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Who makes the best tool boxes for a pick up truck bed?

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  1. lone wolf

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    Christmas is coming and I need advice about truck tool boxes for a pickup truck .
     
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    IDK I would think steel to be stronger. Thanks for the link.
     
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    1Alpha1 100% USDA certified abnormality-free.

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    Steel will rust eventually. The aluminum is much thicker gauge. The paint on the steel ones will fade as well.

    Although I don't have one for my truck, I have several friends that do, and they all went with aluminum.
     
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    Point taken.
     
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    Weather guard or protech
     
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    I will second the Weather Guard or ProTech, both build Premium products.

    Are you looking for an in the Bed Box, or a Crossbed box?

    Full size or smaller?


    Doug :cheers:
     
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    Protech. I’ve got one that was in the back of one of my Father In Laws works truck for at least 15 years mounted on the front of my firewood trailer. I mounted this in 2013 so it’s got to be 20 years old.

    Pic from a day gathering firewood with my uncle but you can see the box in the background. B5E01CDC-BC73-42FF-96E8-059F13AE4F8E.jpeg Protech boxes will go the distance!
     
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    If you've got the coin, check out Highway Products in southern Oregon. Unbelievably nice stuff.
     
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    Either ProTech or Weather Gaurd build Excellent products

    There are a LOT of options what are you looking for?

    Crossbed boxes ride on the bed rails of a truck, and allow some lumber or other long items to fit under the box so you can get full 8' lengths in the bed

    In bed boxes eat some bed length but typically are bed rail height, giving a deeper box to store larger items

    Crossed boxes come in either "Gull Wing" or full length lids, In bed boxes are usually full length lids

    In bed boxes are very popular with Fifth wheel trailer owners, they allow lockable in bed storage, but don't interfere with trailer nose swing like a cross bed box can

    In bed boxes are also more common mounted on trailers because the full length is full depth, so you get more capacity in the same deck space

    If you are interested in a LARGE in bed box, I have a Nice Weather Gaurd 684, that I'm not going to be using after all, it's about 62" long 27" wide and 19" tall

    I was going to have it mounted on the rear deck of my tractor, for my over night bag and tools, but things changed at work, I'm not driving that truck any more, and rarely gone over night now.

    It's a Real Nice box that I just don't need, but have been reluctant to part with, I "Might" find a use for it You know ;)

    Google Weather Gaurd 684, and you can get an idea what it is like, I can send some pics if you're interested


    Doug :cheers:
     
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    F2236E6E-6682-4F42-845F-23DD6EF079EA.jpeg I have a UWS in one of my trucks and this NAPA box in another. I love the UWS and it is at least 10 years old and still cleans up great. This Napa is only a month old or so, and I’ve been told it’s made by DeeZee, and I thought deezee boxes were made by weatherguard. All speculation but I’ve used both deezee and weather guards in the past and have very much liked them, and this Napa box is impressing me just like those have. Stay away from and of the tractor supply or Kobalt stuff, for the most part those boxes are flimsy and cheap. The biggest thing for me, especially if the box is the full cab width, is that the lid actually closes fully from one side. The UWS, Deezee, and weatherguards have all done that for me.... go to Lowe’s or tractor supply and try to close them from one side and in most cases they won’t. Flimsy tops are the main. reason for that. I suggest not cheaping out to remain happy for years to come
     
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    I prefer aluminum with the inside coated.
     

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