Last Updated on November 3, 2020 by Bridge Media Dev
People who are new to using aluminum for their truck tool boxes or any other types of products might have developed misconceptions over time. Unfortunately, these misconceptions often prevent them from buying products that would make their lives easier. Here are four myths we would like to debunk for you. As you’ll soon discover, aluminum tool boxes have a lot to offer.
#1: Aluminum tool boxes are so light—they must be weak
Aluminum is three times lighter than steel, but that doesn’t automatically signify weakness. Alan Mulally, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, once said: “Pound for pound, aluminum is stronger and tougher than steel.” Alloyed with elements, it can be as strong as steel while being much lighter and anti-corrosion. Take 7075 aluminum alloy, for example. With zinc as its primary alloying element, this type of alloy is as strong as steel. Due to its high strength-to-density ratio, it is often used in heavy duty transport applications, including marine, automotive and aviation, where strength is critical. The US military has trusted aluminum for decades. The high-strength, crash-absorbent metal is used to reduce weight, resist rust and be reliable under tough conditions. Therefore, aluminum tool boxes are great for your semi truck or tractor trailer.
#2: Aluminum tool boxes might not be very durable
Companies like Ford, who produce some of the best pickups in the industry, have come to trust aluminum because they know it’s going to last. Automotive designers and engineers know that high-strength aluminum alloys can handle the harshest conditions on earth. So, the answer is yes: tool boxes made of aluminum are extremely durable for your truck. With our design options, you won’t have to sacrifice looks to get a long-lasting storage box. You can even order your storage box to come with fixed or adjustable aluminum shelves or aluminum separators to maximize storage space for your heavy duty equipment. Speaking of organization: are you wondering how to make the most of your truck box’s space? Check out our blog to learn how to organize a tool box—follow our practical tips and you might just be surprised at how much you can fit in your truck tool box!
#3: We say aluminum truck boxes reduce energy consumption—but how does this work?
Remember how we said that aluminum is three times lighter than steel? In 2015, Ford released the all‑aluminum body F-150, shedding 700 pounds or approximately 15 percent of the vehicle’s body weight. A reduction in weight translates to improved fuel efficiency and increased safety, all without sacrificing performance. This lightweight metal has also propelled the trucking industry forward thanks to its reduced “aerodynamic drag” (meaning it moves through the air with less resistance than steel). Here at Trebor Manufacturing, we’ve harnessed this valuable quality throughout our product lines. Choose a heavy duty toolbox or a storage box for semi trucks that meets your needs, all while helping you save on fuel. Imagine all the energy an aluminum tool box can save you compared to other types of products!
#4: Isn’t an aluminum tool box really expensive?
True, your aluminum tool box can be more expensive than a steel tool box, but consider this: when taking into accounts durability, the energy (and the fuel) you save because your heavy duty aluminum truck tool box is lighter, you’ll come to realize how cheap aluminum is when compared to steel.
Furthermore, some of our aluminum truck tool boxes are dual purpose: not only are they a handy space to store your tools, they can also serve a secondary, yet equally practical purpose. For example, did you know that at Trebor Manufacturing, we offer a step tool box? This frame‑mounted aluminum storage box is cleverly designed to make it easier to climb up into the cab of your truck. Like the rest of our heavy duty aluminum truck box product line, this box can be customized with your favourite door and handle choices, among other options.
If you’re already sold on aluminum tool boxes, share this with a friend—we bet they’ll thank you one day.
About Trebor Manufacturing
Trebor Manufacturing is proud to serve dealers, retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the trucking business, including truck part dealers across North America. Please feel free to contact us or request a quote regarding all our semi-truck accessories including aluminum tool boxes, such as underbody tool box(es), semi headache racks, custom headache racks or any other products such as dump bodies and flatbeds. If you’re shopping for an underbody tool box, you’ll definitely want to check out our interactive tool, where you can choose from all the options we’ve described above to build your own custom tool box. At Trebor Manufacturing, we offer a fast turnaround time and top-quality products to help you hit the road in style safely!