2018 Storage Awards

The problem with buying great, innovative tools is storing them. Storage addresses the tool crib, the shop, the job site, and the vehicle that goes in between them all. We try to recognize the many ways innovation improves how we store, transport, and organize power and hand tools. Here are the PTIA 2021 Storage Awards winners!

Winner – Accessories

DEWALT TSTAK Mobile Storage Clipboard DWST17818

What they said: 

The TSTAK clipboard is a hard case storage organizer with heavy-duty paper clips on the inside and the outside. The exterior clip consists of a 180-degree pivoting LED flashlight that allows illumination in the dark. On the interior part, there’s a multi-pocket ballistic nylon organizer for small tools, writing utensils, or business cards. The internal volume allows storing paper documents, tablets, and personal items that will stay protected on-site by a robust exterior structure reinforced with rubberized shock-absorbing corners.

The Clipboard is compatible with all TSTAK portable storage system modules, stacking and latching to other toolboxes, cases, and organizers-allows its users to carry it easily and intuitively.

What we say: 

DeWalt took the lowly clipboard and brought it to a new level thanks to several great improvements. Starting with the concept of document storage, they added an organizer inside and a pivoting LED light outside so you can read those docs without holding a flashlight between your teeth. Then they took the base and made it compatible with the TSTAK system. Now you don’t have to deal with your clipboard slipping off every time you roll or carry your tool boxes. It’s also one less thing you have to remember to grab from the cab of your truck. Thanks, DeWalt!

Price: $19.89

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Winner – Bags

Toughbuilt Large Rolling Massive Mouth Bag

What they said: 

The Large massive mouth bag is Pro grade: The patented Massive Mouth opening gives clear visibility and quick access. The hard body construction with riveted pocket panels for extreme protection and durability. Combine the bag with the TOUGHBUILT Polyester Electrician Tool Pouch, which can be clipped on and off belts, tool rigs, bags, ladders, walls and vehicles for fast and easy tool organization. Both products go hand in hand and are an excellent solution for organizing your most important tools on the job!

The bag is compatible with the unique and patented ClipTech pouches for ultimate tool organization: includes a ClipTech Hub. The heavy-duty steel ClipTech bar holds ToughBuilt pouches (pouches not included). The bag is made with high-quality PP+HDPE plastics and 1680D fabric. Structured external pockets that flex to securely hold tools in place and the rugged off-road wheels for demanding jobsites. The bag also has an extra-wide 2 handed grip and heavy-duty telescoping handles. Organize your tools faster and easier.

What we say: 

ToughBuilt’s innovative ClipTech system is more than just a modular tool belt. It extends to their line of roller bags as well. Carry your tools and gear inside the main storage area and clip additional pouches to the outside. Even better, the rolling bag is part of ToughBuilt’s Massive Mouth series that opens wider than others bags and gives you a better view of what’s inside.

Price: $99.98

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Winner – Fixed Storage

CRAFTSMAN Welded Garage

What they said: 

Proudly Made in the USA with global components, Craftsman’s all-new Fully Welded Garage Suites ship to arrive directly to your doorstep with limited assembly required. These conveniently configured full suites allow the customer to go online and select the system that best meets their needs with a simple one-click solution. The units are shipped with the smaller pieces nested inside the floor cabinets providing a convenient, hassle-free delivery experience. The line consists of 5 configurations that can be mixed and matched to meet your individual needs. These high-quality components are built to last with heavy-duty steel construction and carry a 10-year warranty. The floor cabinets offer added organization with adjustable shelves and wire baskets. Base cabinets are available in two configurations that both feature a butcherblock work surface: a 5-Drawer option with a soft-close ball-bearing drawer system and a 2-Door option with an adjustable shelf. All shelves have a 100lb capacity and all cabinets offer a keyed internal locking mechanism to safeguard tools.

What we say: 

Transform your garage or shop in one fell swoop with Craftsman’s Welded Garage Storage Suites. Simply select the configuration that best fits your needs and place the order—they’ll deliver it straight to your door. Choose from 4-piece or 7-piece systems, depending on your space and budget. Pair it with the VersaTrack system and Craftsman’s other metal storage solutions to become the envy of the neighborhood.

Price: $1349-$2699

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Winner – Modular Storage

Milwaukee Tool PACKOUT System

What they said: 

Since launching the Milwaukee storage category in 2014, the lineup has grown to include a breadth of solutions that deliver on the versatility and ‘Nothing But Heavy Duty’ promise demanded by users. With the introduction of the PACKOUT Modular Storage System, Milwaukee takes this commitment to the next level. Most current modular storage systems available today limit users to a single footprint or box size that offers very little versatility to fit their needs. PACKOUT is a game-changer for these users because it’s the first multi-footprint system that allows boxes, organizers, and totes of multiple sizes and configurations to easily stack and lock together.

What we say: 

Remember back in 2017 when Packout launched with eight brand-new modular storage products? Yeah, it’s a whole lot bigger than that now with components we never would have guessed. From bulk storage to half boxes and tool bags to a radio, nearly every tradesman can customize the system to fit their needs with durable, stackable storage.

Price: Varies

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Finalist


Winner – Rolling Chests & Cabinets

CRAFTSMAN S2000 Refresh Metal Storage Chest & Cabinet Combo

What they said: 

Proudly Made in the USA with Global Materials, the brand new S2000 Metal Storage Chest & Cabinet Product is sleeker and includes more features than ever. The line ranges from 26-IN W to 52-IN W, each chest & cabinet armed with a new robust set of features. Designed to be the ultimate solution for a tool organizer, the Cabinet now has Pegboard in the sides, a Tubular Handle and dramatically upgraded casters with a toe locking brake. The chest features an all-new design that provides convenience utilizing the I-Frame side construction for increased strength and large telescoping handles. It is topped with 2 bumpers for additional durability and features a pegboard on the back chest for customizable organization. The integrated power strip with USB has been repositioned to the center for optimal access. Both the chest and cabinet for the first time ever include a complete set of drawer liners and an awesome new red Craftsman over-molded Craftsman key and larger lock face. The new line is available beginning in October 2021 at Lowe’s and other Craftsman outlets.

What we say: 

The Craftsman S2000 series of metal storage is a nice step up from other options and two new features really stood out to our voters. Pegboards on the sides of the cabinet are a great addition to add some exterior storage for the tools you reach for most often. Then there’s the power strip that moves from the side to the center where it’s much more convenient when you’re using multiple plugs. Upgrades like those really make a difference in the user experience.

Price: $249-$489

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Winner – Rolling Jobsite

Ryobi LINK rolling tool cart

What they said: 

The RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System is revolutionizing the storage industry, giving you the power to Organize, Access and Transport your life. The RYOBI LINK Rolling Tool Box is designed to handle the toughest of situations. Proudly made in the USA, this Tool Box is packed with a Double Organizer Bin and will allow you to bring your storage game to the next level. Best of all, it is part of the RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System line of products that use the same locking technology to seamlessly connect your mobile and stationary storage needs. Own your space with RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System.

What we say: 

Ryobi’s STM201 rolling toolbox forms the portable base of the new Link storage system. It has a wider telescoping handle with better structural strength than thin handles and nice big set of wheels to make rolling easier. Inside, there’s an organizer bin to hold smaller items above the bulk storage. Of course, it’s compatible with other Ryobi Link stackable boxes. Whether you’re traveling to the job, the beach, or somewhere in between, the Ryobi Link rolling toolbox can help you organize the journey.

Price: TBA

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Winner – Tool Boxes

Proto Advanced Storage

What they said: 

The Proto Advanced Storage features an ultra-thin case design that fits in a 2″ drawer and has a removable lid for easy access to tools. To keep tools protected in harsh environments, the case is IP54 rated to keep out water and dust. The case has two-tone colors to highlight safety red. Each set includes Made in the USA hand tools.

What we say: 

Aside from the fact that they contain Proto’s excellent Made in the USA hand tools, there’s a lot to love about their Advanced Storage line. The lid lips over the side to encourage water away from the interior and if any happens to make it past, a gasket ensures it doesn’t get far. Like any good case, each piece of the set has a specific place, making it easy to see if there’s anything missing before you call it a night. Then there’s the size—each box is intentionally designed to fit in the slim drawers of your tool chest. So whether you’re in the shop, mobile, or do some of both, your Proto tools stay organized and dry.

Price: $129.02-$1,174.71

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Winner – Wall System

What they said: 

The RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System is revolutionizing the storage industry, giving you the power to Organize, Access and Transport your life. Best of all, it is part of the RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System line of products that use the same locking technology to seamlessly connect your mobile and stationary storage needs. Own your space with RYOBI LINK Modular Storage System.

What we say: 

Ryobi is wasting no time making their Link system into a solution to cover your storage needs at home, in the shop, and on the go. Showing off its capability in your garage or shop, Link Wall Storage combines the versatility of a pegboard with the strength of a shelves. Hang individual tools, pop in some shelf organizers, and attach Link tool boxes, and organize your lawn care equipment all on the same wall mount system. What you’re going to do with all the space you save is up to you.  

Price: Varies

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