Whether you are a professional technician or amateur DIY project lover, tools are must for you and the best way to carry them is a tool belt. It is lightweight, small and easily accessible compared to tool box and tool chest. But not every tool belt can satisfy your needs.
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The difference is basically due to the material in the belt and the different parts used on them. That’s why it is mandatory to know each part’s function so you can decide what parts you want on your belt. For example, if your working situation doesn’t require the use of a hammer, there’s no need to buy a tool belt with hammer holster. Besides, sometimes you might wonder what those tiny loops (holster) and metallic plates (Magnetic Base) are for because you don’t have any idea about them and don’t know how to use them. So, we are giving you a brief knowledge about the parts in a tool belt.
"It is not mandatory to have all these parts in a belt. Some of them are added separately to increase the storing capacity."
List of the Parts of Tool Belts
Pouches/ Pockets: Too belt’s Pouches are basically for storing the tools. They vary in sizes and shapes according to the tools you want to store in them. Often they have a cover over them. With Nylon or polyester construction, they are mostly waterproof.
Hook: Hooks are for hanging tools like Wrench, Plus, hammer, etc. Besides, they can also hold Power tools.
Hammer Holster: Hammer holster is a type of loop which is made of durable metal or leather to hold a hammer. They come in different sizes according to the shape of your hammer.
Clasp: They are used to hold the suspenders and the tool belt on your waist. Often the lightweight additional tools are hanged with the clasp. Clasps come in different shapes. Each form serves a different purpose. Fastening Clasp can’t hang tools, and hanging Clasps can’t tighten your belt. Clasps are made of mostly plastic, but some of them are made of Hard Steel and Metal. Where plastic Clasp is very lightweight and cheap, metal ones are comparatively heavy and expensive.
Pocket Cover: Some pocket or pouch has covers on them. Their primary goal is to protect the tools from water and dirt. Besides, it resists the tools from falling from the pocket. These covered pockets are primarily used to store smaller parts and tools.
Multi-Tool Bag: When you have different types and sizes of tools and a lesser amount of pockets in your tool belt, you need to use one pocket for storing multiple tool types. In a multiple-tool bag, there are different compartments for storing different tools.
Suspenders: Sometimes tool belt can be loose and fall from your waist. That’s why suspenders are used to make sure that the belt stays stiff on your waist.
Buckle: Buckle is a type of clasp that is only used to tighten the belt to your waist. They can either be made of plastic or metal.
Hammer Holder: Hammer holder is specially made to hold a hammer. Sometimes they can carry other tools with a similar structure like Wrench.
Pliers Holder: Pliers doesn’t fit in any of your pockets. That’s why tool belts have Pliers Holder to hold them.
Phone Holder: While working, you cannot hold your phone in hand. Besides, leaving them in your pocket is also a bad idea. So, many tool belts have special pocket with spill proof cover to keep your phone.
Drill Holster: Drill holster is a packet made of leather or polyester to hold Power tool such as drill machine.
Magnet base: You cannot take pins and screws out from your pouch every time you need them. It’s irritating and time-consuming. Besides, when you have a lesser amount of small screws in your pouch, it will be difficult for you to find them. That’s why magnet base are added to the tool belt. They serve as small screws and nail holder which can be easily accessed. The magnet allows the metallic parts to stick with it. Thus you don’t need to look in your pouch for the tiny things.
Pocket Lock: Some tool belt pockets come with built-in locks to ensure that your tools don’t fall from the pocket.
Padded Belt: When you work, you may need to wear the belt for a long time. Sometimes 8 hours in a row. That’s why it is important for you to feel comfortable wearing the belt. Padding in the belt does that for you. It is foam or cotton inside the belt construction. Sometimes the belt has the option to add padding separately.
Axe Guard: Axe is a very heavy instrument and sharp. When Lumberjacks take axe with them, they need to make sure that it won’t cause any accident. That’s why their tool belt has an extra sturdy leather pad that holds the axe safely and keeps the wearer safe from it.
Knife Guard: Sharp things like knife are very dangerous. So, they need to be protected all the time. For that, many tool belts come with knife guards to safeguard the wearer from external damage by the knife.
I hope now you know what those funky loops and other tiny things in your belt are for. Please feel free to ask anything about these parts in the comment section. We’d appreciate your query.