Flats Trucks For Sale

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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Volvo FL  6 23 TONNE 6 X 2 ATBED - 2003 - LO52 AAU
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Volvo FL 6 23 TONNE 6 X 2 ATBED - 2003 - LO52 AAU £3,250.00
2003 | Flats | 23000kg Volvo FL Series Day Cab C/w Dual Passenger Seats. Volvo 220 Bhp Turbo Air To Air Charge Cooled Euro 3 Engine. Allison Fully Automatic Gearbox. Volvo Single Reduction Drive Axle C/w Diff Lock. Ecas Drive Axle Air Suspension C/w In Cab Controls. Air Suspended Rear Lift/Steer Axle. 25Ft Flatbed Body C/w Wood Panel Flooring And Raised Headboard. Steel Side Guard Safety Rails. Chassis Mounted Storage
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Trailer SDC POA
2004 | Flats Choice of 2 x 2004 SDC semi refurbished flats, in mot's and good tyres, BPW drum brakes. POA
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Trailer CARTWRIGHT CST 39A POA
2003 | Flats Cartwright CST 39A 13.7MTR Flat Trailer with BPW Axles Year 2003 Trailers
Willenhall Commercials Ltd
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Isuzu NPR POA
2004 | Flats 3.5 TONNE FLAT BED. Rigid Trucks
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Foden 3000 3325
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Foden 3000 3325 POA
1996 | Flats 1996 FODEN 3325 6x4 FLATBED Rigid Trucks
Willenhall Commercials Ltd
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Iveco Eurocargo cargo POA
Flats 2003-53 Iveco 150E18 cargo flat bed with crane truck, hiab 071 crane, 4x2, 15000kg gross weight, manual, day cab, good condition Tipper / Flatbed / Crane Trucks
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Iveco Unknown 50C18
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Iveco Unknown 50C18 POA
Flats 2003-53 iveco 50C13 cage tipper with tail lift, 4x2, 5000kg gross weight, manual, good condition Tipper / Flatbed / Crane Trucks
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Iveco Eurocargo CARGO TECTOR 130E
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Iveco Eurocargo CARGO TECTOR 130E POA
2002 | Flats 2002 IVECO CARGO TECTOR 13 TON FLATBED Rigid Trucks
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Renault Unknown 210
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Renault Unknown 210 POA
1998 | Flats 1998 RENAULT 210 4x2 FLATBED Rigid Trucks
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Volvo FL 6-26
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Volvo FL 6-26 POA
1998 | Flats 1998 VOLVO FL6-26 6x4 FLATBED Rigid Trucks
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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.Typical Flatbed Truck

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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