Tool Trucks

An industry leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of specialty vehicles, Summit Bodyworks is committed to building reliable tool trucks for the modern-day business owner.

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Profit with The toughest, most reliable tool truck ever built

The owner of a mobile tool franchise will use a tool truck both for transportation and as a storefront. That’s why our tool trucks are built to top-quality standards. Thanks to our position as an industry expert, Summit Bodyworks brings together premium designs and impeccable customer service to get you on the road — and keep you there. 

Whether you’re just starting your business, or it’s time for an upgrade, our sales team will help create a mobile store that will perform best according to your needs for your business. Renowned in the industry for our advanced style and detailed craftsmanship, a Summit Bodyworks tool truck will stand out from its competitors for a lifetime. We build in a variety of lengths, sizes, and chassis configurations, allowing you to choose the right model for your needs.

Our level of customer service is unparalleled in the industry, allowing you to focus on what matters: your business and your customers. As a premier automotive provider in the U.S., we offer support every step of the way. Even after your truck is completed, we will make sure that your truck stays in top condition to keep your business running.

  • Chassis Options

    We only use the highest-quality chassis to create a vehicle you can depend on for years to come. Choose from a variety of configurations including cab chassis, step vans, and tilt cabs. We build on Peterbilt, Kenworth, Isuzu, Ford, Hino, International, and Freightliner chassis.

  • Capacity

    Our tool truck body options range from 16 to 28 feet in length. Whether you need a large interior volume for display or a smaller body for urban routes where maneuverability is essential, we work with you to maximize every inch with functional options and design.

  • Liftgate

    No matter what style you choose, all of our tool stores are crafted with a 2,000-pound liftgate with an extension and cart stop. Each store also includes LED marker lights, and you can choose from optional add-ons such as floodlights, external storage boxes, and more.

  • Customized Layout

    highlights your most popular tools, allows your customers to move freely throughout your store, and includes options to maximize your profits. Some of our most popular options are a 12-volt testing panel at the service desk, aluminum floors in toolbox pockets, diamond plate toe kicks, custom sunglass, beef jerky displays, and generators, as well as industry-leading energy and power management solutions through our partnership with Volta power systems.

  • Ongoing Customer Service

    Our customer service doesn’t end with delivery. At Summit Bodyworks, we are committed to keeping your truck on the road at all times. We utilize our partnerships with national tool companies and independent distributors to service your vehicle around the clock.

Hybrid and all-electric solutions are available for many of our vehicle applications.

Going electric is a great way to increase efficiency and save on costs. As an industry leader in all-electric solutions, we offer custom, innovative solutions that are better for the environment AND your bottom line.

Hybrid & All-Electric Specialty Vehicles
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Up to 85% less operating costs

100% electric & Hybrid options

Ford eQVM approved

Carb certified

Up to 66% less maintenance costs

Incredible performance

Safe and reliable

Smooth operation

Over-the-air updates

Frequently Asked Questions

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What types of trucks are used as tool trucks?

Our tool trucks come in three different chassis styles. A cab chassis on a Freightliner M2 is the most popular. Other options include Ford, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Hino, Isuzu, and International chassis. Ordinarily, these are constructed with 18-foot to 26-foot bodies that do not require a CDL.

Another common choice, step vans come in either a Ford or Freightliner chassis, and you can choose between a gas or diesel model. Our highly detailed and well-built step vans come in 18-foot to 24-foot body options with a locking bulkhead sliding door for store security. 

Finally, tilt cabs are another option from Isuzu and Hino, with body sizes available from 16 feet to 22 feet. This style is well suited for smaller, urban areas where it may be more difficult to maneuver. We will work with you to create options and designs to make every inch of the body count.

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How large is a typical tool truck?

Standard tool trucks typically come in 20, 22, 24, and 26-foot body options. At Summit Bodyworks, our tool trucks range from 16 to 28 feet in length. We offer cab chassis, step vans, and tilt cabs. Our smaller Tilt cabs range in sizes from 16 to 22 feet, making them ideal for situations where gas efficiency and navigation are important. Our step vans are available in 18- to 24-foot lengths, and cab chassis is our largest option, ranging from 18 to 28 feet. 

When choosing a size for your tool truck, you want to choose one that has enough room to fit your tools and grow with your business, but it should not have empty space. 

If the route you drive on is located in an urban area, a smaller body size may be best, while a rural route may call for a larger truck with space for customers.

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What options are available on a tool truck?

Many tool truck dealers and distributors add on options such as floodlights, external storage boxes, roll-away shelving units, floor tie-down rings, an RV refrigerator, and a sliding walkthrough door. Other popular options include a 12-volt testing panel at the service desk, aluminum floors in toolbox pockets, diamond plate toe kicks, custom sunglass, and beef jerky displays, and generators.

A reputable tool truck distributor will offer a wide range of accessories. This allows tool truck owners to choose the right combination to supplement their business. Adding the right options to a tool truck can go a long way toward improving customer satisfaction, as well as increasing the owner’s comfort and ease of use. Owners spend a great deal of time in their trucks, and it is important to have the ability to choose the right add-ons for their business goals, customer needs, and location.

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Do tool truck drivers have to purchase their own trucks?

Yes, most tool truck drivers must purchase their own trucks — also known as a mobile franchise or mobile store — even if they are driving a branded vehicle for a particular tool company. They may work for themselves as an independent distributor or drive as a distributor for a popular tool company such as Cornwell Tools, Mac Tools, or Matco Tools. 

Driving and owning a tool truck has many benefits. Tool truck drivers work for themselves, and they have the flexibility to set their own hours and control their own income. Working for an established tool franchise can give drivers access to a network of national brands, specialized rewards programs, business and marketing support, and top-quality products. Owning a truck also eliminates the need to purchase a traditional storefront. Because real estate can be expensive to purchase and maintain, this makes operating a tool franchise an attractive option for many aspiring business owners.

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Does a tool truck driver need a CDL?

A tool truck driver will need a CDL if their truck has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. Many tool trucks fall just below this limit, at 26,000 pounds. However, if a driver purchases a tool truck that is above the required GVWR, they are required to hold a CDL. 

CDL requirements are outlined on both the federal and state level. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) lays out the federal requirements which are applicable across the United States. CDLs, however, are not issued by the federal government, so you must go to your state’s DMV for this license. For your state’s guidelines, check with your state’s department of transportation (DOT) and on your state’s official government website. Even if you are driving across state lines, you should hold a CDL in your home state.

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At Summit Bodyworks, we don’t take no for an answer. We innovate and problem-solve. We don’t follow industry trends; we create them. We serve our customers with smiles on our faces and integrity as our foundation. When it comes to our work, decades of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into perfecting our crafts. Our team of project managers, engineers, account managers, and technicians work together to ensure our quality is excellent and our process smooth. As an industry leader, we’re confident that the service and support you’ll receive from Summit Bodyworks simply cannot be matched.

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