When it comes to your pest control equipment, what type of toolbox do you prefer? The most common toolboxes used with pest spray rigs are steel and fiberglass. I have tried to list the pros and cons of each type as I see them. I have not included plastic toolboxes, most pest control sprayers do not use these cheaper items.
- Variety. This is the biggest advantage of steel toolboxes. There are lots of styles and sizes. Buying the right size toolbox that lets you fit more stuff in the vehicle is like buying productivity.
- Generally sturdy.
- Can get a good steel toolbox for lower cost than fiberglass.
- Rust. If not maintained or in some climates, steel boxes can rust.
- Appearance - dents and dings can accumulate (like me paralleling parking my car). Paint can flake off, etc.
Neat - in well maintained, they can be look sharp.
Rust - They don't.
Cost - usually cost more than basic steel toolboxes. Working with fiberglass is time consuming and unpleasant work.
Sizes - usually much less selection. Fiberglass toolboxes are usually locally made from molds. Each local manufacturer may have one or two sizes.
Appearance - can crack and look crappy if not cared for.
Bottom line: If you have or find a toolbox that works great for your business, it doesn't matter what it is made of. Keep it clean. When it look like crap, replace it.