FedEx is always looking for ways to improve its shipping services, and one of the ways it does that is by using linehaul tractors. These tractor-trailers are specifically designed to help transport packages across long distances, and they’re a crucial part of FedEx’s shipping infrastructure.
If you want to become a FedEx Linehaul contractor, you will need this tractor to start working on the route. Here are some things to know before purchasing one:
Basic Ground Requirements by FedEx:
If you’ve decided to buy a tractor for FedEx linehaul, make sure to meet these requirements:
- Maximum length = 27ft 5 in
- Maximum height = 13ft 6in
- The tractor should have a white color with the Contractor Name and FedEx Ground DOT#
- Maximum fifth-wheel height = 49in
- Should have FCAM system
- Must have FedEx approved ELD
- Should have VEDR
- Mush contain compliant reflective devices and lamp
- Must be equipped with FedEx Ground specified Safety Chain Hookup and Pintle Hook
- Daycab or Sleeper, Tandem axle or Single
Tips for Choosing the Right FedEx Ground Linehaul Tractor:
You can almost guarantee lower profits and efficiency if you don’t get yourself the right tractor for the FedEx Ground Linehaul run. Make sure to follow these things when getting a tractor:
- Make sure to only use sleeper tractors for Team Runs.
- For solo runs, go for single axle day cab tractors. They offer better fuel economy and have lower maintenance costs.
- Don’t go for older tractors that have over 450k miles. You’re guaranteed to have a giant $50k expense on repairs in the near future.
- Avoid purchasing glider trucks.
- For better fuel economy, go for automatic, aerodynamic, or those trucks with fairing kits.
Be Familiar with Linehaul Tractor Maintenance Costs:
Remember, one of your biggest expenses in this business is going to be tractor maintenance costs. According to American Transportation Research Institute, maintenance costs for tractors are:
- $0.15 for new trucks
- $0.35 for old trucks
Solo Run tractors typically rack up nearly 100,000 miles or more a year, while Team Run tractors drive around 225,000 miles or more per year. Based on this:
- You’ll spend nearly $15,000+ per year on repairs and maintenance of a new Solo Run truck. Used trucks may incur up to $35,000 per year.
- You’ll spend around $30,000+ per year for a new Team Run tractor and over $70,000 per year for an old truck.
Although heavy trucks can be on the roads for several years, their repairs and maintenance costs start getting higher as they get older. Therefore, we suggest replacing a truck that’s in the danger zone. By danger zone, we mean a truck with over 450,000 miles on it or has been used for over five years. Make sure to keep the following replacement schedule:
- Replace Team Run tractors after they rack up 600,000 miles or become 2-3 years old
- Replace Solo Run tractors after they rack up 450,000 miles or become 3-4 years old
Remember this when purchasing a used truck as well. You do not want to get stuck with a tractor that eats up a major chunk of your profits in repairs and maintenance.
Costs of Linehaul Tractors:
If you go for new linehaul tractors, keep in mind they’re quite expensive. However, you don’t have any choice but to go for new ones as old tractors may cost you a lot more money in the long run in terms of repairs and maintenance. Below are some general costs of linehaul trucks (new):
- Tandem Axle Sleeper can cost $155,000+ and an additional 12% Federal Excise Tax
- Tandem Axle Daycab can cost $140,000+ and an additional 12% Federal Excise Tax
- Single Axle Daycab can cost $125,000+ and an additional 12% Federal Excise Tax
Lastly, if you’re investing so much money in a truck, it is extremely crucial to have FedEx parcel delivery insurance. In case the truck is damaged, your investment will be protected.