Speaking of full-size pickup trucks, what do you mean by half a ton, three-quarters of a ton, a ton, etc.?How much weight can a specific truck carry?
Half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton are the classifications of pickup trucks and SUVs, which are usually classified according to their payload capacity, which means the maximum weight that a pickup truck or SUV can bear in its cargo and passenger area. The payload is not only the things on the pickup but also all the people and items carried by truck, as well as the weight of the trailer’s tongue. Although tonnage names used to correspond to the payload capacity of trucks, they are now just a random way of classifying these trucks. Traditionally, one ton is 2,000 pounds, which means that the payload of a half-ton truck is 1,000 pounds, the three-quarter-ton is rated at 1,500 pounds, and a one-ton truck can withstand a payload of 2,000 pounds. The actual vehicle payload is much higher.
The confusing part now is: the classification seriously underestimates the true payload of these trucks. For example, half a ton can actually carry about three-quarters of a ton of payload. A three-quarter-ton truck can carry more than one and a half tons of cargo. As we all know, a one-ton truck can safely transport more than twice as much cargo. The published payload rating and/or total vehicle weight rating of a truck is the only way to know how much weight a particular truck can carry.
Heavier frames and stronger suspensions, brakes, engines, or their combination make higher levels and payloads possible. This stronger structure is also a great help to the tractor, and it’s rated towing value can easily exceed that of a smaller light-duty pickup. The disadvantage is that fuel economy is poor. As the capacity increases, the performance becomes more like a truck. Considering their physical size is larger than half-ton trucks, their driving (and parking) is more challenging.