There are many medium duty Ford diesel trucks to choose from. These trucks are very useful for industrial uses, such as for transporting construction materials, or for use in farming or ranching environments. They also feature a very good towing capacity.
The first generation, built between 1999 and 2004, was described by the F250 and F350 "Super Duty" models. The engines offered were either a 6.0L Powerstroke V8 or a 7.3L Powerstroke V8. These trucks come with either a 6 speed manual transmission or a 5 speed automatic transmission. There are three different cab options offered: Standard, which provides room for 2 to 3 passengers with two doors, SuperCab with seating for 5 to 6 passengers with 2 smaller rear doors, and the CrewCab, which has four full-sized doors and room for 5 to 6 people.
The second generation of medium duty Ford diesel trucks saw many changes being done, both to the exterior design of the truck, as well as to certain other components, such as the engine and the transmission. As the Ford Motor Company discovered that the major of trucks in this category were also used for towing on a refracted basis, the overall towing capacity was increased as well. Other changes included a higher amp alternator, thicker frame, upgraded high-quality disk brakes and an upgraded transmission.
In this generation of trucks, there are 2 transmissions available. The standard M6OD 6 speed manual transmission and the heavy duty TorqShift 5R110W 5 speed automatic that includes a feature called tow / haul. This helps increase control when towing larger loads on steep grades and maximizes the torque that is available. It also uses engine breaking when descending, in order to greatly extend the lifetime of the brakes and improve control of the vehicle. Ford also included a power take-off that lets the vehicle provide direct engine power for accessory equipment. The estimated towing capacity for the Ford F350 Super Duty truck is 19200 lbs, which is more than other trucks in its class.
From 2008, the line up was redesigned, making it the third generation. It features a new 6.4L Power Stroke V8 Diesel engine. This new generation includes the models F250, F350 as well as the new F450 Super Duty. The overall body of the truck was changed slightly as well. Ford also introduced a "Rapid-Heat Supplemental Cab Heater" available on its line up of Super Duty trucks and automatic transmissions. This is useful in the colder months of winter, as it quickly raises the temperature in the cabin to a comfortable level, until the engine itself warms up enough to be able to do it.
The Ford F-450 Super Duty truck comes with the optional High Capacity Trailer Tow package, which increases its gross combined weight rating to 33 000 lb as well as the towing capacity to 24 500 lb.
Overall medium duty Ford diesel trucks have always been a great choice, due to their durability, their towing and payload capacities and innovative design features.