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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Trailer M&G SAC27Y
2003 | Flats
SAC27Y. Tri-Axle Step Frame Flat Trailer. Air Suspension, I/D No: C118911.
Mercedes-Benz Axor ACTROS 2528
2009 | Flats | 26000kg
2009 2529 day cab,6x2 rear lift, manual gearbox, wooden planked flat platform., Transmission Speed: manual; 6x2
Trailer RGM TRAILERS 26FT FLATBED TRAILER -
1980 | Flats | 28000kg
RGM Trailers Tandem Axle Chassis. 26Ft Flatbed Body C/w 4 x Twist Locks For 20Ft Containers. Wood Plank Floor And Rope Hooks. ROR Axles C/w Twin 11R 22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Steel Suspension. Dual Speed Landing Legs. Aluminium Side Guard Safety Rails. Plated Weight : 28,000 Kgs. Design Weight : 28,000 Kgs. King Pin Plated Weight : 9,144 Kgs. Overall Length : 8.0 Mtrs. Tested Until End : Expired.
1981 | Flats
40ft flat trailer tandam spring suspension axles on twin wheels. also 33ft trailer. ?ú2000
Volvo FL 250
1994 | Flats
FL6 4x2 flat with steel floor on spring suspension, manual 6 speed gearbox,good running condition, ?ú3250+ vat, Axle Type: 4x2
MAN TGX .440
2010 | Flats
2010 TGX 440 6X2 SLEEPERCAB 16FT FLAT LIFT AND STEER, FITTED WITH EPSILON PALFINGER Q1302 TWO EXTENSION REMOTE CONTROL CRANE, JACK LEGS FRONT AND BACK, AUTO BOX, 320KMS., Axle Type: 6x2
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 315CDI
2008 | Flats
Mercedes 315 CDI Sprinter Pick-up (NJ08 GBV) year 2008, 08 reg, 3.50 tonnes, 16 feet bed length, day cab, 6 speed gearbox, on springs, MOT to January 4th 2018. Clock reads 428757 miles. H: 2.45 W: 2.20 L: 7.60 metres
Volvo FL 240 TRIPLE DROPSIDE AT ON AIR SUSPENSION
2007 | Flats
FL240 4x2 Dropside Flat, (DX57 BYO) year 2007, 57 reg, day cab, on springs, 18 tonnes, 6 speed manual gearbox, MOT to October 2017. 32 feet bed length. Clock reads 473387 kms. H: 3.30 W: 2.50 L: 11.70 metres., Axle Type: 4x2
MITSUBUSHI Unknown CANTER 75 DAY 7C18
2008 | Flats
2008 (08), MITSUBUSHI CANTER 75 7C18 DAY CAB, 4X2 FLAT, 6 SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX, MOT APRIL 2018, ALL ROUND VERY GOOD CONDITION. MITSUBUSHI
Scania 4 Series 94 300 BHP
2004 | Flats | 26000kg
2004(04), SCANIA 94 300, 6X2 REAR LIFT 26T FLAT RIGID, MANUAL GEARBOX, SLEEPER CAB, EXCELLENT CONDITION THROUGHOUT. SCANIA
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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