What Tool Box is Right for Me?
A ute is used to carry heavy loads of equipment from one worksite to another, so having a ute toolbox installed allows you to organise your tools and to be able to transport them where you need them, when you need them. A ute toolbox can be either mounted under the carriage or inside your tray. A toolkit increases the storage capacity of your ute and makes it a more useful work vehicle.
The placement of your tool box depends on your own preferences and the size of the box needed. Ute toolboxes are usually made from heavy steel or aluminium. This means the toolbox can withstand the heavy use expected of it on a building site and ensures the toolbox will be able to last for a long time.
A tool box gives you a secure storage area for your tools and is better than keeping your tools laying around loose in your tray – leaving tools vulnerable to theft and the weather. With a tool box, you have access easily to your tools via drawers and shelves.
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There are a few things to consider when choosing the right tool box for you.
WEIGHT – the weight of your toolbox is important a typical underbody style tool box can weight up to 15kg while a full door steel toolbox can weigh 50 kilos or more. The tool box you pick will affect the fuel economy of your ute, the heavier the tool box the more petrol you will use. This needs to be off-set by the different construction materials – steel gives you the best security, but it also weighs the most, while aluminium is lighter but it also comes with less security. You need to take this into consideration when choosing the right tool box for you.
SIZE – You want to ensure the toolbox is large enough to hold all your tools. Look at the tools you have and work out how much space you need. You will also need to consider how much space you want your tool box to take up in the tray of your ute. The last thing you want to do is choose a tool box that is too big for your tray.
INTERNAL SPACE – Internal space helps save you time by being able to store your tools where you need them, making them easier to get to when you need them. A tool box with drawers for example would be a great option for a tradie who uses a lot of smaller tools. Tradies who use larger tools would benefit from using a larger open style tool box with a full or half opening lid for easier access to their tools.
SEALS AND LOCKS – tight seals are important and a good tool box should be fully welded for water resistance. Double check locks and seals to prevent problems such as boxes not completely sealing or drawers sliding out.