Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Storage System

A Complete Guide to the RubberMaid FastTrack Storage System

Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Storage System

The Rubbermaid FastTrack is great at storing bikes, brooms and soccer balls. You might not want to use it to store hazardous chemicals. The FastTrack system excels in all storage departments except its wall cabinet construction.

The Rubbermaid FastTrack is a garage wall storage system. You bolt the rails to the wall studs. Then attach Rubbermaid hooks and bins to the rails.

Is the Rubbermaid FastTrack system any good? It’s obvious that Rubbermaid tested the garage storage system on real garage owners. The hooks are hefty and well-shaped. The shelves have edge lips to keep stuff from falling off. You can buy a vertical sub-system to hang bins and sports balls. We gave Gladiator the Best Slat Wall Storage Recommendation. You will find many similarities between GarageWorks Slat Wall and the Rubbermaid FastTrack . However, Rubbermaid has done a great job with this FastTrack storage system. Use the FastTrack Rail in your garage to store:

  • bikes
  • ladders
  • hoses
  • ropes
  • pitchforks
  • brooms
  • shovels
  • coolers
  • duffel bags
  • helmets
  • beach chairs
  • scooters
  • toys
  • baseball hats
  • hockey gear
  • baseballs
  • footballs
  • basketballs
  • soccer balls
  • nuts
  • bolts
  • screws
  • nails
  • pesticides
  • gasoline
  • cleaning supplies
  • auto fluids!

A Simple Rail System to Store Almost Everything

FastTrack Horizontal Rail

FastTrack Horizontal Rail

The heart of the FastTrack Rail system is the FastTrack Rail.

These rails range from 32″ to 84″ wide.

The rails are a proprietary channel design.

You mount the rails horizontally on your garage wall studs.

You can mount FastTrack rails on 16″ or 24″ studs.

The rail’s mounting holes are pre-drilled.

The rail kit comes with all mounting hardware.

Accessories lock onto the rail.

After you get a couple of these on the wall, open the Rubbermaid toy chest of storage solutions.

Rubbermaid sells many rail storage options.

These include:

  • bins
  • hooks
  • shelves
  • tool holders
  • ball holders
  • baskets
The Hose Hook holding a baby carriage

The Hose Hook holding a baby carriage

Hang Bikes, Ladders and Power Tools on a Wide Variety of Rubbermaid Rail Hooks

You can buy a huge variety of hooks, baskets and bins for the FastTrack Rail storage system, including:

  • bike hook
  • compact hanging hook
  • cooler hook
  • horizontal bike rack
  • hose hook
  • ladder hook
  • multi-purpose hook
  • power tool hook
  • s-hook
  • utility hook

Hanging a bike on the Vertical Bike HookUse the (Vertical) Bike Hook to Hang Bikes on the Wall

Rubbermaid doesn’t call it the “Vertical” bike hook, but that’s what this is.

They sell another hook (see below) for hanging bikes horizontally.

The Bike Hook has a nice meaty grip and a rubber cover to protect the bike wheel.

You hang the bike from its front tire.

The (vertical) Bike Hook supports bikes up to 26 inches and 50 lb.

Hang a power drill on a Compact HookHang Helmets, Chairs and Ropes on the Compact Hanging Hook

The FastTrack Compact Hanging Hook is a scooped double storage hook.

Use the Compact Hook to hang bike helmets, hand-held power tools, cords, small hoses, camping chairs and ropes.

The hook’s rubber coating protects objects from scratching.

The Compact Hook holds up to 25 lb.

A small cooler on the Cooler HookHang Coolers on the Wall with the Rubbermaid Rail Cooler Hook

There’s something very “right” about Rubbermaid offering a cooler hook. To me, the cooler hook says “we get our customers, they need to store their camping equipment, and coolers can be bulky and heavy to store.”

But there’s something very odd about a “cooler hook” that holds a drink cooler.

My cooler’s a rectangle and bulky.

Gladiator sells a storage bin holder that doubles as a cooler holder.

The FastTrack Cooler Hook holds 25 lb.

The hooks turn up slightly at the end to prevent anything from slipping off.

You can also use the Cooler Hook to hang hoses, pails and small hand tools.

The Hose Hook holds up to 50 lb.Hang up to 50 Lb. of Garden Hose on the Rubbermaid Rail Hose Hook

The Rubbermaid FastTrack Hose Hook has a really tall end lip to keep the hose from slipping off.

The hose resting area is 10 in. wide.

Tip is 6″ high.

Any hose weighing 50 lb. will fit comfortably on this hook.

The Hose Hook is also perfect for storing electrical extension cords, beach chairs and rope.

Learn more about heavier hose weight storage requirements here.

The Ladder Hook holding a ladder and a step ladderHang up to a 50 Lb. Ladder on the Rubbermaid Rail Ladder Hook

The hard part about storing ladders is having enough resting area for the top part of the ladder to rest comfortably on the hook.

The ladder rests on a 13 in. long area.

The rubber coating protects the ladder surface.

The Ladder Hook will hold up to 50 lb.

Use one Ladder Hook to store the ladder vertically.

Use two Ladder Hooks to store it horizontally.

Rubbermaid also suggests the Ladder Hook for hanging croquet mallets, step stools and garden power tools such as leaf blowers and lawn trimmers.

Finally a place to put the badminton rackets!Hang Shovels, Brooms, Scooters and Toys on the Multi-Purpose Hook

Hang items up to 10″ wide on the rubber-coated Multi-Purpose Hook.

The secret of the Power Tool Hook is the thoughtful shape that encircles the tool it’s holding.

This hook holds toys, brooms, beach chairs, skate boards and power trimmers up to 50 lb.

The hooks have protective lips to prevent items from falling.

This is a double hook, giving a 3 inch gap to hammers or badminton racquets.

Use the Power Tool Hook to Hang Drills, Leaf Blowers, Lawn Edgers, and String Trimmers.

The hook’s rubber coating protects the tool’s finish.

The horizontal rail sporting the S-Hook actually has two hooksStore Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, Brooms and Rakes on the Rubbermaid Rail S-Hook

The S-Hook is really two hooks that latch onto the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail system.

Use S-Hooks to hang baseball bats and brooms.

The S-Hooks are good for hanging anything with a long handle or that has a long, tapered design.

They’re also good for storing paint roller handles, shovels and hoes.

The S-Hook holds a combined weight of 50 lb.

Hang a duffel bag on the Utility HookStore Extension Cords, Toys, Duffel Bags, Hoses and Pitchforks on the Rubbermaid Rail Utility Hook

The Utility Hook has a generous cradle shape that makes a big letter “C.”

It scoops up and easily carries a 100 ft. ft. extension cord.

Use the Utility Hook to hang any tool with a long handle and wide head such as brooms, sledgehammers and pitchforks.

The Utility Hook is also a great alternative for hanging ladders and fat tire bicycles.

The hooks have rubber coatings to protect stored items and can carry up to 50 lb.

The Vertical Ball Storage tube provides easy access through the bungee cordsStore Sports Balls in the Rubbermaid FastTrack Vertical Ball Rack

You can easily find the ball you want in a vertical tube.

You can easily get the ball you want from an organized stack.

Store a basketball, a soccer ball and a kickball in the Vertical Ball Rack.

You can just as easily access the one on top as the one on the bottom.

The Vertical Ball Rack is a steel tube.

Bungee cords hold in the balls.

You can push the cords out of the way to get the ball you want.

You can see all the balls in the rack.

The Vertical Ball Rack holds up to 50 lbs. of kick balls, volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls and basketballs.

The Wire Basket holding balls and mittsStore Cans, Toys, Baseballs and Gardening Tools in the FastTrack Wire Mesh Basket

I prefer solid over wire bins.

Solid bins don’t allow stuff to fall through the sides and bottom.

But you can easily see what’s in a wire bin.

Just resist the temptation to store something in wire that will fall.

Use this wire bin to hold gardening tools and plastic bottles.

The basket is 24 in. wide and 13″ deep, so there’s a lot of room for storing cleaning products, baseball mitts or a pile of tennis balls.

However, the grids are too large for golf balls.

This is how you mount vertical accessories onto the vertical railStore Garden Tools, Cans, Nuts, Bolts, Auto Supplies and Gloves in the Rubbermaid FastTrack Vertical Rail Sub-System

Your main FastTrack Rail sits horizontally across your garage wall.

You can hook the Vertical Rail sub-system into the horizontal rail.

You can place Rubbermaid Fasttrack shelves and bins on the vertical rail.

You can also put cabinets on the vertical system. But read on for important information about these cabinets.

The vertical accessories have tabs on the back.

You mount the bin and box tabs into the vertical rail slots.

The shelves sit on support racks.

Place the rack tabs into the vertical rail slots.

Place the shelves on top of the supports.

The Vertical System components come with mounting hardware that fits the vertical rails.

The Access Bin holding cleaning suppliesStore Garden Tools and Cleansers in the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Access Bin

The FastTrack Rail Access Bin is an open-topped storage box. The front opens like a mailbox door. The bin holds up to 25 lbs.

You can hang the bin anywhere along the vertical rail.

And you can move it somewhere else in about 20 seconds flat.

Rubbermaid suggests using the bin for sports equipment, gardening supplies and household items.

I just find this bin brilliant in its simplicity.

You can access contents from the top or from the front door.

Buy many bins for different storage areas: One for gardening and two for cleaning products.

The Blox bins carry multiple nuts and screwsStore Screws, Nuts, Nails and Bolts in the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Bench Blox Kit

When you find a perfectly good screw on the floor, what do you do with it?

For 30 years, I’ve always put a found screw on the nearest flat surface.

That’s how I ended up with the mess of a garage that drove me crazy.

Little items like screws and nails should be in a dust-protected home at eye level.

That’s why I love the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Bench Blox Kit.

Buy multiple sets of 5 bins to sort screws, nuts, bolts and other small itemsAnd no, I have no idea where they got that name.

I really dislike dust and bug junk all over my nuts and bolts.

So I always look for closed-lid hardware solutions.

The Blox kit keeps the hardware boxes at eye level.

The lids are transparent. You know exactly which bin has the hardware you need.

The Blox Bin lids are transparentYou can see inside the angled boxes.

Lids to keep out the dust.

So instead of putting that found screw on the nearest flat surface, it’s just as easy to put it in the Blox kit box.

Each set of 5 bins holds 25 lbs., more than enough capacity for 5 boxes of nuts, bolts, screws and nails.

Cabinet Caution: (Possibly) Store Hazardous Materials, Pesticides and Gasoline in the Vertical System Wall Cabinet

Cabinets are a must for protecting your family from hazardous materials.

Use caution when shopping for the Rubbermaid Fasttrack Vertical Rail cabinets.

Most FastTrack Rail are tough metal and plastic.

The cabinets are MDF (fiberboard).

They don’t handle shipping well.

Beware that the vertical system wall cabinets don’t have a great reputation for surviving the shipping process.

I’ve read many complaints written by cabinet customers who received damaged wall cabinets.

To their credit, these are smart-looking and strong cabinets.

If you buy the Rubbermaid FastTrack system, you might want the cabinets.

If you buy these cabinets, be prepared for a few Amazon shipping return cycles.

Or, get the cabinets at a brick & mortar store.

Carry them home in your car.

These cabinets don’t survive shipping well.

Customers give them high marks once they’re installed.

Customers give high marks to just about every other FastTrack accessory.

When buying FastTrack cabinets, have patience, or buy locally.

Store auto fluids and cleaning supplies on the vertical rack sub-systemStore Cleaning Supplies, Auto Supplies, Paint, Tools and Hardware on the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Shelves

As a rule, I prefer bins to shelves.

When a bin gets overloaded, it won’t accept more stuff.

When a shelf gets overloaded, stuff falls off.

So I have to give applause to Rubbermaid for recognizing this flaw and fixing it!

The Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Shelf has lipped edges.

The edges prevent the shelf contents from falling off of the sides.

I love the shelf edges.

They’re a tiny engineering fix that make a huge difference.

The FastTrack Rail Large Shelf is just less than three feet wide.

The shelf has a 50 lb. capacity, so you could store a little bit more than 4 1-gallon water jugs on it.

The Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Small Shelf holds 25 lbs. and is half the size.

Rubbermaid suggests using the shelves for motor oil, flashlights and cleaning supplies.

FastTrack Gardening Kit

FastTrack Gardening Kit

Dedicated Gardening Tool Storage

The Gardening Kit is a 16-piece solution.

It includes four 48 inch rails, 6 hooks, 2 baskets and mounting hardware.

This makes a total of 192 inches (16 feet) of hanging space.

The Gardening Kit is an all-in-one solution that includes mounting hooks for:

  • a wheelbarrow
  • a shovel
  • a rake
  • a hoe
  • an extension cord
  • a hose
  • a ladder
  • a heavy rake
  • fertilizer
  • a string trimmer
  • hand tools
  • bottled sprays
  • a broom.

You can follow the suggested hooks and bin placements.

Or you can move the hooks and baskets anywhere on the horizontal rails.

Rubbermaid FastTrack Installation Hints

The FastTrack rails are easy enough to install.

One person with a drill should be able to install the rail in a few minutes.

Rubbermaid suggests mounting horizontal rails at 4 ft. high and a 7 ft. 3 in. high.

You need 16 in. stud spacing to get the best load capacities.

If you’re mounting the rails on 24 in. studs, reduce the load by a third.

Do NOT install a 32 in. wide rail on 24 in. wide studs. A 32 in. rail must hit three studs to be secure.

The vertical rails clip onto the horizontal rails.

But you must do this at a stud to screw the vertical rails into the wall below the attachment.

Rubbermaid FastTrack Installation Manuals