Mobile techs. Looking for tool storage ideas

Sam Mobile Technician Flint, Michigan Posted   Latest   Edited  

Just looking to see what the mobile guys are using for diagnostics organization. Most of my diag are fine either in a shop or parking lot. I am constantly looking for a bench. I am on amazon looking at something like this. DeWalt DWST20800 Mobile Work Center.

Not real sure it will do what I am looking for. What is everyone else using?

Btw currently using the cases the tools come in and take in as needed. Also sometimes several trips to car

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David Mobile Technician
Rimforest, California
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I use a small fold up camping table. Just takes a minute to set up and provides me a flat surface to set things on. Davie

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Benjamin Diagnostician
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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I use the Milwaukee packout system for my hand tools/electric power tools. I love it because it is customizable. I also use this Husky box for all of my OE interfaces and battery power supply for programming. It has worked great especially for the price. homedepot​.​com/p/Husky-35-in…

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Lane Mobile Technician
Louisville, Kentucky
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Hey Sam, If you're looking for a bench, constantly, to set your equipment on, then maybe carry a collapsible camping table. I carry one but rarely use it. All my equipment lives in quite a few cases. I have quite a few of the HF cases and also have a friend that's a Snap On dealer. So I have a crap ton of the smaller cases their drills and drivers come in. I have one case that is loaded with…

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Terry Diagnostician
Milton, Florida
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Sam, are you just starting to do the mobile diagnostics and programming for just the professional shops? I am also starting to get into the mobile business only for professional and collision shop in my area. Actually the company (shop) I work for has decided to back my new business venture, as they do not want me to leave, totally without a diagnostics and programming tech. I think that this…

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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7 years. Also purchasing a transit connect this year. Customizing myself. Planning on a sliding table out the back. And a slot for a folding chair. Slot for a ezup. Big plans for a small van. Was just thinking of storage ideas instead of the cases stiff cane in

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Bartlett, Illinois
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My plan for next year is to buy a Transit Connect and have a custom upfit designed by this company: syncro-system​.​us Until then I use cases, but not really what the tools came in. I was able to consolidate everything I use the most into 6 larger cases that fit better in my car. A lot of guys like the Beta collapsible cart, storage and a work bench.

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Kabel Technician
Wailuku, Hawaii
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I personally like the Ridgid cases from Home Depot, you can mix and match them as needed, the Milwaukee ones are great also and offer more options for smaller item organization. I purchased the dewalt folding table for last Black Friday and I do enjoy using it when I need a mobile flat work station but it really doesn’t get used that often. DEWALT Express Folding Workbench…

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Cody Mobile Technician
Gardnerville, Nevada
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I’m fortuna enough to have a service truck but I have the harbor freight version of pelican cases for scan tools, gauges and other delicate instruments. if you’re mobile you have to charge more to make up for the time of setup and the convince that the customer receives

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Chad Mobile Technician
Eustis, Florida
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Hey Cody. How do you “charge more”? Do you adjust labor times or are you increases dollars per hour. Ive gone mobile myself and I see that it does take longer than expected just to get organized

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Gail Technician
Garner, North Carolina
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Around here they want to pay you LESS because you don't have a shop. Convenience isn't relevant to them. The only people that use mobile here are the complete cheapskates. They buy the parts, want you to discount the labor, then bitch cause their junk part didn't work. Yes I'm bitter!!! When i say "mobile" I'm not talking about diagnostic guys. The guys doing waterpumps and timing belts lying on…

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Chad Mobile Technician
Eustis, Florida
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Gail my friend I feel your pain. I’m gonna say a lot and I hope you listen. I have a special place in my heart for my tire store brothers because you have been in the trenches with me. Ive recently gone mobile. I’m no programmer. I do have a scope and a few scanners. But I’m learning. so I’m out here doing the labor as my primary source of income. This is what I’m doing and it’s working. For the…

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Stuart Mobile Technician
Blue Island, Illinois
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Gail,I have been doing this mobile tech thing on and off for about 30 years and found ,yes,there are a lot of bottom feeders out there that want everything for cheap.I tell them,you get what you pay for and won't deal wiyh them.I have actually fired customers.I am dead serious.I have refused more than i have accepted and I am making more money then I was chasing after every…

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Cody Mobile Technician
Gardnerville, Nevada
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Also, if you’re only looking for a bench try something like the ADT 7012 it’s a nice little mobile workbench

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Mike Mobile Technician
Charleston, South Carolina
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I've found that there really aren't many products that cater to mobile techs. I built this collapsible tool cart that folds up into a tray in my truck. It works great but I rarely pull it out. I don't do much repair work and mostly do diag. But even then you rarely know what you're going to need. This may just be my problem, but if I build a diag kit with a few portable things, I'm…

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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Thanks Scott. I am doing a vehicle upgrade towards end of month. my current vehicle is worn out and over full. The new vehicle a transit connect is all about organization. I have drawn some plans for shelves left side and rear. My plan is a pull out bench from the rear for all of the parking lot jobs. I was just looking for some ideas. I know what I think I need. I also mostly do diagnosis and…

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Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Sam, I'm just running cases currently, but working on a better storage system within my truck. I started putting some of my stuff in the Apache cases from HF and they have been serving me well so far to handle my daily load-out needs. Still a long way to go to get it where I want it but I've found that I go with a solution and modify and improve it the longer I use it. As far as a table, I…

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Edwin Mobile Technician
Charleston, South Carolina
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Sam 25 years ago i was doing mobile diagnostics and repairs out of a 16 foot box truck. I had more in the back than most shops i went to. Now i do light repairs occasionally with my husky tool box that houses my small hand tool set and all my Cordless tools. My friend John Anello once told me to get my scanners and scopes in a weatherproof pelican box and thats just what I did. I keep a couple…

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Brian Instructor
Parma, Ohio
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For a work space bench when needed I use this. youtube​.​com/watch?v=Mn61Ft…

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Michael Diagnostician
Champaign, Illinois
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I have recently been addicted to Milwaukee Packout. They have adaptors you can mount to walls that can securely hold your boxes. Dont have any yet but plan to get some. Here is some videos I did using packout cases to hold my Pico. Got the idea from somebody on fb. youtu​.​be/Kfph3ug93XM youtu​.​be/ySLwzBorwAg

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Stuart Mobile Technician
Blue Island, Illinois
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Currently I am using the Stalwart stackable mobile tool center which I purchased on Amazon for a little over $100​. ​As a bench I use a painters step stool which is about 3ft long and 2ft tall​.​ Do quite well with them keeps me organized and spares me more room for my diagnostic and heavy duty tools when needed.

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Terry Diagnostician
Milton, Florida
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Hey, I’m looking at mobile diagnostic customer/shop invoicing software. Is there such a program out there? DesignEd for the professional diagnostics and programming guys? I have been looking and not found anything, other than shop invoicing programs, ie; NAPA tracs, shop Boss, Mitchell and others. Some very expensive, some are too in-depth. I’m looking for a software that will keep track of…

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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I have struggled with the same thing. We went paperless earlier this year. We used invoice asap. We have tried zoho invoicing. It worked well. I think we could have made it work. May change first of year. It is CSR and invoicing in 1. No bin decode though

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Benjamin Diagnostician
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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I am mobile and use Quickbooks. It has worked pretty well as I can create my own set services and prices. With that being said I found that it took forever to write invoices. I added the app to my Phone so I can write invoices while programming is taking place. You can also process payments through QuickBooks. I do use separate credit card processing hardware. Quickbooks has worked well for me…

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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I use Invoice ASAP and it automatically synches to my quickbooks. I believe it is best of both worlds. Very fast to write an invoice from my phone and synches well for reports etc.

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Stuart Mobile Technician
Blue Island, Illinois
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Use your existing system and adapt it for service calls.I was able to do it when I had Mitchell before they got way too expensive​.​You can customize almost all the software that is out there.

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Sam Mobile Technician
Flint, Michigan
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Ok. So once again I asked a simple question that turned into a debate. I appreciate all of the constructive answers I received. I am a mobile diagnostics tech for the last 7 years. So I did not need advice about starting out. I currently drive an 07 Chevy HHR with almost 450K miles on it. I have many OE scan tools. Many scopes. I have simply outgrown my car. I am upgrading to a ford transit…

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Gail Technician
Garner, North Carolina
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My bad. Good luck.

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Bartlett, Illinois
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If you are not worried about spending some money check out that Syncro System I linked. It is the only storage system that is truly what I was looking for. I am hoping to buy in the early spring. They have a North America office. Once you buy the cabinets you can transfer them to any vehicle, so it is a one time investment. Instead of shelves I am looking for tool box style drawers and lockers…

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Matthew Mobile Technician
Bartlett, Illinois
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Also, they offer fold out work spaces and laptop stands for drawers. My plan was to be able to pull Transit right up to car and use the van as my workbench. The drawers pictured on the left are pull out plastic containers. I plan to have OEM scan hardware in some of them and connectors and stuff in the others. So it is a Milwaukee packout style system on steroids... because all the plastic…

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