While we all know that there are at least three full-sized pickup trucks out there from Ford, Chevy and Ram. It’s hard not to know as these companies seem to do more advertising than insurance companies for their flagship pickup trucks. But what we don’t see are enough commercials for trucks that are built for pure work. By comparison, they are bigger, stronger, and can haul literally tons more than their more popular siblings. The Ford F-650/750 is one of those trucks, and when it comes to Medium Duty work trucks, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more capable vehicle than this for your chosen profession than the 2021 Ford F-650/F-750
The F-650 actually won Work Truck Magazine’s Medium Duty Truck of the Year in 2020 which incorporated judging on everything you might need, want or expect a solid work truck to provide. For 2021 Ford has only tried to improve an already great truck. The 6/750 is available in eight different model lines — F-650 SD Gas Pro Loader, F-650 SD Diesel Pro Loader, F-750 SD Gas Straight Frame, F-750 SD Straight Frame, F-650 SD Diesel Straight Frame, F-750 SD Diesel Straight Frame, F-650 SD Diesel Tractor, and F-750 SD Diesel Tractor.
Power for this behemoth comes from your choice of either a massive 7.3-liter V8 gas engine that puts down a serious 350-horsepower at 5,500 rpm and best-in-class 468 lb-ft of torque at a very low 3,900 rpm. Staying with the mantra that there’s ‘no replacement for displacement’, Ford has given the F-650/750 the largest gas engine in its class complimented by a variable-displacement oil pump, forged crankshaft, larger main bearings and cooling jets for those hard working pistons. Alternatively, you can also opt for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 that produces up to 330-horsepower and a locomotive-like 750 lb-ft of torque. Ford put the turbo for this motor between the cylinder heads and the top of the block which creates an unusual inverse-flow that allows the exhaust manifold to be closer to the actual turbo, which allows power and air to travel much quicker than a traditional setup. As with most big diesels, there is a driver-activated engine braking using the exhaust back pressure to help slow your roll whenever necessary. That power gets funneled through Ford’s own TorqShift HD 6-speed automatic, which they proudly make in-house.
These trucks oftentimes have a lot to power other than just the engine, so Ford has give a wide variety of choices to add an additional alternator to your truck over and above the standard issue 200-amp unit. Ante up for the dual setup and you can have up to 357-amps, or opt for the HD dual setup and you can crank that up to a serious 397-amps. Plenty of power for your dump truck, tow truck, or the best tailgate party in history.
GVWR for the 650/750 is up to an impressive 33,000 pounds when optioned with the gas engine and an even higher 37,000 pounds with the diesel. If trailering is more your thing, the 6/750 Tractor trim has a GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) of up to 50,000 pounds, meaning the ma weight of the truck and trailer you’re hauling combined. Depending on your needs, you have your choice of three different cabin options: Two-door Regular Cab, four-door SuperCab and four-door Crew Cab. Obviously if max towing power is needed your going to not choose the Crew Cab, and if you have a team of workers to haul around, the Regular Cab probably isn’t the best choice. Either way, Ford has you covered. Safety features include things like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, automatic high-beams, Lane Keeping assist and even hill start assist is available on all models to save you or your crew from awkwardly trying to get going on an incline.
Pricing for this monster isn’t as big as the list of things you can do with it. For the F-650 SD Gas Pro Loader, you can have it for just $59,810. Or opt for the top end F-750 SD Diesel Tractor and you’ll have a base price of $74,330, which still isn’t bad for the amount of muscle you’re getting. So even though the F-150 might get all the glory and advertising, and despite popular belief around the Blue Oval camp, the F-650/750 should not be undersold because it might just be the toughest and most powerful Ford you can own.