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The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

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    The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends


    Iíve been itching to perfect my current ďmobileĒ tool kit/cart and looking to see if anyone has perfected the track side tool rig.

    Wants:

    Compact/ small foot print to take up little space in my little 6x10 enclosed.
    On wheels of some sort to roll in & out of my trailer.
    Drawers for tool access
    Space for some power tools & fluids
    Self standing (Not needing a table or such)
    Lockable for travel ease


    Current setup:

    Craftsman 12 drawer top box strapped on a HF 3-shelf red metal cart. Bottom 2 shelves hold fluids & power tools.

    Prospects:

    Milwaukee pack out

    Beta tool trolly (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Beta-15-...7S-G/305573542)

    Beta tool cart (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Beta-21-...1H-O/305572111)

    HF 5 drawer cart (https://www.harborfreight.com/30-in-...BoCoMgQAvD_BwE)

    I understand a number of these are big money boxes new. Heck I may even just get a welder and fab something up and very much not opposed to buying second hand. I donít want to have a larger foot print than what I already have as Iím limited within the trailer. Iím probably going to binge a number of supplies I donít need to bring with me to allow a smaller box.

    Anyone have the ďhot setupĒ for track side tools?

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by Crconnor18 View Post
    I’ve been itching to perfect my current “mobile” tool kit/cart and looking to see if anyone has perfected the track side tool rig.

    Wants:

    Compact/ small foot print to take up little space in my little 6x10 enclosed.
    On wheels of some sort to roll in & out of my trailer.
    Drawers for tool access
    Space for some power tools & fluids
    Self standing (Not needing a table or such)
    Lockable for travel ease


    Current setup:

    Craftsman 12 drawer top box strapped on a HF 3-shelf red metal cart. Bottom 2 shelves hold fluids & power tools.

    Prospects:

    Milwaukee pack out

    Beta tool trolly (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Beta-15-...7S-G/305573542)

    Beta tool cart (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Beta-21-...1H-O/305572111)

    HF 5 drawer cart (https://www.harborfreight.com/30-in-...BoCoMgQAvD_BwE)

    I understand a number of these are big money boxes new. Heck I may even just get a welder and fab something up and very much not opposed to buying second hand. I don’t want to have a larger foot print than what I already have as I’m limited within the trailer. I’m probably going to binge a number of supplies I don’t need to bring with me to allow a smaller box.

    Anyone have the “hot setup” for track side tools?
    Holy shit, Home Depot sells Beta now?!

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    I've seen some nice cart setups, I've coveted them... I carry a toolbox and multiple totes, pain to haul out in multiple trips, then haul back at the end of the event, unload at home... blah blah blah. This last year I started looking at what I'm shuffling around and realized that a lot of what I've been lugging never actually gets used. So I've stopped bringing it. My toolbox is a bit lighter, I have a chemical/etc tote that I don't bother dragging out to the garage, it's got me questioning if I 'need' a full cart now? I'm curious to see what you end up going with, might follow suit if I think it'd work in my rig?

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    I have a Montezuma Triangle box, I like it over a drawer box for the most commonly used tools, I plan on more Montezuma storage. My understanding, that Montezuma either mfgs or used to mfg, Snap-On boxes

    https://www.montezumastorage.com/

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    I have had this for years. Being a tool junkie i've wanted to get a bigger rolling cabinet, but honestly this thing fits the bill very well: great value ($90 vs. $600 for the Beta) and quite compact given what you can fit in it. I'd give it a quick look.

    Stanley Cantilever (fixed link)

    Bottom: 4x of those plastic parts organizers with a ton of hardware (nuts and bolts), FSM, hammer, cordless drill/impact, chain tool, basic spares (bars, pegs)
    Middle: zip ties, wrenches, screw drivers, pliers, tape, blow gun bits, safety wire, PB front stand pins, drill bits, hex bits, etc...
    Top: multiple socket racks with mostly metric sockets, torx & allen, square drive wrenches, extensions, etc...

    I leave fluids in a Rubbermaid bin in my pickup bed to keep the stink out of the trailer.

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by keeena View Post
    I have had this for years. Being a tool junkie i've wanted to get a bigger rolling cabinet, but honestly this thing fits the bill very well: great value ($90 vs. $600 for the Beta) and quite compact given what you can fit in it. I'd give it a quick look.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-...ol-Box-020800R
    404 on that link

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    Don't carry full sets of sockets or wrenches if your bike only needs 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, etc.

    I know it feels weird to pull out just the ones you need, but it'll significantly pare down the tools if you only bring what the bike requires.

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    After going through a similar decision making I've realized I don't specifically need a tool cart of sorts for the trailer and it made more sense to get a portable tool box with all the basics where all items already have their place and are organized.

    After buying a ~270 piece kit from Husky when it was on sale for $100, and doing a lot of analyzing of kits after I also went out to HF and bought their 301pc to use in the trailer.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/mechan...hanic+tool+set

    Very solid piece of kit that has most pieces I used to bring back and forth to the trailer and back to garage for track days.

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    It's still not perfect but by stocking just a few more wrenches, picks and other misc tools it covers most basis.

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    Toss all the SAE stuff and halve the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    Toss all the SAE stuff and halve the weight.
    That's actually a decent point

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by golden chicken View Post
    Don't carry full sets of sockets or wrenches if your bike only needs 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, etc.

    I know it feels weird to pull out just the ones you need, but it'll significantly pare down the tools if you only bring what the bike requires.
    Motion Pro t-handle set for the win.

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    I have used a set like this craftsman for years. It keeps ask the tools arranged. Pretty much had all you need. The tools it didn't have, like a half inch drive and large socket for the rear Axle bolt, I added to the open space it has for other tools. And it fits great under your bikes belly pan in the trailer. And then on the bottom shelf of the bench at Loudon.

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    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-...800R/202262088

    Then I use this for race specific stuff. Extra parts, knee pucks, retractable cord for warmers in the bottom. Pressure gauge, safety wire, ear plugs on the top.

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    Quote Originally Posted by keeena View Post
    I have had this for years. Being a tool junkie i've wanted to get a bigger rolling cabinet, but honestly this thing fits the bill very well: great value ($90 vs. $600 for the Beta) and quite compact given what you can fit in it. I'd give it a quick look.

    Stanley Cantilever (fixed link)

    Bottom: 4x of those plastic parts organizers with a ton of hardware (nuts and bolts), FSM, hammer, cordless drill/impact, chain tool, basic spares (bars, pegs)
    Middle: zip ties, wrenches, screw drivers, pliers, tape, blow gun bits, safety wire, PB front stand pins, drill bits, hex bits, etc...
    Top: multiple socket racks with mostly metric sockets, torx & allen, square drive wrenches, extensions, etc...

    I leave fluids in a Rubbermaid bin in my pickup bed to keep the stink out of the trailer.
    FYI this thing is now on sale for 70.

    I'm in!

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    Been using this for a while now and it works well, standard HF quality ,draws slide well, The top was bent slightly out of the box but drawer system locks correctly ... Casters roll smoothly only two swivel i am going to upgrade that. not to big but holds everything I should need for the track. https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...ack-64818.html
    Edit: The side table is not included and of course costs extra...

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    Re: The best portable Tool kit for trackdays/race weekends

    The Blue Point carts I bought for work had 4 wheel swivel casters. It is useful sometimes but most of the time made me struggle more with controlling the cart when pushing it around the shop. I went the opposite way and added two fixed casters to the one in current use and it really only is a problem if I park it a little too close to what I'm doing and I want to walk in between the car and the cart on the fixed wheel end, and MUCH easier to steer around. Might not be as big an issue if you keep the overall weight of the cart lower than I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    FYI this thing is now on sale for 70.

    I'm in!
    Seriously considering picking one up.

    Went to the store to discover they are ship-in only unfortunately.

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