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puma1277 11-20-2007 07:41 PM

Leather or Nylon tool belt?
I would like to here your option on leather or nylon electrician tool belts.

End Grain 11-20-2007 07:56 PM

Leather is by far, the better looking and more professional tool belt and pouch. It shows the sweat and blood? you've dripped along the way and it documents the many electrical journeys you've been out on over the decades where it's accompaniied you.

Nylon, although somewhat intriguing, just doesn't say "Hey!!! I'm workin' here!" :wink: :)

Whatever you like and think you'll enjoy around your waist is what you should probably get.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and please forgive my tongue-in-cheek reply. Just a bit of levity. :)

joed 11-20-2007 08:11 PM

Leather. I find the nylon ones roll up and don't stay flat.

Piedmont 11-21-2007 08:16 AM

My vote is leather. I've not had a leather strap, pocket, or snap that broke, pulled through, tore nor wore out on me.

puma1277 11-21-2007 08:54 AM

Could you post some pictures of tool belts, and/or model numbers so I can get an idea of what tool belt will last.

Andy in ATL 11-21-2007 06:17 PM

Little girls wear nylons...real men wear leather.:yes:

puma1277 11-21-2007 06:33 PM

Good point Andy, I hadnít thought about that. Well thereís a klein 5167 tool belt on ebay Iím going to get. Thanks for the help everyone.

Andy in ATL 11-21-2007 06:46 PM

Puma, What kind of work do you do? I have a bit more advice in me than snide comments...Long day and I'm in rare form.

When I was wiring houses I wore the AWP Electricians pouch (leather) on one side and an AWP Carpenters pouch (leather with four pocket) on the other side held up with an AWP leather belt. Or is it AWG? Anyway this rig is available at lowes and Home Depot. Leather lasts forever and conforms to your body.

Now I'm on the commercial side and get by with a nail pouch and a small Craftsman pouch on the side.

Two lines of work= two different rigs


puma1277 11-21-2007 07:11 PM

Andy, I do mostly residential / little commercial (Electrical Apprentice:wink: ), I do see a 50/50 spilt between leather and nylon belt. I plan on using the klein 5167 on right and a nylon nail pouch on left for wire nuts, staple, and grounding screws.

Andy in ATL 11-21-2007 07:22 PM

Where do you hang your drill?

Best advice I can give any apprentice is this:

Go to and join the code forum. Buy a code book. Even if you have no idea what they are talkin about, every time an article of code is mentioned, look it up and READ THE CODE. Trust me on this.


Speedy Petey 11-21-2007 08:17 PM


Originally Posted by Andy in ATL (Post 75443)
Where do you hang your drill?

One the floor.
My pouches weigh 18-20# on any given day. I don't need a 5# drill on there as well.


Originally Posted by puma1277 (Post 75219)
Leather or Nylon tool belt?

Occidental Leather Pro Commercial Belt Set.
Expensive but worth it.

Andy in ATL 11-21-2007 08:21 PM

Speedy, when I was a romex cowboy my Makita was my six shooter.:laughing: ESPECIALLY ON TRIM OUT.

AtlanticWBConst. 11-21-2007 09:06 PM

Occidental Leather ... Way to go...:thumbsup:

Speedy Petey 11-21-2007 09:16 PM


Originally Posted by Andy in ATL (Post 75468)
Speedy, when I was a romex cowboy my Makita was my six shooter.:laughing: ESPECIALLY ON TRIM OUT.

Oh, on trim out I won't be seen without a little Makita impact gun. I just don't usually hang it on me.

puma1277 11-21-2007 10:16 PM

Thanks Speed Petey, those are some nice belts (Occidental Leather) and yes they are expensive. Right now I have to just get by with the essentials, the money I have now (not much) is for books, tools, and materials.

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