An aluminum service body presents lifetime cost savings that compound year after year. The principle of a truck body being a depreciating asset is turned on its head, leaving you with a money-saving investment that will positively affect your bottom line.
The aluminum service body provides a combination of strength, longevity, fuel economy, and wear reduction to upend its steel predecessor, making the decision to eventually upgrade a no-brainer.
Advancement of aluminum fabrication techniques have swiftly led to aluminum service trucks becoming the industry standard, with nearly every manufacturer offering their own spin on an aluminum truck bed.
So… how exactly do aluminum service bodies save you money?
Funny you should ask!
General Wear Resistant
General wear is a pretty broad term when it comes to service truck bodies. We get that.
When we consider general wear, we are talking about everything from rust, weather damage, jobsite accidents, and other misfortunes that cause issues with utility beds.
The aluminum alloys used to fabricate utility truck bodies has come a long way in the past 20 years.
At this point in time, the aluminum used by many to construct service truck beds is virtually rust-proof, preventing any sort of long-term erosion and subsequent repair.
By preventing rust, we subtract a truck body longevity issue, practically alleviating the worry of it ever becoming a problem.
As far as job site mishaps go, the aluminum alloys used to construct a service truck bed have been used in applications for military and aviation, tested against extreme conditions.
While dents, scratches, and other cosmetic deformities are not completely avoidable, aluminum provides adequate protection against major issues.
It isn’t bulletproof, but contrary to an outdated belief, aluminum provides the same strength and durability as steel, while preventing oxidation and erosion.
Pretty neat stuff, if you ask me.
This one is a doosy.
Aluminum alloys used for service bodies weigh around 50% less than stainless steel.
Cutting truck body weight in half, your fuel expenditure will decrease drastically. Like… big time.
In cutting the weight of the truck, you can increase fuel economy by up to 30%.
To put this into perspective, this is like having a 30% off coupon every time you go to fill up. If gas/diesel is currently $2.50 and you save 30% per gallon, fuel now costs 1.75 per gallon.
If you spend $500.00 per week on fuel with steel, in theory, you would spend $350.00 per week with an aluminum service body.
That’s $150.00 per week. If you work 50 weeks per year, that is $7500.00 of fuel savings.
Obviously, these are estimates, but the fact that there is that much cash to be saved in a given year should make any business owner or professional contractor a little giddy.
Saving money is sweet. Aluminum service bodies save money.
Therefore, aluminum service bodies are sweet.
Chassis wear from heavy, burdensome utility beds is a real problem.
After all, your truck is probably worth a whole lot more than the service body mounted on it.
Chassis wear can become a major headache as the truck body lifecycle increases.
Reducing the empty weight of the truck unit by using an aluminum service body will reduce chassis wear.
With aluminum providing so much weight reduction, everything from the engine to the axles benefits from this relief. Less overload leads to a longer lifetime.
More reliable storage
The beauty of aluminum can be found in every detail of an aluminum truck bed.
And yes, that is the first time in history someone has said, “…the beauty of aluminum.”
Reliable storage cabinets probably do not cross your mind when it comes to a service bed. Every storage cabinet is the same, right?
Well, no. They aren’t.
You see, aluminum truck beds have aluminum truck boxes, which will allow you to store more tools and gadgets, because it is a lighter storage option.
BUT… it is also a more reliable storage option.
Aluminum service beds are essentially rust proof. The odds of any subsequent damage occurring to your tools or other areas of your truck is minimal.
Not only that, you are ensuring far more storage capacity makes having everything you need in one place pretty simple, wouldn’t you say?
That’s more reliable.
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