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Old 12-17-2010, 01:44 AM
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Default Custom hard case for my Etrac. MUST SEE!

After getting my new used Etrac the thought of it rolling around in my storage unit, like my IDX Pro, was just not going to happen. I searched the web for a good deal on a Pelican hard case, but the cost of a new one of those would set me back almost 200 bucks. I knew at times the detector would stay in storage for 3-4 months at a time without being used. So I definitely wanted to be secure and water tight. Taking a different direction I came up with this solution to the problem. Let me know what you think.

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Old 12-17-2010, 05:42 AM
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That is a very nice solution for transporting and storage.I have been wanting a hard case and a way to store my machines.I will be eyeballing the tool boxes and walmart and lowes now..
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:20 AM
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I'm guessing on costs to make this "case" which, by the way, looks as if it were designed specifically for you machine...good job!

Stanley tool box $30-40 at Walmart or other retailer

Package of bungee cords $5

Foam padding $5

Not bad at all. In the neighborhood of $50 and a little bit of effort, you get an amazing hard case for transport/storage.

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:13 AM
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Thats a real neat job, folk would buy these.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:06 AM
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Default Stanley FAT Max Tool Box and Cost

This project turned out sweet! room for everything you need plus a space under the mud tray for my web belt and relic bag. Total cost: 4 trips to the hardware store, $75.00 in parts and about 20 hrs. of prep time putting it all together. The foam was a little expensive at $24.00 from the local upholstery shop. This closed cell foam will be easier to clean and regular foam. Now that I know where everything fits I could probably do it in 5 hrs. The most time consuming art is cutting the foam bottom to fit. This was so much fun to make, I felt like a kid playing with the card board box after opening my birthday presents. Even my wife asked me at one point, " Have you even turned on your machine yet? "

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Old 12-18-2010, 12:27 AM
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Good job, nice, compact, and keeps it all safe.

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:56 PM
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Exellent job I store my detector in a back pack with everything I need. Seein that my cibola breaks down in 3 pieces fits nicely. But that hardcase you have there is the bomb. Good job.
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Old 12-18-2010, 06:14 PM
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Default That is sweet !

I too looked at the "fancy" Pelican ones. I think what you have is much more sensible. Did you have to add the watertight seal ? Is there a model # for that particular box ? Guess I'll have to expand my "wish list".
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I have soft cases but no hard cases for my detectors. If my Border Collie ever chews on the soft cases, she'll be in the pound!! (Kidding). That IS a sweet looking case!!!!

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Nice work! I like it. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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thats a great idea, i'll be lookin it to something like that

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That is a really slick setup. I don't break my machine down, but for travel purposes that would be really handy. Nice job.

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Old 12-19-2010, 09:34 AM
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that is a nice setup. i have several machines and that would be a slick way for me to store my backups.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:34 AM
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Soft rubber seal is molded to the box lip. I think it's better than the Pelican's removeable O-ring.
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:10 PM
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If there is some interest, I can try to put together a parts list and instructions on what I did.
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Is it done yet ? Thanks for the info.

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Excellent job; perfect setup; would love to have one ...

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Originally Posted by inkspotslo View post
If there is some interest, I can try to put together a parts list and instructions on what I did.
there is on my part...

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Here too please inform me thank you
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Originally Posted by ewemule View post
I too looked at the "fancy" Pelican ones. I think what you have is much more sensible. Did you have to add the watertight seal ? Is there a model # for that particular box ? Guess I'll have to expand my "wish list".
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Thats a good idea, I don't normally break mine down but I might get one and keep one of my detectors in my trunk for spur of the moment hunts.

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