Plano 3750 storage boxes for electronic parts.

W9GFOW9GFO Posts: 4,002
edited 2020-08-25 - 18:24:10 in General Discussion
In my opinion, the perfect storage box for electronic parts is the Plano 3750 (made in the USA). That is the box that came with the Propeller Education Kit, it has a combination of many small adjustable compartments and one full length wide compartment in the front that can be further divided if desired.

I have several other brands that are all the same overall size but none of them have that large compartment in the front that is so useful.

These Plano 3750 boxes are not so easy to find now. Amazon has lots of hits for the Plano boxes but in reading the reviews it seems that Plano is having at least some of their boxes made overseas and slapping their latches on them. Many of them do not even provide details on how the compartments can be arranged. I was pleased to find them on Zoro for under $7 a piece. Just search for "Plano 3750" and you will find them there. They also shipped very quickly, ordered Thursday evening - arrived Monday morning. Oh, and they come four to a case so it would be good to order in multiples of four.

There is a caveat, these new Plano 3750 boxes are made in the USA, and they are of high quality but... they are not the same as the old 3750s. They have beefed up the hinges, "improved" the dust seal and changed the front face. I could do without those changes because none of them increase their usefulness for my purposes. The pictures show how the front compartment has lost about 1/2" of useful depth to accommodate these "improvements".

I still think they are a good deal but I would welcome someone pointing out something better.

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Comments

  • I use the exact same system, Rich.
  • Ken Gracey wrote: »
    I use the exact same system, Rich.

    I'd like to. Currently I use a gaggle of Really Useful Boxes, from a variety of Office Supply stores, and even gimmick bags from trade shows to hold my electronic items, and parts, even Parallax stuff.

    The last I saw of them was back when Radio Shack was trying to impress us, they asked Maker Shed to supply them with an amazing collection of items, that firm used those boxes to contain several series of electronic parts. Everything needed to move past their, (RS) famous kits.

    And Ken? Are you aware that a relative of Bigfoot has been watching your shop for the past week? He's thinking of asking for a job, in shipping.
  • I actually found a nice source at fishing supplies. You can get stackable boxes with 5-12 slides in it for fishing lures. Very useful.

    Those sliding inserts are - guess what - exactly the same ones you show above.

    Just cheaper, made for fishing rednecks like me, not for EEs,

    Mike
  • msrobots wrote: »
    I actually found a nice source at fishing supplies. You can get stackable boxes with 5-12 slides in it for fishing lures. Very useful.

    Those sliding inserts are - guess what - exactly the same ones you show above.

    Just cheaper, made for fishing rednecks like me, not for EEs,

    Can you provide some more details on these boxes so that I can check them out?
  • Peter JakackiPeter Jakacki Posts: 9,597
    edited 2020-08-26 - 05:43:15
    Those little kit boxes are fine for larger parts but I use hundreds of those little parts drawers (like this) with the optional dividers, as well as open stackable trays and of course hundreds of those tiny fliptop smd parts boxes.

    Then too I use a lot of IKEA trofast boxes with lids that I store on sliders in shelves (plus I add a proper benchtop). When I need to take some project boxes with me I just put the lid of these, stack them, and shove them into the boot.

    Except for the IKEA boxes, I don't pay those other high prices though.

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    I use a shallow version of these drawers with lids for projects.
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  • Yep that's what I use, just buy the Harbor freight ones. I have a color code sticker on each 3750, one for caps, one for resistors, etc. and cataloged each bin on it's part contents.
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,760
    I use these yellow boxes from the 99-Cent store and school pencil boxes for larger items. Can't go wrong for a buck each. They stack nicely on a shelf, easy to label or marker. Right now is the best time to grab pencil boxes, it's back to school time. Several colors to choose form if you want to color code the contents.

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  • WBA ConsultingWBA Consulting Posts: 2,916
    edited 2020-08-26 - 19:25:39
    Totally agree on the Plano style boxes. I do see other options when I visit sporting goods stores and look through their tackle box areas. Usually more expensive, but some of the options are worth it. Years ago, I bought two of the "Grab n Go" craft storage setups from Joann's fabric stores. They utilize three of the Plano style boxes of different heights, but they all tuck away neatly together with additional storage. For the Parallax Expos, I had all my stuff in one of them.
    https://www.joann.com/large-grab-and-go-rack-system/9538216.html
    I scored them with a 50% off anything coupon while they were on a 40% off sale, so well worth it.
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    Check out this thread for more ideas. Including an older pic of Erco's storage system and W9GFO's gorgeous bin rack!
    https://forums.parallax.com/discussion/169335/my-wife-says-i-have-to-clean-my-desk/p1

    @erco There is now way all of your switches are in one of those yellow boxes! LOL
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,760
    @erco There is now way all of your switches are in one of those yellow boxes! LOL

    Right-O, I have SEVERAL switch boxes!
  • Check out this thread for more ideas. Including an older pic of Erco's storage system and W9GFO's gorgeous bin rack!
    https://forums.parallax.com/discussion/169335/my-wife-says-i-have-to-clean-my-desk/p1

    Forgot about that thread... I've been thinking of redesigning the bin racks and making a bunch more of them - part of the reason I bought more boxes.
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