It's bad enough for people who take a router to their cabin or to a friends house for little projects and a nightmare for contracters.
Yes, Mike, it is. I know you have a soft spot for Bosch, so you're possiblu "talking up" their L-Boxx system a little but in the interests of balance could I be allowed to mention the opposition? As you may or may not, know the L-Boxx system is bought-in from the Sortimo
, a German manufacturer of van lining systems and transport cases. Similarly the Systainer system supplied with Festool tools:
(no, not mine, I wish!) has been adopted by a number of manufacturers for their tools, notably Mafell, Metabo, Lamello, Hoffman, Protool, etc. Some Makitas even come in Systainers (mainly the SP6000K track saw). Systainers are also available from the manufacturer, Tanos
, who have the same parent firm as Festool. The combined range of Tanos and Festool is currently wider than that of Sortimo/L-Boxx, but then it's been around more than 15 years and is now into its' second generation. It does include a few really good ideas such as two depths of clip-on tool totes:
and also fitted inserts for hand tools (available from Ulmia, etc):
Although I don't see why similar inserts couldn't be made for a Sortimo/L-Boxx by any half competent routerist. Sadly Systainers aren't compatible with the L-Boxx system, and as I already own a number of machines which came with Systainers that's the system I'll be sticking with, but at least I've found that some of the Bosch shaped inserts from the L-Boxx can be trimmed to fit Systainers, and presumably vice versa should the need arise.
You are right, though, makes life a lot easier - I often find I'm moving a track saw, a power planer, a sander and a router in one journey without dropping anything. It also gives your tools a better life because it forces you into thinking in terms of putting stuff away and not just throwing it in the back of the car/van to be "sorted out later" (read next time you need the tool....). Very clever people these Germans. Very logical
you can't just throw