Storage case for SP Swing stringer?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Nuke, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Nuke

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    I only string a couple of racquets per month for myself, so I put my machine back in its shipping box in the garage between jobs. But after so many years, the original cardbard box is pretty beat up, and I'd like to put it into something like a plastic tool box for storage. I've brought home a few big tool boxes from the hardware stores, but always brought them back because they didn't fit.

    The machine is a Silent Partner Swing, which used to be pretty popular on the TT boards in the past, so I'm sure a few of you still use it. The dimensions are roughly 24" wide by 7" deep by 11" high. A few extra inches in either width or depth would be welcome, to accomodate the tools.

    So, has anyone found a good tool box or other storage solution that can accomodate something this size? Lots of tool boxes look like they'll fit, but the dimensions inside are smaller than the listed (external) measurements, due to interior bracing and shelves.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Currently, I have my stringing machine and related materials in this: http://www.sterilite.com/SelectProduct.html?id=436&ProductCategory=182

    It isn't "toolbox size," but without disassembling my X-2 completely, it wouldn't even fit in the largest Stanley FatMax.

    $20. Walmart. Carry handles. Wheels. Good size, but not too big it is unwieldy. Plenty sturdy. They still stock them (in general--saw some in past month) if there is one near "Location, Location." :)
     
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    ^ Thanks, Radicalized, but that Sterlite "footlocker" would fit two of the SP Swings. I've already seen it before in Wally World and considered it, along with some oversized drink coolers, but I'd like something that doesn't take up so much room.

    I searched around online and found this one:

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    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202559507/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053

    It's a Home Depot item, but it's an "online exclusive," so I can't see it in the store first and measure the interior. The Depot calls it a "26-inch" toolbox, but in the specifications, they list it as 20" wide. Grrr. That has to be an error. Even if it's really 26", that might still be tight, as the Swing is 24" wide, and I see in the picture that the sides are tapered, so the base is probably shorter than 26" wide at the bottom. I'd have to just take a chance on it and order it online, then bring back it to a local Depot if it doesn't fit.

    Anybody else out there bought some sort of storage box that might fit an SP Swing?
     
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    I haven't seen that one around. As noted, I filled mine up with all the extras: stringing info, strings, grips, tools, etc. This has been a tough one. They are always too short, at best.
     
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    And the verdict is . . . success.

    I took a chance and ordered the tool box in post #3. That's an online exclusive, so I couldn't go to a bricks & mortar Home Depot store to measure it from the inside. It arrived today. I thought it was going to be too narrow, as it had some internal bracing that reduced the usable inside dimensions. If nothing else, I could have replaced the Silent Partner Swing's original cardboard shipping box with the new carton that the toolbox shipped in, but it fit with about a half inch to spare. A perfect fit, I'd say. There's enough room on the sides to accommodate all the clamps and tools. I never wanted it to be big enough to store strings and overgrips and all that, as I keep the stringer in my garage, which gets hot in the summer months; strings and other consumables stay in an inside closet.

    The toolbox comes with a lift-off tool tray. If I leave the Swing's mounting points on the bar, the tray doesn't fit. I never thought I'd bother with the tray. But it looks like if I slide the mounts off the bar, the tray will fit, so now I'm debating if the inconvenience of removing the mounting clamps outweighs the convenience of having all the clamps and tools in the tray, but it's a minor point either way.

    So, it's a good choice as a carrying/storage case for the smaller dropweight machines. Let me know if anybody wants exact internal dimensions.
     
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