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 LF55 .180
2004 | Flats
2004 LF55.180 4X2 FLAT BED TIMBER TRUCK 14 TON 203000 MILES GOOD CONDITION ANY INSPECTION WELCOME For More Trucks Like This Please Visit Our Website Or Call Tel: 07757689678 Whatsapp/Sms/Call FROM ABROAD 00447757689678 CALL/SMS/WHATSAPP 24H CURRENTLY WE HAVE OVER 100 TRUCKS IN STOCK For More Trucks Like This Please See Our WebsiteTEL: 07757689678 Call / Sms / Whatsapp 24h From Abroad:
DAF CF65 .250
2008 | Flats
2008 CF65.250 4X2 FLAT BED WITH PALFINGER PK15500 CRANE 182000 MILES MOT UNTIL 1ST DECEMBER 2017 GOOD CONDITION ANY INSPECTION WELCOME For More Trucks Like This Please Visit Our Website Or Call Tel: 07757689678 Whatsapp/Sms/Call FROM ABROAD 00447757689678 CALL/SMS/WHATSAPP 24H CURRENTLY WE HAVE OVER 100 TRUCKS IN STOCK For More Trucks Like This Please See Our WebsiteTEL: 07757689678 Call / Sms /
MAN Unknown 8-163 4x2 Flat
1999 | Flats
1999 (W) MAN 8-163 4x2 Flat. Manual gear box.
2006 | Flats
twin axle plant trailer YEAR APPROX
Trailer IFOR WILLIAMS
2014 | Flats
New GH94 plant trailers 2700kg gross to suit up to 1.8 ton excavator.New style with 9ft beaver tail bed and full width loading ramps.These are THE best trailers to move your mini excavators with.
Trailer IFOR WILLIAMS GH105
2014 | Flats
New Ifor Willimas GH105 heavy duty plant trailer 3500kg gross to suit up to a 2.8 ton excavator.This is the new style trailer with a beaver tail and full width loading ramp.
DAF LF45 .160
2011 | Flats
7.5t FLATBED. ONBOARD COMPUTER. CRUISE CONTROL. CD PLAYER. DIGITAL TACHO. ELECTRIC WINDOWS. DUAL PASSENGER SEAT. EXCELLENT CONDITION. FULL SERVICE HISTORY. THIS IS A VERIFIED VEHICLEPower Steering; 4x2
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 3C13
2014 | Flats
Rigis Truck, 27,888miles,3,500kG GVW, Disel,3 Seats, Excellent Overall Condition, Good Interior, 2 Owners, 4x2, Day Cab, 2998cc, Manual, White, 2 Doors, Excellent Body Condition, 75% Tyre Condition, MOT Until 12/2017 #11,500 + VAT
Iveco Eurocargo FLAT SPARES OR REPAIRS
2008 | Flats | 7500kg
2008 58 Iveco ML75E16,Sleeper Cab 22ft Scaffold Flat....SPARES OR REPAIRS,Engine Runs but has a miss fire,IDEAL DIY PROJECT..Manual Gearbox,Steel Suspension Interior condition: 65% Body condition: 65% Tyre condition: 75%
DAF CF 75.310
2003 | Flats | 28000kg
- 6x2 Rear Lift Flatbed
- Front Mounted Crane
- Sleeper Cab
- 8spd Manual Gear Box
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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