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Posted: 08/23/19 07:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's payload capacity, then why isn't a properly equipped F150 considered a 3/4 ton truck?

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Posted: 08/23/19 07:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why isn’t a 2x4 two by four inches? An 8x10 tarp that measures 7.5 by 9.5?


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I agree the names are silly, I recall seeing Toyota mini trucks back in the 80s that had the 1 ton package. How about calling it a “series 2” truck (250, 2500).
Series 3 would be 350 and 3500. Then the only thing we would have to worry about is when a couple of guys with Nissan Titan XD trucks say “what a about me?”


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1/2, 3/4, 1 ton. Those terms are obsolete and have been meaningless for years. But old habits die hard.

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I believe nomenclature came from back in the day when it actually referred to the payload of the different classes (or at least relatively close payload).

Trucks have progressed beyond that, but the name still lingers on.

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Forget marketing badges, they change willynilly to suite marketing chasing whatever is selling

Best to use real numbers, and that is arguable

GVWR, GAWR are what I look for

"Half ton" rear GAWR tops out around 5,000 lbs (7 lug wheels and what I refer to as fake half ton). Most in the 4,000 range

There are other attributes (8 lug wheels, bigger frame, etc) but the RGAWR is my main determination


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A 3/4 ton is defined as 1500 lbs according to my way of thinking.[emoticon]


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If that's the case, my 5500 is a 4.5 ton truck.


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Nothing defines a 3/4 ton. It is not a term used by the industry. It used to be defined by payload decades ago, but not anymore. The term 3/4 is subjective and can change from person to person in its meaning. What does matter is the class the vehicles is in which is based on GVWR. Most 3/4 tons are in class 2b which has a GVWR range from 8,501 to 10,000 lbs.

About a decade a ago, all 3500 SRW trucks were in this class. Now most 350/3500 SRW truck are in class 3 which has a GVWR from 10,001 to 14,000 lbs. There is no law that states a manufacture has to put a 250/2500 truck in class 2b, and they can put them in class 3 if they want just like GM. They can also put a 350/3500 in class 2b like Ford does.

However, the problem with class 3 for commercial fleets is that anything over 10,000 GVWR has added regulation and cost associated with them so it is beneficial for manufacturers to make their GVWR below 10,001 lbs.

So to answer your question. The term 3/4 ton is just an old term that does not mean anything and is used by common folk because they don't know any better. Many still use it because that is what they were taught and they are resistant to change even if it incorrect. It is like the term "weight" many use for oil. It is incorrect, but people have been using it for years and are resistant to change.

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