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Dee Zee Padlock Tool Box Options Announced

Dee Zee Padlock Tool Box

The Dee Zee Padlock Tool Box line for pickups is available in several styles with features designed for convenience as well as security. The crossover style spans the truck bed and rests on both panels, the side mount style rests on one panel, and the utility chest rests in side the bed but is made to be moved to the jobsite.


Both the crossover and utility chest have locking mechanisms on the side which feature heavy-duty striker bolts latched with a patented slide mechanism. The chest lid closes with a single moving part, eliminating weak welded points. An automotive grade rubber bulb seal wraps the undercarriage of the lid. The crossover style also has a customizable steel tool tray.

The Bolt Padlock can be used on all Dee Zee Padlock Tool Box styles. It’s built out of zinc-chrome plated 5/16-inch hardened steel with 6 plate tumbler sidebar and allows the user to customize locks to work with the vehicle’s ignition key. When the ignition key is inserted into the Bolt padlock, the padlock mechanically learns the key code.

Our Take

Dee Zee went with 20% thicker aluminum for the construction of their latest boxes along with a single moving part slide mechanism. The combination of that and heavy-duty striker bolts make the Dee Zee Padlock Tool Box series incredibly tough to break into compared to other models, including ones from Dee Zee.


In today’s world, everyone is concerned about tool theft. On paper, it sure looks like Dee Zee has done some things well in the Padlock series’ design. They’ve also added elements like their automotive grade rubber bulb lid seal to keep out moisture that has a tendency to claim the lives of our tools. That makes you wonder why you wouldn’t use automotive grade seals for something that’s going on your truck, but it happens.

As you’d expect, there’s a premium for going with black over chrome. The quality and security offered by Dee Zee means you’re paying more than you would for the bargain brands (no surprise there). You can sleep a little better knowing that your tools are more secure and you’ve put Americans to work since these are Made in the USA products.

Dee Zee Padlock Tool Box Features

Crossover Features

  • Model: Dee Zee DZ6170LOCKDTB (Black: $686.95), Dee Zee DZ6170LOCK (Chrome: $643.95)
  • Non-Rusting .072 Brite-Tread Aluminum
  • Accommodates any 1-inch Padlock (sold separately)
  • Internal Bends Add Superior Body Strength
  • Automotive Grade Rubber Bulb Lid Seal to Resist the Elements
  • Dampened Gas Shocks Hold the Lid Open at 90-Degrees
  • Full Length Hidden Hinge and Full Seam Welds
  • Double V-Pan Lid Stiffener Creates Strength and Rigidity
  • Customizable Metal Tool Tray To Keep Smaller Items Organized
  • Available in Deep and Wide Models for Extra Storage Space (depending on truck bed length)
  • Made in USA
  • Limited-Lifetime Warranty

Side Mount Features

  • Model: Dee Zee DZ6748LOCKTB (Black: $535.95), Dee Zee DZ6748LOCK (Chrome: $492.95)
  • Accommodates any 1-inch Padlock
  • Internal Bends Add Superior Body Strength
  • Automotive Grade Rubber Bulb Lid Seal to Resist the Elements
  • Dampened Gas Shocks Hold the Lid Open at 90-Degrees
  • Full Length Hidden Hinge and Full Seam Welds
  • Double V-Pan Lid Stiffener Creates Strength and Rigidity
  • Three Lengths Available to Match your Bed Size
  • Made in USA
  • Limited-Lifetime Warranty

Utility Chest Features

  • Model: Dee Zee DZ6546LOCKTB (Black: $611.95), DZ6546LOCK (Chrome: $567.95)
  • Non-Rusting .072 Brite-Tread Aluminum
  • Accommodates any 1-inch Padlock
  • Internal Bends Add Superior Body Strength
  • Automotive Grade Rubber Bulb Lid Seal to Resist the Elements
  • Dampened Gas Shocks Hold the Lid Open at 90-Degrees
  • Full Length Hidden Hinge and Full Seam Welds
  • Double V-Pan Lid Stiffener Creates Strength and Rigidity
  • Plastic Tool Tray To Keep Smaller Items Organized
  • Available in Polished Aluminum or Texture Black Powder Coat Finish
  • Made in USA
  • Limited-Lifetime Warranty

Bolt Padlock Features

  • Model: Dee Zee 7018519 – $42
  • Zinc-Chrome Plated 5/16-inch Diameter Hardened Steel Shackle
  • Spring Loaded Shackle
  • Double Ball Bearing Locking Mechanism
  • Anti-Theft Security with a 6 Plate Tumbler Sidebar
  • Automotive Grade Stainless Steel Lock Shutter Keeps out Weather and Debris
  • Rugged Plastic Jacket Protects the Lock
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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