21 Sep Ryobi’s New Link™ Modular Storage System
Several of the larger portable tool manufacturers now offer some kind of tool storage/organizing/transportation system, including offerings from DeWalt, Craftsman, Bosch, Milwaukee, Festool and The Home Depot’s RIDGID line, to name a few. Now another HD brand, Ryobi, is launching its own system, and this one seems as much targeted to homeowners and handymen as it is to professional woodworkers. Forgive the guesswork here – the company seems to be shrouding the launch of Link in mystery to create interest. (That may backfire – most of the reactions we’ve seen have been more annoyed at the lack of detail than titillated.)
The security offered by totes is becoming an essential part of jobsite work, given the value of tools and their small size. They’re often accompanied by apps and software programs that help woodshops track where tools are, and who is using them. Even though the new Ryobi system seems to offer a big-wheeled handcart that looks very travel-friendly, it’s still a lot harder to steal than a single tool, a battery or a charger. These tote systems also let the woodworker organize power tools, supplies, hardware and hand tools in the shop and at the bench. That means that all the bits, blades, cutters and wrenches – plus consumables such as sanding discs or biscuits – can stay with the tool, which obviously cuts down on the time spent searching for just the right item.
What we’re guessing from the extremely limited way this product line is being introduced is that it fits together like Lego™ blocks. One big advantage for woodworkers seems to be the way that it handles odd-shaped items in the promotional video such as sporting goods. That means it’s probably pretty easy to adapt for strangely shaped jigs, fixtures, clamps and other shop-built items that don’t seem to sit easily on standard shelving.
Ryobi says the new Link system will be available this fall. That begins tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll be able to tell you more soon.