The commercial F-650 Super Duty is a truck that is bought by individuals who have a very specific need. Each model year is a limited production run as these trucks are simply not for the casual buyer and they are often not sold retail as those who do buy these giants of the road often have standing orders for the trucks they need to replace or upgrade in their fleets. However, that doesn't mean that there are not good quality used F-650 available to buy if you are a small business owner who has reached the level where one of these trucks would be a real asset.
First introduced for the 2000 Model year the 650 was intended as a medium-duty variant of the earlier F-600, F-700, and F-800 line. These Super Duty trucks are produced as part of a joint venture between Ford and Navistar International. The cab for the truck comes from the Super Duty models but is paired to a larger hood with separate fenders and maintaining the headlights and turn signals from previous models.
Although each model year does have a few tweaks and upgrades, the first generation of F-650s are mostly identical. Exceptions are that from 2004 on a three-slot grille was added and in 2012 the interior got a facelift. The second generation has been announced to be released for the 2016 Model year.
Internally, the F-650 had the option of using a Caterpillar 3126 Diesel Engine until 2010; however the ISB from Cummins became the only engine choice from that point on. The current version of this engine is the Cummins® 6.7L ISB. This engine features all the latest Cummins technology, such as a high-pressure common-rail fuel-injection system, full-authority electronic controls, patented VGT turbocharger, 24-valve design, and a particulate filter. Furthermore it comes in a scale of eleven horsepower and torque ratings.
It is important to note that repair on an F-650 is different than repair on a normal vehicle. Large trucks of this nature need a specific skill set that a local garage mechanic is not likely to have, and when you're using a work vehicle like this on a regular basis have a regular maintenance schedule set up is a business cost that can help avoid costly losses due to downtime while waiting for repairs. Finding a dealer that specializes in the sale and maintenance of such vehicles can seem like a business owners dream, luckily Gator Ford is such a dealer and in fact they have a state of the art service bay where contractors can use the facility to work on a vehicle themselves which is even better as it's possible to train mechanics on your own payroll to fix the vehicles for the business directly.