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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DAF CF85 .460
DAF CF85 .460 POA
2016 | Flats 8x2 - Sleeper / Day cabs – 8x2 - Rear lift and steer - Fitted FASSI crane F275 / 305 / 365 crane - New cheese wedge plant bodies- Large choice.. Right Hand Drive
Macs Truck Sales
DAF LF45 .160
DAF LF45 .160 POA
2015 | Flats TRI-AXLE ROLLING BOGIE SKELETAL TRAILER;- ex demo, ready to go . 9277mm/12269mm, 39000kg gross, 14 twistlocks, red line auto changeover valve, only one available and she is ready to drive away today
Volvo FH 420
Volvo FH 420 POA
2016 | Flats 2016 FH420 - 8x2 - Fitted FASSI F315A2.23 crane - New low profile cheese wedge plant body - 14 ton payload - Very high specification ring for details.. Left Hand Drive
Macs Truck Sales
MAN TGS 26.360
MAN TGS 26.360 POA
2012 | Flats 6x2 fitted new low profile plant body with hydraulic ramps winch lashing rings 26 ton GVW. Right Hand Drive
Macs Truck Sales
DAF CF75 .310
DAF CF75 .310 POA
2007 | Flats CF75.310 26T FLATBED, 2007, 415678 Km, 26 tonne, Adblue Euro 4, Moffett Attachments, Automatic gearbox with stalk shift, Mid lift twin steer axle, Body length at 26ft, can come with 12 months MOT, maintained regardless of cost, one company owner.Power Steering, 6x2. Right Hand Drive
Leicester Commercial Centre
2017 | Flats 2 axles drop neck low-loader, Platform extension length 5.550 mm, Saf axles with drum brakes 12.000kg , 2 units of hydraulic Steering axles, Tare weight 12.000kg. Right Hand Drive
T C Trailers
Mercedes-Benz Unimog  530
Mercedes-Benz Unimog 530 POA
2017 | Flats Productspecweb: Model - UGE U530 HP - 299/6 CYL Colour - Carbon Black Chassis - 3350mm Tyres - 445/65R 22.5 Michelin C/W Options - Central tyre inflation (CTIS) Vario-Pilot (dual mode Left/Right hand steering) Front implement mounting plate (din76060) Air-suspended driver/passenger seat Rear view camera and monitor in cab Sun visor, exterior transparent Working gears Automatic gear shift (EAS)
Isuzu NQR   Diesel 5.2L Flatbed
Isuzu NQR Diesel 5.2L Flatbed POA
2007 | Flats Isuzu NQR 70 Diesel 5.2L Day Cab 6 Speed Manual 3 Seater 20ft Flatbed Scaffolding Body 8 Post Hole On Springs Electric Windows MOT April 2018 In Good Condition Stock Number: KX07 HSC Year: 04/05/2007
Mercedes-Benz Atego 816
Mercedes-Benz Atego 816 £14,950.00
2012 | Flats 2012 MERCEDES 816 – 7.5T Dropside 174840 Km (Replacement engine) £14,950. Right Hand Drive
Gullivers Truck Hire Ltd
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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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