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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2016 | Flats
39,000kg GTW, 45 - 65 ft Extender, Removable Headboard, BPW Axles, Self Tracking Rear Axle, 12 Twist locks Rear Mounted, Pins and Bolsters, See Website for Full Specification.
DAF CF75 .310
2007 | Flats
CF75.310 26T 2007 Flatbed with Moffett attachments and 9T front axel, 508432 Km,Euro 4,Automatic, Super singles front tyres, Vehicle maintained regardless of cost.Vehicle will come with 12 months MOT please call to arrange inspection.6x2, Tilt/Telescope. Right Hand Drive
DAF CF65 .220
2010 | Flats
Euro 5, 26’ Flatbed Body, 18 Tonne, Single Sleeper Cab, Automatic Gearbox, Sunroof, MOT’d April 18, 575000kms. Left Hand Drive
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 7C15
2013 | Flats
CANTER 7C15 7.5 TON AUTO 18 FT FLAT EXCELLENT CONDITION Rigid Trucks
2014 | Flats
2014 Montracon Flatbed Trailer.á 13.6m, Tri-axle, Keruing Floor, BPW Axles, Drum Brakes, Long MOT.
DAF LF45 .160
2012 | Flats
16 foot 6ins alloy double Dropside,electric windows,cruise control,exhaust brake,Radio/Cd player,dual passenger seat,manual gearbox,only 295,000 kilometres,fantastic condition,for more info please phone 0121 326 6950,for the latest stock updates follow us on Twitter @junction6com. Right Hand Drive
DAF CF75 .360
2009 | Flats
MANUAL GEARBOX,EURO 5,AIR SUSPENSION,REAR LIFT AXLE,25FT FLATBED BODY WITH FORKLIFT BRACKETS. Right Hand Drive
1985 | Flats
TM 4X4, DROPSIDE, LOW KMS.. Right Hand Drive
Volvo FM 9.380
2006 | Flats | 26000kg
- 6x2 Rearlift 26T Flatbed
- 24.5Ft Body
- Cormach 27500E Remote Crane
- Sleeper Cab
Volvo FL 6 220 Day Cab atbed
2001 | Flats | 18000kg
2001 Volvo FL6 220 Day Cab Flatbed on Springs Suspension, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
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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