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Taco truck tool box ideas?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by jcroberts1972, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Apr 23, 2018 at 5:38 PM
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    jcroberts1972

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    I started looking for a black low profile tool box for the Taco and had no idea how hard it was going to be to find one that fits the ole' SR5! Wondering if anybody has any pictures or ideas?
     
  2. Apr 23, 2018 at 5:51 PM
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  3. Apr 23, 2018 at 5:58 PM
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  4. Apr 23, 2018 at 8:16 PM
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    Weatherguard makes one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Weather-Guard-131501-Aluminum-Profile/dp/B00279P4SK

    as does UWS:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017HB3SS/

    and probably Husky/Dee Zee/Adrian steel

    I own the UWS but would suggest to get the Weatherguard. The Locking mechanism and actual barrel on the UWS box is sub standard and has become very finicky from regular use. The UWS box also will not fit if you have certain lumber/ladder racks installed where as the Weatherguard will fit no problem due to its stepped design and larger depth on the first step that contacts the bedrail. Co workers have Weatherguards and their locking mechanism is second to none.

    Buy once, cry once reigns supreme in this category.

    One word of advice when purchasing a truck box is to spend the extra 40-50 bucks and buy from a brick and mortar store so you can personally inspect the box BEFORE purchase. These items are big and bulky and are shipped freight from online vendors and more often than not come in with dings and dents. I received mine from Amazon and it came in dented. Why roll the dice when you can have a sure thing.

    I am a carpenter by trade and can fit a corded sawzall in its box, skilsaw, combo drill set in their box, extension cords, my bags, a roughly 20"x8"x10"tall hand toolbox, random battery chargers/other loose cordless tools in the UWS. The weatherguard is roughly the same size and I am sure could carry the same amount of junk and more securely given the superior locking mechanism.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  5. Apr 23, 2018 at 8:36 PM
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  6. Apr 24, 2018 at 5:18 AM
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    Wow, thanks for all the info it really helps! Maybe I'll save my coin and get the weather guard? I do plan on having this truck for a while. I'll have to look around for a retailer and check them out. Thanks again!!
     
  7. Apr 24, 2018 at 6:44 AM
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    holy crap man i got mine 2 years ago from Home Depot for around $135 or maybe check facebook Marketplace....no way in this lifetime would i pay that for a toolbox... good luck with your search though
     
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  8. Apr 24, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    I have the uws, good box. The lock needed a little wd40 at first.

    I bought online. First one I had returned because it was beat up. Second one came in a little better.
    I wanted to buy local but no one local to me would stock mid size truck tool boxes.

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  11. Apr 24, 2018 at 7:12 PM
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    I see you’re in Arlington, I’m in Alexandria.

    I think the closest store is down in Fredericksburg. I had it ordered in to the store and picked it up.
     
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    Yeah I looked at that yesterday.. I'll give them a call today and see what they have! Thanks again!!
     
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    I had the Kobalt low profile box on my last two trucks and it held up pretty well. Decided to go a different route with my current truck and bought a Camlocker toolbox. I’ve only had it since December, but I love it so far. Very well built and plenty of space. It was right around $500 after tax.

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  15. Apr 25, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    Looks really nice.. Is it matte black?
     
  16. Apr 25, 2018 at 11:25 AM
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    Yeah, matte black with a textured finish. I'm hoping the finish will hold up a little better than the gloss type finish. To me, the matte black just looks great.
     
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    Agreed!
     
  18. Apr 25, 2018 at 6:21 PM
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    Matte black is the way to go. Better Built is a good one too. The UWS just isn’t what it used to be.

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  19. Apr 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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    Here’s the model number and price I paid for the Better Built on my ‘17 OR.

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  20. Apr 25, 2018 at 6:33 PM
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    I’d also recommend you guys put yoga mat between the plastic rail and tool box edge. If you put a lot of weight in the box and drive your truck hard you’ll dent the plastic sides. It also is more secure compared to metal on plastic.
     
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