4 Reasons to Choose an Aluminum Tool Box Over Steel

4 Reasons to Choose an Aluminum Tool Box Over Steel

Last Updated on August 20, 2020 by Bridge Media Dev

If you look at an aluminum tool box and a steel tool box, you might think they’re the same, but they’re definitely not.

If you walk into a Ford dealer and see two brand new black Ford Mustangs side by side, you might think this is exactly the same car. If they both have the same wheels, the same tinted glasses, the same leather seats inside, basically everything identical, nobody could really tell they’re different cars. But does that mean they’re really identical? Once you start reading the specifications, you might realize they’re not. And when you’ll test the V-8 engine, you’ll realize that this monster, with its 5.0-liter engine pumping out a thrilling 435 horsepower, is a much better car than what looked like his twin brother, which in fact, is the V-6 version.

The same goes for aluminum and steel tool boxes. Now, let’s take a look at some of the specifications of both products and you’ll realize that an aluminum tool box is a much better option.


Steel is about three times the weight of aluminum. This is why we, at Trebor Manufacturing, have decided to build your semi-truck tool boxes using aluminum. Having a lighter tool box will benefit your truck in the longer run, reducing the effort your semi-truck, or your other type of vehicle, will put in carrying your tool box. You’ll also increase payload and you’ll definitely save money on gas using aluminum over steel.


Although steel tool box are often topped by a powder coated finish to protect it from corrosion, one chip or one gouge in the paint will invite corrosion right in. Your steel tool box could be rusted within a year. Your Trebor Manufacturing’s aluminum tool boxes will not rust or deteriorate. While steel needs to be painted or treated against corrosion, aluminum is corrosion resistant without any further treatment making it the number one choice for long-term use.


We all want the best equipment for our truck, but we certainly don’t want to overpay. The cost of aluminum and steel is consistently fluctuating taking into account many factors. Steel is usually slightly cheaper than aluminum, but don’t get fooled. When taking into accounts durability and the money you save because of weight, steel can’t beat aluminum’s price.

Those are the reasons why we, at Trebor Manufacturing, have decided almost 20 years ago to become a manufacturer of high quality aluminum equipment and accessories for trucks and trailers.

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