Different Types of Truck Tool Boxes
The truck tool box is one of the things that keep your tools and equipment safe without taking up space in the vehicle. When starting your research you will find many different styles of truck boxes.
There are several types of truck tool boxes. We can divide it as per its manner of installation, used materials as well as the configuration. There are a few other things that we should keep in your mind whenever we are going to distinguish specifically trays and shelves contain by truck tool boxes.
Some are mounted at the front of the bed; they are called crossover tool boxes. Most of these truck tool boxes are large storage containers with a single compartment, but some have shelves or drawers to keep small tools and equipment organized that is perfect for the hard-working professional. You can also get the ones that are mounted on the side rails and they should be accessible from the side of the truck.
There is a lot of advantages of having a truck tool box installed in the bed of your pickup truck. These advantages include; keeping your tools safe from prying eyes, whilst protecting them from real environmental threats, like rain and dust.
If you want to differentiate Truck tool boxes by used materials, we get four types:
These types of tool boxes are made from bent aluminum sheet. Usually, this sheet looks like a rugged diamond plate pattern. An Aluminum made tool box is light weight, anti-rust and will not deteriorate.
Being light-weight and strong, aluminum truck tool boxes will even keep the moisture and rust out of the tool box. Aluminum truck tool boxes are built for quality and ruggedness. You would also want to look at buying a tool box with gas struts for keeping the lid open, it serves for easier accessibility of your tools.
One with paddle handles would also improve accessibility and these are usually designed for durability and can stand up to rougher usage through the years.
Steel is the most widely used material for the truck tool box. Steel is heavier than aluminum but this weigh is not a disadvantage. It’s tougher and resists more dings and dents caused by shifting tools. Steel truck tool box’s walls are covered with a powder coated finish to protect from corrosion.
Stainless steel made tool boxes are seldom used due to their high prices. These are premium tool boxes and a lot more expensive than Steel and Aluminum tool boxes. A stainless tool box doesn’t need power coated protection like steel tool boxes. It’s corrosion resistant and if polished regularly will get a more brilliant shine than the aluminum box.
Although aluminum, steel or stainless steel made toolboxes are rougher and durable, plastic ones have alot of advantages as well. Plastic toolboxes are very lightweight and have a medium durability. They will not cause any burden to the truck body. The main advantage is that it can’t rust so this makes it popular choice.
Location installation is something you will need to decide. Here we have a few types of categories.
Side Mounted Truck Tool Boxes
A tool box that would be mounted to a side rail. This one would have a notch in it so that the box sits over the side rail and into the bed. These tool boxes are opened from the top and it have gas struts, which helps to hold the tool box top open.
This truck tool box is also available in sizes to fit most of the pickup trucks available in Canada.
Rail Top Mounted Truck Tool Boxes
These truck boxes would be mounted on a side rail and it opens from the side of the truck, so you can easily access the open tool box by standing next to the vehicle. It is a very popular choice amongst building or electrical contractors or anyone who needs quick and easy access to the boxes contents.
The tool boxes and doors are constructed of aluminum with stainless steel paddle latches. Mostly available in lengths to fit all trucks.
Cross Bed Truck Tool Boxes
Cross bed truck tool boxes are required if you would rather carry your tools at the front of the bed, right behind the truck’s window. It’s made from heavy aluminum and has small trays for smaller items. While custom tool box sizes are available, most versions will fit most full-sized trucks.
Crossover truck tool boxes are the best quality tool boxes you can get, being constructed from durable aluminum and they are very versatile. Once you decide to invest in a truck tool box for your vehicle, this may be the last one you will have to buy.
Drawer Storage Tool Boxes
This handy aluminum truck tool box is a very good choice for pickup truck owners who needs a smaller storage area or don’t want to give up as much bed space. This tool box, is tall and narrow and it sits just behind the wheel well and has five drawers that are hidden behind a locking front door.
It fits almost any truck. You can also fit it behind the seats of a van.
Truck tool boxes are designed as per the customers need. So you will need to decide what types of material you would like your new tool box to be made of. Then the only thing left is to fix your mind where you want to install your truck tool box.
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