Last Updated on June 30, 2021 by Andreanne Lafleur
Anyone looking for a custom tool box for their semi-truck should spend some time researching their options to ensure that the proper decision is made. But how can one pick the right tool box? It all depends on your needs. Here are some guidelines to help you make the right choice.
#1 Choose the right material
Your custom tool box is going to go through a lot – salt on the roads in winter can cause corrosion, rocks will ricochet off the surface, rain and winds will beat against it, and your tools will be banging around inside it. So what material best holds up against the wear and tear of everyday trucking? Aluminum, steel or plastic?
The difference between having a good day or a really bad day may very well depend on how well your toolbox keeps your tools safe, dry and in good working condition. This is why we definitely recommend choosing an aluminum tool box. Plastic is less durable, and steel, although dependable and strong, will start to rust once the surface is scratched. Aluminum is lighter than steel, and won’t rust.
#2 Find the right spot on your truck
Figure out what kind of space you have available on your truck. Do you already have other tool boxes? Based on your specific needs and available space, you’ll have a selection of different custom tool boxes that you can choose from available at Trebor Manufacturing. Here are a few:
- Underbody tool box
- Top lid tool box
- In-frame tool box
- Cross frame tool box
- Step tool box
- Battery tool box
All of these can be customized according to your needs and the space available on your truck.
#3 It’s all in the details
Ok. So, you know you want an aluminum custom tool box for your semi truck and, based on your needs, you know where you want it to be, what size it should be, and what it will hold. Time to get down to the nitty gritty. Sure, it keeps water out, but what about sand? Snow? Check for boxes with proper weather stripping, as well as tailored hinges and latches to ensure it is truly dependable.
And don’t forget, the non-weather-related details matter too! For example, is it easy to open and close? While that might seem trivial at first, you can bet that you will resent a hefty lid after a long day of work! Do the gas lifts work? Is the latch smooth? Do all the compartments fit smoothly or will they rattle around as you drive, damaging your tools in the process?
Choosing to invest some serious money on a tool box is no small decision, and that’s why the material, tool box style, and details matter and why it may be a wise decision to choose a custom tool box for your semi. Happy driving!
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