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How to Choose a Box
Most contractors couldn’t live without their truck-bed toolbox. But you don’t have to be a contractor to justify owning tool boxes for trucks. In fact, with some models ringing in at just under $300, you too can clear out your cab and carry your gear in a weather-tight toolbox. We chose five widely available boxes and put them on trial. We examined their stats and inspected them inside and out. We also slammed them and used and abused them to judge their real-world toughness. We limited our testing to full-size boxes, but all the same factors apply to boxes for smaller trucks.
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Select the Style
Tool boxes for trucks come in two main styles: cross box (also called a saddle box) and chest. We’re focusing on cross boxes because they’re the most popular and the easiest to install. Plus, you can slide sheet goods under it and access your tools from the side of the truck.
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Answer the Security Question First
If you’ll keep valuables in your toolbox, your best choice is a top-of-the-line box with strong latches, a reinforced lid and beefy sidewalls. But if you just want to protect your tools from the elements, you have lots of choices on tool boxes for trucks.