Since your tools most likely represent a sizable investment, it’s important to purchase a truck toolbox that will keep the tools safely stowed away. This is especially true for those men and women who depend on their tools for their livelihood. That’s why we’d like to take a few moments of our readers’ time and talk about what we feel are the best truck tool boxes currently available. Toolboxes that will help the user keep their tools organized, safe, and easily accessible. So, let’s not waste a single second more of your time and just jump right into the thick of things. That way, we can all end up with better toolboxes for our trucks.
Quick Summary of Truck Tool Boxes
Buyer’s Products Diamond Tread Aluminum Truck Box
Anyone looking for a truck toolbox that’s sturdy, weather-resistant, and designed to provide years of faithful service is going to want to take a closer look at this model. This is an American made underbody truck box that we’re confident is probably going to last for decades. It’s made using .100-inch thick diamond-tread aluminum that’s been thoroughly welded and is weather-resistant. This is a toolbox that can keep tools, towing equipment, and other types of tools safe and secure until the user needs them. This model also has a continuous hinge, a lockable handle, and are available with mounting brackets—if the user purchases them separately.
Of course, if a person is wondering what company could produce such a quality product, all they have to do is take a look at the company that makes it. This product is manufactured by a company that was founded right after WWII in 1946 and has founded its entire business on the quality of their products and the satisfaction of their companies. In other words, this is a company that stands by what they sell, so we feel confident recommending their products to our readers. Especially this one since it seems to have been built to endure just about anything.
This underbody toolbox is 18x18x30-inches, has a compression latch system that helps protect tools from not only the weather but also thieves as well. Even though this product is a little more expensive than some of the other toolboxes on the market, we feel that it’s more than worth it due to its high-quality construction.
- This is an extremely sturdy truck box.
- This box is water-resistant.
- It costs more than some other truck boxes.
Weather Guard Black Aluminum Saddle Box
Best Reinforced Model
Weatherguard is another company that brings quality products to the market, and this saddle box is one of their high-quality toolboxes. Although some people would scoff at the idea of spending so much money on a toolbox, we think that people need to look at this product as an investment. An investment that will help protect their tools and keep them safe and organized. This toolbox has a length of 71.5-inches, a width of 20.25-inches, and a height of 18.5-inches, which provides a total storage capacity of 11.3 cubic feet for the user. This box also has an extreme protection locking system that’s specifically designed to prevent people from breaking into it
Another great feature about this product is that it has heavy-duty mounting brackets that allow for drill-free installation. It also has latch linkage guards and an internal lock that prevents cargo from shifting and it has a heavy-duty aluminum body that has a powder-coat finish. Because the cover opens up to a full 90-degrees, tools are easily accessed. Probably the best thing about this box, however, is that it is covered by Weatherguard’s limited lifetime warranty. Sure, this product might be a little more expensive than other toolboxes, but over time, it should pay for itself in convenience and protection of the user’s tools.
- Has an 11.3 cubic foot capacity.
- It has a reinforced aluminum body.
- This is an expensive top-of-the-line toolbox.
ARKSEN 49-Inch Aluminum All-Purpose Underbody Toolbox
Best Budget Model
Even though this isn’t the most heavy-duty toolbox we’ve ever reviewed, and we’re not sure how well it would fare against someone who is dedicated to breaking into it, we do feel that otherwise, this is a great budget truck toolbox. This 49-inch aluminum under-body box can be used on your truck or at home to store tools, and it has a 5-bar tread pattern that helps to reinforce its aluminum frame. It’s also equipped with built-in carrying handles that make moving the toolbox around a lot easier. It also should be mentioned that this toolbox has a drop-down door that provides full-access to the box and makes it much more convenient to use.
This toolbox is approximately 15-inches high and 15-inches wide, which gives the user plenty of storage space for tools. Its built-in lock prevents unauthorized people from accessing the toolbox, but as we said, it’s not going to keep out dedicated thieves. This toolbox comes with two keys as well, so users will always have a spare key if they lose one of them. What we like the most about this box, however, is that it’s an inexpensive budget model that doesn’t break the bank. Not everyone has thousands of dollars of tools to protect—some people just want to protect their small handful of tools and this box is great for that purpose.
- This is an inexpensive budget truck toolbox.
- It has a large capacity.
- We’re not sure if it will keep thieves out.
Yaheetech Heavy-Duty Truck Tool Box
Best Lightweight Model
This aluminum toolbox is another budget model that we feel many people are going to appreciate because it’s not very expensive and it’s somewhat smaller than some of the other toolboxes we’ve reviewed, so just about anyone can store it in the bed of their truck without sacrificing room for other things. This toolbox is approximately 29.1-inches wide, 9.6-inches high, and 12.2-inches wide. It’s equipped with a lid that’s 30 by 13-inches and it has a seal-ring design that helps to keep out dust and rainwater. Although the aluminum used for this toolbox is a bit thin, it’s still good enough to protect the boxes’ contents and helps to keep its weight to a minimum.
This toolbox is also designed with a few other features that make it quite an interesting piece of equipment. It has two durable handles that make the box very portable, a rivet design that makes it durable, and it features a built-in lock. By the way, the built-in lock comes with 2-keys, so the user always has a spare available to them. When the user takes all of this in together, they’ll easily see why this box made it onto our list. It’s not the strongest or the most secure, but it is reasonably priced and should help the user keep their tools organized for quite some time.
- This is an inexpensive budget toolbox.
- It’s very lightweight.
- The aluminum is a little bit thinner than expected.
A Guide To Truck Toolboxes
As we said in our introduction to this review, truck toolboxes are important pieces of equipment that keep a person’s tools readily accessible in their truck, but also protect them from the ravages of the weather, or the possibility of them being stolen by thieves. But this is only true if the person takes the time to buy the best truck toolbox available for their needs. To help our readers towards that end, we’ve decided to list some tips on how to buy a toolbox for your truck. Hopefully, it’s a useful guide that will help all of our readers.
Step One: Choose An Appropriate Toolbox Style
When choosing a toolbox for their truck, consumers generally have a choice between chest toolboxes or saddle box toolboxes (also known as cross-box toolboxes). Saddle Boxes are the easiest ones to install, but they’re also the easiest ones to steal. Therefore, if a person demands security, then they will probably want to purchase a chest or underbody box and properly secure it to the truck.
Step Two: Think About Security
Now that you’ve decided on the style of the truck toolbox that you need, it’s time to think about security. If you want your toolbox to not only keep out the elements but to keep potential thieves, then you are going to want to find a chest box with a secured lock, reinforced sides, and one that’s been welded for extra durability. Regardless of whether box security is an issue, you’re still going to want to make sure that you’re toolbox is capable of keeping out the elements, so look for one that has seals that do just that.
Another thing that we’d like to mention while you’re here, is that if you want to keep people out of your toolbox, then you better make sure that it’s made out of metal and not plastic. Plastic toolboxes have their places, but that place isn’t in the back of your truck. Metal toolboxes added an extra layer of security that makes it harder for thieves.
In our opinion, aluminum is the material that’s the best for truck toolboxes. That’s because it’s lightweight, it’s extremely durable and it never rusts. And if the manufacturer makes the aluminum walls of the toolbox thick enough—above a tenth-of-an-inch, then it can be extremely tough to break into.
Step Three: Think About The Toolboxes Size
The next thing that you’re going to want to think about is the size of the box. You’ll want to make sure that you get a deep enough box to hold all of the tools that you want it to hold, but not one so large that it takes up too much space in your truck’s bed. It’s this delicate balance that can mean the difference between having an appropriately sized toolbox that fits in your truck and holds all of your tools, and an oversized toolbox that holds your tools but doesn’t fit in the truck.
Other Features To Consider
Before this guide runs its natural course and ends, we would like to mention a few other things that you might want to think about when purchasing a new toolbox for your truck. Although the following features might be optional to some people, we do feel that they can elevate a decent toolbox into a great one.
Gas lifts are another feature that consumers might want to consider. These lifts allow the lid to open quickly and under their own power. They just sort of spring open. Of course, this is only a small convenience but it’s still something that some people might want to think about.
A Quality Lock
The quality of the lock can make or break a toolbox. A toolbox is as only as good as its lock, so the consumer should be sure that they buy one that’s reinforced and is difficult to break into. Of course, no lock on the planet can stop a motivated thief, but the quality ones can slow them down enough to make a real difference, so be sure the lock on your toolbox is the best quality possible. And it’s extremely helpful if the box also comes with a spare set of keys, too.
Reinforced hinges are another feature that isn’t absolutely necessary but can mean the difference between a good toolbox and a great one. Boxes with reinforced hinges are harder to break into and are more durable, so anyone looking for a tough toolbox for their truck is probably going to want to get a box equipped with them.