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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MAN TGL 8.180 7.5 TONNE FLATBED - 2008 - FX58 DYB
2008 | Flats | 7500kg
MAN TGL Series Highroof Sleeper Cab. MAN 180 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine. ZF 6 Speed Syncromesh Manual Gearbox. MAN Single Reduction Drive Axle. Steel Drive Axle Suspension. 24Ft Aluminium Flatbed Body C/w Aluminium Floor And Raised Headboard. Aluminium Side Guard Safety Rails. EBS Disc Braking System. PVCU Vertical Engine Air Intake. Roof Mounted Amber Beacons x 2.
DAF LF45 -130
2006 | Flats
LF45-130 4x2 Flatbed Beavertail 2006 MANUAL GEARBOX 17ft Steel Plated Flkatbed, Beavertail, Day Cab, Ramsey RE-800 Winch, Beacon, Tow Hitch, Electric Windows, Radio, CD, Digital Tachograph, 5sp Manual Gearbox.
- STOCK NO. R313
Mercedes-Benz Atego MERCEDES FLATBED
2003 | Flats
26ft FLAT BODY,
VERY CLEAN CONDITION
DAF LF45 .160
2012 | Flats
LF45-160 7.5 tonne GVW truck with brand new 21ft 6" scaffolding body with alloy dropsides. We do not cut down old bodies but build brand new bodies on a chassis. We can build body length to suit and to your spec and build to order.We have a selection of chassis so are bound to have somthing to suit your budget and requirements.DOT, 4x2, Power Steering. Right Hand Drive
Iveco Eurocargo 75E16
2011 | Flats
Eurocargo 75E15 with brand new 21ft 6" alloy dropside scaffolding body. We have a selection of these trucks available so are bound to find something to suit your budget and specification.DOT, 4x2, Power Steering. Right Hand Drive
DAF CF65 -250
2012 | Flats | 18000kg
An 18 tonne Sleepercab with a 28ft Flat body, 8 speed Manual gearbox, 250BHP, ONLY 290,000kms, Excellent Condition. MoT:**
Trailer SDC Tri Axle Flatbed Trailer
2004 | Flats | 44000kg
2004 SDC Tri Axle Flatbed Trailer, BPW Axles, Heavy Duty Chassis, Strong Wooden Floor, Posts and Sockets, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide destination - Contact for a quote
2008 | Flats
twin axle low loader trailer with winchMax gross weight 1900kgUnladen weight 4100kgYear 200824ft2 long8ft2 wide
2010 | Flats
2010 SDC, 13.6m triaxle flat trailer, Slider Flex Body, 18 Posts, Lift Axle and Rear Steer, BPW Axles, Disc Brakes, Internal 2.29m, External 4.03
Mercedes-Benz Actros 2536
2009 | Flats
2009 MERCEDES ACTROS 2536 6X2 7.7METRE DROPSIDE FLATBED BODY WITH HIAB 122B-2 CRANE WITH BLOCK GRAB, AUTO BOX, 239KMS, UK MOT 31/01/18, TIDY. Right Hand Drive
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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