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 CF75 .310
2003 | Flats
CF75.310, Sleeper Cab, 10 Tyre Rear Lift 6x2, White Cab, 23.5ft Flat Bed Body with Eyelets, Has Previously had Rear Mounted Crane, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, One Owner from New, March 2018 MOT, Drives Well, Tidy truck for the Year!DOT, Number of Beds: 1, Power Steering, Tilt/Telescope, 6x2. Right Hand Drive
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDI Flat Bed
2014 | Flats
313CDI flat bed in brilliant silver metallic. Registered in . Long wheelbase, multi-function steering wheel, Hill-Start Assist, chrome radiator grille, rear wall window, rear view mirror, locking glove compartment, cruise control, dual passenger seat, central locking, power steering, Bluetooth, electric windows. Approved Used Vans have had a 60-point check for your peace of mind. All Approved Used
Trailer CARTWRIGHT 45FT FLATBED TRAILER -
1995 | Flats | 38000kg
CartwrightáTri Axle Chassis. 45Ft Flatbed C/w Hardwood FlooráSteel Mesh Dropsides And Raised Headboards. Rope Hooks Mounted To N/s And O/s Body. ROR Axles C/w 385/65 R22.5 Wheels And Tyres. Air Suspension C/w Raise And Lower Controls. Full Drum Braking System. Steel Side Guard Safety Rails. Dual Speed Landing Legs. Plated Weight : 38,000 Kgs. Design Weight : 38,000 Kgs. King Pin Plated Weight :
MAN TGA 430 6x2 Flatbed Rear Lift 2005
2005 | Flats | 26000kg
TGA 430 6x2 Flatbed Rear Lift 2005 28ft Steel Flat Body, Air Suspension, Sleeper Low Roof Cab, ADK, Wood Floor, Towing Hitch, Rear Lift, Sunvisor, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Analogue Tachograph, Automatic Gearbox.
- MOT Apr 2017
- STOCK NO. Q348
Trailer Fruehauf PGPTA3
1989 | Flats
PGPTA3 Tri-Axle Flatbed Trailer 1989 40ft Flatbed Trailer, Air Suspension, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft Container Positions, Twistlocks, Tool Storage Box/Cages, LED's, ROR Axles
- STOCK NO. R223
ERF EC 8-27 6x4 Flatbed Beavertail 1996 MANUAL GEARBOX
1996 | Flats
EC 8-27 6x4 Flatbed Beavertail 1996 MANUAL GEARBOX Flatbed Beavertail Body, Steel Suspension, Day Cab, Hydraulic Fliptoe Ramps, Remote Control Winch, Rear Stabilisers, Tool Storage, Sunroof, Air Con, Analogue Tachograph, 9sp Manual Gearbox.
- STOCK NO. R208
DAF CF65 -220
2005 | Flats
CF65-220 4x2 Flatbed 2005 MANUAL GEARBOX EURO 3 24ft Steel Flatbed Body, Steel Suspension, Sunroof, Radio, 6sp Manual Gearbox.
- MOT Oct 2017
- EURO 3
- STOCK NO. R110
DAF CF85 .430
2006 | Flats | 26000kg
CF85.430 6 x 2 Beavertail 2006 30' Ft flatbed, Hydraulic Fliptoe Ramps, Rear Lift, Rear Stabilisers, Superwinch, Beacons, Sunvisor, Air Deflection Kit, Air conditioning, Electric Windows, Sunroof
Iveco Stralis 450 6 x 2 Flatbed 2008
2008 | Flats | 26000kg
Stralis 450 6 x 2 Flatbed 2008 28ft Steel Flatbed with hardwood floor, rear lift, tool storage, rear worklight, sunvisor, fridge, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, CD+Radio+USB, Sleeper Cab, digital tachograph, automatic gearbox
- STOCK NO. R251
Scania 4 Series 124L.420
2000 | Flats | 32000kg
124L.420 8 x 2 Beavertail 2000 31' (Ft) Flatbed, winch, rear stabilisers, twin steer, rear axle lift, tool storage, rear work lights, sun visor, beacons, sunroof, EW, Defrost mirrors, bunks
- STOCK NO. R250
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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