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This guide highlights general features and specifications of trucks, which are frequently sold in our online auctions. We have truck tractors available from many of our locations across North America.


What is a truck tractor?

A “truck tractor” is actually a subset of trucks that describe a type of Class 8 truck used to pull a semi-trailer and heavier loads than a regular truck, or straight truck. Commonly referred to as a “tractor”, it’s completely different from a farm tractor. However, the one commonality between a truck tractor and a farm tractor is they both are capable of pulling heavy loads. Other names for truck tractors include semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers. They’re considered Class 8 trucks because their GVWR, or gross vehicle weight rating, exceeds 33,000 lbs / 14.9 MT, and their height ranges anywhere from 6.5 to 10 ft. Their special design allows them to pull trailers, which are wagon-like parts that are able to be hauled for long distances. Trailers can attach to truck tractors either by a hitch or by a fifth wheel mounted over the rear axle.

For more information on truck tractors, check out our truck tractor buying guide.


2012 Kenworth T800 TA Truck Tractor Day Cab

Pictured: 2012 Kenworth T800 TA Truck Tractor - Day Cab



What is a dump truck?

A dump truck, similarly called a dumper truck or tipper truck, is any truck equipped with an open-box dump bed that tilts or tips backwards. The dump bed is connected to power and has components allowing it to transport, tilt, and dump loose material such as sand, gravel, boulders, dirt, demolition debris, etc. A dump truck allows a large amount of material to be unloaded at a time. While hauling materials to a different location is a primary function of a dump truck, it’s equally important that the truck is capable of quickly releasing all the material once it reaches its destination.

For more information on dump trucks, check out our dump truck buying guide.


2013 Freightliner 114SD TriA Dump Truck

Pictured: 2013 Freightliner 114SD TriA Dump Truck



What is a crane truck?

A truck crane is exactly what it sounds like, a crane on a truck. The base consists of a semi truck or commercial truck, with an operator cab, and the top contains a secondary operating booth and crane. The crane's hydraulic arm has multiple joints that can fold and collapse down when not in use, and having a truck on the base of the unit allows for enhanced site accessibility and better material transportation. They're often utilized in construction jobs, cargo handling, electric line maintenance and more. Truck cranes may include a boom & jib, two-gear pump, outriggers, counterweights, rotex gear and more.

For more information on crane trucks, check out our crane truck buying guide.


Pictured: 2005 Sterling L9500 Crane Truck

Pictured: 2005 Sterling L9500 Crane Truck



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