Truck Tool Chest Shopping

Truck Tool Chest Shopping

Truck tool chest shopping will turn your truck bed into a portable tool shed. I like to carry tools around but had a few things stolen. I love the range of cargo I can take in my truck but need some extra security to keep my expensive tools safe. Not only from theft but they shouldn’t be rolling around with all of the other things!

Now, shopping for a sturdy and secure tool chest can be challenging. There are so many options on the market it makes you wonder which will actually work. I split my search into specific categories to help me decide which truck tool chest would suit my needs.

Space: First, I measured the width of my truck bed. This tells you which tool chests will be able to fit. You should also keep the length of your truck bed in mind. You want to make sure your chest doesn’t take up the entirety of your truck bed unless you prefer it that way.

Plastic or metal? Truck tool chests are either made of plastic or metal. The plastic they use is actually pretty sturdy while not adding a lot of weight to your vehicle. Plastic is also the cheaper of the two options. Metal is obviously more durable and sturdier, and costs you more. They come in aluminum or steel.

Compartments: I want my tool chest to act like a mobile tool box. I want a large compartment, preferably with a light cover to handle smaller tools. I would also like it to have drawers. Make sure you buy one that will store all of the items you travel with but you can still easily find them.

I made a list of the items I am usually pulling in and out of my truck.

Weatherproofing: Most truck tool chests are weather resistant. Weather resistant doesn’t always cut it, especially if you live in an especially wet climate. People who will use it through winter or wet months will want to be sure their chest is completely waterproof. Check the seal. Some use rubber, while others use fabric or tape.

Lock: I need a tool chest with a sturdy lock and key. That is one of my main reasons for purchasing one!

Truck Tool Chest Styles

Now that you know the amount of tools and their shapes, this review of mounting styles will help you further narrow your search.

Top-mount: These mount right behind the truck cab. There are usually several compartments all under one lid. Some even have just one large compartment. It depends on the size of the tools you need to carry. You can find some models that go all the way down, while others hover. I like the ones with large compartments on top, but drawers under.

Side mount: There is a side mount tool chest designed to fit every truck bed size. These are mounted to one, or both, side rails of your truck, depending on your storage needs. You don’t have to climb into the truck to access them. They also usually don’t reach the floor of the bed. You can fit more long cargo with this mount.

Crossbed: These tool chests stretch across the width of the bed directly behind the cap. They are bolted to the outsides of the truck bed and usually leave space underneath for more storage.

Trailer Tongue: This is a perfect option for people who already tow a trailer around. It attaches to the trailer tongue for easy added storage. It isn’t great for people like me. I just want to keep the tools in my truck and don’t always like to pull a trailer.

Hitch mount: I like this option because it doesn’t actually take up any bed space. I can still move large objects like wood or furniture and have my tools on hand. It attaches to the trailer post and doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view.

If you are still unclear, here are more truck tool chest shopping tips!