Tool Belts, Pouches & Rolls

Keep frequently used tools close at hand with the help of a tool belt, pouch or tool roll. The ideal way to avoid carrying heavy toolboxes around, these handy tool storage accessories ensure you can keep moving on the job with everything you need.

Made with a choice of materials, you can choose between a leather, nylon or polyester construction to suit your storage needs. At Cromwell, we stock a choice of tool belts, pouches and rolls from dependable brands like Stanley®, Ck® and our own brand, Kennedy®.

What are tool belts, pouches & rolls?

Sometimes referred to as tool storage or tool aprons, tool belts and pouches are a handy way of keeping tools on your person when you're on the job. Tool belts have a series of pouches and pockets attached to a belt, while pouches often attach to an existing belt using a clip or slot.

Tool rolls are a lightweight roll of durable fabric that includes slots and pouches for the required tools to be carried to the job location and rolled out for easy access and safe storage while working.

Tool belts, pouches & rolls types

Made with split leather or nylon, tool belts, pouches and rolls allow for tools to be safely stored and transported. This prevents having to lug heavy tool kits around when only a choice of tools is needed.

• Tool belt   -   Designed with a quick release belt, these accessories incorporate a set design of pouches, hooks and zip bags to keep your tools in place. These belts are sometimes available with a set of braces or hooks to attach braces to distribute the weight of heavier loads more evenly across the body

• Tool pouch   -   These products are available in different sizes and combinations to allow for customisation. They attach to the belt with either a loop or slot and can be removed and updated as required

• Tool rolls   -   Tool rolls are fairly similar in design across the board and tend to feature a range of slots for screwdrivers, hammers and more. Closures can be made from hook and loop or wrap around straps with clips for secure closure. Some designs feature an external handle, while others are intended to be held under the arm. Tool rolls can also feature eyelets for wall hanging

Considerations when choosing tool belts, pouches & rolls

Fit - Ensure the belt or pouch feels comfortable and sits cleanly on the hips. Thin belts can slip and chaff the skin so make sure your belt fits well.

Quality - the material you choose should be durable enough to hold the tools you regularly use without excess wear or ripping.

Closure - A quick release closure is often the best option for a belt or roll. This can be particularly important with a heavy loaded tool roll, where a strap and clip mechanism will ensure secure storage.

Design - For tool rolls and belts alike, the option to modify or customise is limited, so it's important to make sure the belt or roll you choose has all the compartments and storage you need.

Comfort - For a heavily laden tool belt, braces are an option. These often come with shoulder pads and help to distribute the weight onto the shoulders and are particularly helpful when the user suffers back or knee pain.

FAQs

What do you put in a tool roll?

The answer is simple: whatever you need. Tool rolls feature a range of pockets and slots to fit anything from screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, screws and more. They're a convenient way to transport just the tools you'll need to a job.

Are tool belts with suspenders better?

Tool belt suspenders are ideal when transporting particularly heavy tool belts and help to evenly spread the weight and to keep the belt in place. Some professionals prefer the suspender option, while others find that they interfere with normal movement. A good alternative to a tool belt with suspenders is a tool vest, which incorporates the pouches and slots of a tool belt into a waistcoat.

How do you wear a tool belt?

Tool belts should be worn in the way that's most comfortable to the wearer. However, there are a few tricks and tips that can give you the best and most efficient fit for you.

• Make sure your tools are organised in the order of importance with the most important on the side of your leading hand.

• Attach the buckle on the opposite side of your leading hand.

• Try and evenly balance your tools on the belt to evenly distribute the weight and prevent unnecessary strain.