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Truck Toolbox Showdown優elta vs. Deflecta-Shield
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By: David Brooks Email Article
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The world of truck toolboxes is chock full of choices. So much so, the staggering array of brands, styles, and materials is enough to make your head spin. I decided to dig a little deeper and get to the bottom of the box.

In my business, the most important tool beside nerves of steel and a long stick is a quality box on the truck. You see, I知 a herper; you know, one of those freaks that go out into the hills to catch snakes and lizards. The actual title is Herpetologist, but those of us in the industry just call ourselves herpers. I知 in the process of taking my business fulltime and I need to find a proper box to carry my 田argo.

Now, a truck toolbox may not seem like a traditional reptile receptacle, but they can literally save your life. You see, when you got one or two pit vipers stuck in a canvas sack, you gotta keep those things contained. Some folks use a cage, but that draws all kinds of undue attention to your rig謡ith a cage full of snakes and all. So I just pack those babies in my toolbox where they stay safe and sound 奏ill I get back to the lab.

Since my money痴 made by selling herps to zoos, labs and scientists, I want my rig to look good. The last thing the scientific community wants to deal with is some hillbilly in a jalopy out running snakes like moonshine. So, I started by purchasing a brand new Dodge 3500 diesel rig. This thing値l go anywhere and it looks killer. My old rig had a wooden, home-built eyesore that passed as a container, so I知 gonna install one of those diamond-plate beauties on the new rig. The question is what brand?

When I started looking for a new box, I quickly discovered that there are hundreds of brands. After scouring the net and talking to the maintenance crew at the zoo, I narrowed it down to 2 brands優elta and Deflecta-Shield. Both companies make beautiful boxes in every configuration imaginable. I知 going for one that runs along the side of the bed, since they池e a lot easier to access. After all, I don稚 want to blindly fish my arm around in a box full of rattlers.

Delta seems to be the most recognizable brand around. The box I壇 choose is called the Delta Pro Aluminum Innerside Toolbox and it cost around 350 bucks for the aluminum finish. At 5 feet long it値l fit my Ram perfectly, not to mention a couple of 6-8 foot herps. When I知 not hauling precious cargo the box will hold my gear, including my 48 inch snake stick. It also has an easy push-button lock, so when I知 wrestling with a sack o serpents I can get that baby open in a jiffy.

The Deflecta-Shield that caught my eye is the Deflecta-Shield Challenger Side Mount Truck Toolbox. This one also comes in a bright-aluminum diamond-plate finish. The 5 footer costs just under 400 bones and has a foam-injected lid. This値l come in real handy to keep the herps cool when the mercury痴 up. The latches work with steel paddles rather than the buttons Delta uses, which could get a little hairy with a python wrapped around my arm.

Both brands build beautiful boxes and it痴 hard to find much difference. In the end though, I decided to go with the Delta box. I値l save 50 smackers and it has a longer warranty. The Deflecta-Shields have a 1-year warranty, while the Delta痴 covered for 3 whole years. Those are really the only reasons I went with one over the other. Both boxes would certainly meet my snaky needs so it just came down to a matter of cash庸or 50 bucks I gotta catch a lot herps.

Two of the best truck toolboxes on the market are Deflecta-Shield and Delta tool boxes. Each brand is readily available on the net and at most tool supply houses. They share similar features, come in different finishes and are designed to be virtually theft proof. - David S. Brooks

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