Job site tooling is a very important factor for construction contractors. It’s expensive to buy, it’s expensive to maintain, so we try to find the right balance between quality and price.
But what about the workers and the basic equipment they have to buy themselves? We’re talking about what the apprentice needs to have with him on his first day on the job and that he probably won’t change for several years. You guessed it (it was easy with the title), we’re talking about the tool belt. The market is full of choices for tool belts, but the question remains: which one is best for me? One thing is for sure, we all have our preferences, but below is a list of a few belts that are worth considering. Here are the criteria we think are important: Weight to avoid injury The weight of a tool belt can reach up to 50 pounds when full. Take the time to evaluate what it weighs when empty and choose it according to your fitness level. Durability for repairability The vast majority of belts available use durable materials. However, they each have strengths as well as weaknesses to consider. Leather, for example, is the strongest, but also the heaviest, whereas polyester and nylon are lighter, but pierce more easily. We’re looking for a happy balance. Good bags for utility The main reason why we buy a tool belt is to carry the equipment and for that, we need the pockets. We must therefore look at the number of bags, the durability as well as the size of the bag. Comfort for the whole day To have a belt that is comfortable throughout the day, it must meet a set of small elements that make you feel good. You look at the padding, the thickness, the maximum weight and the different ways to adjust it to you. Belts Occidental Leather 8089 Oxy-Light with 7 storage bags Price: 350$ Weight: 4.5 pounds (light) Durability: Made of leather, good quality. Some report use for more than 10 years Pockets: 7 deep bags that prevent tools from falling out. Lots of storage space. Comfort: excellent, easy to carry all day without any problem Gatorback Professional Belt Price: $250 Weight: 5.5 pounds Durability: uses a real leather toe cap, very sturdy Pockets: 11 deep bags that prevent tools from falling out. Lots of storage space Comfort: good back support, good breathability and comfort LeatherCraft 51452 Pro Price: $100 Weight: 4 pounds Durability: made of strong, tear-resistant canvas Pockets: 6 large and 7 small Comfort: Very comfortable with adjustable straps and padded belt Occidental Leather 9525 M Price: $300 Weight: 4 pounds Durability: combination of high quality leather and nylon Pockets: including tool holders there are 25 compartments. The pockets are inlaid in the belt. Comfort: comfortable and light enough to be worn all day long. The padded waistband distributes the weight evenly. DEWALT DG5617 20-Pocket Pro Price : 150$. Weight: 5.2 pounds Durability: Made of nylon, but tested to withstand harsh construction environments Pockets: 7 large and 13 small Comfort: Padded belt with double tongue buckle for stability and extra comfort.