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Aluminum Toolboxes: Organization Tips for Truckers

The average flatbed trucker has at least one toolbox affixed to his or her rig. Some have a large trailer toolbox and two aluminum step boxes to maximize storage space, and some drivers have even more. The thing to remember is that proper organization of aluminum toolboxes maximizes storage space and reduces the frustrations of not being able to find the tool you’re after when you need it.

What constitutes the right number and size of toolboxes isn’t for us to say. Every flatbed trucker has his or her own preferences. But Mytee can offer a few organizational tips to help truckers make the most of their storage space. Keep in mind that we carry a full inventory of aluminum toolboxes for truck drivers and pickup truck owners.


Organizing Tarps

Assuming you are the kind of trucker who stores tarps and toolboxes, the first rule of thumb is to consider which tarps you use most often. Let’s say you regularly haul lumber loads that require coverage on all sides. You are going to want those tarps easily accessible at all times.

You may have a selection of smaller smoke tarps or general purpose canvas tarps that you only use every once in a while for machinery loads. Because they are used less frequently, you can store them on the bottom of your toolbox in favor of putting your lumber tarps on top.

One thing to note is that tarps should never be put away while still wet. If throwing a wet tarp into a tool box is unavoidable at the time, it should be retrieved and dried out as soon as possible. Leaving tarps in long-term storage with moisture trapped in the folds is a good recipe for mold.

Organizing Tools

When it comes to tools, truckers need to separate things like ratchet straps and binders from the hand tools used to perform regular maintenance. It’s a good idea to keep them in separate toolboxes if you have the space. If not, divide existing toolbox into two separate compartments using a piece of scrap wood or metal.

Ratchet straps can be rolled up and stacked very neatly in one corner of the box. Chains can be coiled and stacked in another corner. Binders, hooks, and other similar tools can then be placed in the center of the compartment. As for those hand tools, keep them separated according to tool type. Put all your sockets in one location, all the wrenches in another, etc. Organizing hand tools is a lot easier if you invest in some shelves and smaller boxes that can fit inside your main toolbox.

Everything in Its Place

It should be obvious that the strategy we are promoting here follows that old adage that says, ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. The hard part is not necessarily finding a place for everything that needs to be stored. It is finding the most efficient place and then making sure that the items are returned to their places after use.

Few things are as frustrating as having a journey interrupted by some sort of failure and then not being able to find the tools you need to fix the problem. Equally frustrating is the task of securing a load and having to dig through your toolbox looking for the right straps or chains. Organizing your toolboxes changes all that.

An organized toolbox – where everything has a fixed place that never changes – is one that lends itself very well to efficiency and productivity. Take it from us; you’ll be glad you organized your equipment once you do it.

Truckers: We Now Carry Durabilt Binder Products

When flatbed loads require chains for cargo protection, binders become a necessary piece of equipment to have on board. Binders make it possible to tighten chains down with the appropriate amount of force. In light of that, Mytee is proud to announce that we have added a selection of four binder products from Durabilt to our inventory.

We carry Durabilt because we believe it is a brand name you can trust. Durabilt products are built to last yet still affordably priced for truckers. Our inventory now includes the following four products:

  • Durabilt Folding Handle Ratchet Binder
  • Durabilt Ratchet Binder
  • Durabilt Removable Handle Binder
  • Durabilt Recoilless Lever Binder.


Different Binders for Different Applications

The binders used by truckers are known both as chain and load binders. They are used as chain tensioners to secure cargo to flatbed trailers prior to transport. Whenever chains are used for securing a load, tensioning them with a binder is required.

There are two primary types of binders that truckers use:

  • Ratchet Binder – This kind of binder is designed with a ratchet handle and two opposing hooks that create tension on the chain as the ratchet handle is moved back and forth. It is the easier of the two to use.
  • Lever Binder – The lever binder utilizes tension hooks on either end to tighten chains using leverage. Lever binders are used when more strength is needed to secure a load, but they also require more work from the driver to deploy correctly.

Both kinds of binders are sold according to the size of chain they will be used with. For example, the Durabilt Folding Handle Ratchet Binder we now carry can be purchased in two sizes: 5/16 to 3/8 inches or 3/8 to 1/2 inch. The standard Durabilt Ratchet Binder offers an additional size of 1/2 to 5/8 inches.

It is generally recommended that, truckers carry multiple sizes on board commensurate with the chains they use. Of course, chain sizes also differ depending on the kinds of loads the trucker normally hauls. Truckers who do not want to invest in multiple sizes may choose to go with the largest chains and binders they will use most often.

The most important consideration when purchasing binders, is to make sure that both, the binders as well as the chains they will be used with, are rated equally. For example, a chain rated as grade 70 transport chain must be paired with an appropriate binder to maintain integrity. A binder with a lower rating becomes the weakest link in the setup, and could potentially compromise the protection of the load..

Choosing the Binder for You

Mytee has chosen to carry four binder products from Durabilt because we know that preferences vary between truckers. Each truck driver must determine for him/herself what products are the best. For many, however, it comes down to speed. Truckers spend a lot of time securing loads; this is time for which they may or may not get paid. Those who do not get paid for cargo control and protection don’t want to spend more time on it than necessary. They want the wheels turning and the miles accumulating.

Some drivers may find the folding handle ratchet binder to be the fastest and easiest one to use. Others prefer a binder with a removable handle. The only downside to the second choice is the ever-present risk of losing a handle.

At any rate, we are proud to offer the new selection of binder products from Durabilt to our customers. Feel free to browse our entire inventory for everything you need as a trucker.