The flatbed, or flat truck, is one of the oldest and most versatile types of truck around. Before the advent of today’s range of bodies, the flat truck was the most popular truck on the market. Today’s flat trucks are often used for carrying bulky plant and other large paletted loads.
The flat still has advantages over enclosed-bodied trucks. One of these advantages is the ease and flexibility of loading and unloading. When operating an enclosed truck, care must be taken in deciding the load order. Generally, the truck is only open to the rear, so the first pallets loaded must be the last pallets to be unloaded. Changes to the driver’s dropping order could cause some time-consuming problems as palettes are moved around, or even unloaded and reloaded, to get at loads buried deeper in the truck. The flat truck can also take loads that are oversized and do not match the dimensions of the truck. An element of overhang to the sides or rear is acceptable if properly highlighted.
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DAF CF65 FA CF65.250 4x2 Rigid
2002 | Flats | 18000kg
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Trailer CRANE FRUEHAUF 40FT PSK FLATBED TRAILER -
1996 | Flats
Crane Fruehauf Tri Axle Chassis. Steel Framed 40 Ft Flatbed Body C/w Hardwood Plank Floor. 12 x Twist Locks For 20Ft And 40Ft Container. Aluminium Side Guard Safety Rails. ROR Axles C/w 385/65R 22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Full Drum Braking System. Grau ABS System C/w ISO Susie Socket. Air Suspension. Dual Speed Landing Legs. Plated Weight : 37,500 Kgs. Design Weight : 37,500 Kgs. King Pin Plated Weight
DAF LF45 140 4X2 TRIPLE DROPSIDE
2009 | Flats | 7000kg
2009 DAF LF45 140 4X2 TRIPLE DROPSIDE, DAY CAB
26FT TRIPLE ALUMINIUM DROPSIDE FLATBED BODY
EURO 5 EEV, 347000KMS RECORDED
DAF LF45 170 Dropside Flatbed
2005 | Flats | 7000kg
2005 DAF LF45 170 Dropside Flatbed, 17ft double dropside body, 3 seats, manual gearbox, excellent condition inside and out.
Volvo FM RHD 9 6X2 R LIFT FLATBED
2002 | Flats | 26000kg
Day, D9A300, 792626km, Manual, Air, Diesel,
MAN M2000 RHD 18.225 4X2 FLATBED
2004 | Flats
Day, D0836 225, 558934km, Manual, Air, Diesel,
Trailer Montracon Platforms
2006 | Flats
New side raves Drum brakes MOT until 07/17 Drum brakes Axle made by ROR
Volvo FM FM12 340 Version 1
2001 | Flats
2001 FM12 340 8x4 Version 1.
26-ft Flat Body with Atlas 3008 Crane.
CHOICE of 2.
2008 | Flats | 7500kg
Replaced fully serviced Engine fitted in August 2014 New fitted Flat Bed June 2015 Last service by Keltruck Burton on Trent November 2015 Out of MOT
DAF LF55 180 4X2 TRIPLE DROPSIDE
2010 | Flats | 15000kg
2010 DAF LF55 180 4X2 TRIPLE DROPSIDE, DAY CAB
25ft TRIPLE ALUMINIUM DROPSIDE FLATBED BODY
EURO 5 EEV, 188000KMS RECORDED
With a flatbed truck, there is far more flexibility. Loads can be added or taken off from the rear or either side, so access is far easier than with an enclosed truck. Specialist version, such as scaffold bodies are possible. Similarly, side loading and unloading can be much more convenient and quicker when working in tight spaces on site or at busy loading bays. The flexibility of the flat truck clearly depends on it being open. This, however, also contributes to its limitations. Being open means that loads are exposed to the elements. This means that there is real possibility of unsuitable loads being damaged by rain or ingress of surface water. The answer to this is to utilise ropes and sheeting to keep out the water. Clearly, however, this has an impact on the time taken to load and unload and also to uncover and recover loads on multi-drop routes. In addition, the sheeting may not be sufficient to keep out all of the water, no matter how skilled the driver.
This open nature of the flat truck also has security implications. Any load in an enclosed truck body is protected by a lock and a solid shell. This also has the effect of keeping the loads out of sight and away from prying eyes. Any potential thief must therefore break into the load area and take a chance that there is something valuable inside. A flat, on the other hand, has no such protection. Even where a load is roped and sheeted, it is unlikely to represent much of a deterrent to a potential thief. The thief also has a far greater chance of quickly ascertaining what is contained in the load. A flat may therefore have to be unloaded or locked up overnight, and that could reduce its flexibility and productivity.
Clearly, there is a trade-off to be made when deciding on a flat truck or a bodied truck. The flat is less likely to be suitable for smaller high-value items, but it could still be a good bet for larger and heavier bulk items as well as less valuable loads that are less likely to be stolen. The flat truck comes in a variety of lengths, and with no special enclosure it is a simple, cheap and easily maintained lorry.
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