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How to Buy a Good Quality Truck Tool Box

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If you have a pickup truck, the bed offers the means to carry a wide range of cargo. However, you can also turn it into a portable tool shed with the right truck tool box. There are quite a few different options on the market, and they’re far from being created equal.

When contemplating a truck tool box, you’ll need to consider size and depth (relative to your truck’s bed), as well as holding capacity, drawer/storage options, and construction material.

Keep the following in mind as you search for your toolbox:

  • Size: We’ll start with the most important consideration first. You’ll need to measure the width of your truck’s bed to make sure that you’re getting a toolbox that will fit. You also need to consider the depth (from the cab toward the tailgate). A deep tool box might take up too much space in a short-bed truck.

  • Construction material: You have two choices when it comes to material – metal or plastic. Plastic tool boxes tend to be cheaper, and they’re pretty strong. They’re relatively durable, and lightweight. Metal is a better choice for the utmost in terms of strength and durability, but they do cost more.

  • Storage: You need to keep your tools organized in the truck tool box. Look for a toolbox that offers both a large interior storage compartment and sliding drawers that can be used for smaller items. This will ensure that you’re able to carry what you want, and find it when you need it.

  • Weather resistance: Most tool boxes designed for installation in a truck bed will offer at least some weather resistance, but it pays to consider this more closely. Is the tool box waterproof or just water resistant? What sort of seal does it use (rubber or fabric/tape)?

  • Locking: You’ll definitely want to make sure that the tool box has a stout lock (keyed) that will protect your valuable tools from thieves.

The right truck tool box gives you the ability to carry your tools with you wherever you go.


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