Let’s see now which options you have and how to choose a truck bed tool box.
Tool Box Mounting Solutions
Box storage solution takes up cargo space and for some, this is not acceptable. It can be difficult to use the truck to haul ATV or motorcycle if you add truck storage systems from side to side, especially if you drive a short-bed truck.
If so, choose one of the swing tool cases
. This bed tool box is mounted on the side of truck’s bed, usually over the wheel well. Wheel well tool boxes
are a category of their own. They are usually smaller and, as the name suggests, are placed behind the rear wheel wells. They are easy to install as well.
Side mounted tool boxes
can be installed in the garage, but consider taking your truck to a professional repair shop to avoid worrying about proper mounting. Side tool boxes are placed in the truck bed rail and will give you a decent space to store your tools. Access to the toolbox is easiest from the side of the truck.
Chest tool boxes are installed behind the cabin. They are easier to install than the side toolbox, since there is no drilling. Chest tool boxes are low profile, but you will still have an option to add a tonneau cover. Since they are placed on the truck floor, you will lose some of the cargo space.
Top mounted tool box
sits on the truck side rails. You won’t lose any bed space, but it can be influence the aerodynamics of the truck and create blind spots for the driver. They offer a lot of space for the tools of every kind and can easily be accessed from the side of the truck. They can have one or more doors, usually utilizing one shelve.
Crossover tool boxes are very similar to the chest tool boxes
. The main difference is that the crossover toolbox rests on the bed’s rails and spans across the entire truck width.
Portable or not?
Portable tool boxes can be easily removed from the bed, so you can have them on the job site. This can be convenient for some vocations. They are easy to take off, but don’t forget to add an additional lock to secure the connection to the truck.
Tool box materials
Most truck tool boxes are made from aluminum. It’s a lightweight material and toolbox will not increase truck weight and in that way jeopardize the cargo space and truck towing capacity. Aluminum is also rust resistant and can easily handle bad weather conditions – snow and high temperatures.
Second in line are toolboxes made of highly durable ABS plastic (one that you see on dirt bikes) or polyethylene
. Tool boxes made from polyethylene can last for years without noticeable marks of weather influence. Add powder coated finish and a toolbox can last as long as the truck.
truck bed tool boxes are most expensive. They are sturdy and lightweight at the same time.