Canopy vs Ute Toolbox: Which Should You Choose?

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We talk a lot about canopies and ute toolboxes here at Great Racks- how they make your work vehicle look like the real deal, how they keep all your tools and equipment safe and protected, and how they make it easier to find what you need when you need it. But while both add-ons come with several awesome benefits, the fact is, there’s only room for one on the back of your ute. So, you’ve got to choose, and choose wisely. Luckily, we’ve put together just the guide you need to make the right decision for your vehicle.

In this post, we’ve compared the benefits of adding a canopy or a toolbox to your ute, so you can finally decide on an option that works best for you:

The Benefits of Canopies

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Versatility

One of the best things about canopies vs toolboxes is that they’re a lot more versatile. You can use your canopy for storing and transporting tools and equipment on the job. But when the weekend comes, you’ll be free to use it for all your other hobbies and outdoor adventures. So, if you use your vehicle for both work and play, a canopy might be just what you need to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Next-Level Protection

Another perk that comes from having a canopy is that it offers next level protection for your tools and equipment. Storing gadgets in the back of your ute tray can leave them vulnerable to serious damage, especially if they aren’t secured properly and are just sliding around and smashing into each other while you’re driving around from job to job. Aside from this, a ute cover isn’t necessarily enough to deter thieves from getting their hands on your expensive tools and equipment either. Alternatively, canopies are sturdy, lockable, and capable of protecting your tools against the harsh elements and weather conditions as well.

Good Looks

Nothing screams, ‘I’m a professional’ more than having a custom-made canopy on the back of your ute. So, if you agree that first impressions are important (especially when you’re rocking up to a client for the first time), investing in a canopy for your work vehicle is a great way to make it look like you’re the real deal, and that you mean business. As long as you ensure to take care of your canopy, you can keep your entire ute looking good for as long as possible.

The Benefits of Toolboxes

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Easy Organisation

One of the major differences between canopies and toolboxes is that toolboxes are a lot more intricate. There are heaps of shelves, drawers and little compartments for you to store all your essential tools and materials. Needless to say, it’s a whole lot easier to organise all your gadgets in a way that leaves you feeling prepared and satisfied. Rest assured, your days of rummaging through the back of your ute are over with one of these bad boys installed.

Convenient Access

The no-fuss toolbox is a game changer for a lot of tradies out there. Naturally, when you’ve got all your bits and bobs stored away nicely, finding what you need when you need it is super easy; and that means less fluffing around on the job. With convenient access to all your tools of the trade, you can get the job done quicker, easier and with less stress on your shoulders. Having your tools stored in a smaller enclosed space also leaves more area in your tray available for larger, bulkier items like pallets.

Affordable

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll be stoked to hear that there are plenty of affordable ute toolboxes around, especially if you opt for a prefabricated option rather than custom-made. Unlike canopies, toolboxes don’t always have to be made to suit the exact dimensions of your vehicle.

Get a Custom Canopy or Ute Toolbox from Great Racks

Ready to transform your ute into the ultimate work vehicle? At Great Racks, we design custom canopies and ute toolboxes according to your unique needs and requirements. We only use high-quality, durable materials in the making of our add-ons. Consequently, we can put together canopies, toolboxes, roof racks and more, that go above and beyond your expectations and make your work on the daily grind that much easier. 

To enquire about getting a custom canopy or ute toolbox, contact Great Racks now!

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Graham Bruce
Graham Bruce
1719291794
I have had these guys fit full tradesman roof racks on multiple company vehicles. Celeste is always great to deal with and the boys in the workshop do a great job. Id give them a 10 out of 10.
Nick Matthews
Nick Matthews
1718617353
Great teamSuper friendlyGreat pricingAwesome quality productAll round highly recommend 👌
Tiarnan van Osch
Tiarnan van Osch
1716805744
Very happy with my canopy and surf rack, good quality work and top customer service.
Tom Grimes
Tom Grimes
1716381587
Couldn’t fault at all, great communication leading up to the booking, very easy and adaptive team.Rack was custom made perfect to suit my needs,Exceptional service and fabrication.Thanks guys !
bodi stockley
bodi stockley
1716364645
Julian PPWA
Julian PPWA
1716085503
I highly recommend Great Racks. Celeste’s friendly, helpful and prompt communication from start to finish of the job was fantastic. The team did a quality, professional job on the truck racks with a fast turnaround. The courtesy Ute was a great service too. The whole process was easy and I can’t fault their customer service. Quality product and a great business.
John Perrett
John Perrett
1715841543
Great workmanship, superb attitude, delivered finished job on time, highly recommended
Sonya Bozikovic
Sonya Bozikovic
1715245475
We would like to thank Celeste and the team at Great Racks for the excellent job in getting the ute ready, to get a canopy fitted to it. We asked if they could repair a dent and they did at no extra cost. So easy to deal with a company that made it hassle free and accommodating. Thanks to all the team.
Ben Davies
Ben Davies
1715236770
Top company!Good price, top job, no fuss,These guys just get it done.Just helpful people
Kaeli farrelly
Kaeli farrelly
1714720114
Absolutely love my new racks! The team at Great Racks were so friendly and helpful, and they knew exactly what I was looking for. They did an amazing job, couldn’t be happier
Matthew Rowe
Matthew Rowe
1714607755
Great Racks done an awesome job fabricating my aluminium pipe rack! The staff are all very helpful and they look like a great team! They also gave me a free courtesy car while my rack was getting made which kept my business going. Thanks a lot Great Racks, I’ll be back again no doubt!
Dane H
Dane H
1714097385
Great customer serviceGreat quality custom jobWelding is qualityThey installed the solar panel location aswell
Andy Bradshaw
Andy Bradshaw
1712240530
From the office to the workshop floor, professional, courteous and very easy to deal with.The workmanship was 'top notch' with the finish goods exceptional.Recommended for your Ali' work for sure.
Jake Dawson
Jake Dawson
1711066696
Great experience with the team at Great Racks, from the planning stage with Celeste to the build stage with Mark.Started to organise the canopy for my ute while it was on order, no confusion 8 months later when it was ready to book in.Professional, quality work and a pleasure to deal with.
Martin Haesli
Martin Haesli
1709716424
I'd give great racks 6 stars if I could, they fitted a platform to my existing tray for a solar panel and roof top tent set up, they nailed it I'm fussy and I can't fault their work and communication 👏
Tim Stephens
Tim Stephens
1709163220
As in the name, Great Racks, Great Service and Great people. The job they completed for me was a complete custom and a bit tricky but they took it on and did an awesome job. Thank you.
mark alderson
mark alderson
1708311625
I have to say I'm so pleased with the rear bar I had fitted to my commodore ute at GreatRacks. Celeste in the office did such a great job with the paperwork, and I couldn't be more pleased with the end result. The rear bar looks great, fitted exactly where I wanted it and has worked beautifully. The use of the courtesy car was much appreciated and I'd thoroughly recommend this company. Great quality workmanship from the workshop!!
Connor Woodford
Connor Woodford
1707213559
Had racks put on my ute today and everything looks great.Great service also, staff were lovely and gave my partner a ride to work after dropping the Ute off and then dropped the Ute back at her workplace in the arvo.We really appreciate the smooth process guys. Thanks again. 😁
Carolyn Stephen
Carolyn Stephen
1706573173
These guys provide outstanding service from the very first phone call to the final outcome - we highly recommend them! Celeste went over and above to accommodate our order even outsourcing another local supplier to make a mattress and cover to fit in the back of the Ute tray. The canopy is super stylish as well as excellent quality. Love supporting this small business that is keeping production alive in Western Australia.
Jake Ziere
Jake Ziere
1700484288
Great Racks have done a fantastic job creating a custom roof rack to suit our needs. From start to finish, the process was easy. The company provides excellent customer service, a courtesy car on the day, and a great end product. Would use Great Racks again and recommend to anyone looking to get a well-made roof rack.
Christian Bamford
Christian Bamford
1698228043
Absolutely stoked with the customer service, Celeste Nash pointed me in the right direction, and the quality of workmanship is second to none!!!
Craig Brolsma
Craig Brolsma
1697214730
Great little friendly family business, good product ,good workmanship and well priced , thanks guys
wayne winchester
wayne winchester
1696982462
Brilliant service and exceptional quality. From the moment of my very first contact, I knew this was going to be a good experience. My custom made rack was designed, built and fitted to ensure it was sturdy and fit for purpose. The fact that it looks so great is an added bonus. Celeste, Mark, Jack and the whole team at this small family run business were an absolute pleasure to deal with. Nothing was too much trouble and their quality of workmanship was testament to the pride they have in their work and their business. They were friendly, honest and committed to ensuring we received the outcome we needed. I am a very stoked customer and could not be happier with everything they’ve done.
RONAN flanagan
RONAN flanagan
1696853287
Celeste and the guys at great racks were excellent and easy to work with. Quick to return my calls and installed an excellent rack to my van. Highly recommend Great Racks to anyone.
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
1694401779
Quality product with a fast turn around and great customer service. Thanks Celeste and crew. 5 star
Blake Archer
Blake Archer
1693821371
Good old fashioned service with quality of product to match. Great Racks could not have done anything better. Refreshing change from what else is out there.
alan allberry
alan allberry
1692662774
The team at Great Racks have been awesome to deal with. Celeste was very helpful and always quick to get back to me and answer any of my questions. The quality of the canopy installed is excellent and my ute looks much better and is more secure than before. I would highly recommend their product to anyone in the market for a ute canopy
Emilie
Emilie
1691623888
Highly impressed with the workmanship and service I received. My car is a bit odd and they had never done one before, turned out to be no problem for them, they made things uncomplicated and helped me figure out exactly what I needed. The end product looks so classy. Also thanks for mounting the useless little light in the back :)
Dahanara Munroe
Dahanara Munroe
1691391067
Had the most amazing customer experience with Great Racks and couldn’t recommend them more! Nothing beats a small family run business.Celeste and Mark were super helpful and accomodating for our needs, providing us with custom solutions for any issues that arose with making our canopy, including a dent in the Ute tray! Mark is a true aluminium specialist and artist. Very quick turnaround, at a great price and the service car was an added bonus. Thanks legends, we love the end result.
Brett Peterson
Brett Peterson
1690887130
From start to finish mark and celest helped me with the design of my canopy. I could not be happier with the finished job and the price was fantastic. I highly recommend great racks for your rack and canopy needs. A very professional team very prompt service
jamie wheatcroft
jamie wheatcroft
1690629685
Great bunch of guys did a great job on my 79 series single cab would highly recommend quality work and at a great price thanks for your hard work to the young fella who worked through his breaks to get it done in time after i was late to drop it off cheers 🍻
Dr J
Dr J
1687518602
Amazing customer care, superbly efficient communication, top quality skills and materials, a can do attitude and so friendly and helpful with advice. They sorted a canopy and cover in two days, Ute looks mint. Can’t praise them enough - highly recommend supporting this WA family business.
Dursina Alexandru
Dursina Alexandru
1686646345
Great job done by the team , I'm happy with my canopy, fair price and good information for what I need it done
David Wilson
David Wilson
1686456332
Couldn’t be happier with the works great racks have done on a couple of my hilux tray back utes, tool boxes & ladder racks. Service is fantastic, and the works are done quickly to minimise down time for my vehicle 👏 thanks
Ivo Baptista
Ivo Baptista
1686299370
Very rare these days to get what you paid for. In this case I definitely got my moneys worth. I cannot fault the service and the professionalism throughout the entire process. Celeste was a pleasure to deal with and her knowledge was outstanding. Received my canopy on schedule and the final result was more that what I expected. Having a loan vehicle was a blessing as I live 50 minutes away from the workshop. My sincere thank you to Celeste, Mark and the team for a job very well done.Outstanding quality of work and a well deserved review.
Josh O'Brien
Josh O'Brien
1683678742
Great company and excellent work. Will be back!
Louis Koen
Louis Koen
1683237104
This place is a perfect example on how to run a business, great customer service, honest and upfront pricing, the finishing product was top quality.One of the easiest businesses I’ve dealt with, very polite and Celeste is a legend.Curtesy car as a bonus, made life as a tradie easy.My roof rack came up a treat, I’ll definitely be using great racks again. If I could give them 10 stars I would. Thanks again
Daniel Momsen
Daniel Momsen
1682667332
Good old fashion service! great product, thank you!
Brodie Della
Brodie Della
1682605269
Absolute professional, honest, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process. From walking in and designing the rack to 4 days later dropping the car off to be completed. Courtesy car was a lifesaver for a tradesman, and my car was back to me the same day.Absolutely stoked with the workmanship and care that's gone into the rack itself, and the way the entire team treated me from start to finish.Couldn't have picked a better company.
Hamid Heydari
Hamid Heydari
1681900837
Celeste & the team are absolute professionals, prompt & friendly, I very highly recommend to anyone looking to getting any work done, They have just completed our 79 series & previously done our hilux,Thanks again & looking forward to the next one.Hamid
Brett Caton
Brett Caton
1680256761
Fantastic people to deal with and a 1st class product . Extremely happy with my custom rack.
christopher bell
christopher bell
1679521599
Absolutely the best customer service in town. The time frame was amazing, the guys had a cancellation so I slotted in the next day. Had a courtesy car 🚗 and the job was done to spec . Great vibe, great service & yes they are Great racks
Nixon Caridi
Nixon Caridi
1678790412
Had my roof rack on my Hilux done by Great Racks and it's absolutely fantastic! Super happy with the results and it is perfectly designed for what i require with a 4x4/camping vehicle. Highly recommend
Rooney Family
Rooney Family
1677882647
I had a canopy with top rack and cover made by the team and can not be happier.Always can be a challenge when you're after a finish that you are trying to achieve, from the get-go nothing was a problem, emails back and forward, rough drawings on my behalf, but the results speak for themselves.I had a face to face and talked with the team onsite and was at ease handing over my Ute for the go ahead to fabricate and install what we agreed on. It's reassuring to come across people who listen to what you say, understand what your after and offer some ideas - all signs of quality and more importantly - experience.I was offered a loan car, time frames agreed on and met, flexibility to pick up at outside hours (due to work my commitments) and the crew working in the factory were happy to have a chat about what they were working on and how to help achieve what I was looking for.I have had a lot of good feedback and comments regarding how good the rack looks, with attention to detail regarding the custom and finer detail stuff.Looking forward to hitting the road with the back loaded up and the boards on top, very shortly.Good job Great RacksPaulybars to hitting the road loaded up soon - Cheers guys
Frank Ryan
Frank Ryan
1677467159
Great Racks did a great job on my custom roof rack for my truck. Very professional from the office through to the guy making and fitting the rack, nothing was an issue. If only more places were this easy to deal with.
neil lewisn
neil lewisn
1676597013
I recently had an outstanding experience with Great Racks, located in Bibra Lake. Mark and his team were incredibly professional, and their workmanship was exceptional. Not only did they work within my budget, but they also exceeded my expectations with the final product. I was thoroughly impressed with their expertise and attention to detail. It's evident that Great Racks is one of the best aluminum fabricators in the industry, and they truly make it seem like nothing is too hard for them. I highly recommend Mark and his team at Great Racks for anyone in need of quality aluminum fabrication services. Thank you, Great Racks, for your excellent work!
Andrew Steinhardt
Andrew Steinhardt
1675731974
Great Racks built our lockable canopy 2 years ago and it is still as perfect as they day they built it. We've travelled heaps of hideously corrugated roads throughout the country and the canopy is still rock solid with no cracked welds or metal fatigue anywhere. We opted for the central locked whale tail latches and they are brilliant and make for locking and unlocking the canopy a breeze. Mark, Celeste and the team are first rate and would definitely recommend them.
Josh Rowe
Josh Rowe
1674877399
Great Friendly Service 5/5Very easy to deal with, great pricing I will recommend great racks to everyoneThanks Guys!
Ben Burrough
Ben Burrough
1674600901
Amazing customer service. Starts with Celeste, extremely helpful and accommodating - was even finalising the design at 9pm because I needed it done by the end of the week to drive out. The guys have done a great job, exactly what I asked for and the price is reasonable. Don't bother looking anywhere else.
Michelle Hopkirk
Michelle Hopkirk
1674030512
Amazing service. Great product. Fitted me in a limited time frame.. love the result..
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