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I just joined the Stanley 50 gallon club.

Discussion in 'Gear Bags and Cases' started by Sonnylynnvick75, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. Sonnylynnvick75

    Sonnylynnvick75 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Flintstone, GA
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    I just got back from a week of vacation in Fort Myers Beach, I did 2 dives with a charter and 1 solo shore dive. I quickly realized how frustrating it was carrying 5 different items (Main gearbag, Save a dive box, tanks, polespear,and weights). As soon as I got back I went straight to Home Depot and picked up a Stanley 50 gallon tool chest and loaded it last night. I love this thing! I plan to cut my tank strap holes tonight when I get home. Just wanted to share my new purchase.:D IMG_2794.jpg IMG_2795.jpg
     
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  2. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
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    personally, I would (and did) go with two smaller bins. They are much easier to lift.
     
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  3. Sonnylynnvick75

    Sonnylynnvick75 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Flintstone, GA
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    I may eventually go smaller but right now, I'm in love with the 50 gallon, I have a kia Soul and the rear hatch is fairly low to the ground and extremely wide making it very easy to put in and pull out.
     
  4. Malpaso

    Malpaso Solo Diver

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    Location: MA/CT
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    Any idea what the weight rating is on the wheels? I've been looking at something like that for a while.
     
  5. Sonnylynnvick75

    Sonnylynnvick75 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Flintstone, GA
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    I'm not 100% sure, I believe I saw, one place, where it says the box itself which is 30 pounds will carry up to 110 lbs but im not completely sure on that. I know multiple people who have done it and have had no problem whatsoever hauling wetsuits, gear, weights, and two tanks on top of that.
     
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  6. cb5150

    cb5150 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Woodlands, TX
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    I use the same tool chest, but never thought of strapping tanks to the top. AWESOME!
     
  7. Sonnylynnvick75

    Sonnylynnvick75 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Flintstone, GA
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    I'll tank plenty of pictures tonight and post a little how to tomorrow :thumb:

    ---------- Post added July 7th, 2014 at 04:22 PM ----------

    Just did my research, the stanley 50 gallon can hold 110lbs when used within the temperature range of 32 degrees Farenheit to 122 degrees Farenheit.
     
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  8. Sonnylynnvick75

    Sonnylynnvick75 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Flintstone, GA
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    How to mount dual tanks

    Need:
    Drill with drill bit of chosen size
    Yardstick
    Paintpen or sharpie
    File
    4 Straps (I used some simple camping straps from Walmart

    First I started with marking my slots 1" wide at the points where I wanted my straps. I wanted two straps per tank, using both indents so that I could carry two tanks resulting in a total of 8 slots, 4 per side.
    Picture 1

    I then drilled 4-5 hholes along the line that I drew and then using sideways pressure on the drill, I elongated the holes.
    Picture 2

    Using a file I cleaned up each hole for a smooth slot for the straps.
    Picture 3

    I then ran the straps through the slots, put tanks on to cut excess length and then strapped in.
    Rest of the pictures
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  9. spencerthePA

    spencerthePA PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
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    I know this is a few years old but I recently purchased a 50 gallon tool chest and am excited to modify it for future dive expeditions. I am an instructor in Southern California and have been hoping to find a better way to haul mine and my wife's gear on to charter boats and the Catalina Express.

    I can already say that it fits all of our gear including Drysuits, backplates/ harness and fins. I feel like this combined with using milk crates on the charters is going to be the way to go.

    I will add pictures as I go and share my opinion of using this over bags.

    My first panned modification is a drain plug so that I can rinse my gear inside and drain afterwards.
     
  10. spencerthePA

    spencerthePA PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
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    Drain Plug Installed

    Drill and bit small bit
    Dremel Tool
    Replacement Ice Chest Drain Plug (available on Amazon for about $6)

    By first using a drill bit and then a dremel tool I was able to cut a small hole on the bottom between the wheels.
    Once cut the Drain Plug can be screwed into the hole.

     
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