November 15, 2021
Tool trucks serve a variety of purposes. In some cases, they are a mobile showroom, allowing sales teams to sell tools on the go or utilitarian vehicles transporting tools to job sites.
Regardless of how a tool truck is used, keeping it well maintained is critical to ensuring the best possible lifespan from the truck and the components found within it.
For those who operate a tool truck, the following guide will outline the best methods for maintaining a tool truck of any kind.
Located within the tool truck, on the truck bed, or even as rollaway options, the core of a tool truck is the truck’s storage options. Over time, these toolboxes can become dirty, grimy, and greasy. Periodically cleaning your toolboxes will help protect the storage boxes from damage and ensure that your workspace looks its best.
Depending on the type of toolboxes your truck contains, there are a few different methods for cleaning the boxes.
For aluminum toolboxes, you’ll want to begin by emptying them of their contents. Then, using water, rinse the toolboxes and remove any loose debris or dirt.
Next, to remove grime and grease that’s harder to clean, try one or more of the following aluminum-safe tactics:
If your tool truck has steel toolboxes, your cleaning method won’t differ much from aluminum. Begin by washing the boxes with water, getting rid of dirt and debris. Next, the following steel-safe methods for removing tough grease and grime:
Beyond just ensuring that the toolboxes and displays in your truck are well maintained, a vital part of ensuring that your tool truck will continue to operate smoothly over the years is to keep up with regular vehicle maintenance intervals.
These intervals will vary based on the chassis your tool truck was built on, but the following are all common maintenance tasks that should not be put off past the manufacturers recommended intervals:
Be sure to keep detailed records of all work that is performed on your tool truck. This will help ensure that you do not miss any critical maintenance tasks as the truck’s mileage increases.
One overlooked method for maintaining tool trucks — or any customized truck build for that matter — is to change the way you drive. Many poor driving habits can cause a truck to break down more frequently and lead to premature failure of the truck’s mechanical components.
Use the following list of driving do’s and don’ts to help increase the longevity of your tool truck.
At Summit Bodyworks, we can assist you in creating a high-quality tool truck to meet any need. Whether you plan to use your tool truck as a mobile showroom or need it to haul your tools to a job site, our team will work with you to design a tool truck that’s built on a high-quality chassis.
Interested in seeing what we can do? Feel free to check out our recent customer builds. For example, we helped design a Matco truck built on a Peterbilt 337 with a 26-foot body upgraded to PX9 300 horsepower. This tool truck was designed with the best features, including a recessed sunglass display, rollaway shelving, a 90 can beverage cooler, and so much more.
Interested in learning more about the work we provide? Reach out to our team today for a free consultation.
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