side toolboxes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by turfscape, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. turfscape

    turfscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    what does everyone think of the toolboxes that go on the side of the truck. I'm debating on whether or not to get some, but they're kinda expensive and i didn't want to spend the money if they're not worth it. pics would be nice too. thanks
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    well what kind of work are you doing? IMO they just take up a bunch of room in the truck. im getting a toolbox for the tounge of the trailer.
  3. turfscape

    turfscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    i'm cutting grass and the whole lawn care deal. i like the way they look but i don't wanna spend the money on something useless. i thought about the box for the trailer but wasn't real sure about it.
  4. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    A box betwen the cab and the bed is probably your more usefull option, but it sounds like this would be an add-on.

    Personally, I think the sideboxes are invaluable as well. If you have room for it, get a 5' box, any shorter and shovels won't fit in it.

    Think of it this way- you may not always have the trailer with the truck, but you will always have the toolbox on the truck. If it's there, you *will* use it.
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    what truck?
  6. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    i have a toolbox between the cab and bed. and for me, it just gets in the way. its nice having everything in it. but i do a lot of dump runs so it just takes up too much room. i still fit 2 yards of dirt in there with the toolbox. IMO i think the side tool boxes are just worthless, unless your doing lights, or sprinklers, and you need someplace to store little odds and ends. then you can put some sort of organizing racks in there.
  7. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    On my truck I've got the big weatherguard on the front of the bed. I almost bought a set of weatherguard aluminum side boxes for $100, but didn't pull the trigger quick enough. Did I really need them, no, but for that price, why not. Both of my flatbeds have underbody boxes, and one of them has a chest at the front of the bed for chainsaws, hedge trimmers, oil, chains, etc. I've also go a box on the tongue of my mowing trailer for oil, trimmer line, spare parts and a few tools. IMHO, you can never have too much storage space, esp. if it is keeping stuff locked up and out of the weather.

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,150

    I think they are a good thing to have. I am actually welding up some supports for one tomorrow. Great to throw wheel stops, dot triangles, a chain, socket set and some other crap just incase and keep it out of the cab.

    For me it will be a space saver and allow me to carry things along without crowding the cab.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Side boxes are great! I had one, yes one, it did look ok, on my '93 chevy. It had a short bed and there was no way I was loosing the bed space for the tool box. If you have them on both sides you actually gain height on the bed and don't loose much space at all. Not sure what you all mean by "they only will hold small things" because side boxes will hold a LOT of stuff and are actually much easier to access everything in them than a i the bed box.

    Any thoughts about putting the side box ON the trailer instead of the truck?

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