Why waste time digging through the cab or bed of your pickup to find what you need? Save yourself time and effort by investing in a truck tool box that makes it easy to organize your tools and equipment. Some boxes are compartmentalized with several spaces for sorting and storage. If most of the tools you use are large or oddly shaped, however, you might be better off opting for a unit with a single, large compartment.
Let's face it, quality tools can be an expensive investment, so the idea of leaving them out in the open is unwise or even reckless. Truck tool boxes keep your valuable equipment under lockdown at all times. Most truck tool boxes are equipped with locking mechanisms and are securely bolted to your truck bed.
You'd be a tool not recognize that a truck tool box offers many benefits. But where to start? Truck bed tool boxes are generally grouped by where they're mounted and what they're made of. However, with a variety of styles available, it's important to take the time to determine which style is most appropriate for your pickup. Think about the following questions to determine the right style for you.
- What tools do you plan to keep in it and how much room they take up?
- How frequently will you access the tools?
- Which styles offer the easiest access?
- How much cargo room do you need once your tool box is in place?
The first thing to figure out is what type of mount is right for you and your truck. These are the most common:
- Top-Mount: Mounted behind the cab of the truck, this style typically features several different sized compartments that are covered with a single lid. There also are top mount tool boxes that are designed with one large compartment to handle larger tools.
- Side-Mount: Designed in a number of sizes to fit compact and full-size beds, a side-mount tool box can be mounted to either side rail of your vehicle - or both if you need extra storage. Side-mount tool boxes typically don't extend to the floor and come with a single lid that opens from the top. These models take up very little space and are easily accessible when standing next to the truck.
- Crossbed: Designed to fit practically any size of truck, a crossbed truck tool box fits snuggly behind the cab, spans the entire width of your truck, and can be bolted to the bed. Crossbed tool boxes rest on the sides of the truck bed and typically don't extend to the floor, leaving bed space below for additional storage.
- Hitch Mount: Attaches to the trailer post of your truck and takes up no room in the bed itself. Another benefit to this style is that it won't obstruct your rear view.
- Trailer Tongue: If you're pulling a trailer, a trailer tongue tool box can be a good fit. These are mounted on top of your trailer tongue and easily create extra storage.
Like traditional tool boxes, truck boxes come in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, and heavy-duty plastic. As a rule, they're all weather- and theft-resistant, but each material still comes with its own pros and cons.
- Aluminum: Aluminum is a popular choice for truck boxes because it's strong, durable, and resistant to corrosion but also lightweight like plastic. The cost of aluminum is slightly higher than plastic, but they do tend to last longer.
- Steel: If you're looking for something to stand up to heavy-duty wear and tear, a steel tool box is your best bet. These models are designed for exceptional durability, strength, and longevity. While steel can be a bit pricier, they're also easy to care for and typically last much longer than the other options, making them a good alternative for professional and industrial use.
- Plastic: Truck tool boxes made of plastic tend to be more heavy-duty than traditional plastic tool boxes, which are best suited to casual, at-home use. Because truck tool boxes are exposed to the elements, plastic must be able to keep up. While this material still isn't as durable as aluminum or steel, it's a less expensive option.
Before you click buy, it's important to make sure you're selecting something that fits. And since the size of your truck tool box depends almost entirely on the size of your truck bed, measuring ahead of time isn't optional. Trucks and truck beds come in roughly standardized sizes, as do truck tool boxes do as well, however, you should still measure ahead of time to ensure your tool box will fit your bed snugly and securely without hanging off the sides. There are a few measurements you should take when choosing a truck tool box:
- Height of the bed wall
- Distance between the outside of the bed rails
- Distance between the inside of the bed rails
- Distance between the base of the wheel wells and bulkhead