Steel Trays For Work Vehicles

When you’re working in the frontline it is not a good idea to carry anything that can easily be damaged. The appropriate tray for your vehicle will make a huge difference.

Dealerships typically prefer prefabricated ute trays. They are provided as a ready-to-drive away, no-extra-cost package. However, custom-built trays provide many benefits over their cheaper, prefabricated counterparts.


Steel Trays Queensland is a much stronger material than aluminium. Steel also resists corrosion better than mild metal, particularly when coated with hot-dip galvanising or powder coating. It is susceptible to rust, however, if it is exposed to saltwater for an extended time or the coating has been compromised by scratches and chips.

If left untreated, a well-maintained tray made of steel will last longer than one made of aluminum. Both are susceptible to corrosion. A tray that is rusty may be weak and its structural integrity may be weakened. This isn’t something you should do when transporting heavy equipment such as a the acrow drill bit or jackhammer drill protrusions.

A ute tray made of steel could be heavier than an aluminium one. This might not be the best option in certain scenarios. This is especially true for cab-chassis cars that are driven with little or no load. The rear suspensions made of leaf springs of these vehicles can become so rigid that they could cause your head to hit the roof when you drive over a small pebble.


A tray can help you improve your ute’s efficiency to store gear, store it or transport equipment. But, choosing a high-quality tray isn’t easy with so many options of materials, designs and configurations.

Trays are available in aluminum or steel, and each has its pros and cons. Aluminium trays, for example are lighter and more efficient in fuel use, but more likely to scratch than steel ones. Steel trays on the other hand are tough and can withstand heavy use.

Norweld’s premium Single Cab tray is a solid piece of equipment, thanks to its fully made of welded construction and heavy-duty 10mm tray mounts. The steel body is pre-galvanised RHS and comes with polished 38mm tubing that is welded to the headboard to protect the cabin’s windows at the rear. The toolboxes are integrated, and there are storage bins for your tools and equipment. The tray can be coated in powder coat to be a perfect match to your ute.

Corrosion Resistance

Like aluminum trays, steel trays are more susceptible to corrosion. They can be rust-proofed by hot dipped galvanised or powder coated, however any scratch or dent can cause corrosion to begin. They require more maintenance, and can cost more money than a tray made of aluminum.

The lightness of aluminium tray utes improves fuel efficiency, and they’re also less likely to break than steel tray. You can also maximize the load capacity of your vehicle.

Norweld utilizes heavy-duty aluminium in all its products due to its strength and light weight. It’s also durable and weather resistant, which makes it perfect for use on rough terrain. The team in Townsville creates heavy-duty trays and wind-off canopy that allow locals to make the most of their vehicles. They can be fitted with a variety of accessories, ranging from rolla drawers and toolboxes, to racks and water tanks. The trays can be equipped with compressors and winches, or battery boxes. The company is backed by a tried-and-tested lean manufacturing process and has an extensive quality assurance system in place to ensure consistency and dependability.


Steel trays are typically three to four times stronger and stiffer than aluminum. They can be a good option for harsh conditions, especially those in coastal areas where salt water is always a threat. They are also less likely to scratch compared to their aluminum counterparts.

They do add weight to the vehicle. Also, the fuel economy is likely to be affected by a heavier UTE tray. They are also more expensive than aluminum alternatives due to the fact that they require more raw materials as well as specialized TIG/MIG weld gasses and labor.

Alloy trays are advantageous because they do not contain ferrous metals. This makes them a good choice for those needing to transport flammable liquids or gases. They are also cheaper than steel trays. However, they may get rusty when exposed to the elements without protection. The best method to avoid this is by using hot-dip galvanising or powder coating. This method protects the tray against corrosion, making it an ideal choice for those who work or live in areas with salty conditions.

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