Aussies love their utes, whether it’s for work or play, but one niggling question always remains – how do you choose between aluminium and steel ute trays? Let’s take a look at why we believe that steel trays are far superior to aluminium, and are the obvious choice for tradies, farmers, mining companies and even campers.

1. Steel gives your tray added weight

Some people see this as a negative and it clearly can be a problem with your vehicle’s GVM and payload. However, if you drive your vehicle unladen or with a light load you will quickly appreciate the benefits of a steel tray behind your cab!

2. Steel Ute trays are tough

If you carry generators, steel pickets, jackhammer drill bits, sledgehammers, landscaping rocks, and so on in the back of your ute, you need the strength of steel ute trays. Aluminium trays just don’t take the knocks and always come out second best in these situations.

3. Steel can be protected from corrosion

We all know that unprotected steel corrodes, which is why some people prefer aluminium trays. Steel, however, can be protected, either by galvanizing the metal or by powder coating it. So given the strength and thickness of steel, and the fact that it can be protected from corrosion, it beats aluminium every time!

4. Steel is cheaper than aluminium

Whether pre-fabricated or custom designed, steel ute trays are generally much cheaper than their aluminium equivalents. Some highly customised steel trays can occasionally cost more than aluminium trays, it all depends on the customisations you require. Generally however, steel trays are cheaper than aluminium.

5. Steel is better for truck tipper trays

If you want to integrate a tipper frame into your existing ute tray, a steel tray has the strength to take the beating that’s going to happen on a daily basis. Heavy duty steel truck tipper trays have the strength to keep working day after day because they are tough!

Aussies love their Utes, whether it’s for work or play, but one niggling question always remains – how do you choose between aluminium and steel Ute trays? Let’s take a look at why we believe that steel trays are far superior to aluminium, and are the obvious choice for tradies, farmers, mining companies and even campers.

1. Steel gives your tray added weight

Some people see this as a negative and it clearly can be a problem with your vehicle’s GVM and payload. However, if you drive your vehicle unladen or with a light load you will quickly appreciate the benefits of a steel tray behind your cab!

2. Steel Ute trays are tough

If you carry generators, steel pickets, jackhammer drill bits, sledgehammers, landscaping rocks, and so on in the back of your Ute, you need the strength of steel Ute trays. Aluminium trays just don’t take the knocks and always come out second best in these situations.

3. Steel can be protected from corrosion

We all know that unprotected steel corrodes, which is why some people prefer aluminium trays. Steel, however, can be protected, either by galvanizing the metal or by powder coating it. So given the strength and thickness of steel, and the fact that it can be protected from corrosion, it beats aluminium every time!

4. Steel is cheaper than aluminium

Whether pre-fabricated or custom designed, steel Ute trays are generally much cheaper than their aluminium equivalents. Some highly customised steel trays can occasionally cost more than aluminium trays, it all depends on the customisations you require. Generally however, steel trays are cheaper than aluminium.

5. Steel is better for truck tipper trays

If you want to integrate a tipper frame into your existing Ute tray, a steel tray has the strength to take the beating that’s going to happen on a daily basis. Heavy duty steel truck tipper trays have the strength to keep working day after day because they are tough!