Skillers Gear

I wanted to go into a bit more detail with the Skillers gear from Proskill, so had to concede to trying some self-portraits – photographing the gear on its own just didn’t do it any justice.

Space Ship Maintenance Squad

These are the 3211s (workpants), with the 9702 Ergo belt and 9723 shoulder straps. The workpants as mentioned previously come in 40 different combinations of waist and leg length, and have toughened material at the knees over pockets specifically designed for kneepads.  They can be left in the pockets quite comfortably, even when the pants end up in the wash. I’ve added a couple of pockets on either side, tool holder, nail bag, hammer hook.

Inserting Kneepads

The Ergo belt is well padded, and has a significant number of the double-velcro tool fasteners that you use to add an assortment of pockets, nail bags, tool holders etc.  If you use them with the shoulder straps, this greatly assists dealing with the weight of what you are choosing to carry, by transferring it to the shoulders.

Ergo Belt Double-Velcro Tool Fasteners

Even the shoulder straps have connector points, for things like the mobile phone pouch.  There are a couple of those – one for traditional phones, and a squarer one perfect for iPhones, Blackberries etc.


Substituting the Ergo belt and shoulder straps for the 4294 Flexi Vest and now we are really ready for action.  Still with a number of double-velcro tool fasteners for additional pockets, a waist strap to assist with the loads, and a stack of pockets, large, small, overlapping, even document holders makes for a flexible system that you can customise to your requirements.  The jacket has a secondary zip that gives an extra couple of inches of room for when wearing the jacket over bulky clothing.

Double Velcro Tool Fastener System

These fasteners can be found throughout the range, and even where you are using your own workpants, there are velcro fasteners to attach to your usual belt to be able to utilise the system.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - those bolts don't do themselves up

Changing again, this time it is the 5696 Workpants (I think!) with the 4603 Tool Vest.  A particularly comfortable combination, and although the vest already has a number of permanent pockets, it still has the velcro tool fasteners.  These also have the reinforced knees and pockets for the knee pads.

Finally, when it’s dark, you need your hands free, and more-so if you are going to be wearing a cap anyway to keep the cobwebs out of your hair, why not have a light source right where you need it – on the brim of the cap itself.  A switch is embedded to one side of the brim and the batteries tucked away in the headband.

So for gear that looks the part, and does the job…..Proskill is definitely worth a look.  They are also at the Melbourne Tradesman’s Expo, and don’t forget Stu’s Shed readers get 2 for 1 entry

Dark Busters

Stu's Shed and the Volcano

I Want to Break Free

I want to be dust-free
I want to be dust-free
I want to break free from the dust
This vacuum astounds even me….e
I’ve got to be dust-free
God knows God knows I want to break free

I’ve fallen in love
I’ve fallen in love for the first time
The Cleantex is the best I have se…en
I’ve fallen in love yeah
God knows God knows I’ve fallen for the Green

Its strange but it’s true
It is quieter than I even dreamed
But I have to be sure
When I vacuum the floor
Oh how I want to be dust-free baby
Oh how I want to be free
Oh how I want to break free

But life still goes on
I can’t get used to living without living without
Living without dust all around
The shop floor is clear
The workspace is clean
So baby can’t you see
I’ve got to be dust-free

I’ve got to break free
I want to break free yeah

I want I want I want I want to be dust-free….

Original lyrics and music (badly corrupted) by John Deacon (Queen)

Festool CT36

Yes, it rocks. Purchased from Ideal Tools, the CT36 Cleantex dust vac from Festool is quieter than my house vacuum, handles significant dust, connects to all my tools, has 36l of dust containment, fits Systainers on top, auto-starts with the tool, wheels easily, variable power, has a decent length of heavy-duty power cord, and a long anti-static hose. And that’s just a bit of a summary of features.  Add that it can handle liquids (I did not know that), has an electronic liquid depth sensor to cut out when it gets too full, HEPA filter, onboard hose storage, a nozzle designed specifically for shop floors and I could just go on.

I went to try it out last night for 5 minutes – ended up vacuuming the entire workshop (and felt like blaring out Queen while doing so!)

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