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Old 02-15-2019, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Tool tube.

I've seen lots of people that use the document holder tubes for tool tubes , but to me they seem pretty light duty for that. Has anyone ever used one of these? The divider pulls out to leave the entire space usable. I was looking at one at the local TSC store and the plastic seems very strong. Since it's for storing welding rod it should be tough and airtight.




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Old 02-16-2019, 02:05 PM
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I use the tractor manual holder and store a fuel bottle full of fuel in it. Never had a problem. I think it's very strong but I wouldn't fill it with lead.

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Old 02-16-2019, 05:55 PM
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Yeah; I've used welding rod tubes! Couple of brands. I think Lincoln (the one on the bike) the stronger; one on the ground, a Hobart, I think (Tractor Supply Company?).




If you want to go REALLY strong: A search of some websites (maybe this one) should reveal scads examples showing PCV pipe fashioned into tool tubes.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does the divider inside come out or is it integral to the canister? I saw one on Amazon, but it shows a rod partition in the can. I really think this is the best answer for a tool tube. How has yours worked out for you?

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To the best of my knowledge and belief, my welding rod tubes had no internal dividers. Regardless, with some improvisation, I imagine any existing dividers could be removed.

For a WELDER, the dividers might be useful, separating the different types of rods for different applications.

Again, the Lincoln product seems superior. Notice the provision for a lanyard loop for tying the cap onto the tube if so desired, besides the ribs for strength.

You might consider checking out welding rod tubes "in person" at Harbor Freight, welding supply, Home Depot, Tractor Supply Company, etc. stores.

Don't forget the stainless steel hose clamps!
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I think a trip to the city tomorrow is warranted.. Going to check out a few different ones and compare brands. I like the lanyard feature and extra rigidity for sure. I had considered a PVC tube in the past, but they just seemed too big in diameter for the little bit of extras I might need and by the time I got done with threaded adapters, end caps, glue, etc., I could buy a couple of these babies and stack one on top of the other if one won't get it done.

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Old 02-17-2019, 05:52 AM
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And . . . the NUCLEAR OPTION!

A BASH PLATE exists, with a metal TOOL COMPARTMENT welded on! (Or, I'm hallucinating while watching my PC screen.)

Don't know of any KLR650 application for the product, and, as I recall, NOT inexpensive.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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What length clamps are those you're using there? 6"?
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:34 PM
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Ain't sure; sounds about right if we're talking 6" DIAMETER (times pi equals linear dimension).

Basically, if the hose clamps are long ENOUGH you're good to go; just take up any slack with the screw; the excess will loop itself conveniently around the outside of the tube.
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