Medium-duty trucks consist of Class 4-6 trucks. What classifies a medium-duty truck is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This includes the maximum weight plus the weight of the cargo, passengers, or fuel.
Medium-duty trucks weigh between 14,001 and 26,000 pounds. They have a varied of options they can be used for, such as:
- Delivery trucks.
- Fuel/lube trucks.
- Bucket trucks.
- Cherry pickers.
Depending on the operations needed, Class 4-6 trucks might be more beneficial compared to light-duty or heavy-duty trucks.
4 Benefits of a Medium-Duty Work Truck
Whether you need a work truck for transporting fuel or lumber, Class 6 trucks can get you where you need to go.
Here are six benefits of choosing a Class 4-6 medium-duty truck:
1. Costs Less
If you calculate the total weight of products you’ll need to transport, you can figure out which trucks you need. But going bigger isn’t always better. If you use a Class 6 truck and utilize all its capacity, a lower upfront cost (compared to heavy-duty trucks) plus higher utilization equals a higher return on investment.
2. Easier to Drive
Traveling between job sites can get difficult. Class 4-6 trucks are lighter in weight and have a single axle. This allows the driver to navigate on the road and job sites a lot easier than a heavy-duty truck.
Plus, some Class 6 trucks such as the Ford F-600 have four-wheel drive, adding mobility. Medium-duty trucks also have higher visibility that helps drivers navigate neighborhoods.
3. No CDL Necessary
Drivers who have a CDL are in short demand. And drivers who operate trucks that weigh more than 26,000 pounds are required to have a valid CDL.
By adding medium-duty trucks to your fleet, you’ll have an easier time recruiting and retaining drivers who don’t have a CDL.
No matter the industry, medium-duty trucks can be customized to fit the fleet’s needs. Some customizations available are cab configurations, bodies, and chassis-mounted equipment.
It may seem expensive to customize your trucks up front, but by maximizing functionality you end up saving money in the long term. Some of the benefits include:
- Increasing storage.
- Option to add a crane.
- Custom lighting.
- Choose between aluminum or steel body material.
- Option to open or close truck body.
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