There are the weekend warriors who just need a truck for hauling their fishing boat down to the lake or their popup RV up to the mountain. Then there are those who need a truck for the weekday, for the nine to five (or dawn to sundown). If you need a truck at the work site or to get your gear to your clients, this article is for you. We're not even going to bother with half-ton pickups. We know you need a heavy duty truck for the biggest, more grueling jobs. In this comparison guide, we compare the Ford F-250 to the Ford F-350 for your business needs.
Exterior and Styling: Tie
First off, there are plenty of features that the F-250 and F-350 have in common. For example, the exterior is largely the same. They share the same bed size, cab, and trim options. The only difference in exterior between the F-250 and the F-350 is that some F-350s come with dual rear wheels. In short, the F-250 and F-350 seat the same number of people, have the same cargo room, and boast the same options. The difference is mostly power level.
Towing and Payload Capacity: Ford F-350
This is where the rubber meets the concrete. A Ford F-250 can tow plenty, but some people have monstrous loads and need a monster to tow them. The 2019 F-250 tows up to 18,500 pounds when properly equipped, but the F-350 doesn't max out until you hit 32,000 pounds. You know what they say about movers and shakers. Some move earth, some make earthquakes. The Ford F-350 is the latter. If you own a landscaping service or plumbing company, a Ford F-250 will do you just fine. But if you haul concrete or tree trunks, the F-350 is a better fit.
If we compare payload capacity, we see a similar divide. This is where you store your gear or fill the bed with everything from gravel to demolition debris. The F-250 can handle loads up to 4,270 pounds while the F-350 isn't done until you hit almost double that: 7,640 pounds.
Engines and Power: Tie
There are the same engine options here. Both the F-250 and F-350 offer either a 6.2-liter Boss SOHC V8 engine, which delivers 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, or the 6.7-liter turbodiesel Power Stroke V8, which offers 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque. So whether you're hauling dirt or towing a utility trailer, the difference between the F-250 and F-350 isn't so much about what's under the hood as how the truck is built.
When you decide what's best for your business, just think about what you need to tow and haul. And let the numbers be your guide.