Tuffy Full Pull Load Deck - Decked OutPosted in How To: Body Chassis on January 1, 2005 0) (
By now, most everyone in the Jeeping world knows about Tuffy Security's heavy-duty storage boxes and consoles that fit so well into the confines of a Jeep tub. What you might not know is that in the last couple of years the company has branched out into the pickup-truck market. First offering side and front storage boxes that fit cleanly along the bedrails of popular fullsize trucks, the boys from Cortez, Colorado have now come up with another winner. Just released are Full Pull Utility Drawers and Full Pull Load Decks that fit, in conjunction with the company's storage boxes, into the beds of working pickups.
Currently the Drawers and Decks are offered for both short- and longbed fullsize trucks, but units for compact trucks are in the works. Drawers are available in 4x2-foot, 6x2-foot, and 8x2-foot sizes. All are 16 1/4 inches high. The Load Decks are also available in short and long versions and consist of one large, flat platform on rollers. Like the Drawers, the Decks can be pulled out their full length over the tailgate of the truck, providing access to all those hard-to-reach tools that always seem to wind up in the front of the bed. Both Drawers and Trays can also be locked into position every 12 inches if full access is not required. At full pull, both the long and the short Deck can support 500 pounds. Pulled out 75 percent of their travel, both Decks can uphold a whopping 1,500 pounds. The Utility Drawers boast similar strength and numbers.
Tuffy's innovative three-stage slides are the secret behind the strength. Featuring stainless-steel roller bearings and fully welded 12-gauge steel construction, they are designed with commercial-grade quality to provide a product that should stand up to years of the day-in, day-out abuse a work truck is subject to. Other features offered include an optional divider kit for the Drawers and diamond-plate or carpet kits for the Decks. Of course, both Drawers and Decks come with Tuffy's Pry Guard II Locking System for, as its ads say, "serious theft protection."
We installed an 8-foot Load Deck in a longbed Dodge several months ago and have been putting it to the test ever since. This truck belongs to a custom cabinet shop and is used daily by five different craftsmen. It carries more than 1,000 pounds of tools and saws used on various job sights for the installation of cabinets in custom homes. Many times there is rough, unfinished grade around these homes requiring four-wheel drive, and weird surfaces so that the deck has to be pulled out on uneven angles. After months of hard use, the Tuffy Deck has proved invaluable and has shown no signs of quitting on the job. The cabinet guys say they've become spoiled and would not be without it.