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 Axor Atego 2528 Sleeper Cab Flatbed
1999 | Flats | 26000kg
1999 Mercedes Atego 2528 6x2 Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Flatbed, 12 Speed Manual Gearbox, Single Bunk, Radio/Stereo, Wind Deflector Kit, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Iveco Eurocargo 180E25
2007 | Flats
- 4x2 Flatbed
- c/w Terex TLC 92.2 Block Grab
- Manual Gearbox
- Day Cab
Scania 3 Series P93 220 Sleeper Cab Flatbed
1996 | Flats | 18000kg
1996 Scania P93 220 Sleeper Cab Flatbed, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Full Wind Deflector Kit, Single Bunk, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Iveco Eurocargo STRALIS 450 EURO 5, 4 X 2 18 TONNE DRAWBAR SPEC
2010 | Flats | 18000kg
Iveco Stralis Active Time Slepper Cab. Iveco 450 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 5 Engine C/w Ad-blue System. 2 Stage Engine Brake. ZF 12 Speed As-tronic Automatic Gearbox. Rockwell Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Ecas Front And Rear Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Hand Held Controls. 2X 25Ft Demountable Flatbed Bodies C/w Raised Headboards And Hardwood Plank Floors. VBG Air
Mercedes-Benz Atego MERCEDES 815, 7.5 TONNE 4 X 2 FLATBED -
2006 | Flats | 7490kg
Mercedes Atego Series Day Cab C/w Dual Passenger Seats. Mercedes 150 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Mercedes 6 Speed Syncromesh Gearbox. Mercedes Single Reduction Drive Axle. Steel Drive Axle Suspension. 21Ft 10ins Flatbed Body C/w Raised Headboard And Hardwood Panel Floor. Steel Side Guard Safety Rails. Isringhausen Fully Adjustable Drivers Seat. Twin Passenger Seats. Electric
Renault Midlum 180 FLATBED DAY CAB
MIDLUM 180 4X2 FLATBED, DAY CAB. CAN COME WITH 12 MONTHS MOT. CLEAN AND TIDY TRUCK. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICE...
Trailer Montracon Triaxle PSK flat
2003 | Flats
2003 Montracon 13.6m flats with twist locks, head boards,slots for poles,ROR axles with disc brakes.Choice of 3.
Volvo FL 7 285 6x2 Rear Lift atbed
1998 | Flats | 26000kg
1998 Volvo FL7 285 6x2 Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Flatbed, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Single Bunk, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Scania P Series 94D.260
1999 | Flats
Scania 94D.260 6x2 Flatbed (W662 BOA), year 1999, W reg, day cab, rearlift, 24 feet bed length, 26 tonnes, clock reads 520885 kms. MOT to end July 2017. H: 2.70 L: 10.90 W: 2.50 metres
Scania P Series 94D 220
2001 | Flats
Scania P94D 220 4x2 Flatbed, year 2001, Y reg, (Y408 EBR), Sleeper Cab, 18 tonnes, 27 feet flat bed with container hooks, MOT to May 2017. Clock reads 642944 kms. H: 3.15 L: 10.60 W: 2.50 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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