When customers drop off their Bobcat equipment at Finke Equipment outside of Albany, New York, one of the first things they’ll notice is how neat, clean and state-of-the-art the shop is. Even the service technicians’ toolboxes are pristine. Why? Because these aren’t your average toolboxes; these high-tech tools and storage units cost more than many cars.
Like a barber with his favorite set of edging clippers, service techs at Finke each own their personal collection of tools, and today they’re more customizable and come with more features than ever before. When service techs are first starting out in the industry, buying these tools can be a big investment — some cost more than $45,000, depending on the number of pieces in the set — but most service techs will have them for their entire career.
Housing the hundreds of tools that come in a set requires an impressive toolbox, and several companies specialize in just that, offering storage units with advanced features such as electricity and lighting. Alex Giebitz, mobile service technician for Finke, has a Snap-on setup that was custom built in a matte black with red trim. He’s been adding modules, such as side cabinets, drawers and a cabinet topper, to the toolbox since first purchasing the main roll cab.
“Having a nice setup gives an air of professionalism,” Giebitz says. “People see a nice toolbox, and they know I take pride in what I do.”
Equally important to what’s inside is how well the toolbox and tools are maintained. After finishing service every day, service techs clean and organize their tools. Why? Because it makes for less work tomorrow and faster access to the tools they’ll need, says David Johnston, service tech for Finke.
“The more you can do ahead of time to protect your tools from tools from wear, the better,” Johnston says. After all, you wouldn’t let your sports car get rusty.
Even if they’re not spending thousands on their toolboxes, keeping a clean shop and personalizing the tool setup is a point of pride for many service techs, mechanics and operators. Do you have a tricked-out toolbox? If so, we want to see it. Share a photo on Facebook with the hashtag #BobcatTopShop.