What is an axle box?
An axle box is a special box that hangs under the axle of a truck or trailer. This optimises underbody space. Axle boxes are usually made of stainless steel and come in different sizes and configurations, depending on vehicle specifications and use. Axle boxes contribute to the stability and balance of the trailer, ensuring a smooth ride and safe transport of loads on the road. With axle boxes, drivers always have sufficient storage space when on the road. These boxes are often used to store chains, tensioning devices, or other materials. Tilbox axle boxes meet all the standards in terms of safety, design, and functionality. The boxes are produced in-house in accordance with NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2015. In addition, all boxes are CE-certified and ECE R73 approved.
An axle box also promotes road safety. By storing tools and other heavy objects in axle boxes, the weight is distributed better the trailer and truck. This reduces the risk of tipping or swaying while driving, improving safety for the driver and other road users. Axle boxes are usually easily accessible from the side of the trailer or truck, making it easy to access the contents of the boxes quickly during a pit stop.
The advantages of an axle box
The biggest advantage, of course, is the additional storage space. Tools, spare parts, lubricants, and chains... these can all be stored in an axle box. Axle boxes are lockable, offering additional security against theft of tools and other valuables. This can be especially useful for trucks and trailers that operate in remote locations or in unsafe areas.
Buying a quality axle box
Are you looking for a good-quality axle box at a competitive price? Tilbox has just what you need. Axle boxes have hanging drawers. Instead of mounting the runners at the bottom of the drawers, they are mounted at the top. The axle boxes hang in the runners, reducing the risk of trapped dirt. This design also minimises wear and tear and ensures the axle box’s optimum performance. Innovative and durable!
Lightweight axle box
All axle boxes in the Tilbox range come without an external housing. To ensure their sturdiness, all axle boxes are fitted with a mounting plate. As the axle boxes do not have an external housing, they are considerably lighter. This helps reduce drag for the vehicle, which is better for fuel consumption and the environment!
Axle boxes feature a removable stainless steel strip for chains and shackles. Besides the strip for chains and/or shackles, customers sometimes also fit their axle boxes with anti-spray mats. Thanks to the added grid pattern, anti-spray mats can be mounted in no time at all. The axle box, which has been designed to maximise the space between axles, is mainly used for storing chains. This requires as much space as possible for storing your materials. The drawer is therefore fully extendible and can carry loads up to 200 kg.
Mounting an axle box
How an axle box is mounted, depends on the specific type and model of the axle box. Start by gathering the tools and materials needed to assemble axle boxes. Then find the right position to mount the axle box on the trailer or vehicle. Make sure the box is on a flat surface and is aligned with the rest of the vehicle. Position the axle box where you want it and make sure that all the holes in the box are aligned with the holes in the vehicle chassis. Check that the box is securely mounted and always double-check it before you head out on the road again.
Maintaining your axle box
Regular maintenance is essential for prolonging the life of an axle box. Clean the axle box regularly with water and a mild detergent to remove dirt and dust. This also prevents rust from forming. Also check the bolts and nuts used to attach the axle box to the vehicle regularly. You also need to regularly inspect the condition of the axle box, especially the welds, to detect any cracks or other damage. Make sure the axle box is never overloaded. Do this regularly to extend the service life of your axle box and ensure its safety and reliability.
Custom axle box
Can't find what you're looking for in our axle box range? Then have an axle box custom-made at Tilbox. We have a custom solution for every situation, including for axle boxes. Contact us, we are happy to help!