I’ve got to be honest here, when I saw this I laughed. I thought, “what the hell are these guys sending me?! A drawstring bag for materials, are they falling off the deep-end? Then I started putting materials in it and realized it’s actually a really useful little bag. I guess I shouldn’t have judged so early.
At first I really did judge this thing unfairly. I thought, “this is silly as hell, no way would anybody use this in the professional trade world.“ Most people in the trades carry heavy duty, cases, or hard-cased material/parts organizers…not cute little nylon/canvas bags.
But once I stopped being an asshole and judging it, I started pulling materials out of my van to fill it so I could try it out. I very quickly realized that this type of bag is perfect for using up on a scissor-lift or a bucket truck for electricians to keep a handful of different materials on them. The problem electricians run into when doing aerial work, is they often need several different types of screws, bolts, nuts, washers, wire-nuts, straps, fasteners, connectors, couplings, etc. Often this means throwing a bunch of stuff together in a little cardboard box and keeping it at your feet, meaning you’re constantly digging through a ton of different things to get to one screw. Pain in the butt.
The cool part is that the bag has a drawstring which can be sinched down tight, making it nearly impossible to tip over and have all of your material fly all over the place….which happens when you’re keeping little boxes of materials at your feet on a lift. This little bag is actually a pretty decent idea. The only thing that I haven’t found myself using are the tiny little “finger” pouches around the outside of the bag. I call them finger pouches because they’re about as deep and wide as a finger, which means there’s not much use for them other than maybe keeping spare drill bits, pens, etc in them. Most of that though, I keep on my body, in my tool pouch, or in a spare bag that I bring up with me. So I just don’t need the pouches on the outside. Maybe you’ll think of something better to use them for.
Spec’s from HomeDepot.com
The Husky Black Canvas Small Parts Bag is a classic way to keep your small parts organized. Constructed of heavy-duty canvas, there are 6 divided sections to hold various parts. The bottom and exterior pockets are reinforced with poly ripstop material. You can stack 3-4 of these parachute bags in a 5 Gal. bucket.
Reinforced poly ripstop pockets and bottom
Web loop handle
Rip cord closure
19 total pockets: 13 exterior, 6 interior
Dimensions: 10 in. D x 6.5 in. H
After judging this bag harshly, then using it, changing my mind, and really liking it I’ve decided this bag gets 4 out of 5 stars. It’s not really revolutionary or game-changing, nor will I use it everyday, but I will keep it in my work-van for use in those situations where I’m climbing into a situation (like an attic) where I don’t want to have to come back down for more materials. This little bag will allow me to keep a bunch of different things with me in those environments, and I can bunch it all up so I don’t have to worry about it tipping over and spilling everything out of it. I know…even I can be an unwarranted asshole from time to time. I’m sorry small organizer bag, don’t hate me.