Truck manufacturers, like Kenworth, are working to make it simpler for customers who want heavy-duty characteristics in traditional medium-duty applications, including construction, refuse, liquid bulk, food and beverage distribution, snowplows and highway maintenance, and fire and rescue.

Companies that operate medium-duty trucks seek a business solution that provides superior uptime, reliability and dependability, Kenworth said.

“These three factors are especially important in their truck choices. Day-in and day-out, medium duty trucks are work trucks that must make timely deliveries, pick-ups, or service calls in order to satisfy their customers,” said Kurt SwihartKenworth marketing manager.

“The challenge in spec’ing a medium duty truck is to find the right balance – between over and under spec’ing – to achieve the performance and reliability required to get the job done on a daily basis,” Swihart noted.

Swihart outlines five things you should know about spec’ing a medium-duty truck for heavier weights and tough applications: