We see a lot of tools here at Toolmonger, and most of the time they ship in a case. Classically, we’ve seen tools arrive in molded plastic cases designed to hold the tool and accessories in a manner safe for shipping. But I can count the number of times I’ve seen someone actually carry a power tool around in a molded plastic case on one hand. Maybe even on an old shop teacher’s hand.
Recently we’ve seen a shift to soft cases — usually a nylon bag big enough for the tool and a few extras. I have seen a few people carrying around tools in these bags, but I still suspect that the majority of folks ditch the bag (or case) minutes after unboxing the tool.
So here’s the big question: What kind of case would you actually use? Is there such a thing? Or are everyone’s needs so dissimilar that there’s really no way to offer any kind of standard that’d do anyone any good? Would manufacturers be better off skipping the bag/case and just lowering the price of the tool a buck or two? Let us know in comments.