5 Factors to consider when choosing a ute tray that’s right for you

26 Mar

If you’re sitting there wondering which ute tray will fit in your 9 to 5 and cater to your weekend activities, you’re not alone. 

Many tradies, 4×4 enthusiasts and anybody who drives a ute will ask themselves the same questions. Do I need a steel tray? Or a well body? Will I need a canopy later on? Can I still take it off roading on weekends?

First of all, the ute tray you choose must satisfy your daily needs on the job, be it transporting materials around on site to carrying all your tools. It needs to have ample storage space and be durable and sturdy enough that it won’t get damaged so easily.

Secondly, it needs to be versatile enough to accommodate whatever your weekend activities are whether it is camping and fishing or simply smashing through Perth’s off-road tracks.

So how do you know the ute tray you choose will meet the demands of your lifestyle?

To help you pick a ute tray that’s right for you, we’ve listed the X most important factors to consider when choosing a ute tray.


Size — how bigs’ ya tray?

Like with most arguments these days, it all comes down to a measuring contest — how bigs ya tray? The size of the tray is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a tray that’s right for you. Afterall, if the shoe doesn’t fit, well then it’s as useful as an apprentice on their first day.

The tray needs to be large enough to fit in all your tools during the weekly grind and large enough to carry all your weekend gear. The easiest way to figure out the size you need is to take an inventory of all your tools your job requires. Might as well do a quick check on your camping, fishing and off roading gear while you’re at it. 

This will give you a rough idea of how much space you’re going to need. Some trays can be easily adjusted, while others are more specific and will only fit a small range of chassis and brands. 


Weight — is it too heavy?

Arguably the second most important factor which many people often overlook is weight. The overall weight of your tools or ute tool box can have a significant impact on your vehicle’s fuel economy. The heavier the ute, the more fuel it’s going to chew through.

That’s why all steel ute trays sizes at Perth 4WD Centre take into consideration the weight, size and shape of what various trades generally transport to ensure you get maximum functionality, durability and fuel efficiency from your ute.


Functionality — usage of tray

Functionality is the third most important aspect your ute tray must fulfil. Afterall, what’s the point in getting a ute tray that doesn’t do the one thing you want it to do — transport your sh** around. 

Apart from carrying all your tools, heavy equipment, construction materials and all your weekend camping & fishing gear, your tray needs to be able to adapt to your changing lifestyle. If your job now demands a canopy to protect your gear, your tray needs to accommodate that.

When it comes to designing and manufacturing steel ute trays, Perth 4WD Centre factors in all walks of life to bring you a wide selection of ute trays suitable for handling tough worksites and easily adaptable for the weekends.


Internal space — how much space you need

This is fairly simple. The amount of space your ute tray should have can be dictated by the size and amount of tools you need to do your job properly. Don’t forget to also factor in what you do on the weekends.


Weatherproof — built to withstand 

Steel ute trays are built to withstand the toughest of work environments, however, may be prone to rust if they are not sealed with a protective coating. Being able to withstand the weather is the 5th and final most important factor to consider, especially if you work closer to the ocean on a regular basis. 


New Heavy Duty Steel Ute Trays For Tough Environments

Not all ute owners are that easy going when it comes to loading up the ute, especially those with stylish well bodies. Based on what’s going in the back, it’s safe to say you’re going to need a sturdy tray.

Tough worksites demand endurance, durability and the strength and hardness to withstand traders’ supplies getting tossed in the back. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to carefully place sledge hammers, jackhammer drill bits or any other material into a well body.

This is where you need a heavy-duty steel drop-side tray.

Not only are steel ute trays great for handling worksite abuse, they are perfect for carrying all of your camping and off-roading gear on the weekends

We take great pride in being able to provide the full-time tradie, part-time weekend warrior with a sturdy, highly durable and long-lasting tray that’s built to withstand the toughest environments, be it construction sites or off-roading.