After purchasing a house, often the next biggest purchase a person makes is buying a vehicle. Many people in Australia use their ute as a main source of income. People carry an almost infinite range of goods in their utes, from tools to livestock. For ute owners, buying a reliable ute tray can help take their business to the next level.
Different Styles of Ute Tray to Buy
Ute trays come in a range of shapes, sizes and materials. Here we will discuss the pros and cons of steel and aluminium ute trays, to help you make the best decision and buy the correct product for your needs.
Ute trays are not a cheap piece of equipment, so it’s important to spend quality time researching online to ensure you are fully informed when buying the product.
You should ask yourself:
- What will I be carrying regularly?
- What is my budget?
- What accessories will I need?
Steel Versus Aluminium Ute Tray
Whether you are thinking of buying a pre-fabricated ute tray for your existing vehicle, or you are planning on having one custom made, one of the first decisions you will need to make is the type of metal you want your ute tray made from. Steel ute trays are considerably stronger than aluminium. This is one of the main and most important differences.
By far the most common types of metal used for ute trays are:
The Differences Between Steel and Aluminium Ute Trays
Let’s take a closer look at both types and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
Both metals are produced to high standards and have a variety of characteristics that are unique to and different from each other.
Steel trays are more suited to the lifestyle of a tradesman or farmer. Steel is known to be roughly four times stronger and three times stiffer than aluminium, reassuring you that it will last a lifetime.
If strength and hardness are an important factor in your business, then steel would be the obvious choice.
As aluminium is softer than steel, it is obvious that when the two come in to contact with each other, steel will come off better. If your job involves carrying around a load of heavy steel items, such as metal supports, then steel will be the obvious choice.
The main advantage of aluminium is its lightweight characteristic when compared to steel. The fact that aluminium is the go-to metal for a variety of airplane, car and motorbike parts tells you that it must be light, yet strong.