A work belt, also known as a tool belt or a utility belt, is a type of belt which carries tools. Handymen, carpenters, plumbers, gardeners, hair stylists, painters, and DIY hobbyists cannot function in their own jobs well without the dependable work belt. A work belt helps in organizing their tools and keeping them handy in accomplishing their own tasks. It houses every tool they need at their fingertips.
Since you intend to use the tool belt on a regular basis especially when you need it for your profession, there are a lot factors that you should consider before buying one. After all, you don’t want to waste your purchase on a work belt that fails to live up to your specifications and needs.
1) It should be comfortable and well-fitted
Work belts come in various types and sizes: there are the standard work belts, work belts with suspenders, as well as “one size fits all” work belts. While there are no set rules in buying a work belt, choose the one that fits well and feels comfortable. To avoid purchasing the wrong work belt, try the available options for size if you’re going to shop for them. If your waistline measures 34 inches and below, it’s suggested that you should not buy single-size belts.
As much as possible, avoid purchasing belts that have fixed pockets, unless you are able enough to wear them. They may feel heavy, make you feel uncomforable and limit your movements especially once the pockets are filled with tools. Instead, choose a work belt with removable pockets. If you want your work belt to conveniently secure your tools no matter the situation, you might as well choose work belts with adequte padding and removable suspenders.
2) It should be durable and of good quality
Since you intend to use the work belt on a regular basis especially when it’s in line with your job, you want it to be durable and able to withstand several uses. Check the parts and details of the work belts such as stitching and rivets. Many work belts are made with several materials so you should know which of them is constructed with the best fabrics and accessories. The best ones are made of leather or durable canvas. You might as well go for trusted brands because they make the best quality work belts and you know that they are definitely going to be worth the purchase.
3) Choose a work belt that conforms to your job or task
Not all work belts are made the same, so choose a work belt that is based on your job or a specific task. If you’re an electrician, choose a work belt that will hold the typical electrician tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wire strippers, power drills, etc. If you’re a commercial painter, choose a work belt that can carry several different types of brushes, putty knives, a painter’s tape, and other smaller tools. If you’re a carpenter, you’re definitely going to need a work belt that can hold hammers, nails, screwderivers, pencils, pliers and some smaller handheld power tools. If you’re a hair stylist or makeup artist, choose a tool belt that can hold scissors, combs, brushes, clips, cosmetics, etc.
4) Check the price
Naturally, you want a work belt that is of good quality but it should be also reasonably priced. However, avoid cheap work belts; they may save you some money initially, but they are usually of inferior quality. They won’t hold up well and are likely to break easily, and you’d end up buying a better tool belt anyway.
Check out some of the best work belts:
Work belts with suspenders are particularly useful especially when the job requires a lot of work on the site or working in heights. This work belt from Dewalt features an adjustable apron and fully padded suspenders for stability, even weight distribution and comfort. It has 20 pockets, sleeves and zippered pouches to hold the essential work tools securely. This work belt/apron is ideal for 29” to 46” waists.
This electrician tool belt from Gatorback has a total of 27 pockets (18 on the right side and 9 on the left side) that feature ample spaces to house your tools. It also has a tape chain. Unlike other work belt pouches that tend to sag, this work belt features a durable interior plastic lining on its pockets, giving them a sturdy box design that will allow them to hold even heavy tools without sagging. This belt is made from DuraTek nylon, which is durable enough to hold your tools but light enough not to cause you physical strain.
This work belt/apron is made from 600d fabric so this means that this belt will be resistant to scratches as well as wear and tear. It has 10 pockets which can hold the essential utility tools. You can customize this belt with its removable pouches, which you can re-arranged to your preferred position.
The black strap is a web belt made of polyester, while the tool bag is made durable suede leather. The tool bag has three pockets, a hammer hoop, combination square holder and a tape measure holder – a space just enough for the most essential and basic carpentry tools.
For women and girls who are into rugged jobs or DIY hobbies, there’s a work belt that’s just right for you! This pretty in pink tool belt from Leather Gold is made from natural leather, made especially for long lasting use. The two bags contain 10 pockets and it also has three loops for hammers. The two pockets can be slid along the strap so that you can re-arrange them to desired positions.