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What are Truck Tool Boxes?

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Truck tool boxes are oversized tool boxes typically mounted in the bed section of a pick-up truck. Some of the standard items found in a truck tool box will include: power drills, drill bits, battery drills, hammers, saws, wrenches, small levels, large levels, screwdrivers, and assorted nuts, bolts, rivets, and other items. Manufacturers of these popular tool carriers offer a number of models in many different shapes, styles, colors, and materials to fit the needs of any pick-up owner.

Tradesmen have made truck tool boxes extremely marketable. Electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, ironworkers and other similar workers used to carry their tools into their home after work every day or leave the tools cluttered in the cab section of the truck. This was an arduous process to say the least. If a truck owner has a truck tool box, he can lock his tools and supplies into the tool box, alleviating the need to cart tools into the house, while also being assured that those items will be available for use on the following day.

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The most popular style of truck toolbox is the crossover box. This unit fits directly behind the cab and slides snugly over both sides of the truck bed. The model is typically bolted into place to prevent possible thefts. While sizes will differ depending on the truck model, a standard size is roughly 66 inches (167 cm) in length by 20 inches (51 cm) wide, with a depth of 18 inches (46 cm). The crossover model comes with a single lid or a double lid, to make access even easier. Side storage units are also popular with tradesmen. These storage units fit along the sides of the truck and serve to complement the crossover box. Side units often contain handy drawers that allow the user to compartmentalize tools and supplies.

Truck tool boxes are sturdy pieces of equipment meant to withstand the elements. Models are available in heavy-duty plastic, heavy aluminum, and steel. Some models come with a diamond-plate pattern for a very rugged appearance. The most popular colors tend to be black, white, or the natural steel and aluminum colors. Aside from crossover models and side units, other truck storage units include the trailer box, which sits at the rear of the truck, and the hitch box, a tool box attached to the rear of the truck using the truck's hitch.

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