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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Mercedes-Benz Atego 20Mercedes 816 Dropside flat ONLY 125000 kms !!
2012 | Flats
7.5 ton gross Day cab Euro 5 Steel suspension manual gearbox 3 Seat cab 20ft dropside flat Wisodeck floor 4.2m wheelbase
MOT March 2018
Scania R Series R310 26 TONNE 6 X 2 FLATBED -
2007 | Flats | 26000kg
Scania R Series Sleeper Cab. Scania 310 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine. Scania 12 Speed Opti Cruise Gearbox (With Clutch Pedal). Scania Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. Twin-Wheel Rear Lift Axle C/w In Cab Controls. 22Ft 6in Flatbed Body C/w Wood Plank Floor, Raised Front Headboard And Rear Drop Down Tailboard.
DAF CF75 .310 Day Cab, 10 Tyre, Flat Bed
2004 | Flats
Day Cab, Manual Gearbox, Flat Bed Body, 6x2 Rear Lift with 10 Tyres, 310 HP Engine, Rear Air Suspension, Can be loaded with additional vehicle if needed. Call!
MAN TGS 26.480
2008 | Flats | 26000kg
MAN TGS 26.480 2008 (08) Sleeper Cab, 6x2 Flat, Manual Gearbox, Drawbar Spec, Straight From Work, Due In, Call For Details.
Foden Alpha 2500
2004 | Flats | 26000kg
Emission Class:Euro 3
- Front Suspension:Springs
- Rear Suspension:Air
- Front Brakes:Disc
- Rear Brakes:Disc
- Number of Speeds:8
- Gearbox Make:Eaton-Fuller
- Cabin:Day Cab
- Tachograph Type:Paper Card Engine make: Cummins Engine BHP: 250 Truck Dimensions: - Length10.00 m
- Height3.15 m
- Width2.50 m Body Dimensions: - Length7.70 m
- Height1.30 m
2008 | Flats | 7500kg
Alloy Platform Column Tailift
taxed In Customer Name
Scania 4 Series 124 360 6x2 rear lift flat bed sleeper cab MANUAL
1998 | Flats | 26000kg
This is used SCANIA truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
Trailer SDC Platforms
2008 | Flats
Drum brakes Fully refurbished livery Drum brakes Axle made by BPW
DAF LF55 FA LF55.220 4x2 Rigid
1999 | Flats | 15000kg
Leyland Daf 55, 1999, 18ft Flat Bed, Manual Gearbox, Steel Suspension, Manual injection. Export enquiries are welcome.
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1823
2000 | Flats | 15000kg
Mercedes Atego 1823 4x2 Flatbed (T3 SRR), year 2000, 18 tonnes, 23 feet bed length, on springs, sleeper cab, Clock reads 501643 kms. H: 3.20 W: 2.50 L; 9.20 metres
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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