My work truck came from the outfitter with something similar. It's a
great idea until the first time you try to open/close one of the drawers
and realize you have about 500 lb. of tools in the drawer.
Last month's Fine Homebuilding had a similar version as a Tip column but
the guy mounted the drawers on roller wheels and used an upper roller to
prevent the boxes from tipping as they were pulled out. This one just
sliding will get hard to pull if it isn't already once it wears a
little, for sure.
Mine has a single roller across the width at the cab end. This causes
you to have to lift the drawer and its entire contents to open/close it.
Along with the lost depth of the bed, which is unavailable when
needed, I'd rip it out if I were allowed to.
Think these go under the category of "different strokes..." :)
Just depends on how one uses the truck as to whether giving up the depth
for the storage is a useful tradeoff or not. For me on the farm w/ the
diesel and gas transfer tanks which take up almost half unfortunately
and needing room for stuff other than tools and the types of tools
changing from one job to another, they're not the deal. The side mount
boxes for the handtools for equipment repair are ok, the rest is for
whatever is the "job of the day"...
About 25 years ago I made drawers for my truck which I used for
camping. I had 3 drawers about 1.3 feet square by 8 feet long.
They had 3 compartments. A sheet of plywood on top of the drawers
and a mattress on top of that. The truck had a camper shell.
There were no rollers for the drawers. It was very convenient and
not very hard to use. I used it for many years.
I own a pickup but I'm not a contractor. If my truck were my office
and shop, something like that might be practical although I'd want to
see how those drawers work when they're fully loaded, in the rain, and
when it's minus 20 degrees.
But since I use my truck for hauling yard waste, lumber, furniture and
whatever, I want the space those drawers take up more than I want the
It depends... I have a similar truck (long bed, small cab) that I use for
the bed capacity, not hauling tools around. In my case, the drawer
system would be a bigger hassle than not having it.
It's a good idea, just not right for me.
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The answers are yes, no, definitely, and maybe.
It all depends on what you use your truck for. Anything that helps organize
you, keeps your tools dry and safe from theft, or just improves your
efficiency is a good thing. I have owned many "work trucks", and each was
totally different on what was functional and efficient on it. I do really
like to see a guy show up who's organized and has his stuff all together. I
had a guy show up to install a satellite dish, and he didn't even have a
drill! If they look organized, they probably are, and do good work. When
they look totally disorganized, they probably are.
I do own a pickup and once built a wooden version of the Jobbox for the bed.
Moisture will be a problem. DAMHIKT.
Security/theft issues aside, which others have already raised, you don't
want to leave good gack in those drawers for any length of time because
it will rust unless you live in someplace like Arizona.
Honestly, from the look of those photos, I'd expect to see a good inch
or two of water in those drawers after a good rainstorm, or after 3
inches of snow melts.
my drawer unit is one of best purchases, saves tons of time finding
one drawer is all tools, different types roughly in different areas.
frequently used stuff where drawer doesnt need opened all the way.
a different drawer is all long stuff, rollers mandrells and the like.
2 rd drawer is electrical and mechanical parts mostly in bags for easy
I fix machines for a living, this purchase has helped a lot.
although my Garmin c330 navigator is GREAT, for finding customers!
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