You need to haul around your homestead, but what kind of truck do you need? If you want to haul around your farm equipment with confidence, you're going to need a special type of truck — and enough horsepower to pull it.
What Type of Truck Do You Need?
Ford and Chevy dominate the scene when it comes to farm trucks, and it's easy to see why. They're durable, affordable, and versatile. Whether new or used, Fords and Chevys can easily be customized, and have been staples at farms for generations.
Most farmers aren't going to need more than a two-door cab unless you're going to be transporting a lot of workers from place to place. But a lot of homesteads are going to need a 4WD, especially if they're going to be hauling. 4WD gives more power and traction on uneven terrains, such as muddy, unpaved farm roads.
What Size of Truck Do You Need?
The size of the truck is debatable. Some farms don't need more than a pickup truck. Other farms might need a full-size or a heavy-duty truck. What's important to note is that pickup trucks are rated by the weight they can carry in their bed; that's why trucks are considered to be half-ton or one ton. This isn't always the best rating for hauling, because it's only the weight of the bed.
Think about the equipment that you'll need to haul, in addition to the weight that will be in the bed and the cab. You want a truck that has a hauling or towing rating that is higher than the weight of your tools and equipment, with some room as a buffer.
You also need to think about the size of the bed as well. If you can get away with a short bed, it'll usually be cheaper and more maneuverable. But if you need a longer bed, it'll give you more space for lumber, tools, and other supplies.
In general, it isn't raw horsepower that's going to be that important in a farm truck; it's the tow rating.
What Other Things Should You Consider?
In addition to the power of your machine, you'll also need to consider some practical aspects. Do you want a gas or diesel engine? Do you want a manual or automatic transmission? These are personal choices, though diesel engines are also usually more reliable and durable.
What size of truck is right for you? It really depends on your needs. Some farms are going to get by with a short bed pickup truck. Others might need a truck with a long bed and that's heavy duty. Driving a few different models around could help you find the right truck for you and your homestead. Contact us today at Chillicothe Truck and Accessories to take a look.