Tool tracking Apps

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11/19/2018 3:19 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/19/2018 3:20 PM

So... kinda funny here.
I have been a member for over 14 years (lost accounts). Used to post a lot on here and motnews...
Haven't posted in years and now this, hahaha.

Since it seems there is always someone on here that will know about any given topic I thought I would give you all a try.
(I trust moto brethren more than anyone, hahaha)

I have been tasked with setting up a cloud based tool crib for our small company and thought I would see if any of you have had any experience with these.
Looking for an app that lets us inventory our small tools for a commercial building maintenance and construction company.
Something that would allow us to see all of our tools and where they are at any given moment. May or may not want / need gps locating.
So if we have 7 hammer drills, where are they? Who has them checked out.

I suggested we use the dewy decimal system but it was quickly shot down...

There are many to choose from, maybe you have used one or two?

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11/19/2018 3:28 PM

Are you going to use some kind of barcode like a QR code or something stuck on each tool?

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11/19/2018 3:39 PM

TXDirt wrote:

Are you going to use some kind of barcode like a QR code or something stuck on each tool?

I believe that will be the case. Some apps go that route, some don't.
I will be starting to inventory everything next week.
Right now we really have no idea what we have or where it is at.
We are currently at 23 employees with 18 vans on the road. We hope to double in the next two years and need to get this under control...

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11/19/2018 3:44 PM

We use this to track all of our IT assets. Approximately 200 employees. Pretty easy to use and has all the smart features you want in an app.

https://www.asapsystems.com/asset-tracking.php

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11/19/2018 4:38 PM

I will look into this one, thank you.

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11/25/2018 3:21 PM

Milwaukee sells cordless tools with a built in locator.
We've got a few but never used the app because we only work in one location.

Won't help with existing tools, but might make new one's easier to track.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

11/25/2018 3:47 PM

SEEMEFIRST wrote:

Milwaukee sells cordless tools with a built in locator.
We've got a few but never used the app because we only work in one location.

Won't help with existing tools, but might make new one's easier to track.

I have the milwaukee tools with the bluetooth. It's a good idea but poorly executed. The app doesn't work that great, and I find it frustrating how little you can modify the settings on the drill. Milwaukee acting like people don't drill with the clutch, or drive screws with the clutch locked out.

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11/25/2018 5:39 PM

Ah, didn't know if it worked or not.
My only try at a solution. I have no idea how you track something like that without having to check it in and out daily. (Or out then in, I suppose)

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

11/25/2018 5:46 PM

So, I just read your post again.
I can't stand running screws with a drill motor because of the flywheel effect. I use impacts for that.
Why would you want to clutch a drill motor?

I is confused. Not trying to be an ass, just wondering what you're drilling to need the motor cluched.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

11/25/2018 7:06 PM

SEEMEFIRST wrote:

So, I just read your post again.
I can't stand running screws with a drill motor because of the flywheel effect. I use impacts for that.
Why would you want to clutch a drill motor?

I is confused. Not trying to be an ass, just wondering what you're drilling to need the motor cluched.

Don't run many screws with the drill, but impacts are slower for long skinny screws. The impacts just get absorbed by the screw without turning the end of it much.
Use the clutch when drilling the big stuff. Hurt my wrist when I was a kid and the spade bit caught a knot. These days I set the clutch to the highest setting when I can get away with it and have a bit of peace of mind knowing the drill can't torque my wrist too hard.

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11/26/2018 9:26 AM

Got ya.
I'm usually drilling metal, and wasn't thinking about that.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.