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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Scania 4 Series P94 260 10 Tyre Rear Lift Flatbed
2000 | Flats | 26000kg
2000 Scania P94 260 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Day Cab Flatbed, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide destination - Contact for a quote
DAF LF45 .160
2012 | Flats
20 foot 4ins alloy double Dropside,electric windows,cruise control,exhaust brake,Radio/Cd player,dual passenger seat,heavy duty gantry,rope hooks/lashing rings,manual gearbox,only 307,000 kilometres with full service history,excellent condition,ideal scaffold lorry?? for more info please phone 0121 326 6950,for the latest stock updates follow us on Twitter @junction6com
Volvo FM 9
2003 | Flats
2003 03 FM9 26T FLATBED TRUCK, 6X2 WITH A REAR LIFT (TAG AXLE), 30FT WOODEN FLOOR FLATBED, DAYCAB, MANUAL GEARBOX, DIGITAL TACHOGRAPH, 740,000 KLMS, ELECTRIC WINDOWS / MIRRORS (HEATED), DIFF LOCK, CRUISE CONTROL, PHONE KIT, AIR SUSPENSION, OUTSIDE LOCKER, CLEAN TRUCK, MECHANICALLY VERY GOOD.
2014 | Flats | 26000kg
Atlas 165.2e Finger
ERF EC 11 380 6x2/4 Dual Wheel Rear Lift Flat Bed Sleepe
2000 | Flats | 26000kg
This is used ERF truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
Iveco Eurocargo ML180E25
2007 | Flats
2007/57 EUROCARGO 180E25 ,4X2,MANUAL GEARBOX,22FT BODY,STEEL SUSPENSION,NEW TEST,£5750+VAT
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDI
2014 | Flats
2014 sprinter 313cdi lwb flatbed,15ft body(13ft behind toolbox)manual gearbox,110.000miles,one owner from new,£8750+vat
Trailer M&G FAC27Y
1998 | Flats
AIR SUSPENSIONTRI ROR DRUM AXLE13.6 M LONGModel: FAC27Y
Trailer CARTWRIGHT CST36A
1998 | Flats
AIR SUSPENSIONTRI ROR DRUM AXLEModel: CST36A
2001 | Flats
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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