Service bodies come in many different types and styles. If you’re looking for the perfect tradies work vehicle for your business, you’ll need to choose the right one to ensure that it’s suitable for the job at hand. However, exactly what are service bodies, and how are they attached to a vehicle?
There are several different types of service bodies, including:
Each of these serves a clearly defined purpose, and come in varying sizes and applications. For example, contractor bodies are designed to transport heavy equipment or materials. Crane bodies are used in agriculture or construction and have standalone crane compartments attached to them. Dump bodies are commonly used in mining to transport and dump massive volumes of dirt.
These are all examples of highly specialised “service” bodies. However, most general tradies or construction workers only need something more simple such as a one or two-ton service body for their work utes. These service bodies can be made from fibreglass, steel, or aluminium and are spacious, secure and strong bodies that can be used for transporting a variety of materials or storing specialist tools.
Service bodies can have different styles, including full canopy, camper, lift-on or drop-side tray. Each of these styles offers different ways of accessing the interior, giving ute owners flexibility in terms of storage space, footprint, and ease of getting large or bulky items in and out of the vehicle.
How service bodies are attached to your ute depends on the type of body, its size, and what it’s made of. Some service bodies are bolted to the vehicle, which means they can be removed later. Others may be welded to the chassis. Welding a service body takes time and is not a simple conversion. It’s also one that is harder to undo later.
Before choosing a service body, it’s important to consider the job your ute is going to do, and the type of payload you’re going to be handling. Are you worried about protecting the payload from the elements? How heavy are the loads you’re going to transport? Is security/theft something that concerns you?. A service body that is going to carry cargo, tools, or equipment would need more security than something that is going to be transporting waste from a construction site.
Once you know what the service body is going to be used for, you can start considering the layout of the service body. Many modern service bodies have fold-out areas to offer easy access to tools, and can securely hold smaller items when they’re closed, making a versatile, convenient, and professional-looking set-up.
Service bodies offer so much versatility to the humble old ute. A ute is a relatively bare-bones service vehicle that can be used both professionally and recreationally. However, adding a service body changes the dynamics completely. Service bodies are great if you have a specialist job in mind, or if you simply need a jack of all trades vehicle.
Service bodies fill a clear role for contractors and tradespeople. It’s possible to buy service bodies that can be bolted onto a vehicle, or welded, depending on the level of security and robustness required. At MFI Service Bodies we offer a selection of full canopy, lift on canopy, camper, side tray, and other service bodies that can be tailored for a variety of uses. We work with emergency services, tradespeople, and recreational vehicle owners.