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These days, having an empty truck bed is a rarity. Whether you have a tonneau cover, cap, tool box, or drawer system, a truck bed can be more easily utilized with an accessory or two. Truck tool boxes have been around almost as long as pickup trucks. They are a great way to transport your gear and protect it from the elements as well as tool thieves.
When I think of a truck bed tool box, the first thing I think of is the shiny metal diamond plate variety, usually accompanied by rust in the bed. Luckily, that’s not what you get with the Decked box at all. Let’s start at the top. The lid is injection molded and made from a high-impact resin that the company says is impervious to dents and punctures, and although I didn’t take an ax the week I tested it , I did not take it. easy either. It feels sturdy without being too heavy, which is exactly what I like to see when it comes to my tool boxes.
In addition to being dent resistant, the cover, more important to me, fits snugly over the base making it waterproof. For someone who likes to keep their fly fishing gear in their vehicle so I can get out on the water anytime, this is a nice feature. For those who haul thousands of dollars worth of tools around a jobsite every day, this is a necessity. I filled the tool box with gear, sprayed it down with a hose, and left it outside during a thunderstorm with no water getting inside. Not leaving water in also means water won’t escape, so if you leave, for example, your wet waders and wader boots in the box for days at a time, they won’t dry out not. In fact, they will become moldy and coarse and require cleaning. Or so I heard. You were warned.
Not all parts of the truck tool box are plastic. The hardware is made of aluminum and steel, each of which has been anti-corrosion treated, for those of us who live in the rust belt.
Once you open the truck’s toolbox lid, easily done by pressing a plastic button on either side, you’re greeted by two removable inserts: a blue D-Box, a toolbox 20.5″ x 17.5″ x 8″ that can hold up to 50 pounds of tools or whatever you throw in it, and, on the driver’s side, what Decked calls a Snack Tray, a gray tray that fits on the end of your toolbox for all your most used items.. Speaking of the driver’s side, that’s where the lock is. It’s simple to use and works well. I have had a friend who tried to break in using various keys and picks to no avail.On the passenger side of the tool box is the ladder.
On the one hand, you might think a ladder in a truck tool box is an obvious accessory to have. After all, who wants to have to climb into the bed of their truck, assuming said bed isn’t full of junk, just to get to the middle of a toolbox? On the other hand, I’ve never seen this before. This is one of those times when there was a problem that almost every truck owner has had and yet, until now, there was no solution.
The ladder folds out relatively easily and can handle multiple heights (more on that later), which is great for truck owners who want to change the height of their truck on the road, or if you’ve parked in a lot accident.
The truck’s toolbox is surprisingly large. Even though it doesn’t go all the way down to the bed, just in case you need to lay sheets of plywood or drywall in the back of your truck, it can still hold 9.83 cubic feet of gear or 278 liters for our metric friends. the low. Considering the amount of hiking gear I try to fit in my 40L pack every weekend, that’s a lot. At the top, the box measures 18.2 inches wide, though that does shrink a bit when you factor in scale, down to 13.5 inches. Lengthwise inside, the box measures just under five feet at 59.9 inches, and the depth is 17 inches.
All that size was more than enough for me to throw in a paddle pump, two camp chairs, two life jackets and three river tubes without breaking a sweat or removing the D-Box. Thanks to the limited depth, I was also able to slide two paddle boards under the box and secure them in the bed.
The Decked tool box for truck is not without drawbacks, however. The tester cover I had, which had been installed for me ahead of time, used to hit the rear brake light of the Nissan Titan XD it was mounted in. In the week I got it it didn’t do anything damage to the light itself but that was probably due to me realizing it on the first day and having opened the lid carefully from then on. With repeated use I would be worried about damage to my truck.
The second issue I had was that of usability. The built-in ladder, while my favorite part of the toolkit aside from the seemingly indestructible construction, took me a bit of getting used to. I made it a point to use the ladder every day I had the truck and at the end of the week it still felt a bit clunky to operate due to multiple extendable parts moving at once when you used it. catch. That being said, it’s definitely a finicky eater and that doesn’t take away from the convenience of using the scale. I also didn’t feel it at all when putting the scale back in the box, so maybe that’s something you get used to with more time.
That finally brings us to the price. The Truck Tool Box with Ladder from $899.99, the price depending on the truck in which you install it. The toolkit that matches the Titan I tested was a hundred dollars more, or $999.99. With about $50 more in taxes and free shipping, that comes out to about $1050, which is admittedly a lot for a toolbox, ladder or not. Other plastic tool boxes can be found on Amazon for a third of the price, but with no built-in ladder, no removable interior toolbox, no lifetime warranty and, at one-third the weight, far less durability. There is no doubt that the Decked option is a far superior product.
That being said, the Decked tool box for truck doesn’t scream “value” like the company’s other products do. Take it Decorated drawer system for example, which at $1,449 is $450 more than the Toolbox, but offers more capacity and better organization options, including two lockable bed-length drawers, good for a payload of 200 books each. When the bed is closed, you can’t see the drawers, just the raised top deck with a 2,000 lb payload, which is less attractive to potential tool thieves, and it doesn’t get in the way of any blankets you you may already have for your truck. Not to mention the drawers hold more, 12 cubic feet for a standard length bed versus 9.83 cubic feet for the truck tool box.
None of this is the fault of the Decked Truck Tool Box. I happen to think that drawer systems are a better way to organize and safely store things in the bed of your truck. Even Decked agrees with me, referring to a truck toolbox on their own site as a “giant black hole.”
With fewer moving parts, less ease of use and less capacity than a drawer system, I would expect the truck tool box be a little cheaper than it is. That being said, if you’re looking for the best truck tool box on the market, your search is over. The Decked tool box for truck will outlive you, probably outlive your children and surely outlive your truck.