A few years ago, before we’d figured out how the shop would actually work, we would experience a curious phenomenon which Chuck half-jokingly referred to as “Tool Explosion” — tools would be everywhere, out of order and difficult to find on cue, especially when I was working an automotive project. Then, thankfully, the tool cart came into play.
This simple Harbor Freight cart has helped contain tool explosion so much, it’s become the central hub of the shop. If you want to know which tools we prefer over any other, look in the cart — we don’t put away our favorites.
If you want to know which manufacturers or suppliers have treated us well and made us happy, look at the cart. We use the side of the cart as a sort of leader-board, and yes, you can be removed from it should you send us parts that catch themselves on fire — or if you give us the runaround on customer support.
The cart encapsulates much wisdom. Not only does it haul tools around and keep the shop a bit cleaner, it’s been a part of every project both large and small for the last several years, so we feel this very underrated item deserves a small tip of the cap. It’s not sexy — there’s no Li-ion power or slick marketing behind it — it just works. It works all the time, everyday, for as long as it’s in the shop.