I’m sure you have seen countless different HVAC tool bags used by technicians. Why not just go down to your local part house and grab any tool bag and use it for all of your HVAC work? You absolutely can, but for those who require nothing but the best then read on. I’m positive by the end of this article you will have found your next HVAC tool bag.
On a typical work truck, there is one product that a good technician will carry onto the job site every time. That one product is a tool bag. Throughout my time working in residential and light commercial work, I can understand the importance of having a well-organized tool bag with me at all times. However, it took years before I realized that not all tool bags are equal and that few provided the functionality I require from such a valuable product.
The 5 Requirements Of An Excellent HVAC Tool Bag:
An HVAC tool bag must meet specific needs to qualify as excellent and worthy of day to day work.
- Access to tools should be quick and straightforward.
- The quality of the materials used should be durable.
- Comfort should be a priority when designed.
- The HVAC tool bag should be a decent size to carry into tight spots and attics.
- Also, the tool bag should possess the capacity to contain the numerous tools you are required to carry for each job.
Will The HVAC Tool Bag Provide Easy Access To Tools?
Accessing tools is one of the necessary requirements of a great tool bag. Imagine this – its late one afternoon, and you just arrived on your eighth service call of the day. The last thing you would want to do is start searching for a tool. Instead, you decided to invest in yourself and purchased an HVAC tool bag that enables you to know exactly where each tool is. I am sure we have all seen that one helper that finally decides to bring his tools to work, and they are a disorganized mess. You do not want to be this guy.
Having an organized tool bag has many more benefits that some do not even realize. For starters, I have personally felt the money-saving benefits of having an organized tool bag. You may ask how in the world would I be able to save money with an organized tool bag? I was able to save money by not leaving tools behind on a job for someone else to pick up. By having a bag designed for keeping tools in such an organized fashion has enabled me to scan my tools before leaving a job site and quickly determine if I have anything missing. It is a great habit to form, but practically impossible with a bag where tools are in a disorderly fashion.
So what exactly qualifies a tool bag as being a great organizer? What may work really well for me may not for the next person. However, careful thought into what you will need for your specific tools is necessary to ensure you find a bag design with the appropriate amount and location of pockets. Having too many pockets within a tool bag can quickly result in carrying tools that are not needed for 99% of calls or installs, you may be asked to perform. This is not efficient and results in damaging your tool bag due to the weight and not to mention increasing the likely hood of fatigue on your body.
The Bag Should Consist of Only High-Quality Materials.
Tool bags that are used in the HVAC field should be created with only the most durable of materials. This industry is tough on our bodies, as I’m sure you already know. However, it is equally rough on the tool bags that we use every day and on each call or install. Considering this, it truly makes sense to spend the extra cost to purchase higher-end bags that will last years. The HVAC tool bags that we reviewed later on in this article were put to the test and have proven to be constructed of quality materials and will last many years.
The materials that should be sought after are heavy-duty zippers, leather, or even a thick canvas. Any material used that is thin or cheap will never last in this field. These types of tool bags have been shown to disappoint time and time again.
You might ask how you would be able to determine if a bag is of high-quality material. Especially in this age where manufacturers can produce a cheap product that looks of high quality. We found that to find the best tool bag in what is a seemingly endless supply of horribly designed tool bags is by looking for a product backed by an extended warranty. We found that the HVAC tool bags that carried a great warranty meant the manufacture did not expect you to find an issue with their product. By offering such a guarantee, the manufacturer believes you will enjoy it for many years to come.
Does The Design Of The Bag Prioritize Comfort?
Another feature of a great tool bag for HVAC purposes is comfort. This bag will carry many of your tools, and will, therefore, be heavy. Great toolbags will consider this and your shoulder’s well-being by creating straps with thick and durable padding. I have tried many bags that were obviously created by someone who had never used a tool bag in their life. Unsurprisingly, these tool bags were of very inferior quality. It is interesting to realize that a product that is not comfortable will most likely also not pass the other two tests discussed above.
Having a bag that you personally find comfortable will result in you bringing it onto the job site every time. You will find that instead of making multiple trips to your work truck, you will now have everything you need to quickly finish a job. As we all know, the unit you will be working on most likely won’t be anywhere near where you parked. Therefore, having your tools with you each time will be a game-changer.
Will the Bag Be Difficult to Take into Tight Spaces?
Unless you are working in a commercial or industrial HVAC setting, a toolbag that is not difficult to bring into tight spaces is an absolute must-have. Even in a commercial or industrial environment, a tool bag with a small footprint is a nice feature to have. However, due to most of my experience being in residential settings, this article will be written referencing that experience.
As any worker in the HVAC field knows, not every unit is installed in an easily accessible closet or room. In fact, most are installed without thought of having to ever service the unit. This results in an HVAC unit that you have to crawl over or crawl too. Chances are a big heavy bag that will not make it with you into such places will force you to have to leave the tight spot to grab a few tools at a time and head back in.
This scenario can be avoided by increasing the likelihood that you can take your tools with you into most tight spaces. Thereby saving time and money and thus making you a better technician or installer.
What Kind of Capacity Does the Bag Offer for Tools?
Depending on your regular job duties, the tools and amount of tools you require to complete your tasks will be different compared to another technician or installer. So do you need a smaller capacity or a more substantial capacity bag? This question should be reflected upon when searching for your perfect HVAC tool bag.
Less is not always more, and more is not always better. The perfect sized bag is determined by your job requirements. Personally, as someone who worked in an install setting one day and service another, my complete HVAC tool bag setup consisted of multiple bags. I utilized a smaller bag for service calls and a larger bag for install jobs. Thinking outside the box will help narrow down your options and ultimately help you work more efficiently and quickly. Both of these end goals should be desired by all HVAC technicians and installers worth their money.
Top 5 Recommended HVAC Tool Bags
With the criteria of which we rate the following HVAC tool bags out of the way, we can now get into the section I’m sure you have been waiting on. These next bags have all been personally used at one time by myself or a colleague in the HVAC field. We get into the details that just reading the product descriptions would not provide. We hope to help you find the next suitable tool bag and to make your everyday work life more comfortable and efficient. Anything that makes your job easier is worth investing in. This includes spending adequately researching the best bag for you. Luckily, after completing this article, we hope that you will be better prepared to purchase your next HVAC tool bag!
Veto TP4-B Bag
Our Personal Review:
I personally use this tool bag to carry all the necessary tools needed to perform service calls. This is a great HVAC tool bag that can store many tools despite its small size. It features a hardened bottom that allows the bag to stay standing straight up even in conditions you’d expect it to fall down. The many pockets will enable the bag to sufficiently organize your tools. Couple this with the fact that the tool bag is entirely open means access to your tools truly can not get any easier.
Veto Pro Pac actually designed this tool bag for the HVAC service technician in mind. The placement of pouches inside and outside of the bag allow you to strategically place your tools where you can see them at all times. The small size of this tool bag is unrivaled when it comes to ease of carrying. There is no attic or crawl space that you will not be able to go when using this bag. The large D-rings on both sides of the bag allow you to expand your functionality without adding much weight. I used them to attach a shoulder strap to compliment the handle that comes with the bag. Next, I also added a couple of small bags to hold electrical tools such as meter probes and jumpers.
This tool bag passes the 5 tests discussed above, so therefore I highly recommend this bag for use in the HVAC field. The material used to produce these tool pouches are of stellar quality. After using my TP4B tool pouch for over a year now, it is clear to see that I will be able to continue enjoying it for many more years to come.
Veto Pro pack TECH PAC Service Technician Bag
Our Personal Review:
This bag is the ultimate HVAC tool bag for either a service technician or installer. It has numerous features designed solely for those who work in the HVAC field. You would be hard-pressed to find another bag that includes a dedicated magnetic strip to hold screws. This bag also includes an easily accessible pouch to carry your gauges around. If you enjoy taking around many tools for different types of jobs, these bags contain 56 pockets inside and out that will come in handy.
Besides the many great organization features, this bag contains, it is also constructed of top-notch materials designed to last throughout your career in the HVAC field. It features a high-quality stitched leather construction throughout the bag. Even the zippers that are used feel as though they were meant to last a lifetime. Design-wise, you will be hard-pressed to find a more high-quality bag than one produced by VETO PRO PAC.
This VETO PRO PAC also passes the comfortability test with flying colors. While using this bag during many installs, I loaded this bag to the bream with everything from a couple of 12-inch crescent wrenches to even a full-sized impact driver with multiple 6AH batteries. Despite its heavyweight, this tool bag still felt comfortable! According to the VETO PRO PAC website, they boast of superior engineering that helps distribute the load while carrying.
Klien Tools Tradesman Pro Organizer
Our Personal Review:
The tool bags by VETO PRO PAC have raised the bar and have become an industry standard. However, their price point still remains too expensive for many, especially those just starting out in the field. When I first started in this field, to save money to purchase quality tools, I had to invest in a bag that cost less. I still wanted a quality product, though. The Klein Tradesman Pro fit the bill and helped organize my tools without breaking the bank. At about 1/3 the cost of the VETO PRO PAC service bag, it is definitely a bag worth considering.
This bag passes the organization test with a combined total of 25 pockets. It also includes features designed specifically for an HVAC technician. These dedicated features that I found were splendid were a molded bottom and a hard molded front pocket for items you wouldn’t want to be roughed up. The molded base won’t help keep your tool bag upright like the VETO PRO PAC would, but it does keep your tool bag from getting wet on those morning calls out by the condenser.
Overall, this is an excellent bag if you are shopping on a budget. However, every feature of this bag seems to have been improved on the VETO PRO PAC Service Bag that I reviewed above. Despite what feels like a quality bag, the zipper failed after a year and a half of daily work. The seams also began to pull apart, and tools would likely fall out unnoticed. Even though I experienced issues like these, it took a long time of abuse before the problems arose. I would still recommend this bag, but if you were to go this route, I would recommend saving up for when the time comes to order a VETO PRO PAC.
Steelhead 48-Pocket Heavy-Duty Tool Backpack
Our Personal Review:
In the same price point as the Klein tool bag reviewed above, this bag is worth checking out. It features double the number of pockets as the Klein tool bag and comparable organizational ability too.
However, after using this bag for even a short time, the difference in the feel of quality was noticeable. The material felt thinner than any of the other bags reviewed. The padding also didn’t do much about comfort, especially when filling the many pockets with tools. Also, without filling the bag’s many pockets, I found the bag was difficult to stand upright.
Despite this HVAC tool bag falling short in these aspects, I still included it because, at the price point, it is still a fantastic bag. Especially so for those just getting started in the field.
Klien Tools Heavy Duty Organizer Canvas Tote
Our Personal Review:
Despite no ability to organize tools other than just having them in one big bag, this Klein canvas tool bag is definitely worth mentioning. I’ve used this and recommended this tool bag for install jobs to hold the many duct tools typically required. This bag comes in various sizes ranging from 14 inches all the way to a massive 22 inches to store all of your necessary gear. I use the largest size available to carry duct tools, and safety gear with a lot more room for any other equipment needed. A bag like this is helpful to bring equipment onto and off the job site quickly.
This tool bag is honestly a breath of fresh air when it comes to quality. Despite such a simple design, no quality was spared when constructing this absolutely gorgeous tool bag. The canvas is as thick as it gets, and each time you grab this bag out of the truck, you can feel it will survive whatever you throw into it during the day. The handles are stitched and riveted leather. The mouth of the bag is large and consists of a steel frame.
I know just how tough it can be to find an excellent HVAC tool bag when there are so many different options. However, I hope that with this article, you will be able to find the right one. Then ultimately, make your job more comfortable and help you work more efficiently.
If you take the five requirements of a great HVAC tool bag and apply it to each bag that you consider, I am sure you will not be disappointed with the choice you end up making. It would be best if you did not settle for anything less in such a rewarding field. If you invest in yourself by getting quality tools and a tool bag, you will find yourself taking more pride in your work. Thereby moving up within the company you work for more quickly.
I wish you the best, and I hope to read your comment below about the new tool bag that you decided to purchase or even the tool bag you prefer to use every day on every job. Thanks for reading!