Big-Time Boxes: John Schaeffer

Feb. 1, 2011

John Schaeffer is the owner of Schaeffer Automotive Inc. outside of Portland, Ore. In business for 20 years, John says they work on anything that comes in the door. “If I specialized in one kind of car, I would be able to get away with about half of this,” indicating his rather substantial collection of tools; “at dealerships now, guys are basically (using) a cart.”

John said he’s been buying tools for 30 years. He likes to keep things organized by storing them in their original blow-molded plastic case, but this tends to take up a lot of room. About three years ago John decided it was time to move out of his existing top-and-bottom box (with side lockers) and into something with more space.

His Cornwell distributor, Joe Gruba, was happy to oblige with a Cornwell CTB103, a 103” toolbox with a side locker, a tall side cabinet and a canopy with lights and a power strip. Fully assembled, this storage system measures 143". But even with all that space, John says he could use a little more for diagnostic equipment.

“Diagnostic stuff is probably the hardest to keep up with these days," he said.

That’s why John has become so skilled at organization, and why his “103” always looks so neat and tidy.

About the Author

Jacques Gordon

Jacques Gordon is the former editor-in-chief of PTEN and Professional Distributor magazines. His background includes 10 years as an automotive technician and 10 years in Tier 1 suppliers’ engineering labs testing gaskets, fuel injection systems and emission control systems.

He continues to stay abreast of the latest technical developments through editorial research and technician training seminars. He holds an ASE Master Technician with L1 Certification and a Master Hybrid Technician certification from ACDC.

Jacques has been writing for aftermarket magazines since 1998, and he has earned a reputation as one of the best technical writers in the business. He is a winner of two American Society of Business Press Editor awards and several company editorial awards.

He is currently the video script writer for the CARS Training Network in Ontario, Canada.

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