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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MAN Unknown 7.150
1998 | Flats | 7500kg
150 TURBO FLATBED 20 FOOT FLATBED 4CYL TURBO ENGINESPRING SUSPENSIONMANUAL 5 SPEED GEARBOX. Right Hand Drive
Isuzu Forward N75.190
2011 | Flats
2011 N75.190 4X2 DROP SIDE TRUCK WITH CURTAIN TENT COVER 271000 MILES EURO 5 VERY 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 See Our WebsiteTEL: 07757689678 Call / Sms / Whatsapp 24h From
2012 | Flats
Skeletal 40ft Sliding Trailers, BPW ROR SAF Axles, Drum Brakes, 2000-2012 Years, Exporting Weekly, 1 Year MOT supplied for UK Operators, Large stock!
DAF LF55 .220
2009 | Flats
Very Clean LF55-220 with 26ft triple dropsided body. Very tidy throughout and has an MOT to August 2018. ASutomatic transmission and ready to go. Would make a perfect scaffolding truck.Call for more details and be quick on this one.....DOT, 4x2, Power Steering. Right Hand Drive
MAN TGM 18.250 4x2 Platform Body
2011 | Flats | 18000kg
Air Con,CD Player,Central Locking,Cruise Control,Radio,Single Bunk,Tachograph - Digital, Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Heated Mirrors, Britcom
Scania 4 Series 94 220 4x2 flat bed Manual Fuel Pump Manual Gearb
1999 | Flats
This is used SCANIA truck for sale from Oswestry-based truck exprt specialists, commercial vehicle dealer, N A Commercials.
Scania R Series R 480 6X4 DOUBLE DRIVE HILINE SLEEPER CAB 26/44 T
2008 | Flats
DOUBLE DRIVE, 8 TONNE FRONT AXLE, AIR SUSPENSION, 3 PEDAL OPTICRUISE GEARBOX, RETARDER, AIR CON, RADIO/CD, TWIN BUNK, 21FT ALLOY DROPSIDE BODY, 2008 REAR MOUNTED TEREX 120.2 E-AZ CRANE WITH BRICK GRAB AND COMES WITH A SEPTEMBER 2018 MOT. C/W 21FT TRI AXLE ALLOY DROPSIDE TRAILER WITH MERC DISC BRAKE AXLES, FRONT LIFT AXLE, TOOLBOX AND COMES WITH A OCTOBER 2018 MOT.
Scania 3 Series P93 250 10 Tyre Rear Lift Flatbed
1994 | Flats | 26000kg
1994 Scania P93 250 6x2 10 Tyre Rear Lift Sleeper Cab Flatbed Beavertail, Hydraulic Crane, 8 Speed Manual Gearbox, Radio/Stereo, Single Bunk, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
DAF CF65 .220
2011 | Flats
2011 CF65.220 4x2 18T Dropside. 26ft body. 325,000km. 1 Owner. MOT. Service history. £POA. Right Hand Drive
MAN TGS 26.320
2010 | Flats
TGS 26.320 2010 (60) 6x2 Rear Lift Axle, 30' Flat Body With Moffatt Mountie Brackets, Day Cab, Auto Gearbox, Only Covered 120,000 Miles From Brand New, In Excellent Condition.6x2. Right Hand Drive
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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