Do you need some help organizing and storing your air tools? In this article we’ll look at 17 air tool storage ideas…because your tools are only helpful IF you can find them.
The storage ideas in this list include:
- some air tool racks and holders you can buy
- some you can build (care of some helpful YouTube videos)
- and some ways to take advantage of the garage storage you may already have
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Table of Contents
- 1 How to store air tools? 17 Air Tool Storage Ideas
- 1.1 1) Air Tool Rack (Lisle 5-slot pneumatic tool holder)
- 1.2 2) Magnetic Air Tool Hanging Rack
- 1.3 3) Eastwood Air Tool Storage Rack
- 1.4 4) Air Wrangler – Air Tool Holders
- 1.5 5) DIY Quick Connector Hanging Shelf
- 1.6 6) Hang them on a Peg Board
- 1.7 7) Clips for French Cleats
- 1.8 8) Store your air tools in a dedicated tote
- 1.9 9) Get a Tool Cabinet
- 1.10 10) PVC pipe air tool holsters (a DIY option)
- 1.11 11) DIY PVC Pipe Air Tool Holder
- 1.12 12) Dedicate a Drawer to your air tools
- 1.13 13) DIY Air Tool Holder using a Drawer Slide
- 1.14 14) Hang them from a Wire Baker’s Rack
- 1.15 15) Plastic Organizer for Air Fittings
- 1.16 16) Magnetic Strip for small metal accessories
- 1.17 17) Wall-mounted Retractable Hose Reel for the Air Hoses
How to store air tools? 17 Air Tool Storage Ideas
Below are various ways to store your pneumatic tools.
Most of the ideas involve storing your tools so you still have easy access to them. But other storage ideas may involve putting your tools away – such as in a tote… so they aren’t within reach, but at least you’ll know where you put them.
Not all of these ideas will work for you. You may not have the available space for some of these options.
But hopefully at least one of them will fit your specific needs and help you tidy up your work area.
NOTE: the air compressor manufacturer Campbell Hausfeld suggests to cap the end of the male air inlet prior to storage to prevent dirt getting into the tool and to help prevent premature tool deterioration.
And since moisture is detrimental to pneumatic tools you’ll want to store them in a dry location that isn’t subject to extreme temperatures if possible. (Reference)
1) Air Tool Rack (Lisle 5-slot pneumatic tool holder)
This is a Made in the USA air tool rack that has 5 slots to hang your air tools.
Just note, this is only 10-inches wide. It isn’t very big. So it isn’t the best for storing bulkier air tools.
But for narrower tools it works well.
It is popular, well-rated and has lots of reviews on Amazon.
It does have a red, sliding locking feature, but most say this is best for preventing the tools from falling out rather than preventing theft. (Motivated thieves would likely unscrew the whole rack from your bench or toolbox.
The potential downside to having the quick connect end up, is that dust and grime may settle on the connector. How much dust (or sawdust) there is in your shop will depend on what type of work you do in there.
2) Magnetic Air Tool Hanging Rack
The company OEMTOOLS makes this magnetic air tool rack that can hold up to 33 pounds.
It is primarily marketed towards mechanics and tire technicians to hold their impact wrench and most commonly used sockets.
But the tool corral could hold other air tools too.
You can use the two bottom hooks to hold an air hose, an air ratchet (stored vertically), or you could put zip-tie loops around some other tools or fittings and hang them from the hooks.
3) Eastwood Air Tool Storage Rack
The tool company Eastwood makes this air tool rack that can hold up to 10 air tools (max. weight 50lbs).
You screw it into the wall studs and the mounting holes are conveniently located 16-inches apart to suit standard-spaced wall studs.
It has a powder-coated finish and the top ledge is about 4-inches wide so you should be able to hold small bottles of lubricating oil or fittings up there too.
4) Air Wrangler – Air Tool Holders
These air tool holders by the company Tool Wrangler basically allow you to mount a quick-connect coupling to the wall, side of a toolbox or the underside of a shelf.
Then you push the air-connect end of your 1/4-inch air tool onto the coupling for storage.
You could screw the mounts into the underside of a shelf for vertical tool storage (like shown below), or you could screw it into the wall and store your tools horizontally.
Think these may work for you?
One good thing you may like is that the quick connect end is not open to dust and dirt.
5) DIY Quick Connector Hanging Shelf
I found this video on YouTube where Walkers Woodwork makes an air tool storage shelf and uses male quick connect couplers on the under side of the shelf to hold air tools. Pretty cool. (The whole shelving unit is beyond my limited woodworking skills, but installing the couplers looks doable.)
6) Hang them on a Peg Board
These are often marketed as hooks to hold a battery-powered cordless drill, but instead you could store your air ratchet or brad nailer on here.
Do you have the wall space in your garage to mount a peg board?
If so you get various clips and holsters to hang a variety of air tools.
(You’ll have to be careful though because if you have larger tools the weight may wreck lightweight pegboards such as those made of flimsy particle board.)
You can likely find pegboard holders at your local hardware store.
If they don’t have a good supply, the company Meneco sells a 5-pack of tool holders that fits standard 1-inch spaced pegboard, and it’ll work with pegboard that has 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch sized holes. These holders are available on Amazon.
7) Clips for French Cleats
If you have a French cleat storage wall in your garage or workshop you can get a variety of clips designed to fit into French cleats.
Check your local hardware store to see their options. And hopefully they’ll have something to hold the tool you have in mind.
8) Store your air tools in a dedicated tote
Air tool storage doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive.
This is how I store my air tools: I store them in a tote.
I don’t use my air tools all the time so having them in a tote is okay for my situation. I just keep them in the same tote so I know where to find them.
Once you’ve put them in a tote you can put them on a shelf, under a work table, or if you have an overhead garage storage system, you could place them up them. (In that case, since your reaching up high, you may want to use several totes to keep the weight down in each individual tote.)
This isn’t the best option if you regularly use your tools and need easy access to them. This works for me, but will it work for you?
9) Get a Tool Cabinet
If you have space in your garage or workshop you could get a tool cabinet and dedicate a shelf or two to your air tools.
It isn’t a great option for tools that you need easy access to beside your work bench, but at least you’ll know where to find them when you need them.
10) PVC pipe air tool holsters (a DIY option)
You can use PVC pipe to create holsters for cordless drills and drivers.
With some careful examining and measuring of your air tools and brad nailers, you could come up with your own DIY air tool holsters.
For inspiration, check out the video below from Dekay’s Crafts. He builds a cool tool storage shelf that can even be hung on French cleats if you install the proper wood along the back. Super cool.
It looks pretty straight-forward.
11) DIY PVC Pipe Air Tool Holder
I came across this YouTube by TabLeft Workshop where he builds an inexpensive yet very functional air tool holder out of a scrap piece of PVC pipe. It is pretty cool what people come up with!
12) Dedicate a Drawer to your air tools
If you have space in your tool chest, you could dedicate a drawer to your air tools.
This option can work well especially if you have a deep drawer to fit larger tools.
13) DIY Air Tool Holder using a Drawer Slide
Here is another DIY air tool holder that I came across on YouTube. The guy at The Fab Forums YouTube channel tack-welded some old air fittings onto a drawer slide.
Then he mounted the drawer slide underneath his work bench for easy slide-in and slide-out access to his air tools. It looks like pretty cool idea that seems to hold air ratchets okay, but I wonder how well the drawer slide would hold up to heavier tools like a pneumatic impact wrench?
You can watch the video below.
14) Hang them from a Wire Baker’s Rack
Do you have some wire racks in your shop or garage?
The video below the from the YouTube channel “Make Build Modify” shows how they store A LOT of air tools on a wire baker’s rack.
If you’ve been thinking about getting some wire storage racks like these – but aren’t quite sure yet – this may be enough to push you off the fence and get them.
15) Plastic Organizer for Air Fittings
These aren’t the most rugged solution, but plastic drawer organizers can work to hold your air fittings.
You may see them marketed as craft organizers, but they work just as well to hold other small items too.
My air compressor and tool kit from Campbell Hausfeld came with a plastic case for fittings. (Picture below.)
If you live in Canada, Canadian Tire sells a very similar air tool accessory kit, but made by Mastercraft. (Click here to check it out.)
16) Magnetic Strip for small metal accessories
You can screw a magnetic strip (like the ones used for holding kitchen knives) to your garage wall and then stick small parts, drill bits, and other small accessories to it.
They’ll be within easy reach and because they’re stored on your wall, it’ll free up space around your work surface.
But I bet not all of your fittings will be magnetic.
Brass and aluminum fittings aren’t magnetic so they can’t be stored like this.
17) Wall-mounted Retractable Hose Reel for the Air Hoses
Instead of having the air hose snaking around the floor of your work space, you can get a wall-mounted hose reel like this one from MaxWorks.
This hose reel is retractable so you don’t have to manually wind the hose around the reel.
It features a 50-feet air hose that the manufacturer claims can handle up to 250 PSI.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these air tool storage ideas.
Will one of them work for you?
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