Milwaukee’s Packout tool storage system was introduced last year, and it seems to have been fairly popular. Yes, the tool boxes are a little pricey, but promos and holiday deals (such as Acme’s) can help with that.
This year, at Milwaukee’s 2018 new tool media event, they introduced new low profile Packout organizers.
I remember commenting about the original Milwaukee organizer at a Milwaukee NPS event (2015?) and I might have done the same last year when the Packout tools were showcased.
As much as I like a good quality bulk parts organizer, I tend to have greater needs for smaller compartments. Smaller compartments better allow me to organize smaller parts in bulk quantities, and larger parks in smaller quantities.
For example, a large bin, such as the smallest sized bin in the regular sized organizer, might be fine for holding dozens or even hundreds of wire connections. But what happens when I need to organize parts that take up a fraction of the space?
There are ways to use large bins if that’s all that is available, such as by bundling parts in small baggies or other small sub-containers. But most often, I opt for a different organizer.
I have a couple of Sortimo T-Boxxes, mainly the ones with trays that separate each organizer into 2 levels. I use the ~2″ x 2″ bin size most. That allows me to use 48 standard-depth bins in an organizer, or 92 half-size bins in two-level organizer.
So, I really, really like low profile organizers, which has me especially excited about Milwaukee’s Packout organizer expansion.
There will be new low profile-style organizers in full-width and half-width sizes.
A stack of two slim organizers work out to be the same depth as a single organizer, meaning you can stack a standard Packout organizer next to a stack of two slim organizers, and have another Packout organizer stacked on top of both of them.
Inside, there are new bins, equipped with removable dividers. People were messing around with the bins all day, which is why the dividers are dislodged in some of them.
The full-width organizer has 8 small bins and 2 large ones, and a long central channel between them, for storing other miscellaneous stuff. The half-width organizers has half the number of bins.
One thing to note is that the organizers are structured a little differently than the other Packout organizer and tool boxes. The latches appear to be a little smaller, and the handles are fixed, sticking outwards a little bit.
- Low-Profile Packout Organizer: 48-22-8431
- Compact Low-Profile Packout Organizer: 48-22-8436
The full-width slim Packout organizer will be priced at $33, and the compact one will be $25, at least according to early listings. (Thank you to Mike for the links!)
The current expectation is that all of the Packout products will launch between September and December 2018.
Packout Sneak Peak
Here’s a look at the original Packout tool storage products, but with one new addition. Can you spot it?
That’s right, there’s a new rolling dolly, with handle and locking casters!
Also, a new Packout tool box case designed to hold a foam insert. The design is a little different, to maximize storage volume.
There’s also a new wall mount, which was shown off attached to a wood stud wall, and the metal interior wall of a standard work van.
More on these new accessories another time.
There are also 2 new Packout tool bags – a 15″ bag (48-22-8321), and a 20″ bag (48-22-8322).
The 15″ Milwaukee Packout tool bag looks to be sized for holding a couple of cordless power tools, and maybe some boxes accessories.
The 20″ Milwaukee Packout tool box has a little more organizational options, with pockets on the inside for holding hand tools.
Both have hard plastic bottoms, top handles, and shoulder straps.