A truck for a contractor is like a horse for a cowboy. Just like the horse has to be comfortable, fast, look good and be your best friend so should a truck be comfortable, fast, pleasing to the eye and be your best friend. In the old days, the saddle bag held everything a cowboy could possibly need. It had a place for his grub, his bedroll for the night and his canteen to make sure he was always hydrated on the long trip. Today’s cowboy just needs his 4×4 wheel base with leather seats, CD player, pounding base speakers and the addition of an up to date, storage box that fits perfectly in the back and houses everything from the tools he needs for work to his overnight bag and drink cooler.
Tool boxes for the back of the truck can be bought in every size shape and description. There are black plastic ones, silver colored metal with lock and key or heavy metal boxes with internal locks. If color scheme is your thing, tool boxes can be found in almost any color scheme to complement your truck. When shopping for a tool box it is important to know what you are going to use the box for.
Will this box be needed for tools for the work site or will it be used for other projects also. Perhaps your tool box will only be needed for personal projects like you own lawn. Will you need a box that is portable or one that must remain bolted to the truck at all times. Try to think of all the things your truck does over the period of a few months and consider the uses your truck box may be called on to provide. Do you take your truck to work and park it out front in a clean parking lot while you go to work in the office? Or is your truck primarily a work truck. By that I mean are your tools of the trade stored in your truck day and night. Are your tools expensive? Do you need a strong lockable storage box that can stand the dirt and grim of a dusty work site or do you only need to haul your tools to work once in a while on special occasions? In addition to these considerations, one must always look at for the best size and fit for your particular truck.
Every truck is different. There are long base and short base. There are small trucks meant to haul very small loads and heavy based trucks with extremely heavy loads in mind. The differences in the make and model as well as the purpose of the truck will give you an idea of what type of storage container you will need to purchase. A quick surf on the web will give you a notion of what you are actually looking for. Sales people at large department stores and garages can help you with the exact type and proportions of this very important automotive accessory.