Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Linwood, N.J. , U.S.A
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Re: Air brakes on a 26,000 GVW F-650. Need a CDL license ?
Jason, I can see how things can get very tricky. Things like personal vs. commercial is a very sticky grey type area. It's kind of beat when you think that there are people with personal applications with RV's and that they may be new to the whole "heavy" truck application where as commercial drivers who are familiar with heavy trucks can have a problem just because of specific applications.
CC, Yes it is a commercial application. My heavier trucks, (GVW 60,000 lbs), needs a required CDL class B w/ air brakes. Thats fine and understandable but my lighter trucks are really not needed to be in a CDL application. At this point in time, my lighter trucks will do just fine at a rating of 26,000. This type truck in my business used to be rated between 27,000 and 28,000. Anything that I have now days to be delivered that is in that range winds up beings loaded on one of my heavier trucks anyhow. Dropping down to a GVW of 26,000 lbs allows me to train a driver for this application without having a CDL. The loads that I have been running on these med duty trucks haven't even been close to half of the GVW. I am also dropping the GVW on my 87' F-700 from 28,000 to 26,000. (370 gasser w/juice brakes). It sounds crazy but it allows me to put a non-CDL driver in the cab plus it drops the registration down by $110.00 a year. It's the same type of truck as the F-600's that we have owned in the past. Crazy to have all the extra BS just for a few extra lbs. Jake.
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