Checker Plate Vs Flat Toolbox: What's the real difference?
Author: Chris Azzi Date Posted:24 January 2021
First and foremost, what is the difference?
Checker plate is commonly used for flooring, cladding, toolboxes, ramps, and anything that requires an ultra-hard wearing material.
The checker plate design on the toolboxes at OZY TOOLBOX CENTRE is made of light-weight aluminium metal with a regular pattern of raised diamonds or lines on one-side. it is good to note that the diamond plate, tread plate, and checker plate are all the same and can be used interchangeably.
As you can imagine due to the raised design, the surfaces of these toolboxes are skid/slip-resistant. further to this these toolboxes are difficult to powder coat and maintain a consistent dark colour due to the raised surfaces.
The checker plate surface is more difficult to clean when compared to the flat toolboxes, due to the dirt building up around the raised sections. Aesthetically a silver checkered toolbox on a dark-colored ute/vehicle may not be very appealing.
On the other hand, the flat surface aluminium toolboxes are a smooth raw material and can be powder coated to look consistent with the look of the vehicle or surrounding.
However, if these toolboxes are pinged the risk of showing the dent is much higher than a textured toolbox. The most important aspect to consider regardless of the checkered or flat toolbox is the thickness of the aluminium.
You want it thick enough to be sturdy and secure but not that thick as to add unnecessary weight. at OZY TOOLBOX CENTRE we manufacture toolboxes to ensure lightweight and not compromise the sturdiness of the product, we have a range of thickness from 2mm to 3mm thickness.
So really you can choose either a checkered or Flat toolbox, both will do exactly the same job, it all boils down to personal preference.