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900E82F1-D17A-4850-B333-F0AE1155B113.jpg I’ve used a 5 gallon bucket with a Craftsman canvas tool holding compartment thing that pulls down over the bucket. It’s probably 10 years old. The pockets are mostly torn on the bottoms and stuff falls thru. I don’t see anything at Lowes that I like the looks of. Home Depot has some sort of hard sided a Husky portable tool box things but none of them looks to be worth $60. So for carrying all your stuff from your truck to the hives, what have you found that meets the need?
 

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Not sure why this photo rotated when I imported it. Coaching appr3ciated in case I do this again.
 

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Boy what a great question. I’m super fussy about my setup around my hives. Right now carrying my smoker along with a quiet box loaded with cover cloths and frames. It has magnets on the outside to hold tools. Just a modified nuc box that requires basic carpentry skills. I may also carry a light tote. But my apiary is at my house so if I need to go back to my work bench its not a big deal. Also use a Paul Kelly Bee Belt that’s super handy.

I have a newer version of what you have made by Husky for my tools. Too heavy for bee use. This is a really good time to reconsider what you have and why you have it.
 

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So for carrying all your stuff from your truck to the hives, what have you found that meets the need?
Buckets from cat food (with attached lids and handles) - free from the road side.
Well used backpacks ("hand downs" from my kids) - also free.
If anything, the backpacks are meant to carry stuff and they have compartments and pockets.
 

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I have horses, so when I got my bees, I started using something I already had: tote box.jpg
 

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Plastic grocery store totes and a Mann Lake bucket boss that I won at the bee club raffle.
 

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5 gallon bucket, without the organizer.
 

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My take on the classic hive seat with a lowered center of gravity so it doesn't tip over in the back of the truck.
The original was from the 1901 edition of ABC of Bee Culture
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View attachment 55971 I’ve used a 5 gallon bucket with a Craftsman canvas tool holding compartment thing that pulls down over the bucket. It’s probably 10 years old. The pockets are mostly torn on the bottoms and stuff falls thru. I don’t see anything at Lowes that I like the looks of. Home Depot has some sort of hard sided a Husky portable tool box things but none of them looks to be worth $60. So for carrying all your stuff from your truck to the hives, what have you found that meets the need?
empty 5 gall bucket, usually free. I have spent 0$ in 20 years of tool carrying devices for bee keepers.

Sorry Ode do not over think this. :)


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Not the best photo of it but this is a box I made myself. Kinda based on a Merrill box out of 1/2 pine.
It is about the size of a 6 frame nuc. Inside I have frame rest spaced with nails to hold 4 frames and I made brackets to hold two hive tools and store other stuff in the space left. It also has metal brackets on the front to hold my smoker. In this pic it is hauling home a split I had to make in a rush with no equipment on hand.
The handle is a doubles piece of rope that I can unsnap and use as a shoulder strap if I need to walk a long distance with it. Sometimes access to my hives sucks after lots of rain.
 

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By coincidence we formerly used the 5 gallon bucket with a fabric tool caddy as part of our kit for cleaning machines in my business. I got tired of the inefficiency of workers digging around in the bucket for tools and mostly because they quickly became a nasty soiled mess, both inside and out.

Considering that some BK might want the option of easy washing and sanitizing, and some BK will sanitize tools between each hive or yards. I might just make a tool caddy for my beekeeping, same process I currently use to make aluminum tool caddies with magnet tool holders, bays for specialized tools and easily removable bins for rags. I think the change saves us something in the neighborhood of 20 min/day per employee. That's a lot of money over a year and they really liked the change. Cleaning them is a breeze.

Thanks for the inspiration.

I will have to weld one up and it will have a stool/seat as part of it. My back will thank me. I really like the uses for neodymium magnets.
 
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