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 LF45 .160
2011 | Flats
7.5t FLATBED. CAB SUSPENSION MECHANICAL. DUAL PASSENGER SEAT. DIGITAL TACHO. EURO 5. CRUISE CONTROL. ELECTRIC WINDOWS. RADIO/CD PLAYER. LENGTH 17'6. WIDTH 7'10. MOT AUG 2018. FULL SERVICE HISTORY. EXCELLENT CONDITION. THIS IS A CERTIFIED VEHICLE.Power Steering, 4x2. Right Hand Drive
DAF LF45 .160
2011 | Flats
7.5t FLATBED. CAB SUSPENSION MECHANICAL. DUAL PASSENGER SEAT. DIGITAL TACHO. EURO 5. CRUISE CONTROL. ELECTRIC WINDOWS. RADIO/CD PLAYER. LENGTH 17'6. WIDTH 7'10. MOT SEPT 2018. FULL SERVICE HISTORY. EXCELLENT CONDITION. THIS IS A CERTIFIED VEHICLE.Power Steering, 4x2. Right Hand Drive
2012 | Flats
2012 25 foot, 10 tonne bale trailer, tidy order £3950
1979 | Flats
TRIAXLE EXTENDABLE FLAT TRAILER, Air suspension, full power steering.
Scania P Series P280, 26 TONNE 6 X 2 FLATBED - 2009 - BX59 BGF
2009 | Flats | 26000kg
Scania P Series Sleeper Cab. Scania 280 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 4 Engine. Scania 8 Speed Syncromesh Gearbox. Scania Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. Air Suspended Twin Wheeled Rear Lift Axle C/w In Cab Control. 29Ft Flatbed Body C/w Lashing Rings, Wood Plank Floor And Raised Headboard. Aluminium Side Guard Safety Rails.
Ford Transit 350
2017 | Flats
transit drop side body, new 12ftx7ft call rob 07764 791760. Left Hand Drive
Scania 4 Series 124L360
1998 | Flats
1998 124L 360 6X2 FLAT BED WITH ATLAS AK 100.1V A11 BRICK GRAB CRANE 498000 MILES MOT UNTIL 1ST OCTOBER 2017 COMES WITH 2 AXLE DRAW BAR TRAILER 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 24HCURRENTLY WE HAVE OVER 100 TRUCKS IN STOCK For More Trucks Like This Please
DAF LF45 .180
2010 | Flats
ONE OWNER FROM NEW 7.5 TON 2010 DONE 194983K MOTED UNTIL OCT 2017 MANUAL GEAR BOX WITH REVERSEING CAMMRA 23.5 FOOT LONG. Right Hand Drive
DAF LF45 .160
2006 | Flats
2006, 7.5 TONNE, 20 FT FLATBODY,IDEAL FOR SCAFFOLDER, VERY TIDY INSIDE AND OUTPower Steering, 4x2. Right Hand Drive
Trailer SDC 13.6m flat
Choice of SDC triaxle flat trailers on air suspension,drum brakes.From ?1,350.
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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