove the pump completely and connect the water lines together. Talk about saving the day, thanks tool roll!
Someone else suggested this and I have to agree. I think the only improvement CLC could have made to this product would have been including a shoulder strap just in case you needed a free hand. Other than that, it is well designed and constructed.
CLC is selling this product on both Amazon and their website. The price is roughly 33% cheaper through Amazon. And, if you have Amazon Prime, shipping may be free for you. This tool roll has a rating of 4.5 stars and comes with a CLC warranty.
The warranty for this items states:
- CLC tool holders and soft side tool carriers are covered by a limited lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship for the normal life of the product. This warranty does not cover normal wear, abuse, accidents, neglect, or damage caused by use of the product for a purpose other than intended.
CLC Tool Roll Conclusion
Are you convinced that you should get this yet? I can’t say if this is the best tool roll or not because it is the only one I have. It is not the #1 seller on Amazon, that spot belongs to a bucket boss model but that also costs more.
CLC makes a variety of tool carrying products. If you have skimmed this site at all, you might have seen a post on tools a building engineer should carry. You can see in that post that in my building engineering duties I use a CLC electrician’s tool pouch. There is also another one on the free standing electrician’s tool carrier made by CLC. Hmmm. Maybe I have a thing for CLC? Not really since these were all purchased by my engineering employers and not me.
By having this product, you no longer should need to make trips to your toolbox. If you are working on a project in your attic or if you are at the marina getting ready to launch your boat, you should have already thought ahead to what problems you may encounter and what tools (and parts) would be required to make the repairs. So get this item and load it up. Play around with it. Experiment with the best set up, you can be sure I do. Do you offset the screwdrivers or do you put them in the same slot? Decisions decisions.
Do you have this tool roll already? I’d be interested to read what you have to say. Do you love it? Can’t stand it? Let us know in the comments please. Do you guys think this should be the next product given away to a member? It sounds like a good idea to me.