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This has got to be the most frustrating part of owning a router: trying to fit it back into the plastic case it came in. What should be a simple task usually takes longer than a 500 piece jig saw puzzle. 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. I admit when I do demonstrations I have usually just tossed routers into boxes which are difficult to handle, pack and offer little protection to the tool. No more!

I recently got a #4 L-Boxx from Bosch. To me this is a perfect solution. The box will hold two full sized routers, is easy to handle and they stack together and lock for easy transport. All that is needed is a piece of foam to stick between the routers and they are safe. This box will also work for circular saws and there are different sized L-Boxx models for other tools. A stack of these boxes is easy to move with a light weight folding hand truck and easy to load into a vehicle. This spring the L-Dolly which locks onto the bottom of the stack will be available.

I really like this solution and will be getting more L=Boxx units this year. Right now the number 4 L-Boxx is selling for $69 on Amazon.
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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

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I guess my canvas gatemouth tool bags and milk crates that I've been using all these years are getting a little out of date......

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Mine came in cardboard box packed in polystyrene foam - that went into the re-cycle bin....

But, I see a need for these containers if you are moving the tools around in a contractors van/ute [truck for the Americans]....

Mike's post was on "transporting".

I would not buy them just to sit in the shed.

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Phil, I am aware of the Festool Systainers. The same sized Systainer is $143 versus the Bosch at $69. In this situation $74 savings is why I am such a big Bosch fan.

You can buy two of the #4 L-Boxx units and have enough money left for a couple of cups of coffee or one Systainer.

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This has got to be the most frustrating part of owning a router: trying to fit it back into the plastic case it came in. What should be a simple task usually takes longer than a 500 piece jig saw puzzle. 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. I admit when I do demonstrations I have usually just tossed routers into boxes which are difficult to handle, pack and offer little protection to the tool. No more!

I recently got a #4 L-Boxx from Bosch. To me this is a perfect solution. The box will hold two full sized routers, is easy to handle and they stack together and lock for easy transport. All that is needed is a piece of foam to stick between the routers and they are safe. This box will also work for circular saws and there are different sized L-Boxx models for other tools. A stack of these boxes is easy to move with a light weight folding hand truck and easy to load into a vehicle. This spring the L-Dolly which locks onto the bottom of the stack will be available.

I really like this solution and will be getting more L=Boxx units this year. Right now the number 4 L-Boxx is selling for $69 on Amazon.
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Hi Mike

That's presumably just for now. Here the price difference between the two systems is minimal.

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This is not a sale price Phil. In the US everything Festool costs a minimum of twice as much as similar products from anyone else. This is why I do not drink the green Kool Aid. DeWalt also offers some transport boxes but I was not impressed when I looked at them; typical Stanley "Good idea that misses the mark" tool boxes.
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This is not a sale price Phil. In the US everything Festool costs a minimum of twice as much as similar products from anyone else. This is why I do not drink the green Kool Aid. DeWalt also offers some transport boxes but I was not impressed when I looked at them; typical Stanley "Good idea that misses the mark" tool boxes.
Yes indeed. Saw the first set out on a job in late 2011 when one of the sparks (electricians) had sprung for a full set. They seem to be made from the same horrible black plastic that DW use on their "ordinary" tool boxes. Pity about Festool prices being so much higher. They are expensive here, but the differential seems to be lower

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