October 7, 2022

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

PACKOUT Shop Storage

4 min read

The PACKOUT shop Storage mounting plates have 14 different mounting hole locations and 4 labeled for mounting 16-inches on-center for a typical wall stud mounting application.
The issue that we found with these brackets is that the 30-inch size of the mounting plate does not allow for a continuous mating of plates horizontally across a wall with using just studs as anchor points.
In order to work well with all the existing PACKOUT products and their tabbed indexing system, nominal width of 10″ for the small plates and 30″ for the large plates was decided on.
Unfortunately, these are not multiples of the standard 16″ stud placement and it’s not possible to index the plates next to each other as intended AND find studs that line up with the mounting holes. If joined consecutively the plate will only hit a wall stud every 4th or 5 th mounting plate, and even then its will not be multiple fastening holes per stud.
To mount this system securely, we recommend using one of the three best-practice methods described

1. Install Blocking
2. Install horizontal wall strapping
3. Install plywood backer board
Using the PACKOUT Shop Storage system
We’ve had the PACKOUT Shop Storage system mounted and functional in one of our garage workshops for a few weeks at the time of this review.
We mounted multiple large plates and a few small plates on a wall of several 4×8 sheets of plywood.

The best thing about the PACKOUT Shop Storage system is it completely customizable and can be reorganized at any time.
In the first few weeks of use, we have reorganized our wall numerous times to optimize the efficiency of our space.
We have some favorites out of the 20 PACKOUT items
The first is the PACKOUT Cabinet.
Perhaps the most versatile item of the bunch, the cabinet features mounting tabs on the back for mounting to the wall as well as stacking tabs on the bottom and top.
This allows the cabinet to be quickly taken off the wall and added to a traditional PACKOUT stack.
A large garage-style door on the front allows for easy access to the inside. Place a few of the cabinets in a row on your wall and they serve as a great shelf.
Another item that we think the folks at Milwaukee hit a home run with is the Tool Station.
The tool station features two quick access tool slots primarily designed to securely hold a pistol grip style tool like drills or impact drivers.
We found the tolerances and the design of the spacings on the slots to be a sweet spot that can accept narrower tools like M12 Installation Drill/Driver as well as the much larger 1/2 Impact Drivers.

The Tool Station does not appear to be designed for a vehicle-mounted system as the tools could easily slide out of the holders in a moving vehicle.
Milwaukee has come out with new versions of their PACKOUT storage bins to take advantage of the wall mount system.
The new bins are the same small and large size bins found in the PACKOUT organizer boxes but have modified tabs on one side.
These tabs allow the bins to be mounted to wall plates or even other vertically mounted PACKOUT organizers.
We aren’t too sure how often this feature will be used but found it to be an insightful upgrade to the system.
One item that immediately caught our eye is the PACKOUT Roll Holder.
A wall-mounted roll holder is a great addition to any shop for paper towels or a roll of shop rags.
A simple hinged top with a pushbutton release allows for easy access and quick changing of rolls.
We even placed a stack of various tape rolls for quick access.
The PACKOUT battery racks come in two different varieties, the M12 and the M18 version. Each rack takes us a single row of mounting slots and can hold 4 batteries.
Unsurprisingly the mounts are well designed with tight tolerances like their battery connections on the tools and each type indexes in with an audible click.
The M12 Battery Rack has plenty of room and can accept both the CP Compact and XC Extended Capacity style batteries.
The M18 Battery Rack can accept [4] M18 Batteries of any size.
While designed to live on the wall mounts, we couldn’t help but place a few on our mobile PACKOUT boxes! They fit but don’t lock.
Room for Improvement
The Long Handle Tool rack is designed to hold outdoor power equipment, long-handled tools, and more.
The rack features three vertical spaces with locking cams to secure the handles in place.
While the locking cams work great at holding the tool in place, we found the tolerances on the cams were designed for relatively narrow tools, likely the metal rod commonly found on Milwaukee OPE tools.
Most of the items we had lying around like our brooms and brushes would not fit in the rubber grips.
We’d love to see future versions of the holder accept larger or thicker gauge material.
Final Thoughts

Woodworking News Source: A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz

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