Your service technicians at Camco Wheel & Axle understand the usefulness, utility, and efficiency that toolboxes give to a work truck. As a leading provider of truck parts and accessories in South Texas, we here at Camco Wheel & Axle know something about toolboxes, and our service technicians are always more than happy to share their knowledge with you.
Consider this guideline when you’re looking to purchase a toolbox to install on to your work truck.
The Basics About Toolboxes
It may feel like there are way too many toolboxes out on the market with dozens of options to choose from. However, with a little bit of knowledge about the basics, choosing the right toolbox doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process.
There are a few basic things you need to know regarding the purchase of a toolbox, and those are:
- Look for Fully Welded Toolboxes and Lids – This ensures that the toolbox is strong and unable to be bent or dented.
- Look for a Low-Profile, Domed Lid – These types of lids help prevent line-of-sight obstructions that occur when the driver attempts to look out their rearview window.
- Toolboxes That Offer Weather Protection – A toolbox worth its salt will be structurally sound, have increased lid-seating surface, and a bulb weather seal meant to keep dirt and water out. This protects your tools and the box itself from dirt and water damage.
- How the Toolbox Closes/Opens – A quality toolbox should feel snug and secure when closed. When opened, it should give little to no resistance.
- The Cargo Capacity – To put it simply, a toolbox must be big enough to haul all of the tools your field team will need to complete their job without having to travel back and forth from your facility.
Now that we know about the basics, it’s time to explore what type of toolbox would fit your work truck and serve your purpose.
What to Consider About Size and Style
One of the most aggravating aspects about the construction industry is when you leave an important tool or piece of equipment behind. In some instances, maybe you don’t have the space to carry everything you need, so making multiple trips — or using multiple work trucks — is necessary in order to get the job done. Either way, that’s a lot of fuel wasted on what could be an easy fix.
That’s why investing in a quality toolbox can prove to be so important to your fuel economy—so long as you aren’t loading up heavy truck equipment and accessories into them. One of the great things about toolboxes is that they come in a wide selection of sizes and styles:
- Crossover Toolboxes – These are the most common types of toolboxes you’ll see on a work truck. Most times, this toolbox is installed on the backside of the cab, resting on the bed rails, and is equipped with a single lid that opens up toward your rear view window. Many brands differ in height and how they open, offering variety and utility depending on what you need to store.
- Side-Mount Truck Toolboxes – For those who would prefer to have better access to the toolbox without having to hop into the bed of the truck, side-mount truck toolboxes were made just for you. These toolboxes are mounted on the side of your bed, providing full access to the contents within while leaving crucial space in the bed of the truck for other larger pieces of gear. If the gear you’re hauling in the bed of the truck needs protection, side-mount toolboxes can be fitted to house longer gear as they are longer than crossovers.
- Underbody Toolboxes – Are you low on bed space? Underbody boxes are what you’re looking for. These toolboxes free up crucial space within the bed of your truck by being mounted underneath the bed. They are forged of stainless steel, ensuring that they are durable and sturdy while providing ample space for all of your necessities.
- Specialties – There are plenty of stand-alone toolboxes that can be fitted in the bed of the truck. Another popular toolbox is fitted behind the wheel well, offering another little nook to keep other necessary tools at. The best part about these specialty-type toolboxes is in their adaptability. Some specialty toolboxes can even be mounted on top of your trailer tongue, providing the perfect place to store your ball mounts and other trailer parts and accessories inside.
All toolboxes are not alike, but they all do provide your tools safety from the elements, storage efficiency, protection against theft, all while saving you money indirectly from fuel costs and tool repair.
Come See Our Wide Selection of Toolboxes at Camco Wheel & Axle.
Since 1983, Camco Wheel & Axle has delivered unmatched service, equipping fleets with truck equipment and accessories that add plenty of value to your work productivity and to your budget.
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