Milwaukee Tool will be launching a new line of Packout Shop Storage solutions.
Basically, Milwaukee is expanding their Packout tool storage lineup with a new line of wall-mountable system. The first wave of products will consists of more than 20 products, including wall plates, hooks, racks, holders, and a cabinet.
The new Packout wall-mounted shop storage products are expected to launch in June 2022. More information will be available closer to that time.
In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the new products.
A lot of the new Packout shop storage products look to be versatile and multi-functional, but there are some specialized accessories as well. Shown here is a cordless drill and driver docking station, with room for two M18-size tools, plus a flat space on top to fit standard chargers.
There will also be hooks and trays for holding other types of cordless power tools.
There will also be new M12 and M18 battery holders.
The images also show off a new MIlwaukee Packout side-opening cabinet. It looks like the new Packout cabinet can be stacked on top of Milwaukee’s other Packout tool boxes, the Packout 4-wheel dolly, and other such Packout-compatible products and accessories.
Hand tool storage options include a screwdriver holder and pliers rail.
There’s also a pen/pencil/marker cup, as well as a general purpose hooks that can hold tools from hammers to cordless blowers.
Larger hooks can be used to hold things like stepladders, extension cords, or air hoses. There’s also an accessory for holding long-handled tools, such as brooms.
It appears that there will be full-width as well as half-width mounting plates.
There’s even a paper towel holder.
The accessories seem well thought out with versatility in mind. Here’s a double hook accessory being used to hold smaller rolls of tape, and the paper towel holder being used for larger rolls.
Here’s another look at the new selection.
ETA: June 2022
Ooh – what do you think future mobile or metal storage integration will look like?
The new Packout cabinets, as well as Milwaukee’s Packout 2- and 3-drawer tool boxes, only require front accessibility. Couldn’t there be saddle-shaped attachments that allow for side-mounted accessories without hampering typical Packout stacking and connectivity?
There is a LOT that Milwaukee can do in this space.
I’m really into this. Definitely a welcome addition. It makes packout more than just mobile storage.
I’m in the process of building it up now. My workshop at school will be greatly organized after this
so it’s Milwaukee’s take on a pegboard. maybe I missed it but the mounting plates are they compatible with normal pack out boxes
It appears they are compatible. They have the same slot configuration at the tops of the current boxes.
Would love to see the packout on wheels to have the bottom packout with drawers first,would save a little time from unstacking all the time.
1 upvote duane, lol.
Actually Stuart, why isn’t there an upvote button like Reddit?
I don’t know if they would do that. Wheel wells would be required and you’d need to use a double drawer slide for the weight. Putting them closer together wouldn’t offer the leverage that bottom placement would. And if it could be done, it wouldn’t be affordable. Two wheel cart is bulky, but it fits nicely on the tailgate strapped and locked, and it’s multi functional.
8 Upvotes Can I do that?
They do have this
These will be week built but far to expensive, like, more expensive than even packout honks will pay. A wall mount and a paper towel holder will probably be $50.
I’ll bet you are severely underestimating those prices… I’d bet that paper towel holder setup easily adds up to $80+ w/tax.
I always find it ironic that folks that presumably have all the tools and skills needed to build simple shop utility solutions would spend so much for “simple shop utility solutions”.
Some people value their time differently and many severely under value their time. I would rather concentrate my free time doing things I want to do rather than building something I could buy. I always look at things based on my hourly wage and how much I think the experience of doing it is worth.
I can’t agree with this more, I would rather spend the money, and use the time for something else.
Hey real quick. I’m a carpenter and electrician. I had done several jobs for the guy I rent from and he told me even though my work was good he didn’t seem me a ” good’ carpenter until he saw my set of Milwaukee tools. So keep in mind you are the guy doing the job and marketing manager rolled into one. For my money I get a quality tool and a commercial
This is true but packout prices are ridiculous. A pen holder or towel dispenser are cheap for good ones. A husky or craftsman towel holder is ten bucks and magnetic. I’m not even saying they will be bad quality, packout is well built, but it’s getting into juicero territory.
Buying vs building! I have an auction house(online) near me. They sell tons of used tools & storage items. I’ve noticed that purchased storage items like metal cabinets sell high. Nice home built cabinets/ tool storage are pretty much valueless. A real eye opener if you may sell items down the road.
Thank you!! That makes a lot of sense! An I’m being serious.
Hey please send a link. I would love to see what they have
Exactly! You have all the tools, knowledge and scrape materials stacked in the corner of your shop, and you going to spend a fortune buying it from Milwaukee. Go figure.
For a company it might be much cheaper to buy an $80 paper towel holder than to hire somebody to make one.
If you have a $25/hr employee making storage units, you’re paying $50/hr plus materials. That Granger or U-Line $300 shelving unit doesn’t make sense to you and me, but it saves money when you’re paying for labor.
Or the company could buy a $25 paper towel holder that’s not Packout compatible.
We get our Grainger bins for free.
You are right on one account.
I have built my shop storage using French cleats. Very versatile and much cheaper.
But on the other hand, It will be awesome to just grab the packouts needed to go to a jobsite (Friends and Family looking for free help) instead of taking tools off the wall and packing into a box. nd having those packouts contain supporting tools that you might not think to take.
And there we go my friend(exit stage left, drop the mic). Lol. I hope everyone gets the point you are making. Also with what Will said above. If you ARE doing side jobs just looks more professional, marketable( for clients to recommend) and time efficient to have it organized and ready to grab and pack(out) when you needed.(Did yall get the corny pun?) Lol
Guys unfortunately the work van that was issued to me has the entire “pack out” collection. Because the previous tech had such a hard on for Milwaukee. I’m sure this is a wonderful collection to have in the shop or at home. ITS A LIVING NIGHTMARE when used as a mobile application.
because it’s milwaukee it must be expensive?? there is a wonderful magnetic paper towel holder for your roll away at harbor freight for under$15 and it comes in all the colors of roll aways there are also magnetic shelves. get a brain guys. ineed mouning for tools with no badging and a good price
A majority of the people buying Milwaukee FUEL and Packout are contractors or Tradesmen, and we are using these tools/equipment on a daily basis, in rugged conditions. We expect it to be durable and last. So we are capable and willing to pay for it, you know the saying, “Buy Once, Cry Once.” Plus, we can write off the business expense.
Definitely going to be crazy expensive I won’t argue build vs. buy that’s definitely a personal choice but I don’t understand these products vs slat wall peg board or whatever wall mount system at a fraction of the price. Only way I would consider the drill system is if I can just screw it to the wall and it is under $25
A thing I’ve noticed is that any product that efficiently grows and adapts with you is well worth the cost. My wife and I invested in a $300 child stool made of Baltic birch. Sounds ridiculous, but it doesn’t have a single piece of hardware for assembly and it grows and adapts with our child from 1 year up to 10. $300 over a decade is nothing. MOLLE compatible gear is amazing bc it adapts, and Packout is no different. It takes next to no time to reconfigure a setup to adapt to current needs, is durable, and doesn’t need to be made. Can’t say the same for peg boards. Packout is for people who understand the value of time over the dollar.
I bet this has a relationship to the Ryobi launch. Not in compatibility, but like TTi just brought online a manufacturing facility or signed an agreement a partner to make this stuff and now is out in both Ryobi Link and Milwaukee Pack-Out form.
Some of the stuff looks good, like the drawer and door boxes that have front access and can go on your portable packout system. Dual use, nice. Some of the stuff looks like a total waste of money, like the hooks, paper towel holder, other small items, battery holder, tool holders, and broom holders. Between the cost of one of the wall plates and the cost of the accessory, are you going to potentially pay $100+ for a pair of broom holders or a paper towel holder? Alot of that stuff that doesn’t need Pack-Out portable compatiblity can be accommodated with other wall-mount storage systems or by simple screw to the wall hooks and holders for far less.
Ryobi LINKS is made in the US, and Packout is overseas, in places like Israel. I think they had originally planned on both launching at the same time. However due to the current global situation, Ryobi was able to manufacture, pack and ship their LINKS product a lot sooner due to location and truck/train being the only need for shipping. I’m guessing they are teasing us with this photo and a June launch date so some of us will wait, and not buy other brands until they do land.
As far as price, this is exactly why TTI has their three brands. Milwaukee Packout has mostly been geared towards those of us in the trades, that buy our tools for business and expect them to last through daily/constant use and some abuse. There is a way better build quality between Milwaukee and Ryobi. I’ve looked at the Ryobi LINKS, and it is definitely thinner and lighter material. It flexes way too much for me to be confident that it would last. That’s why I buy Milwaukee once and cry once.
So, would I pay $100 for the hanging rack and the spindle set? Of course, especially if I can put a spool of wire or wire rope on it and attach it to my current Packout somehow, then take it back to the shop and hang that spool on the wall, next to several other spools.
Hope this gets to the right person I love the packout system it works great inside my shop and inside my truck makes things real easy when I’m switching up from washing windows to doing an entire house remodel I own three different companies so even lots of different areas all the time every day is a different day one suggestion or maybe it’s already been handled the crates for the pack out they’re awesome but one problem they’re not tall enough to handle a standard one gallon jug of cleaner or whatever jug you’re buying the jugs are all pretty much standard the same height but the crate isn’t tall enough to accommodate putting another crate on top so this takes up more space in my truck it would be great to be nothing but pack out crates instead of robbing the milk crates from different restaurants for convenience stores around town just my suggestion hope it gets to the right person maybe send me a response if that is something that isn’t coming in the near future
That’s what they have the Milwaukee packout storage Bin for, to haul all the small stuff like charger, batteries, accessories, paper towels, etc in then you can just buy another packout tool box instead of the accessories and get more value for money BTW you’ve got Lowes, Homes Depot, Menards and many others making this stuff dirt cheap now so everyone says value with Milwaukee but I can buy non Milwaukee stuff and still stack it just like a Milwaukee using some of the screw on adapters saving money down the road
I have Milwaukee, DeWalt, Menards, Stanley, Snap On, Pelican & many other brands and can provide photos if needed.
I do anything from carpentry to mobile vehicle reprogramming, mobile diagnostics, locksmithing services minus commercial & residential as I stick to Automotive except family, friends
I do carpentry, electrical, plumbing, some mechanical, limited painting interior/exterior and am very adept and driven when I do the stuff. Just like the variety and mixing things up
Keys, Automotive diagnostics, repair, reprogramming is my main things so diagnostic tools galore go in the pelican and similar cases.
Looking for key storage systems for mobile use as I don’t use a van but rather bags, divided bins but want something that if dropped a lid doesn’t fly off, lids stay intact and keep keys, misc other locksmith, automotive tooling intact.
Love what they’re doing with PackOut making it a complete storage solution that can accommodate stationary as well as mobile storage solutions. I’m so glad I got into PackOut on the ground floor! This is going to reshape my storage in so many ways!
This is a real answer to the toughsystem wall racking, very cool
I’m a contractor of many years. Purchased and used, Dewalt, Bosh, Robert, Porter cable, Black and Decker etc. Battery and corded tools, in there day they all did what they had to do! As of 5 yrs. Ago we have switched to all Milwaukee cordless tools!! Every tool performs excelently.,
Is that a large PackOut cooler on the cart?
Ues, yes it is with a bottle opener, along with what appears to be a Milwaukee Packout compatible Tumbler.
Great catch – it is!
Whats the white full size thing on the cart? Cooler like the white top existing half width, really need another cooler…. is the cup in a one block $20 packout cupholder?
Agree most of these things are a waste, especially when you find out the cost. Why would anyone choose this over the many track systems.
Yes, it is a larger cooler. Many ppl were saying the half coolers were OK, but not big enough. So Milwaukee accommodated.
It appears that the Tumbler may be Packout so it won’t fall. That’s a great addition.
Why would I choose this over another brand? Compatibility for one, durability for another. I can buy this with the confidence it is built to the same standards as the rest of the line, and will last and be able to take the daily use and abuse that a professional tradesman expects it to. If I’m working and a new guy comes aboard, and hasn’t been taught proper tool etiquette, or another person on a jobsite wants to use my tools, I’m confident it will be returned intact and working.
As far as compatibility, I can take these pieces and clip them to my current system.
I totally get having everything integrated, and Milwaukee knows it as they release more in the lineup. However i stopped from buying the original cooler after reading poor reviews on it. For the *cost*, I’ll buy a Yeti.
If the full size is only $10-20 more than the 1/2 size I will consider one, otherwise we are talking a silly MSRP for what it is.
Umm… I think this may just be the definition of “Rollout”… It seems these have arrived exactly when I rather expected them to show up, since the last time we heard from Milwaukee about their shop storage system. In fact, in all honesty, it seems like Milwaukee, as a whole, seems to have run out of huge announcements to make, and are now just checking off promises, and rolling out the rest of their previously-announced systems.
Regardless of whether you’re a Milwaukee person or not, you have to admit that their rate of expansion is pretty consistent here. It’s almost predictable. The specifics are always new, but the timing is always the same. something I gotta give them credit for, definitely.
And, yes, this is coming from a DeWALT guy. Yes, I have serious Respect for Milwaukee these days. But, No, I’m not going to switch companies. I can’t afford to run another system, and I rather like the DeWALT system. Doesn’t mean I can’t recognize Milwaukee for their consistency here.
…A note after reading comments below mine…
Uh… Okay… I admit that having all this stuff mounted to the wall is not “Pretty”… but Utilitarian Design is never pretty. In fact, it is designed to be Function-First.
Now, I won’t defend the pricing. I’m with you there, Packout, ToughSystem/TSTAK/SBD Clones, and the Bosch and Festool systems are all 90% higher priced than they should be, on average. In fact the Bosch (I may be thinking Makita? LBoxx? Or something?) and Festool Systainer systems are, minimum, 200% higher priced than their worth. Rolling Steel Garage Tool Cabinetry is worth more than all these systems combined, as usage goes, and as such I would say is only around 20-50% too expensive for what they do, on average. Then that’s where tool companies make blatant, unfettered, profit off us, isn’t it? Accessories, Consumables, and Storage Solutions. They know the vast majority of us won’t get around to finding time to make our own solutions, so they dig deep into our wallets for what they know we would build ourselves if we could.
Even that said… Aren’t you guys being a little bit harsh here? Aesthetically… Even our Tools Themselves lack any kind of aesthetically pleasing attribute, beyond our fetishisation we develop from using our particular sets to do what we love to do. Were you expecting exotic mohogany to be the main material for them? Did you expect motorized glass roll-away doors? Perhaps the system is modular, and resembles components of a Victorian Armoir made by Chippendale in the 1800’s? Or a hand-made Oak Sea Chest, authentically made by retired sailors who have handed down the process of making glue-and-fastener free enclosures for a thousand years?
I get what you’re saying, you were hoping something in your shop didn’t look so modular, and utilitarian… after all, ideally this is going somewhere near your home. It would ideally reflect your values and work ethic, right? I know I would feel that way. And I do feel that way. But you know what I need to make that happen? More time and money than my tools are worth, at any scale, in order to bring them a proper mobile or stationary home where I could curate them that way. In the mean time… The Utilitarian Designs, although significantly overpriced for what they are, fill in that gap where Aesthetics fail them. They’re from the same company your tools are (ideally, but not always) and therefore, are generally adaptable to house your tools that you own, as they are now.
I know it’s not ideal… lord knows I’ve wanted a full TSTAK system of my own since they were introduced, but I both can’t afford them at their current price point, and can’t seem to do the geometry required to figure out how many, of which size, I need for all my tools, batteries, and chargers. But I also understand that my attempts to build a bespoke, hand-made set of tool boxes, with my own two hands, is both an unreasonable request, and would cost me both money, and many years of my life in their design and construction alone, let alone factoring in the possibility of making any money off the tools inside to pay for all that. And forget considering upgrades at that point… A new Drill or Saw, potentially not being the identical dimensions of the tool they’re replacing? Are they worth a total rebuild of my tool system?
Now transfer that thought to Tool Companies. With their factories, what can they stamp out in the thousands, to offer us as a substitute for all that wasted time? And make the asking price worth it because their designs are so lacking in structure that “Upgrades” are already covered.
Really… You gotta ground your thoughts in Reality. It sucks, but it’s all we’re ever going to get. The world already wants to replace all of us manual workers in favour of a constant cycle of disposal and re-purchasing what is needed… For every one of us that exists, it’s one less cheap piece of slave-ware they can crank out for the masses to use, and dispose of when done. We make their chances at Monopolies impossible, so they’re never going to give us what we truly want, and deserve, for putting in real work in the world’s economies. It’s sad, but true. So, the meaner you are to them, the more they’re going to turn around and crank up the pricing to spite us. They are, after all, based on Bully-Style Marketing to compensate, like any other Bully out there, their lack of ability to actually do what we can do, and that Jealousy makes them retaliate with aggression and apathy toward us.
I’m a Nerd. I know a Bully when I see one… In this case, it’s better to act bored of their schtick, so they can’t win anyone’s attention from what they’re doing. Just carry on doing the work they can’t live without. If their products fail because of this bullying, that’s all the punch in the nose they need to realize what we aren’t willing to tolerate.
So… just… Chill a bit, okay? I see a lot of this seems to get your blood boiling out there. I understand what you’re feeling, but… Let’s not get carried away by the anonymity of the Internet, okay? Just ’cause there’s no one there to smack you when you do, or say, something stupid, doesn’t mean you get away with it. Best case scenario you have a lot of reading to you (Exhibit A above.) worst case scenario you’re fighting on the Internet about… well… Plastic Utilitarian Devices that no one is forcing you to buy… I’m a DeWALT guy, I’m not buying them… Remember you still have a choice for what you purchase here.
I didn’t read it all but all I gotta say is that everything they frickin come out with right now just ticks me off. There’s 1 thing every packout owner wants!!!!!! I want to safely leave them in the back of my truck every night. I melted a AirTag in my
Most important ones just incase I forgot one day. And yeah I melted it in so it couldn’t be easily taken out
Milwaukee has the ONE-KEY tags. They have been around for a few years now They are designed to fit in the indentation inside the lid of the Packouts.
The AirTags have nearly universal coverage via the single biggest phone models ever sold. The Milwaukee system is simply anemic in that comparison.
Maybe in a job site they’re okay but not in the greater world.
Don’t worry if you didn’t read it all. It was a long one, even for me around here.
My point though is… Chill out a bit? Please? In this case, I’m a little more concerned that the stress over this tiny item in the grand scheme of things, will lead to ill health in several of you.
Beyond that… Yeah… I get the vitriol you want to spew at the manufacturers. I often think the same things. But I have to let it go most of the time, or I’d have had some combo of Heart Attack, Stroke, and/or Aneurism by now. If I’m worried about my own health regarding this kind of… impotent stress… I just want the rest of you to be okay, y’know what I mean?
Oh, and Apple Air Tags are the single worst solution you could use. Anyone with an Apple phone can actually detect, and follow them. Regardless of where you go, wherever you end up… if they eye your vehicle with those boxes in there, and they’re reading air tags blipping on their phones like crazy… Chances are good they can follow those tags, wait until you’re unable to defend them, then take them, scan for the tags themselves, and remove the battery so they go offline while they are stolen.
Or, worse, they could tape/drop/wedge a tag of their own somewhere, follow you wherever it leads, and steal everything. Apple Airtags are actually the biggest security risk of them all, considering it lowers the price point of surveilance down to pick-pocket or porch-bandit levels of ease. Also, it doesn’t just use Apple phones, it uses Android as well. Android phones can boost its signal accuracy to find another Apple device as a carrier for its home device.
By far, the Airtag is the most abusable of all the security tags on the market. At least with the Tool Company Bluetooth trackers, the price point forces you to think twice about whether or not you want them detected by a dedicated device. The Airtag, if you’re going to use it, will require you do constant checking of your person, as well as every nook and cranny of everything you own, every time someone passes by you. Scanning for Airtags being left to track you in secret. Plus, you have to go all spy mode, detach the battery if you find one, and immediately go to the police with it to have the person who registered it caught. Plus, if you find one, you can’t go home, to work, or anywhere you normally can be caught travelling to, lest they attempt a second drop, or to take what they want by force before you can report them.
Funny enough, I Just watched a YouTube video about this on the “Mr. Whosetheboss” channel about Cellular tech. Using these tags is more dangerous than it is realistic. Sorry Dan. I do understand where you’re coming from, but you chose the single most dangerous method of tracking your tools, worldwide.
Yuck. I am sure they are top notch in function, etc. But these look particularly ugly to me. It makes sense on a pickup, etc. But once you transition to walls and formal storage, there needs to be far better aesthetics, and I am the last one to usually care about such things. I couldn’t even see a professional shop looking like that. Even HF storage is far more pleasing to my eye. But yes, the function isn’t comparable. I’d think Milwaukee would hire someone to help with the looks while they engineer the function.
I totally agree the wall storage ..looks like a bunch 0lastic crap!! Milwaukee should be embarrassed to try and sell us this garbage!!
I agree with you so much, I was excited when I clicked the article and cringed a little when I saw the actual execution. Packout is amazing, literally amazing. This feels like a terrible afterthought.
Just laminate it then. Imagine how badass it will look rolling into work with a toughbuilt mahogany countertop.
I’m currently almost done building a router table. The laminate only cost $50+ for a massive roll- I will likely never be able to use all of it.
Yep. Laminate wood wrap in bulk is as cheap as $.02 per square foot. Admittedly not self adhesive at that price but still a lot cheaper than choosing a real wood species… If you want wood grain. It also exists in solids etc.
Yeah, I guess I’m not enough of a ‘tough guy’, but I just couldn’t cover my walls in this. Very aggressive, in your face aesthetic, like something from the ‘Gears of War’ video game franchise. Red and black dungeon club vibes.
I could probably stomach this (in small doses) on the inside of a work trailer, and honestly that’s probably where it will see the most success. Hopefully they’ve considered that and the accessories are firmly attached.
It always continues to shock me the number of capable people who are unable or unwilling to fabricate their own storage solutions. I understand their reasons, but well-executed DIY cabinetry and storage is incredibly rewarding, and a great way to build confidence or show off your craft.
The prices on Milwaukeee Packout items are way too high.
Too high for what/whom?
Yep..and they raised the prices by 30 bucks on everything. Don’t buy it. It’ll come down.
Way too high for *you*. People spend time where time is multiplied. There’s a very common misunderstanding of time as a valuable, non-renewable resource.
Koko The Talking Ape
I wonder if it would be cool to have a Packout box with a built-in charger or two, and cord storage. My chargers always go in a bag with the cord dangling all over. I know I should bundle up the cord, but I’m lazy.
There are a lot of easy, custom designs all over YT and IG. There are also a lot of guys that make 3d printed parts for that.
It would be very cool! I definitely do the chargers piled in a bag when I have to relocate somewhere temporarily. A packout box with a built in power strip inside, a recessed male plug on the outside, and extension cord storage would be pretty handy. Maybe the bottom could be a pattern of little slotted pucks (for lack of a better word) that velcro strips could go through to strap down various chargers. I wouldn’t want one with built in chargers, because I’d use my DeWalt and M12 chargers in it, and with built in chargers Milwaukee would be charging $500!
I know that the bottom rolling box, at least, has special studs molded into the bottom of the lid that you can put screws into. It’s perfectly spaced for holding a Milwaukee charger, and it can hold one decently in transport. The tension you adjust them to will help or hurt a lot, of course, but they do a reasonably good job. I hope this helps!
Interesting. I’m sure I could make a plywood “adapter” that screwed into those studs and would hold a power strip and my not-Milwaukee chargers. Then drill a hole for a recessed power inlet and I’ve got my mobile cordless tool garage!
Packout Shop Storage and comparable part of the Ryobi Link – meh!
If you want to store some of your tools on the wall – Wall Control is an excellent option, and you can color it red as much as Milwaukee, and maybe even more (not as easily with Ryobi color, though). And to hang larger, heavier items – there are plenty of choices too. Rubbermaid FastTrack works for me, and everyone here probably has something comparable already. And I guess Milwaukee “solution” will be the most expensive.
Those brands are nice, I’ll give you that. But they aren’t compatible with the Packout system. I can’t hang my boxes on those, nor hook those others on my Packout rolling boxes. Is it too expensive if it is durable enough for hard core, everyday use and abuse on a construction site?
They need to have holders for the packout bit set, the plastic cover us a joke. Make bins and bit holders for it milwaukee.
Nice product but crappy storage.
This looks cool but I’ll never buy even an ounce of it. Dat tracksaw doe…
I will never understand the white lid on the cooler. Yes most coolers have white lids but I’d rather it be black due to work site conditions being dirty and let’s not for get our hands. (Side note) This goes along with mr Apple frustration of there white earbuds/charging cables. I bet if apple made black buds they would see an increase in sales.(probably not worth it they make enough as it is) I’ve always bought Bose/Beats/JBL /etc due to being sold black in color for work conditions.
White lid makes ot stand out as food/beverages. Sure, they get a little dirty over time, but they also clean up. A black lid will absorb the heat from the Sun and that’s not conducive to keeping things inside cold.
Also, what sort of work are you doing that transfers that much dirt, are you a grease monkey? Even when I am working on cars/trucks/machinery, my hands aren’t that dirty. I wear gloves or wipe/wash them off before I even touch the toolbox, let alone food or drink.
If he’s an Ironworker you can’t wear gloves for everything just saying ….dont know the guy but some parts of construction are different …..But bro totally with you on the color of the lid an all
I’ll never understand why painters usually wear white.
It’s a professional look, and its clean looking. It also blends lighter colors easier. Plus, most houses used to be white, so it was easier to hide the paint spots if you got any on your clothes. White lasts longer when washed multiple times, doesn’t fade like darker colors.
Kevin M Smith
The same reason hotel towels are white – it can be bleached in the wash.
White (compared to black or dark colors) will presumably reflect more heat and get less hot from the rays of the sun. My 1955 Chevy was 2-tonae and had a white roof which was touted as helping keep the interior cooler. Not sure that it worked compared to rolling down the windows. AC in cars was not a thing back then for Chevys – but maybe you could get it as an option on a Cadillac or Buick.
Seems to hinge on mounting the top dollar packout base / floor plates on a wall and adding high priced top dollar plastic thingies onto those base plates … yawn. Get ready for the $50 paper towel holder, $25 hooks, …
And I thought that the $100 accessory pack for my slat wall was expensive enough that I started to design and pring my own hooks and what not for the cost of some feet of filament per unit instead.
These are pricey but it is annoying to feel stuck with Dewalt toughsystem 1.0 and 2.0. Like having a vanilla ice cream cone while watching someone eat a banana split….
Sell them. I’m sure someone out there would like to have them as either a starter set or to add to their system. This will help offset the cost of the Packout. I sold my starter Ryobi (blue ones) a few years ago. I acted the guy as the HD parking lot, took his cash and walked inside and bought my FUEL set.
Would be nice if the drawer u ots had the clears on the back like the crates do
I hear about people wanting a bottom box with a large single drawer a lot, and I feel like the side-opening cabinet is a strong candidate for putting on the bottom of the dolly and using in that way. Between the cabinets and drawers, an entire stack could be opened from the front. Although it isn’t quite as convenient as a drawer, it’d arguably be stronger, since all the weight would be directly bearing on the stack below. It’d also be nice for van buildouts along with the drawers, and some other things shown above. I think this’ll be expensive, but will definitely provide some interesting options that’ll allow for a lot of flexibility. Thanks for the heads up!
I’m with you on the large drawer bottom box. I prefer it with wheels to replace my current bottom rolling box.
I was thinking that as well. But after talking to one of their sales reps and an engineer, they said a box with three sides is not strong enough to handle multiple load axis. But you can get the dolly and add a 2 or 3 drawer box, since the dolly itself is holding the load axis. With the new front opening (cabinet), your options are now expanded.
Plus, you get more room with the cabinet as compared to the drawer, or multiple drawers.
I’m looking forward to this, New line of packout! Good stuff 👏, Milwaukee does it again. 👏
If he’s an Ironworker you can’t wear gloves for everything just saying ….dont know the guy but some parts of construction are different …..But bro totally with you on the color of the lid an all
I see a lot of people crying about the price of this new system. Well, it isn’t going to be any higher in a relative manner than the current Packout system.
Is that higher than other brands on the market? It I’d. But is it worth that money? To me, and those of us who use it, it is. Do I wish it were a bit less expensive? Of course I do. Bit I’d rather pay more for a higher quality tool and have that tool last a long time and be able to handle the rigorous duty that I know I will be throwing and dragging ot through on a regular basis. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t abuse my tools, but I do use them, and they can sometimes go through a lot of abuse sometimes. I buy Milwaukee because I know it’s a strong brand, and I buy the FUEL line because I know it has the best internal parts that will last, and be available to use when I demand it, and they will not Gove me any flack when doing so.
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it million more, “Buy Once, Cry Once,” and I mean it. As a contractor, someone that depends on his tools to work every time I reach for them, I’ll pay extra for that peace of mind.
I’m pleased that they released this. I had high hopes for the Ryobi LINKS, but after seeing it in person and touching it at HD, I was turned off by the lower quality of the product. Butnitnis on par with the rest of the Ryobi tools. They aren’t made or intended to be used by professionals in a rough and tumble setting, day in and day out. They’re more for the DIY, homeowner. And there isn’t anything wrong with that at all. They make decent products for the nich they are going for.
This new system seems to be a great addition to the current line up. We will have to see what they release next, to expand. We will also be able to expand this ourselves with all of the 3d printing and aftermarket parts that come out for this new set up.
I have a pack out setup myself and also stacks of Festool sustainers – they serve distinctly different uses in my work. But I always thought it was silly how Festool guys would buy a $80 systainer to put caulk tubes in, not too mention a $2k wall of stacking boxes in their shop, must of which cannot be accessed without taking 2/3 of it apart.
Milwaukee guys are getting a lot like Festool fanatics with their high $$$ simple storage and walls stacked with red plastic lol
Is that a milwaukee xl cooler on the lower left? Looks like tye packout xl tool box but with a white lid. Taking into consideration that the packout cooler has a white lid and the packout compact the black lid, i thik they are coming also with a packout xl cooler, thoughts??
That is certainly what it looks like!
This wall storage type seems to be more popular with garage & hobby shop than pro shop. Pros simply have too many tools to “display”, they want to “pack” instead. Best shop storage system to work with pack out type boxes are self made shelves made out of sheet goods. The boxes go between the shelves and handtruck. Think about airplane galleys with blackout boxes instead of galley carts. The key is the getting on & off the shelves have to be quick & easy. Which the ugly self made shelves meet. The Dewalt wall system is much more attractive but getting in and out is not easy. Shop storage has to be big and sturdy which make wood/sheet wood should be part of solutions. Instead of making these system entirely out of plastic and metal, they should have solutions that incorporate wood.
Very well said, couldn’t agree more
It would be nice if they developed racks, cabinets for current Packout organizer bins. You know the ones, they accumulate after removing them from repurposed Packout organizers.
It would be nice to be able to buy organizers without the bins. Lowering the cost when the bins aren’t needed!
It be nice if they sold mounts to integrate the old 25 dollar screw and parts boxes to be able to work with the packout. I have 13 boxes that i still use but have to carry onto a job instead of connecting them to my packout set up.
This is awesome!! Thanks for the great info ToolGuyD! – Frosty
I understand and like the idea behind the concept but in reality these designs are massively inefficient, requiring alot of space for relatively little storage compared to open shelving and purpose built holders etc. It also makes finding things cumbersome and inefficient. Great for weekend enthusiasts with more money than sense but for a working shop just overpriced and unsuitable.
The production of plastic boxes sold at “Milwaukee” prices proved to be a highly profitable business line even when taking into consideration the R&D $$ invested. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the Packout line.
Is that broom covering up a Dewalt clock on the wall?
That is a dust pan.
Yes, your right. It looked like a clock on my small phone screen. After viewing it on my tablet i can see it’s a dust pan.
Yes, your right. It looked like a clock on my small phone screen. After viewing it on my tablet i can see it’s a dust pan.
Reminds me of that 1978 song “Double Vision”
I think this is a pretty big development. It is a considerable product expansion.
Part of the intrigue is that it is clearly intended for use with Milwaukee tools – I know, I know, not exactly a revelation, but I think that has interesting implications. Primarily, that is a good hook to keep you in the Milwaukee ecosystem. E.g. if you want to get the most benefit from the storage system, you ought to buy into M12 or M18 since it’s best suited for use with those tools.
I presume Milwaukee isn’t going to come out with Dewalt “adapters” – and they could have designed the battery docks to be more universal.
That doesn’t preclude someone from using packout while owning another brand – there’s lots of items that aren’t brand specific at all. It still seems like a good hook though.
In my opinion the components which are compatible with the mobile packout gear are excellent. I especially like the side-opening cabinet.
The items for wall mounting? Eh, I’m not impressed. As others have said they are quite costly, and I don’t think they are likely to deliver value equivalent to that cost. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the value in good quality storage solutions and so on. All my home furniture is solid wood. The amount of money I’ve spent on Lista cabinets over the years for my old machining business and my workshop could buy a very nice new car. My main toolbox is a Snap-On. But I don’t see where these wall mounted units are offering more quality or value compared to alternatives like pegboard. It’s just as space-inefficient in that it takes up a lot of flat area and has no depth like drawers or shelves do. In fact pegboard is actually more flexible in that you can cut it to fit any size wall, even around obstacles, etc, whereas I don’t think anyone is going to be cutting these to size. There are no drawer rails, hinges, or other hardware to worry about the durability of…so what exactly is the high price getting me over pegboard? Yeah a Lista cabinet is $$$$ but at least one can point to the massive weight capacity, the quality of the drawer slides, the warranty, and so on as what you are getting for that money. But I just don’t see what the extra price is buying me here.
I wonder if there are more tricks in store to increase the value. E.g. that paper-towel holder… would it be shocking if Milwaukee came out with adapters to connect items like that to the rolling tool boxes?
Maybe you could have batteries mounted on the sides too.
How well does this work on drywall? Each panel has quite a few fasteners, but the panel does not look wide enough to span the studs. Is wood panelling shown in the pics is a hint for requirements? Most shops do not look like that.
I can’t imagine you would have difficulty using appropriate drywall anchors – unless you got silly in what you stored in your biggest wall-mounted boxes I suppose.
Anybody notice that the packout cart the guy in the picture is kneeling at has a large packout with an all white lid. I wonder if they plan on expanding to “cooler/ ice chest” packouts with a larger size. Has anyone heard about a larger packout cooler?
There’s no official word on that cooler yet, but it looks to be on the short-term roadmap.
It’s available for pre-order at Acme.
Official press release:
I love the packout boxes, but for home storage this doesn’t quite cross the time vs. money threshold for me. But the older I get…