For a professional electrician, speed, efficiency, and safety are everything. Every electrician knows the importance of having the right tool at the right time. Usually having a toolbox is good enough for quick access to your tools. But, if you need to fix an electrical issue in the ceiling, will you be taking your carrier up the ladder? No, because it will just get in your way. Also, you can’t climb downstairs every time you need a new tool. So, you need an alternative, and that alternative is an electrician belt
Things to keep in mind when looking for a tool belt!
Construction Material – Two of the most common materials are nylon and leather. Leather is great for durability, toughness, and ages well. It is an ideal choice if longevity is your main concern. On the other hand, nylon does hold up pretty good and can certainly take a beating, especially if it has a heavy-duty stitching. However, in case of a break, nylon is cheaper to replace than leather. If you want the best of both worlds; longevity and cost-efficiency, get a belt that blends leather and nylon into one.
Number of Compartments – The number of pockets will depend on the number of tools you carry. Before you purchase a belt, ensure that you factor the number of tools that you carry or use.
Comfort – It’s super important that you invest in a belt that fits and feels comfortable. For maximum comfort, go for belts that have padding on the interior lining. Straps and suspenders are helpful too to give your back a break.
Sturdiness – While the material may play a significant role in the sturdiness of the belt, you should pay special attention to the overall design and structure of the belt. Some belts are just not built well.
Price – When it comes to pricing, make sure you choose one that is well within your budget range. But most importantly, it aim to strike a balance between cost and quality. Choose a belt you cannot only afford but also a belt that meets all your needs.
Of course we all know and remember the 100% leather belts being the ones that last forever and in our minds are the best options. Buy one tool belt and it will last you years! Well yes maybe, but those things are heavy. The offshore nylon ones of today are much lighter but on the other hand we can’t always expect them to last more than two to three years. There are a lot of options out there and we always have to keep price in mind. You can buy US or CAN made but you are going to pay for it.
If you didn’t know already, Rack-a-tiers makes some heavy-duty tool belts. Check out our favorite.
Electrician Bag/Belt Combo
This Combo Belt is the first-ever ‘’Molded Air-Channel Tool Belt’’, and is made of high-density nylon with a leather belt. The sturdiness of the nylon and strength of the stitching will give you that durability you need, without the heaviness of an all leather belt. There are even loops to add on suspenders. The benefit of the padded suspenders is to give your back a break and to evenly spread out the weight making it easier for you to wear this belt all day every day.
It is our duty to share some other option of course. Check out this link for some other options of highly rated tool belts.
Bucket Boss makes a similar belt with suspenders made with ballistic nylon, known to be a tough and long-lasting fabric. It has similar accessories and pouches to the Rack-a-Tiers combo belt. It also includes suspenders that have moisture-wicking padding and an additional chest strap. They both fall in the same price range. The Bucket Boss belt will fit up to a 52’’ inch waist and the rack-a-tiers belt is available in sizes Small up to XXX Large.
Electrician’s Work Pants
As an Electrician, we are sure you find yourself working in some cramped, tight spaces. The issue with that is that there is no way you and your full belt is able to squeeze in there and get to work. Our suggestion, get some work pants that allow you to carry the right amount of tools you need and let you squeeze into any tight workspace.
Of course you probably have some sort of ‘’work pant’’ that you call a work pant because you wear them to work. However, do they actually work for you? What I mean is, are they not only a work pant but also a functional pant that keeps you comfortable and protected while working but also has the functionalities of carrying the right amount of tools you need on the job. Here’s where it gets difficult. There are multiple options out there, and how do you know which is best for you before you try them. Well… you don’t, but we can help with that. This is what you should consider when making a purchase decision.
FIT – You want a relaxed, loose fit that allows you to move around and work with ease.
COMFORT – If you are wearing these 8 to 9 hours a day, you need to make sure you are comfortable in these pants. Of course, choosing the right fit and size comes hand in hand.
MATERIAL – Get something 100% cotton or a cotton-poly blend. This will give you the comfort you need and durability you should get from a work pant. Machine wash is essential! Ain’t nobody got time for that! If it has some reinforced material that’s a plus, and will help with tears and frays you don’t want.
PRICE – Of course price is important you don’t want to overpay, but you also don’t want to underpay. A 30$ pant is only going to get you so far. If you are wearing these everyday all day, you need a pant that will be able to endure that amount of work. Usually, a higher price will mean higher quality, but not always, so make sure you shop around.
ACCESSORIES – Here is where you look at its functionality. Look for loops, pocket accessories, knee pad inserts. You need just the right amount of accessories to allow you to work smarter and quicker.
Let us introduce you to one of the pairs we think you should consider. Of course we are a little bias but here it goes.
Take a look at these ProJob Multi-Pocket Pants, Poly-Cotton Blend
Okay so now that you know all about the Projob electrician work pants, we think it’s important to share that there are other good work pants out there. Check out this link for a variety of choices: http://www.electricianwiki.com/category/3202/853
Of course, we could do a comparison of all of these and list out the advantages and disadvantages, however, it is really up to you what you think will work best for your day-to-day. What do you actually need and expect from your work pants? Here is one pair that we think can compete with the Projob ones. Atlas just came out with these work pants with resistant Cordura, 13 overall pockets, knee pad alignment system and made of denim twill handcrafted in the USA. The only downfalls are the price and the kneepad system. You will be paying premium prices for ‘’made in the US’’. Also, they don’t have the option of the nice built-in pouches for knee pads like the Projob Model.