I was not sure I wanted to buy these. Why not just put up some 1x wood that can be painted to match the wall. Well I bought a wall cabinet and was told they were on sale. So I figured for the cabinet I would buy a couple tracks. I got 4 in total. I used two to hang that cabinet, one to hang a ladder, and one to hang all my wife's garden tools. After that I was hooked (pun intended). I now have about 10 on the wall and another 16 in boxes waiting to go up. I have not finished redoing my work area in the garage and these items are the last few to go up. I agree that if they would reduce the price on the PANELS they would be much easier to use and install. But the PANELS cost more then double. Not to mention the 20% off and buy 3 get 1 free deal I got on these. I have a number of the wire hangers to use on these but I am thinking a lot of the smaller ones are a waste. The larger items to hold shovels, brooms, and ladders work great. The individual wrench holder seems a bit silly if you have the 5 drawer cabinet. All in all they are easy to install (drill your own holes) with a stud finder. Easy to use when using Gladiator wire hangers. And they hold a good deal of weight as my wall cabinet is nearly full plus stuff on top and it is not coming off the wall. All in all I love Gladiator items but do not over tighten the bolts as they are cheap and break easily!!!
The instructions say to place wall mounting screws (not included) in studs at least 3/8" and not more than 8" from the end of the span to avoid risk of serious injury or property damage. The piece is exactly 48" long. Since studs are usually either 16" or 24" OC, this means you can only properly attach wall mount screws on one end or the other, leaving the other end unsafe per the warning contained in the instructions. These pieces should be at least 49" long to allow placement of wall mount screws near both ends. One possible workaround might be to use the pieces Sears sells to join two spans together. However, I'm not sure those are designed to support much weight (e.g., if you are going to hang two wall cabinets on one span). Plus, they are only sold in a package of four for about $10. You would only need two - one for each end. So, that effectively doubles your cost to use a single span.
I order four of the gladiator rails. I was delivered one gladiator rail and three carftsman rails. The gladiator hooks I have do not for the craftsmen rails. Do not buy! Would give zero stars if it was an option.
These Gear Tracks are the easiest, and most cost effective way of hanging gladiator wall cabinets. They also allow use of the bottom grove to hang accessories. You just use the top grove of the bottom rail for the cabinets. In this manner you can hang hooks, etc. from the bottom grove to make the Gear Track even more versatile.
easy to install, nice looking way to organize