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NOT TECHNICAL. where to buy ???

sorry for the "not technical post" I"m looking at getting a different truck and it is going to need a tool-box in the bed. do any of you have an idea about where to purchase, prices, best quality. I"ll have a couple thousand dollars worth of tools in it so I'd like it to be pretty stout. color means nothing to me.

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Weatherguard makes some really good stuff.

Be carefull with lots of weight in a box since it can cause cracking were the bedside and the back peice come together. Chevy makes braces for this or you can make your own. This is supposedly much more prevelent on the newer trucks(although 03's they supposedly used a bit thicker metal)

I would buy a weather guard....al or steel is up to you but I am going to put a steel weather guard box painted gloss black on my black truck and I think it will look tits. It will be sitting atop a headahce rack/brace built by me also painted black with my cool man whirly light on it. I have heard that http://www.transferflow.com makes some good stuff and it might be an option for you too but a bit more $$$
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Ranch hand makes a pretty good box too. Not sure what the prices start at though, but they are pretty solid.
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I have a Delta slim-top box that I like a lot. The only disadvantage I found it that the lock is kind of sticky at times, otherwise a good box for taking a beating.
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Re: NOT TECHNICAL. where to buy ???

I kind of like Delta stuff since it is usually the best bang for the buck. I was going to buy a black annodized one until I bought a truck with a really old Delta steel box already in it.

No matter what, look at how it is built. Most of them are easy as pie to get into.

IE: many like mine you can get open with a swift hammer blow to the lock. Others, you can peel up the side of the lid and yank out the pin in the piano hinge. Yet others have a really cheesy middle piece and is only tack welded on in a couple spots so you can peel it up and then reach through and release the lid.

Don't buy a plastic one because they are by far the least secure. A lot of them you can stand on the middle and distort the box enough to release the lid. The rest can be opened with a cordless drill and a drillbit to drill out the rivets or you can cut around the hoop bracket with a cordless dremel tool.
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I also recommend the Weatherguard. They are tougher than nails. I had a steel one in my 93 and it was STOUT. I've got a Delta aluminum box in my 95, and it's not a bad box, but it doesn't compare to the WG. It was a good value though. I've also seen the WG's available in a Rhino type lining. This is just an opinion, but for a work truck, I've found that having one box along each frame rail is much more convienient than the standard front of the bed single box. Regardless of what you choose, if someone wants your stuff they'll get it.

Also... Take a look at AWS. They make some really nice durable top quality boxes.
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RH uses these disc locks on thier boxes... seems like they would be pretty good since they are sunk in so that someone can't get at 'em easy. I believe the stee on the boxl is 14 guage.

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Re: NOT TECHNICAL. where to buy ???

thanks for the replies. I'm now looking into something that sits under the rails so i can run with the topper in the winter and not have to hack it up too badly to make it work.
if i cant find something like that, i am going to weld up a box that will be on rollers. then i can (by way of cable&pullry system) roll it to the tailgate when i need to use something, and have the front side fold out making a nice flat work surface....with the vise attached of course [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] hopefully i can get one like what i want if not though...welding and fabbing are in my future
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