Framing tool belts eliminate the hassle of having to keep up with the numerous tools that you need to get the job done. The internet is supposed to eliminate the stress from shopping, but it can often have the opposite effect.
Quality has been on the decline in the last few years in this product area, even as prices rise. Many customers are left wondering if they can get a good deal on their equipment.
The good news is that there are still great deals out there. You just have to know where to look for them. We’ve assembled a list of reviews of the best framing tool belts of 2020. After reading these reviews, you should know everything you need to about each belt, and have a good idea of what makes for great value in this area.
|Occidental Leather 8089 |
|Style n Craft 98-43417||Top Grain Oiled Leather||4.7/5|
|DEWALT DG5617 |
Best for the Money
|CLC Custom LeatherCraft 51452 ||Ballistic Poly w/ Top Grain Leather||4.25/5|
|Dead On DO-FR ||Ballistic nylon fabric||4.1/5|
The Occidental Leather 8089 M 7 Bag Set is the belt you want to get if you want one that will last you a lifetime. Or a few decades, at least. Occidental Leather has a great reputation for creating high-quality products, and many users go decades of heavy use without having any problems with their belts. These belts have a fantastic capacity, allowing you to store all of your tools conveniently. These belts are also very comfortable, even when loaded down, which is a feature that will pay for itself very quickly. Coming home at the end of the day less worn out due to your belt is a great deal.
The Oxylight line is also about 20 percent lighter than the standard line, so they’re even better than the original line. The only real downside is that these belts are very expensive, especially relative to the competition. However, the benefits to this line are great, and the durability means that you’re unlikely to have to replace this belt in the near future. If not having to go through the hassle of buying another belt appeals to you, there’s no better model on the market for you than this one.
The Style n Craft 98-43417 Pocket belt is another good choice if you want to shop for quality instead of for a very low price. You get a nice leather belt with decent durability, that should last you for a few years without wearing out. It comes with 17 different pockets, which is more than enough for the tools you’ll need daily. It also comes with a three-inch wide belt, which is comfortable and durable. This belt is also adjustable, so it should fit all people between a 34- and 46-inch waist, which means most people will be able to use this belt without any adjustment.
While you can expect this model to last a few years, you’re unlikely to get decades of service out of it. The primary problem is the stitching, especially when it gets close to rivet. Most problems with these belts develop in those areas. The good news is that they typically happen in a way that allows you to make short-term repairs. However, it would provide better value if you never had to do that. Overall, this is a good tool belt, though it would be better if it lasted longer for the price.
The DEWALT DG5617 20-Pocket Pro is the best overall deal for the price. The best thing about this belt is the fact that it includes suspenders, which do a great job of distributing the load and keep it from falling exclusively on your waist. It also comes with a great zipped pocket, which is good for storing valuables like your phone or keys. The belt is easily adjustable and allows for hanging the bags in multiple different positions, which is a feature that most people will appreciate.
Like the previous model, this one is one size fits most, though it has an even larger range. This belt should work with waist sizes between 29- and 46-inches, so this model is a great choice for you if you constantly find other belts to be too large. However, the suspenders depend on plastic clips. Those clips aren’t very durable, and they tend to break, making the suspenders useless. The belt itself still works fine, but you lose some value if that happens and that means this model can’t be in the top two. Still, if you’re looking for a deal on an otherwise durable belt, this is a great choice for you.
The CLC Custom LeatherCraft 51452 4 Piece tool belt has some positives but fails to impress in other areas. It does come with a thick, five-inch belt. That helps distribute weight over a wider area on your waist and back, which greatly lessens fatigue, though not as much as suspenders would. It also comes with 27 pockets, which gives you plenty of spaces in which to store your equipment. It also has some leather parts in critical areas. That includes on the fastening parts of the belt, and in areas providing reinforcement to the nylon pockets.
The big problem with this model is its price tag. Sure, it has some leather, but the majority of the belt is made from nylon. You could spend a few dollars more and get an all-leather tool belt with a better look and a much longer lifespan. That means this belt is a bad deal, no matter how well it is made. Unfortunately, it’s not the best-made belt on the market but falls somewhere in the middle. Consequently, it falls into a spot where you could spend more, or less, money and get better value for your purchase, which drops this belt to fourth.
The Dead On DO-FR Framers Rig will lure some buyers in with its price, but it has enough downside that it won’t be the right choice for most people, no matter the price. It has the highest pocket count on our list at 32 pockets. You do get good storage capacity with this model, which is a huge point in its favor. It also comes with suspenders, which is some extra value that you don’t get from every model on our list. However, the belt tends to fold up if the suspenders aren’t used, so if the suspenders break or you don’t like using them, you’re out of luck.
Likewise, this belt doesn’t have carrying handles. These come standard on most belts, so there’s not a convenient way of moving your tool belt around if you’re not wearing it. It also runs a bit small. It’s supposed only to fit people who have 28- to 36-inch waists, which is not that wide overall. Since it won’t fit everyone, it’s not the most valuable belt in the world, and considering its other flaws, it would be hard for this belt to take higher than last place on our list.
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The Occidental Leather 8089 M 7 Bag Set is our top model. It comes with a great capacity, durability, and lightweight that make it a great choice for most people. The Style n Craft 98-43417 Pocket includes a wide belt and fits most people but suffers from poor stitching. The DEWALT DG5617 20-Pocket Pro is the best value for the money, due to its included suspenders and low price. The CLC Custom LeatherCraft 51452 4 Piece tool belt has a very thick belt and some leather, but its high price earns it fourth place. The Dead On DO-FR Framers Rig is cheap, but lacks carrying handles, and can be uncomfortable, dropping it to the last place.
We hope that our reviews have helped you find the belt that is right for you.
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