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 75.310 FLATBED
2007 | Flats | 26000kg
/ 57 CF 75.310 26 TONNE FLATBED LORRY, 853, 950 KM - MILES ( 530,619) MOT: JUNE 2017, 6X2 REAR LIFT, 28 FT BED LENGTH, 2 SEATS, AIR SUSPENSION, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, ELECTRIC MIRRORS, DIGI TACHO, CD PLAYER / RADIO, AD BLUE, FULLY AUTOMATIC, SINGLE SLEEPER, OVERHEAD STORAGE, FRONT SPOT LIGHTS / TOP FOG LIGHTS, REAR LED BEACONS, TOOLBOX, 2 FORMER KEEPERS, GOOD CONDITION ALL AROUND!! FOR MORE
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2.1TD 313CDI SWB Chassis Cab 2143cc
2010 | Flats
SPRINTER FLATBED 2.1TD 313CDI LWB, CHOICE OF 2, BRAND NEW 17FT / 18 FT ALUMINIUM FLATBED BODIES, 12 MONTHS MOT, MILES: 147,000, FULLY AUTOMATIC, 3 SEATS, CD PLAYER, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, BLUETOOTH, TOOLBOX, CRUISE CONTROL, CENTRAL LOCKING, 3 MONTHS WARRANTY, EXCELLENT CONDITION ALL AROUND!!17FT £ 8,995 + VAT18 FT £9,500 + VAT
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1823
2002 | Flats
ATEGO FLATBED WITH ROLL ON ROLL OFF BODY, MILES: 261,201 KM, 6 SPEED MANUAL, ANALOGUE TACHOGRPAH, 24 FT ROLL ON ROLL OFF BODIES ON CABLES, 2 SEATS, TOOLBOX, DAY CAB, EXCELLENT TYRES ALL AROUND, FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL OUR SALES TEAM!!
2004 | Flats
Polski Timber Trailer 2004
Fitted with M110Z Epsilon 2009 crane
Mot January 2018
Tri axle flat bed timber trailer fitted with RTB weighing system.
DAF CF75 RHD .360 8X4 FLATBED
2003 | Flats | 32000kg
Day, PE265 360, 266616km, Manual, Steel, Diesel,
DAF CF75 CF 75
2007 | Flats | 26000kg
REF TG861, DAF CF 75 250, 2007/56, 6 X 2 DAY CAB FLAT BED, 290.000 KMS WARRANTED, MANUAL GEARBOX, EURO 4, REAR LIFT AXLE, FITTED WITH 25 FOOT FLAT BODY, 8 TWIST LOCKS, LIKE NEW CONDITION, DIRECT FROM MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT
DAF LF45 FA LF45.160 4x2 Rigid
2007 | Flats | 7490kg
7.5 TON DAF LF45
20' FLAT BED LENGTH
MOT APR 2017 (WE ARE WILLING TO PUT IT THROUGH MOT)
Scania 4 Series 124 360 6x2/4 dual wheel rear lift flat bed sleep
1999 | Flats | 26000kg
This is used SCANIA truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
Trailer SCHMITZ FLAT WITH SOCKETS TRI AXLE SCHMITZ
2007 | Flats
- Make: SCHMITZ
- Year: 2007
- Length: 13.6M
- MOT Expiry: JULY 2017
- Price From: PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR BEST PRICES
- CJC STOCK NO 86979
2007 SCHMITZ FLAT WITH SOCKETS FOR POSTS
TRI AXLE ON AIR
SAF AXLES WITH DRUM BRAKES
30 SOCKETS, 8 PER SIDE, 12 DOWN THE CENTER
385/65 R22.5 TYRES
JULY 2017 MOT
CONVERSION DONE TO THE HIGHEST QUALITY
DAF LF45 45.150
ABS Brakes, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Cabin Suspension Manual, CD Player, Power Steering, Seat Belts, Spare Key, Speaker System, Suspension Leaf, Tacho Digital, Tinted Windows, Warranty Body Length: 21.3ft. This truck is rated as a Euro 3 The engine's power output is 150 HP. Right Hand Drive MoT Expiry: 10-2017
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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