When you’re re-shingling a roof, the last thing you want to do is make multiple trips up and down a ladder to get a tool. That is where tool belts can save the day. There are different styles of tool belts and a huge variety of features among them. How do you know which one you’ll need?
The answer is determined by the tools and supplies that you need it to carry for a particular job. We have reviewed quite a few belts so we can give you a quick rundown of the ones that we like the best, in hopes that you may get a better idea of what you need.
|Occidental Leather 9855 Adjust-to-Fit Fat|
|CLC Custom Leathercraft 175274|
|Bucket Boss 2 Bag Tool Belt in Brown||2 lbs||4.35/5|
|Style n Craft 76-425 11 Pocket Tool Belt||2 lbs||4.25/5|
|Task Tools T77265 Carpenter's Apron Leather Belt||3 lbs||4.00/5|
The Occidental Leather 9855 Adjust-to-Fit Fat has a waistband that can be adjusted to fit a 32-inch waist, up to a 41-inch one. It’s a waist toolbelt, but it has preinstalled D-rings that allow it to be used with the Occidental Stronghold Suspension System.
The main bags are 10 inches deep and have 24 slots for tools. Some of the slots are for specific tools, like hammers or tape measures. Even though 24 sounds like a lot of slots, when you’re roofing, they aren’t enough. Part of the problem is that some of the tool-specific slots aren’t placed appropriately. The tool doesn’t fit as it should, so you must put it someplace it isn’t meant to go.
The CLC Custom Leathercraft 175274 is a heavy-duty leather tool belt with two hammer loops and 12 pockets. Four of the pockets are big enough to hold tools, while the other eight are smaller to carry smaller tools, nails, and any other needed supplies. The waistband is adjustable to fit waist sizes from 29 to 49 inches. It’s challenging to adjust, though.
This tool belt has a pouch for a tape measure. It fits the average homeowner’s tape well, but it’s too small for a professional-sized tape measure. This toolbelt is also not friendly to left-handed people.
The Bucket Boss 2 Bag Tool Belt in Brown features two adjustable pouches with two hammer holders and 12 pockets to store all your tools and supplies. It fits waistbands up to 52 inches.
With all the pockets, there is nowhere to carry a square, which is a useful tool when roofing. Some of the pockets are in awkward positions, making it challenging to organize your tools efficiently.
The Style n Craft 76-425 11 Pocket Tool Belt has a two-inch-wide belt that adjusts to fit waist sizes between 26 and 46 inches. However, we found it difficult to change.
Even though this belt is smaller than other comparable belts, it includes 11 pockets and two hammer holders. The hammer holders are poorly placed, though, making carrying hammers awkward.
The Task Tools T77265 Carpenter’s Apron Leather Belt has a heavy-duty two-inch-wide belt made of saddle leather. It also contains 12 various-sized pockets and two hammer holders.
The belt on this apron is too long and doesn’t adapt to fit smaller waist sizes. Though it’s made of leather, it is lower quality leather, so it isn’t as durable as other belts.
The quality of the material the tool belt is made of determines how long it will last. High-end ones are leather. Nylon or polyester fabric are also good choices. They are more economical, yet durable.
The best tool belts have adjustable waist sizes. Make sure your waist fits within the given range. If the belt is too tight, it will be uncomfortable and restrict your movement. If it’s too loose, the weight won’t be distributed evenly and can cause you back problems.
The weight of the belt when it’s empty is the only constant in how much you’ll carry for each job. Different jobs require different tools, so the added weight can differ from day to day.
The number of pockets determines how many tools and other supplies you can carry up to the roof. Having enough of them can save you from making multiple trips up and down.
All types of tool belts need to be durable. They will hold tools, as well as nails, staples, and many other sharp objects. The material must be strong enough to stand up to those edges without getting damaged.
There are two different design types of tool belts: harness and waist.
Harness belts work best when you’re working in high places, while waist belts are useful in any situation.
A properly fitting belt doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be comfortable. Find one with padding, especially if you have heavy harness straps. The padding will give you a soft cushion, so the rough material of the belt doesn’t rub against your skin, causing scrapes or chafing.
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Tool belts can save the day when you’re re-shingling a roof. You need to know what size job you’ll be doing, and how many tools you need, to choose the right belt. We reviewed many of them and have run through five that we think may fit your needs. Now you need to write down a list of what you need a belt to carry, and then find your perfect one.
1. Occidental Leather 9855 Adjust-to-Fit Fat – Top Pick
2. CLC Custom Leathercraft 175274 – Best for the Money
3. Bucket Boss 2 Bag Tool Belt in Brown
4. Style n Craft 76-425 11 Pocket Tool Belt
5. Task Tools T77265 Carpenter’s Apron Leather Belt
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!