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2011 Ford Super Duty DeWalt: A real cut and run job

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  April 1, 2010 02:40 PM

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(Clifford Atiyeh/ Staff)

NEW YORK—I've never ridden in the bed of a pickup truck. Something about it, despite how drunkenly easy Texas college students make it look on spring break, doesn't seem safe. Especially with a rotary saw and hydraulic crane bolted out back.

With those two details, the Super Duty DeWalt Contractor concept is a genuine construction site on 22-inch wheels, and about as far from a party pickup as South Padre Island is from New York City.

There's a winch, battery charging station, and a connection to run a mulcher or other heavy machinery straight off the 6.7 liter diesel.

Should anyone foolish climb in, the crane — rated at 650 pounds — can end that ride very quickly.

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