If you know anything about trucks, you know that none of them are ever similar. There are a lot of different types of trucks. These can be identified through their classification, or their rating. When you are in the market for a truck, you need to make sure that you know the different classes and what they mean for you. This way you will be able to find and purchase a truck that suits your specific requirements. This is one of the best ways for you to purchase a used or new truck without having to worry too much about the details. There are typically seven classes of trucks. Here are a few of them.
Lightweight and Personal Use Trucks
A class 1 truck is the lightest class. It is small and easy to use. You know these as the smaller pickup trucks out there. Most truck weighbridges see these as Class 1 because they weigh less than 3tonnes. They are usually best for individuals and owners of small business. Class 1 trucks mustn’t be used for heavy duty purposes such as towing or hauling. For personal use, Class 2 trucks are also in the same boat. They are the slightly heavier models of personal and small business vehicles, and can haul larger weights in the pickup bed. Some GMC, Ford and Chevy pickups are Class 2 and others are Class 1.
Heavy Duty and Commercial Pickups
Class 3 is the beginning of the heavy duty pickups. Truck weighbridges see these as larger vehicles, and you might find yourself having to pay a higher toll than for a personal vehicle. Some GMC, Dodge and Ford pickups fall intothis category. They can be used for contractors and higher-payload hauling of materials. This is where the personal use categories end. Class 4 trucks are usually meant for purely commercial use. The cabs in the back can be swapped out to have different attachments. They can tow up to 30,000lbs of weight and are great for most heavy towing and hauling work in commercial settings.
If you are in the market for a used truck or a brand new one, you have to be well read on what the different classes are capable of. Get to know more about the weight ratings of the different classes and how different duties (light duty, medium duty and heavy duty) affect the capabilities of the trucks to satisfy your own needs. Always be sure that you know what a particular truck can handle. Pushing a machine past its limits all the time is an open invitation for disaster to happen.