Basic Tool Box for Trucks Checklist

It is easy to get into a garage and order a box fixed on your truck. However, whether the box serves your needs or not depends on the choices you make. This article focuses on the qualities of a good tool box for trucks and the components that should always be in the box to keep you safe and confident on the road. Making the right choice on the box guarantees safety of tools, your truck and other road users when you are on transit.

While trucks are meant to carry equipments and supplies, there are tools for personal use and others for emergency that should never leave your truck. They come in handy when you are stuck on the road or have a mechanical issue. Others will facilitate your transport of goods on daily basis. This makes the components of any tool box for trucks a crucial part of your transport convenience. They should be chosen on purpose based on your regular encounters and needs.

While the components are important, the box carrying them is equally important. Remember that you will stay with these tools and content when on the road and after delivering your goods. In most cases, they are used for emergency. This point at the need to secure them effectively in a reliable box. How do you choose and prepare a box that will meet and serve your expectations.

  • Choose the right material– a tool box for trucks can be made of different materials including steel, wood, iron, aluminum and even synthetic sheets. Each material has unique advantages it offers and the kind of tools it can be used to hold or transport. For instance, when dealing with heavy accessories like sledge hammers or pointed chisels, you need heavy iron or steel. Synthetic material can be used for holding clips and ropes. The material also affects its appearance and how secure your box will be.

  • Safely secured on the truck– trucks move at high speeds on the road. The box is a hazard to the driver and other road users if it is not fastened properly on the truck. It may fall off the vehicle and lead to damage or loss of the tools and accessories loaded. There are different fastening options, based on whether you need the box fixed permanently or you want a removable box. The box may be welded or nuts used. The method used should be safe for the tools involved and convenient not to hinder you from using the truck effectively.

  • Water proof– choose a material, design and method of installation that protects the items carried inside from water damage. This means a material which does not wear out easily or is easily damaged by tools knocking on the sides. Exposing the tools to water will damage them leading to their loss or reduction in quality.

  • Safe – tools carried in boxes are valuable. Because of their importance to road users, they can be misplaced easily or stolen. Choose a box that allows you to secure your tools from misplacement or loss. There are different locking mechanisms available to you. Make a choice that will secure the components of your box.

  • Compartments– there are different tools to be carried in the box. They come in different lengths, materials, features and designs. Compartments make it easier to sort the tools, transport and retrieve.

A box is only as valuable as its components. It is these tools and accessories that will keep you safe and confident on the road. Though the needs for different trucks and drivers vary, there are basics that each truck owner or driver should not miss in his box.

  • Basic Supplies- this includes a paper tower for cleaning spills and messes that might happen in the course of duty. Cable ties will also come in handy when you need to fasten stuff on the truck. The ties easily fit into any box. A duct tap is an asset for all road users. It intervenes when you need to fix broken lights, leaking lights, a hole on your window, and such other minor interventions.

  • Basic tools- the tools depend on your occupation and where you use the truck. You may include wrenches for when you need one in the course of your work, pliers for holding and tightening or even cutting stuff, different sizes and types of hammers as well as a set of mechanical tools like a screw driver set, ratchets and sockets, among others.

  • Emergency equipment- an emergency flare will call for attention when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere. A first aid kit helps you to handle minor injuries before reaching the hospital. A jumper cable and a flashlight should also not miss.

  • Weather rescue accessories- when the weather decides to surprise you, you better have your snow shovel, tire chains, ice scrapper and tow strap, among others.

The components of your tool box for trucks will largely depend on your activity. Make the right choices for the box to make it fit for the tools you will be transporting. Ensure that it is fixed on the car by a professional to make it safe for you and other road users.


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