The dropsides is a venerable truck, having been around on the nation’s roads for many decades. It is one of the earliest forms of truck and is still around probably due to its versatility. The design of the dropsides is pretty simple. Essentially, it can be regarded as simply a flatbed truck with a little added security for the load. In addition to the flatbed itself, the dropsides has containing walls to the rear and the sides. These are usually fairly modest in depth, allowing easy opening and access to the load.
The dropsides can be loaded and unloaded from the sides or from the rear and even from above. This makes it extremely flexible when planning routes compared to box vans, which need to be loaded and unloaded in order from the rear. It also makes the dropsides potentially quicker to unload, with many forklifts able to unload from all sides at once. The ability to unload from the sides can also make the dropsides a popular option for site work, where access can be tight. Many dropsides take advantage of their open nature by including an onboard crane. This can make them extremely efficient on multi-drop routes, as they don't need to wait for a forklift to become available for unloading to take place.
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DAF LF55 55/220
2005 | Dropsides
DAF LF45 FA LF45.150 4x2 Rigid
2007 | Dropsides | 7490kg
2007 DAF TRUCKS LF45.150 DROPSIDE FITTED PK6500 CRANE!!!!!! Diesel
•Excellent Overall Condition
•Excellent Interior Condition
•MOT Until 04/2015
•2007 (07 Reg)
•7,500 kg GVW
•Right Hand Drive
•Excellent Body Condition
•90% Tyre Condition
Mercedes-Benz Atego 816 19 Foot 2ins Dropside c/w Taillift
2011 | Dropsides | 7500kg
19 foot 2ins alloy double Dropside c/w Ratcliff Palfinger 1000kgs alloy column taillift c/w side safety rails,air conditioning,electric windows/mirrors,cruise control,exhaust brake,dual passenger seat,Radio/Cd player,alarm,warning beacons,heavy duty overhead gantry,lashing rings,onboard weigher,Bluetec Euro 5/Lez compliant,only 220,000 kilometres with full service history,fantastic condition,for
Scania 4 Series P94
1999 | Dropsides | 23000kg
1999 Scania P94 220, 25ft Dropside c/w Rear Mounted Atlas 100.1 Brick Clamp, 6x2, Rear Lift Axle, 23ton Gross, Manual Gearbox, Air Suspension, Direct Company, Clean and Tidy Truck, MOT MARCH 2015
Mercedes-Benz Atego 815
2004 | Dropsides
4x2 DROPSIDE DAY CAB CHOICE OF 4
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 EUROCARGO
2009 | Dropsides | 7500kg
No of Seats: 3; The gearbox is Automatic; Traffic Steps: At Rear; Length: 21ft; Kms: 45323; Engine CC: 3920; D.O.R.: 07.2009; Euro: 5; LEZ: Compliant
Iveco Eurocargo ML 150E21/P rigid
2008 | Dropsides | 15000kg
08 plate Iveco Eurocargo 150E21/P, dropside with Terex 92.2 crane and grab
Volvo FM FM9
2003 | Dropsides | 26000kg
2003 (03 Reg) Volvo FM9 dropside truck. Rear steer axle with air suspension. Fitted with Rear mounted Palfinger PK 12000 crane with standing controls and brick grab. 26ton GVW. 335659kms. 24ft 6' body. Reversing camera.
MOT Expires April 2015.
Please call 07795 844172 for any further information.
DAF LF45 FA LF45.150 4x2 Rigid
2005 | Dropsides | 7500kg
2005 (05 Reg) DAF LF 45.150 Dropside truck. Fitted with Atlas AK 45.2 fold away crane. 266428 kms. 7.5ton GVW. 14ft 6' body length. 4x2. Day cab. Fitted with Nokia hands free phone kit.
MOT Expires May 2015.
Please call 07795 844172 for any further details.
DAF LF45 LF FA45.160 08T DAY E4 18ft Dropside
2008 | Dropsides
DAF LF45.160 With 18ft4' Dropside Body, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, CD Player, Digital Tacho, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Roof Beacon, Low Miles, Excellent Condition.
The very versatility of the dropsides does, however, impose limitations. Because it is open, the loads on the dropsides are exposed to the elements. Clearly, this can be addressed by ropes and sheeting, but it can still make the dropsides unsuited to carrying delicate goods. The open nature of the dropsides also makes it less secure and loads are open to the gaze of potential thieves. Again, this makes it less suited to carrying valuable loads when the truck may be left unattended, either for short breaks or overnight.
Many dropsides will therefore find a home in the builder's merchant, where loads such as aggregates are ideal for the dropsides characteristics. Aggregate loads are usually pretty impervious to the weather and are not valuable enough or light enough to make attractive targets for thieves. They are also well restrained by the sides and rear of the truck. Some dropsides come with tipping bodies to make short work of unloading these aggregates. The dropsides is also ideal for palletised loads, such as paving or bricks.
The sides themselves may be constructed from aluminium to save some weight, and care should always be taken to examine their condition when buying a used dropsides as repair or replacement can be expensive.
The dropsides comes in a variety of axle configurations, lengths and weight ratings. You will also find them with all sorts of cab types, from standard day cabs to crew cabs and sleeper cabs. It is a simple body type and is relatively easy to maintain and repair. With no real specialist equipment (assuming no crane or tipping body), a used dropsides should give years of excellent service. Being simple and relatively cheap, the dropsides truck lends itself well to the used-truck market. It is also extremely versatile and able to operate in many environments.
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