Jason Saunders' aviation repair toolbox
For aircraft mechanics, operating on auto-pilot is never an option. They have to be at the top of their game every time they're on the job. To that end, organization is key. Having a secure, organized way to store, transport and access essential tools goes a long way in ensuring the confidence and productivity that comes from having the right tool for the task always at the ready.
Just ask Jason Saunders, aircraft mechanic at American Aircraft Maintenance. He needs to keep track of the hundreds of specialized tools and parts necessary to service anything from light single and twin-engine airplanes, to twin turboprop aircraft - over 200 different types, makes and models. This not only requires some major storage compartmentalization to accommodate tools and parts of all shapes and sizes, but also demands a mobile solution that can be brought directly to the plane's hangar location.
"My previous box (a store brand) was too small," says Jason. "When I looked at what's out there, I felt that the well-known brands of tool boxes were too small, not customizable, and well, just didn't give you the 'bang for your buck.' It seemed like you were paying for a brand name."
Lista takes Jason under its wing.
It was time to take Lista under his wing. Jason's unique requirements called for a custom, mobile Lista tool box with three distinct sections of storage drawers for holding a complete set of aircraft mechanic tools - including hand tools, air tools and testing equipment.
"Other brands don't let you design the drawer set-up in each section of the tool box. I really wanted a wide section on top for long items, and I knew the drawers I wanted in the bottom sections." With his Lista solution, Jason now has a 56.5" long, 28.5" deep Double Width cabinet at the top of his box.
Lista also nailed the solution in other important ways. "The features were just better on the Lista box," Jason continued. "The drawers are full extension, the box will support a sturdy load without tipping over, the handles are in a good position for 'driving' the box, the casters are quiet and smooth (and the locks are really easy to engage), and I could customize the design. It's a stable, solid platform to work on and with."
Latching onto Lista.
Jason is also impressed with the little things many other manufacturers just don't provide. "The individual drawer latches on the Lista box are really superior to other brands. They stay closed when you're maneuvering around. I've seen other guys have their top drawer open when they're moving their box - the cabinet tips over and their tools spill everywhere. Lista's drawers only open when I want them to."
Jason has been an aircraft mechanic for over ten years, but is working to get his commercial pilot's license soon and become a commercial airline pilot. When asked if he then plans to ground his Lista tool box, he replied, "No way will I sell my box! I want to own my own plane, so the box will come with me so I can use it to work on my own plane."