I’ve used Dewalt’s small parts organizers for years, but the new stackable system they’ve come up with has raised the bar slightly.
Upon opening the package I was surprised to see that the box I got came with 2 organizers. One is the standard Pro Small Parts Organizer and the other is the Deep Pro Small Parts Organizer. I’ll talk about each separately because there are pros and cons to each.
Deep Pro Small Parts Organizer
This carrying case is stout. It is still a 10-compartment organizer like the smaller counterpart however this specific case is larger. The bins inside are individual bins that are removable which is a huge bonus in my opinion. They give you 2 different sizes of bins, one is roughly 3” x 4” and the other is roughly 4” x 6” - so one large bin is the same size as two small bins. The type of plastic used in this model of the organizer appears to be of higher quality than a lot of earlier editions of these bins. They feel rugged, so there’s no issue of easily breaking or deforming them like earlier editions.
What really sets this model apart from Dewalt’s earlier models is the clasping mechanisms that keep the cases shut. Older editions had very weak clasps that snapped (weakly) shut so if you had a lot of material inside, the lid would eventually open up as you were carrying it and dump all of your materials on the ground. However this newer model has 2 sets of clasps. One set is on the top like previous models, however the clasps are made of metal and close extremely well. The other set is on the sides which really helps keep the cases shut. In addition these side clasps have the secondary function of snapping multiple organizers together when stacking them. This is a well thought-out functionality in my opinion.
The bins are definitely deep enough to carry a lot of small materials. In some of these organizers I will put breakers, some I will put nuts, bolts, and washers, another I’ll put bolts and screws, and in another I may put various sizes of wire nuts, bushings, staples, and straps, while in another I can fit several plugs, switches, GFCI’s, and device plates. These bins are worth the buy.
Deep Pro Small Parts Organizer
This 10-compartment organizer is the smaller version of the above edition, but I find a few more flaws than benefits. It is still a great option to have a miniature organizer, however the small removable spacers are a design that needs to die in my opinion. I don’t know anyone who enjoys the removable spacers, nor uses them happily. More often than not tradesmen get pissed off that the spacers move and allow small parts and materials to slide under the spacers - mixing all of your materials up and wedging under the spacers making the top not able to close.
The other part about this specific organizer that I don’t like is the clasps on the top edge. I really like that there is a second set of clasps on the sides, like the above model, as this helps with stack-ability. However top clasps are almost guaranteed to break, or not hold the top shut if the materials you’re housing are too heavy. This is the one feature I disliked the most about the prior models of the larger bins. I mean seriously, why not make these metal like the Deep Pro edition? Change the clasps to metal, and throw away the design for the removable spacers and just give us hard bins or pre-formed plastic separators that are not removable. None of us use these tabs!!!! I digress…
I’m a huge fan of the larger Deep Pro organizer. The design on this has improved over the years and I think they’ve nailed the design. This gets a stand-up 5-stars across the board. The smaller organizer however I’m going to give 3.5 stars. It’s definitely usable, and has some great qualities for someone that will not carry it around or use it in a heavy-duty professional application. For a DIY’er, handyman, or someone using this with not much mobility needed it is a great organizer.