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Frequently Asked Questions

We know getting the perfect fit is essential. That’s why we’ve written a full set of instructions here.

Our belt packages are made for convenience of our most commonly used belts, bags and accessories for a specific application such as framing or trim work. We also offer all of our items individually so you can design the best tool system for yourself.

Yes. All of our products are available for individual purchase. 

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These suspender systems include 4 leather loops equipped with D rings as part of the initial purchase.

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To attach the suspenders to your belt, slide the loops onto your belt, with the D rings facing up. Then clip the suspenders to the D rings with the open end of the clip facing away from your body.

Kits for Additional Belts or Single Piece Systems

You can purchase the 5009K to attach your suspenders to additional belts or our one piece Assembly (5191). Included in this package are directions and hardware (copper rivets, “D” rings, clips, and leather straps).

Method 1: The leather straps may be made into 3″ loops that slide onto your tool belt. The “D” ring will be on top so that you can clip on your suspenders.

Method 2: The clip and “D” hardware may be permanently attached to your existing tool belt using the copper rivets.

You may choose either method to suit your needs.

No. At one time Occidental did provide custom work. It has been many years since we offered this service. We strive to meet the broadest range of work habits nationally by offering a wide selection of belts, bags and accessories. Please keep in mind that we offer lifetime repairs on our all leather products.

Hand specific means the placement of holders based on which hand most often accesses that tool or fastener. Our standard designs and designations are based on the right-handed carpenter.

The tool bag holds the tools most often accessed with the right hand (hammer, pencils, retractable knife, etc.) and is worn of the right side of the body.

The fastener bag holds the tools and fasteners most often used with the left hand (nail sets, driver bits, angle square, etc.) and is worn of the left side of the body.

Yes. We provide many of our most popular styles (at no extra charge) in a left handed, “mirror image” pattern. The tool bag is then worn on the left side of the body. The fastener bag is worn on the right side.
Separate product codes are listed for the left-hand models available. These codes use the suffix ” LH “. EXAMPLE: 5089LH

See all of our left-handed products –>

The basic differences are in weight, comfort, feel, and overall performance. Our leather and the industrial-grade Cordura® we use will wear roughly the same, depending on work habits.

Cordura® does has an advantage in its lighter weight. Yet, no fabric, regardless of how tough it is will ever perform like leather. Leather forms not only to your body and tools, it “remembers” your work habits and becomes a part of how you move and work. Leather tool systems wear in (not out) and become more comfortable and functional over time. Also lets face it, nothing feels like leather.

All our leather is custom tanned to meet the demands of heavy, outdoor use, and requires little maintenance.

For occasional cleaning purposes (about once a year), we recommend using a leather cleaner, saddle soap, or warm soap and water. You should follow this with a light application of a non-oil based leather conditioner or a light coating of petroleum jelly. (Some oils and oil based conditioners may decompose threads and shorten the life of the leather)

Remember to always wash mud, concrete, etc. from leather surfaces with a damp cloth before it drys and draws out the natural oils in the leather.

The models that work best for the multi-functioning carpenter are the 5080DB Pro Framer™ or the 8080DB Pro Framer™. Both models have “hand specific” tool holder placement for the most commonly used tools including the angle square. These double bag models work well for heavy framing and applications that require multiple screws and fasteners.

The main differences between our Trimmer series and our Framer series are: the Trimmer series has a slimmer bag design, a different tool configuration, and the addition of a safety release tool snap on the 6102 Pro Trimmer Tool Bag. The main bags in the Trimmer series are about 2.5″ narrower and, due to size limitations, we can not provide an angle square holder.

Please visit our Warranty and Repair Page for full details about our warranty and repair options. This page also has a form for service. 

If you have ideas or suggestions regarding new designs and /or modifications to current designs we encourage you to submit them in writing to our Research & Development Department at [email protected]

YES. Many people are not aware that Occidental is a stickler for detail and that we insist on American made raw materials (leather, threads, rivets, etc.) and labor. Our only manufacturing facility and our R & D Studio are currently located in Sonoma County, CA.
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