2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Slide-Out" Toolbox For Flatbed Pickups
The toolbox is made from 14-ga. powder-coated tread plate and is designed to fit behind the pickup's headache rack. It measures 81 in. long by 21 in. deep by 17 in. high and contains a metal tray that rolls out 60 percent to both sides, allowing you to get at tools from either side of the truck. The bottom of the tray has diamond plate rubber mat flooring and rides on sealed bearing rollers. A 2-lb. fire extinguisher comes as standard equipment.
The tray can be equipped with a variety of optional tool organizers including bolt bins, dividers, half trays, and a hand tool organizer. A spare tire carrier is also available that bolts to the back side of the toolbox.
Each end of the toolbox is equipped with a swing-out door, and there's a recessed T-handle on each end of the tray. To open the toolbox, you grab the T-handle and twist it, then swing the door open and slide the tray out.
"It's really handy - the flatbed can be full yet you can still get at your tools," says Haven. "With other toolboxes you have to crawl onto the back of the pickup and open the lid from the top in order to pull stuff out. The shelf bottom is one inch off the floor and is inset 1 1/2 in. on each end, so the tools in the box will never get wet even if the tray's side door seals wear out. There are 3 in. of space below the half tray, which is enough room for poles or posts, etc. And there's a triple lock system on each end of the tray for safety.
"Most flatbeds are 80 to 82 inches wide so it'll fit almost any pickup. If your flatbed is equipped with side rails, we offer a riser that raises the toolbox up over them."
The toolbox comes with mounting holes at each corner and requires drilling four holes in the flatbed. The toolbox comes in black only, but Haven says he plans to add other colors.
The basic toolbox and tray, not including the tool organizers, sells for $899.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Todd Haven, Haven Mfg., 20090 Hwy. 281, Smith Center, Kansas 66967 (ph 785 282-5260 or cell ph 785 282-0376; havenmfg@us center.net).
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