Ford 650

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by hgotti, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. hgotti

    hgotti LawnSite Member
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    i was wondering if you guys know this.i just bought a ford 6500, do you need a cdl to drive it with weight in it. my friend says you need a cdl if you put like 6-7 tons of stone in it because it is over 26000 pounds,but i dont beleive him. i also put around six oir seven tons of stone in it,i justdont want to get pulled over and get a big fine if i amwrong
     
  2. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
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    anything you have to look at the GVWR. its on the sticker on the door, if its over 26000 you need a CDL
     
  3. hgotti

    hgotti LawnSite Member
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    it says 25999 sometihng like notm over 26,000 but when i have it loaded with 7 tons of stone it us over 26000 pounds
     
  4. Illini_Fan

    Illini_Fan LawnSite Member
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    YES. You are operating a commercial business, aren't you? The gross weight is not the only thing that determines if you need a CDL or not. You really need to heck with the CT Department of Transportation's enforcement division. It is probably the state police.

    CDL = Commercial Driver's License
     
  5. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I drove a commercial truck, it was rated to 26,000#s which calls for a class C licence. Since we were not for hire just like a I would think a landscape company, I didnt need the CDL, I just needed the class C notation instead of a D. So just because its a commercial comapy it does not mean that you have to have a CDL.

    Also, if you are loaded over the 26,000#s then your vehicle is over weight and you can get fined. You are LEAGALLY not allowed to be over your GVWR.
     
  6. Classified

    Classified LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also, this is right off Fords site about the F-650

     
  7. Texas Mower Parts

    Texas Mower Parts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    26,000 lbs and under NO
    26,001 and above YES

    This is the Gross weight, truck, drivers, and load. Technically your friend is correct. We have a GMC 6500 that is rated for 25,950. I had to hot shot some rock the other day and when I drove on their sclaes I was 27,210. That was with 13,000 lbs of rock so our truck weighs 14,210. To stay legal you probably want to stay around the 6 ton mark. I you don't, you won't be the first one of us to be overloaded.
     
  8. Illini_Fan

    Illini_Fan LawnSite Member
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    I have held a commercial license for 31 years (yes, long before they were called CDLs) and have worked in the transportation industry for 28 of those years and I do not know all there is to know in every state and they all have their own set of rules. I do know that I have seen landscapers, lawn care, small delivery, straight, and semi trucks getting D.O.T. inspections all over this country. Even those who drive vans that deliver medical or industrial gases. There are a lot of variables that determine if you need a CDL or not. I can also tell you that if you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the rules and you get caught and God forbid, it is because of an accident, the fines will hurt you financially and you may even get 3 free meals a day. Just make sure you know. Also, you will want to make sure you have plenty of insurance. Again, if something were to go wrong, there are lawyers that salivate over truck crashes.
     
  9. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    no, you dont need a CDL to opporate a commerical vehilce in ct, unless, as stated, its over 26k gvw. on the other, what many dont know, is you do need a medical card to opporate any commerical vehicle in CT. that includes pickups. i just listed a post a few days ago about it and that DMV police are out again. if the 650 has air breaks you may need that endorsment. there is also a truck and trailer forum where you should stick these
     
  10. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    oh yeah, what i found and posted too was that any veh with a GVW over 18,001 pounds does need US DOT numbers and anual inspections. so, in addition to the medical card you will need flares, first aid, orange triangles, and fuses in the truck.
     

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