Contractors Shift to 3/4-Ton Pickups

Staff | September 28, 2010

Construction Equipment's 2007 Pickup Truck Usage Study followed up a benchmark study conducted nine years ago, and discovered precipitous drops in numbers of ½-ton (-37 percent), 1-ton (-59 percent), and 1½-ton (-69 percent) trucks owned by individual firms.

About 42 percent of contractors' ¾-ton pickup trucks are powered by diesel engines — that's 10 percent more than in 1998. Across all construction pickup sizes, 87 percent have automatic transmissions (also up 10 percent).

The Construction Equipment Pickup Studies also discovered that construction firms are nearly 1.5 times more likely today to buy pickups with crew cabs. Nearly half of all construction pickups get an extended cab, and more than three-quarters of them are specified with a towing package.

Optional Pickup Equipment
1998 2007
Source: Construction Equipment Pickup Truck Studies
Crew cab 13% 32% (+146%)
Extended cab 37% 48% (+30%)
Towing package 60% 76% (+27%)
Air conditioning 70% 86% (+23%)
Dual rear wheels 24% 29% (+21%)