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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIGHT, MEDIUM, & HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS?

Updated: Apr 25, 2023


 Light, Medium, & Heavy-Duty Trucks

There are roughly 750,000 heavy-duty trucks regularly travelling Canadian road systems today. These vehicles are responsible for many of the goods we rely on getting to their destination daily. If you drive trucks for a living, you already know how important it is to have a quality vehicle that gets you from Point A to Point B.


When weighing your truck options, there are three major categories to consider – light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks. So, what should you know about each? We're happy to explain.


Keep reading so that you can shop for a truck that'll be ideal for you.


Light-Duty Trucks

The first category to consider is the light-duty truck. A light-duty truck has a weight limit of about 8,500 pounds. These vehicles are ideal if you need a powerful truck that is still lightweight, fuel-efficient, and eco-friendly.


If you don't routinely haul large loads, this is the new truck for you. Light duty trucks are perfect for jobs like working oil fields, moving companies, and small cargo jobs.


Medium-Duty Trucks

A medium-duty truck is larger than a light-duty but caps out at around 33,000 pounds. These trucks typically start at about 14,000 pounds. They're built with larger, more robust frames that withstand more punishment and take on larger loads.


Since they're smaller than heavy-duty trucks, they still get reasonable fuel economy. You'll generally use medium-duty trucks for jobs like local hauls or between nearby cities.


Heavy-Duty Trucks

Finally, consider whether heavy-duty trucks are right for you. A heavy-duty truck will weigh 33,000 pounds or more and haul all kinds of inventory.


These trucks are used in almost every major industry and haul the heaviest loads. As a result, they also receive the poorest fuel economy.


Know What to Look for in a New Truck

First, figure out what you need in a truck. Perhaps you appreciate the benefits that truck drivers enjoy, and you'd like to begin taking jobs. You can do this as an owner-operator in charge of a company or can seek full-time employment through a company.


There are also plenty of agencies that can staff you for freelance jobs. Consider some of these variables when looking for a new truck:

  • The year, make, and model

  • Find out how many miles per gallon the truck gets

  • Test drive the vehicle to see how it performs and whether it's right for the projects you handle

Studying the most important variables will help you find the perfect truck. Consider whether you want to buy a pre-owned truck or a brand-new one, and look for dealerships to help you.


Shop Different Types of Trucks

The tips above are excellent when you're shopping for heavy-duty trucks. Seek financing and get recommendations from people that you know and trust.


Let us help you with the sales, parts, and repair services you need. Use our web form to contact Burgess Transportation Services, Inc., or call us at (506)756-2250.

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