3 Reasons Tool Boxes Are Diamond Plated

3 Reasons Tool Boxes Are Diamond Plated

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You have probably noticed that most tool boxes manufactured for flatbed trucks are diamond plated in some way, shape, or form. Sometimes just the top is plated while other times doors and sides are plated too. Have you ever wondered why? There are three very good reasons for diamond plating.

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3 Reasons Tool Boxes Are Diamond Plated

You have probably noticed that most tool boxes manufactured for flatbed trucks are diamond plated in some way, shape,
or form. Sometimes just the top is plated while other times doors and sides are plated too. Have you ever wondered
why? There are three very good reasons for diamond plating.




For the record, diamond plating is not exclusive to truck trailer tool boxes or aluminum panels. Diamond plating’s raised
lines pattern can be applied to aluminum, steel, or stainless steel using a hot rolling procedure. You can build anything
with plated panels that you might otherwise build with non-plated panels.

Non-Slip, Non-Skid Surface

Diamond plated metals were originally developed to provide a non-slip, non-skid surface for industrial uses. The most
common applications for the metal plates were walkways, cat walks, ramps, and staircases. Diamond plating worked so
well that manufacturers started applying it to fire trucks, ambulances, and cargo trailers.

Today it is normal to see diamond plated surfaces on emergency vehicles. It is used in the construction of truck tool
boxes with the understanding that truck drivers often have to stand on their boxes when securing cargo, storing straps
and tarps, and washing the cab. It is nice to have that non-slip, non-skid surface under your feet.

Extra Grip in Weather

There are times when metal surfaces have to be handled in inclement weather. For a truck driver, that might mean
moving a tool box from one location to another. It could mean the simple act of opening or closing a tool box door in a
driving rain or while wearing gloves. That extra bit of grip helps either way.

A diamond plated surface can make it easier to install tool boxes as well. The extra grip makes it easier to hold a box in
place while it is being secured to mounting brackets.





It Just Looks Good

We have to be honest and say that diamond plated aluminum is not just a utilitarian product. There are manufacturers
who use it on truck tool boxes and running boards simply because it looks good. The raised texture adds a bit of style and
character whereas smooth surface metals tend to fade away without being noticed.

Truck drivers who compete with show vehicles put a lot of effort into metal surfaces. As you may have noticed, they are
not shy about using diamond plated chrome and aluminum either. Of course, making diamond plated metal truly
eyecatching requires keeping it clean and polished. Fortunately, doing so isn’t that hard.

A truck driver only needs a quality cleaning solution, a piece of scrap carpet, and a little elbow grease to keep diamond
plated metal looking its best. Cleaning only takes a few minutes if it is done regularly. Clean aluminum also protects itself
through oxidation, by the way, so keeping aluminum tool boxes cleaned and polished adds to longer life.

We Have Your Aluminum Tool Boxes

As a flatbed truck driver, you know how important aluminum tool boxes are to your daily routine. You would be lost
without them. You use your boxes for everything from tarp storage to carrying the hand tools you need to keep your
truck on the road. Here at Mytee Products, we are thrilled to be able to carry a selection of tool boxes suitable for most
rig set-ups.

Our inventory currently includes six different tool boxes for both tractors and trailers. Each box is made with heavy-duty
aluminum and solid welded seams to keep cargo clean and dry year after year. We also carry the mounting brackets
you’ll need to affix your boxes to your rig.