Remember the old saying "Good things come to those who wait?" Milwaukee wasn't the first to market with organizers but did they ever make a big splash with their Packout organization system. The Packout is practical, tough, easy to use and well thought out.
Everyone is looking for better ways to store, protect and transport their tools from point A to point B. Almost all power tool manufacturers have designed and developed products to help tackle this problem. Some companies have developed tough solutions while others have designed solutions for the organization. But let’s face, it’s hard to find a Jobsite Storage solution that provides total protection but also offers freedom of organization set up. Dewalt, Metabo, Makita, Festool, Ridgid, Bosch, Veto Pro Pac and others have very cool products on the market for jobsite storage. Now you can add one more company to the mix. Milwaukee has a very cool new storage solution called Packout, so let’s jump into the Milwaukee Packout Review.
Milwaukee Packout Review Overview
Jobsite storage is a critical part of making your life easier and allows you to be more efficient and effective. With the perfect storage solution, you can easily transport your tools all around. You can also make sure they are protected from the outside elements. However, the most important aspect is being able to find the right tool without having to look in 30 different places.
The Milwaukee modular boxes allow you to easily transport tools from place to place, plus the storage system not only protects your tools but allows you to become more organized.
Milwaukee Packout Review Features
One of the best features of the Milwaukee Packout system is the fact it’s modular. Not only can you connect hard boxes to the system, but you can also connect open soft bags.
The modular system and the way they connect to each other is simple, easy and well thought out. The top of a box has indents with slide systems. The bottom of the boxes has a slide system that fits into the box below and locks into place. The best part of the system is how easy it is to attach one box to another and how easy it is to get a box apart from another.
To remove a box, just pull up on the black release and slide forward. Extremely easy to operate.
All the hard boxes have a weather seal to help protect against the outside elements and give it an IP65 Rated protection.
The latches are metal, strong and dependable. Once you close your box, you can be assured it will stay closed even if dropped.
The three storage boxes have a metal corner for added protection.
On the large storage box with wheels, there is a metal hook in the front and back in case you have a different box or package and you want to secure it with a bungee or something else.
If you want to add a padlock to your storage boxes there is a premium metal ring that will offer a strong point for a padlock.
There is a metal rod holding the lid together with the box.
Milwaukee Packout Review Sizes
The Milwaukee Packout System consists of eight total pieces.
- 3 Totes – Open Top
- 2 Organizers for fasteners or other smaller items.
- 3 Tool Storage Boxes – Small, Medium, Large
Milwaukee Offers 3 Tote bags for those who want an open top.
All three totes feature Tear-Resistant 1680D Ballistic Material and Impact Resistant Polymer Base. One cool feature to these Tote bags is they are compatible with the Packout system and will lock into the hard cases. Something no one else offers.
The totes also feature all metal hardware which means it’s designed to last.
Milwaukee 10″ Packout Tote
The Milwaukee 10″ Packout Tote features an over-molded handle that is flexible at the ends. The 10″ has 28 tool pockets.
Milwaukee 15″ Packout Tote
The Milwaukee 15″ features 31 pockets along with a shoulder strap.
Milwaukee 20″ Packout Tote
The Milwaukee 20″ tote features 32 pockets and also has a shoulder strap.
Milwaukee Packout Compact Organizer
The Milwaukee Compact Packout organizer features 5 removable and mountable bins. The lid closes to make sure nothing moves from bin to bin. If you are using all 5 bins you have to use in the shown configuration or the lid will not close. You can change the configuration but you just can not put a smaller one in place of the larger bin.
Milwaukee Packout Organizer
As with the compact, this organizer has removable and mountable bins. This also features the system where items will not move from bin to bin when the lid is closed.
Milwaukee Offers 3 Tool Box Storage Options. All three boxes are IP65 rated, have metal locking points, metal corners and are made from an impact resistant polymer.
Milwaukee Packout Toolbox
The Milwaukee Packout Toolbox features 75 lbs. weight capacity and two interior organization trays.
Milwaukee Packout Large Toolbox
The Milwaukee Packout large Toolbox features 100 lbs. weight capacity and interior organization trays.
Milwaukee Packout Rolling Toolbox
The Milwaukee Packout large Toolbox features an integrated extension handle plus large wheels to make it easier over rough terrain. The roller has one interior tray that is removable. Another cool feature is the integrated tie downs. If you have something that is not compatible with the packout system, you can use a bungee to keep it attached.
Milwaukee Packout Review Performance
While we have only had these for a little bit, we have been extremely impressed with the performance of these boxes. We are going to give them to a local contractor and will revisit them in about 6 months but we would like to report a couple of items to you so far.
First on the list is quality. As we have already reported, these are extremely high-quality boxes. The latches, the lids, and the boxes are all strong. We don’t really see any weak point that we could criticize with these boxes.
Next on the list is how these connect together. Again, there are no other boxes that connect so easily together as the Milwaukee Packout boxes. Just put either the hard case or soft case on top and push back. That’s it. How easy is it to transport your tools with this system? Best of all you’re not fighting to get these apart or attach them together. We love this system.
The hard case offers incredible protection against the weather. This isn’t unique as we have seen other boxes that offer lids with weather seal protection against weather elements. We are glad Milwaukee added this feature.
With 8 different storage options, you can easily find a configuration that suits you. The big box and medium box will easily hold a circular saw plus more. You can really set up a configuration for all your tools.
The screw or fastener cases are great to make sure no matter what you do, the fasteners or small parts will not move into another compartment. Sure, we wish you could move the trays around to different spots, but we are okay with the setup and having them have their own place in the box.
Milwaukee Packout Review Value
Milwaukee offers 8 different solutions to fit your needs. Without going into each individual storage solution, I can easily say that these boxes offer a great value for the money.
Being able to protect your tools, transport easily and having a system to make you more organized is priceless. The quality is top notch and worth every penny.
Milwaukee Packout Review Final Thoughts
Milwaukee was definitely not the first to market, which is a surprise because usually they are. However, the wait was worth it as Milwaukee has the best storage solution on the market. The boxes are extremely tough and well built, which means they will last for years to come. The boxes are capable of protecting your tools from outside elements such as rain, snow, and moisture. The most important aspect is organization. The Milwaukee Packout allows the user to set up a system based on their tool usage.
This is the first system that I have seen where the user can design a full system around their needs instead of a manufacturer saying here are a couple of items and now you have to try to figure out a configuration.
Milwaukee put a ton of thought into these boxes and it shows.