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    Instrument Cases- I want... I NEED a different way to haul all my crap!

    As my test instrument collection grows I find myself needing to take WAY to many trips back and forth from the truck to the house and vice versa. The tools are way to delicate to just leave them unprotected, but the myriad of various cases is ridiculous.

    My idea is to find a large instrument case that I can pack the majority of instruments I use in one case. After looking for a standard case, I'm starting to think that the best option is a semi-custom instrument case. To give an idea of the size I'm thinking about, It would be about 24"x18" and while I'm not sure how deep, I'm thinking about 12" I'd have foam cut to fit the instruments and either a pull out tray for two layers of tools or a center divider to use the lid as a separate layer.

    Does anybody have experience with either custom cases or cutting foam?

    Thanks for the feedback.

    The whole idea is to keep my tools in one place to make entering and exiting the home quicker and also would make the whole thing seem more professional. It really starts to piss me off when every time I make another trip to the truck the front door is locked.
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    As for cutting foam. I've bought a memory foam mattress top and cut it to fit my needs. You can usually find them cheap at a big box store.

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    Plano molding co. makes a wide variety of cases, they happen to be in the next town over from me and have an awesome outlet store. I use a hot knife to cut the foam and an exacto knife to trim extra melt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stay gold jonny View Post
    Thanks, but that's a mile from what I'm aiming at. those aren't big enough. Take a look a these. i'm thinking in the $300 price range.

    http://www.shipping-cases-now.com/pr...od=cc-2512cart

    http://www.shipping-cases-now.com/pr...od=3SKB-2417MR

    http://www.chicagocase.com/images/pr...om01_large.jpg


    I'm leaning towards this with a custom foam insert top and bottom, with what chicago case calls a 'fallboard' or divider in between.

    http://www.alltimetools.com/p-224-ch...th-wheels.aspx





    btw, i found these about cutting case foam:

    http://photo.net/medium-format-photo...001DH7?start=0



    http://casecad.com/cms/







    Quote Originally Posted by stay gold jonny View Post
    As for cutting foam. I've bought a memory foam mattress top and cut it to fit my needs. You can usually find them cheap at a big box store.
    Quote Originally Posted by AccurateHT View Post
    Plano molding co. makes a wide variety of cases, they happen to be in the next town over from me and have an awesome outlet store. I use a hot knife to cut the foam and an exacto knife to trim extra melt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    http://www.pelicancases.com/medium-cases-s/21.htm

    Check those out.

    Best cases on the market that I know of.

    Tough as nails and waterproof to boot.
    Thanks Jp, I was trying to aim for a case that had a deep lid, most of the pelican cases don't have that, but I don't know if that's a good idea in the end either. Strictly trial and error on this one.

    I kinda think somebody else must have done something like this already, so I thought it was worth asking about.
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    just to be clear, this is NOT for hand tools, it's for test instruments.

    Combustion Analyzer
    Manometer
    Fieldpiece STA 2
    Monarch PLT200 laser & contact tach
    Fieldpiece SRH3
    Temp loggers
    misc test leads, jumpers, specialized test tools

    gadgets like that. I realize that some of the links I posted might confuse people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darctangent

    Thanks Jp, I was trying to aim for a case that had a deep lid, most of the pelican cases don't have that, but I don't know if that's a good idea in the end either. Strictly trial and error on this one.

    I kinda think somebody else must have done something like this already, so I thought it was worth asking about.
    I was envisioning either a larger, layered case with multiple tray or layers of foam padding, OR individual cases with related tools in them.


    Try a couple smaller ones and see how they fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darctangent View Post
    Thanks, but that's a mile from what I'm aiming at. those aren't big enough. Take a look a these. i'm thinking in the $300 price range.

    http://www.shipping-cases-now.com/pr...od=cc-2512cart

    http://www.shipping-cases-now.com/pr...od=3SKB-2417MR

    http://www.chicagocase.com/images/pr...om01_large.jpg


    I'm leaning towards this with a custom foam insert top and bottom, with what chicago case calls a 'fallboard' or divider in between.

    http://www.alltimetools.com/p-224-ch...th-wheels.aspx





    btw, i found these about cutting case foam:

    http://photo.net/medium-format-photo...001DH7?start=0



    http://casecad.com/cms/
    http://www.plattcases.com
    I've heard they will make whatever you want
    And unlike That Chicago Case place they are actually in Chicago
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I was envisioning either a larger, layered case with multiple tray or layers of foam padding, OR individual cases with related tools in them.


    Try a couple smaller ones and see how they fit.

    You are definitely on the same page with me Jp. I am going for a single case though. I'm trying to avoid the present situation where I look like Clark Griswold.


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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    http://www.plattcases.com
    I've heard they will make whatever you want
    And unlike That Chicago Case place they are actually in Chicago
    Thanks Iceman.

    I saw the Platts too. It's so hard to tell what's good and what's not on the internet sometimes. The Chicago cases have been the closest in what I'm looking for dimension wise so far, but I'm still undecided. A custom case would be cool, if I didn't have to pay out the nose for it. Certainly worth a call. Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    http://www.plattcases.com
    I've heard they will make whatever you want
    And unlike That Chicago Case place they are actually in Chicago
    For a second there I thought you were saying they were made in Ho Chi Minh City instead of the US. LOL

    Indianapolis might make me a little nervous, but I'll manage if I go with Chicago case.
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