Nearly everyone has a toolbox at home, but many people overlook the benefits of having a toolbox in their car. The most obvious application is storing the tools needed to handle common maintenance issues on your vehicle. But you can also carry around basic home tools like hammers and screwdrivers. After all, you never know when your home or office is going to need a little work done on short notice. Having that basic equipment might not make you a licensed professional, but it will earn you brownie points at your workplace. And of course, if you’re actually a general contractor or an on the go mechanic, a good toolbox is a must.
If you drive a car, you can store a regular toolbox in your trunk. But as anyone who drives a truck can tell you, there are additional considerations that go into keeping stuff in your flatbed. The most important thing to make sure of is that your tools aren’t going to get rained on, snowed on, or hailed on. That’s why truck tool boxes have to be a little sturdier than the average carrying case (or plastic bag) that you might usually keep your tools in. Read on for 7 of our favorite truck tool boxes available right now.
1. Montezuma Portable Triangle Toolbox
We’ve all been there. We’re ready to start working, and then we realize we can’t find that specific tool we’re looking for. This toolbox has a wide variety of slots to keep your tools neatly organized. The easy-access triangular shape makes it good for use in a workshop or storage on the bed of a truck. It’s also coated for weatherproofing and scratch-resistance.
Pros: Cleverly designed triangular shape is both spacious and space-saving. Has many interior slots for easy organization. Comes with a lock.
Cons: Expensive. Door could be sturdier.
2. UnderCover SwingCase Truck Bed Storage Box
This box has a clever space-saving design. It attaches to the side of the truck bed and rotates over the wheel covering when not in use, allowing full use of the truck bed. When you want to access your tools, the box can be pulled toward you, so you don’t have to climb into the truck to get to your gear. It also has a key-lock for secure storage.
Pros: Space-saving design that rotates over wheel covering. Made in the US.
Cons: Not a universal fit, fits Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra only.
3. Buyers Products All-Purpose Chest
This utility box can be used in a variety of settings, including on the back of a trailer or RV and in the bed of a truck. The box is made out of plastic, and it has zinc-plated clasps which are designed to resist rust and corrosion. Additionally, the chest is available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 2.6 cubic feet to 18.8 cubic feet.
Pros: Wide range of sizes to suit different sized vehicles, versatile design can be kept in the bed of a truck or on the back of an RV.
Cons: Lock hasps could be of better quality.
4. Giantex Aluminum Tool Box
This is a good option for anyone looking for a traditional type of toolbox. It has no interior organizers, rather, it’s a large square box that you can organize how you see fit. It’s made out of aluminum, making it lightweight, and the surface has a tread plate design to resist slipping.
Pros: Reasonably priced traditional metal toolbox. Has handles on the sides and a locking mechanism.
Cons: Somewhat thin material.
5. Yaheetech Aluminum Truck Tool Box Organizer
Another traditional aluminum option is this affordable pick from Yaheetech. At just under 30 inches wide, it’s more compact than the larger box from Giantex. It has two handles on the sides for carrying it, and the front has a built-in locking mechanism. It also has a tread pattern for added durability.
Pros: Affordable traditional metal toolbox, has a built-in lock.
Cons: Steel handles are not very resistant to rust.
6. Auto Dynasty Aluminum Pickup Truck Bed Tool Box
This option is 40-inches wide. It’s made of aluminum, like some of the other options, but it’s painted black for a more sleek look. It has two handles on the sides and the front has a locking mechanism. The lid of the container hangs out further than the sides, which helps increase water resistance by keeping water from running in when it’s raining.
Pros: Sleek black look, large size for holding lots of equipment. Built-in lock.
Cons: Thin material.
7. Plano Sportsman Trunk with Wheels
This option is great for ATV riders, but it could easily suit other automotive or home applications. It has wheels, making it convenient to cart around. However, that also obviously means it will need to be secured to prevent it from rolling around in a truck. It’s made from lightweight plastic, which adds to its portability.
Pros: Lightweight and affordable. Lockable, although locks are not provided.
Cons: Plastic material is somewhat thin.