Heavy Duty Trucks
The classes range from 1–8. Trucks are also classified more broadly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which groups classes 1–2 as light duty, 3–6 as medium duty, and 7–8 as heavy duty; a commercial driver's license (CDL) is generally required to operate heavy-duty trucks.
Advantages of heavy duty trucks
Here are some advantages of heavy duty trucks:
- Gas or Diesel - With heavy duty trucks, you're usually given the choice between a gas or diesel truck. Of course, a large diesel engine will be able to tow larger loads.There are several different options to choose from.
- Commercial Use - Not all trucks are privately used. Many businesses utilize trucks to carry cargo or to pull heavy loads.While light duty trucks can carry construction equipment, a more powerful truck can carry the heavier construction materials that other pickups won't be able to handle.
- Max Weight - Where the light duty truck can tow up to 3000 pounds, the heavy duty pickup is able to carry over 6500 pounds. This generally means that if it can fit in the bed of the truck, you will be able to carry it.