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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Trailer 2007 SDC 2 Axle Draw Bar Trailer
2007 | Flats
6.1mtr Long Flat Body, 8 Twist Locks, Steel Suspension, 11000kg GVW TRAILERS
Scania P SERIES 230 Sleeper Cab 28ft Flat
2007 | Flats | 18000kg
Adjustable steering wheel, Air Conditioning, Air Suspension, Air brakes, CD Player, Cruise control, Disc brakes, Electric windows, Heated mirrors, Power steering, Rope hooks, Seat belts, Single bunk, Spare keys, Sun Visor, Sunroof, Tachograph - Digital, Toolbox, 2007 07 Scania P230 Sleeper Cab 28ft Flat,Manual Gearbox,Air Suspension,CD Radio,Cruise Control,Air Conditioning,Sun roof,Electric
DAF LF55 .220
2008 | Flats
2008 08 DAF LF55.220 FRONT MOUNTED CRANE EURO 4 2008 08 DAF LF55.220 COMPLETE WITH FLAT BODY FRONT MOUNTED HIAB 111B-2 REMOTE CONTROLLED CRANE WITH STAND UP CONTROLS BRICK GRAB FRONT AND REAR CAMERAS ONE OWNER CONTRACT MAINTAINED FROM NEW EURO 4
1981 | Flats
Montracon 40ft flat trailer tandam spring suspension axles on twin wheels. also 33ft trailer. £2000
DAF LF45 .160
2011 | Flats | 7490kg
DAF 7.5t FLATBED (MODIFIED BOX) ONBOARD COMPUTER. CRUISE CONTROL. ELECTRIC WINDOWS. DIGITAL TACHO. CD/RADIO. DUAL PASSENGER SEAT. EURO 5. EXCELLENT CONDITION. FULL SERVICE HISTORY.
DAF CF65 20300 18 Ton Sleeper Cab Flat
2011 | Flats
18 Ton Gross on air suspension, 6 speed manual gearbox, air conditioning, fitted 26` alloy flat,tool box`s, 6.6m w/base, one owner.
MOT AUGUST 2017
Scania G Series 20G320 6x2 Rear Steer 8.5 ton front axle flat bed
2011 | Flats
Euro 5, 3 Pedal Opticruise, Air conditioning, Reversing camera, Leather seats, 5.9m wheelbase, 29ft 5" Flat bed Wisodeck floor,Full Scania history.
MOT September 2017
Isuzu NQR 70 Day Cab Flatbed
2002 | Flats | 7500kg
2002 Isuzu NQR 70 4x2 Day Cab Flatbed on Springs Suspension, 6 speed Manual Gearbox, 3 Seat Cab, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
2031 | Flats | 18000kg
2003 | Flats | 18000kg
Hiab 122xs Hydraulic Loader
paint & Letter
toolbox Irvine Depot
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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