The smallest in the range of vehicles from Volvo, the FL is seen as solid and dependable, two qualities which everyone would hope for when buying a truck. Initially, some trucks within the FL range operated at 7.5 tonnes GVW, although that has now changed to a far more capacious 12 tonnes GVW, increasing up to 18 tonnes.
After undergoing a total revamp in 2006, the Volvo FL range has a wide choice of cabs available, not to mention engines, gearboxes and even the amount of power you can extract from each engine. Some of the older FL models still sell pretty well, even though they can seem a little basic by comparison to the post-2006 trucks. They’re best for use as recovery and tipper vehicles.
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Volvo FL 6
2002 | Gully Suckers
4X2, GULLY SUCKER, MANUAL GEARBOX, MOT APRIL 2017, EXCELLENT CONDITION 240 Engine.
Volvo FL 6 220 Sleeper Cab atbed
2001 | Flats | 18000kg
2001 Volvo FL 220 Sleeper Cab Flatbed on Springs Suspension, 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Twist Locks for 20ft Container, Single Bunk, Excellent Condition - We can organise shipping to any Worldwide Destination - Contact for a quote
Volvo FL 6 18 ton Tipper with crash cushion
2005 | Tippers
2005 Volvo FL6 18 ton Tipper with crash cushion. Econ demountable dropside body. Traiload Hydraulic crash cushion with high visibility directional lights. Manual gearbox, steel suspenion. Low miles, direct council. Will sell seperately if required. VGC, M Volvo
Volvo FL 6.250
2006 | Tippers
- 4x2 3 Way InsulatedTipper
- Day Cab
- Manual Gearbox
Volvo Unknown FLE 280
2009 | Tippers
18 TON GROSS 280 HP MANUAL BOX ALLOY INSULATED TIPPER WITH TAR CHUTES COUNCIL DIRECT FSH SPOTLESS Tippers
Volvo FL L 4X2 L1H1 DAY E4
2008 | Refuse Body | 12000kg
REF TG627. VOLVO FL 240. 2008/08. 12 TON GROSS WEIGHT. KERB SIDER BIN LIFT. REVERSING CAMERA. FORWARD VIEW CAMERA. AUTOMATIC GEAR BOX. 4 X 2. DAY CAB. 190,000 KMS WARRANTED. SPRING SUSPENSION. TERBERG BODY. WHEEL BASE 12 FOOT 6 INCH. LEZ COMPLIANT. AD BLUE. NO VAT IF GOING FOR EXPORT. REF TG627
Volvo FL 220
2005 | Tankers | 18000kg
Whale 1800 gallon High Volume tipping jet vac P31958 with rear hydraulic jetting hose and side auxilary jetting hose also gully armMoT Due Oct 14log book present
Volvo FL 6
2001 | Gritters | 18000kg
Demount Econ gritter direct from councilMoT Due log book present
Volvo FL 240
2009 | Sweeper | 15000kg
Johnston VT650 dual sweep road sweeper with super wash and power lance as well as gully arm direct from councilMoT Due
Volvo FL 220
2004 | Tankers | 18000kg
Whale P31617 medium volume 1800 gallon jet vac with pusher plate and rear hydraulic jetting hose as well as auxilary jetting hose and boomMoT Due Oct 14log book present
Before 2006, the engines available with the FL series were 6-litre Volvo D6B diesels equipped with power ranging from 180bhp to 250bhp. Post-2006, the new engine was a 7-litre Volvo D7F engine with 240bhp, 260bhp or 280bhp, making it considerably more powerful to help cope with the increased payload.
Before the FE range was launched, the FL was available as a tractor unit, a 6x2 chassis unit or even as an 8x4 tipper with a whopping 10-litre engine. This model was known as the Volvo F10, which is still available if you look hard enough for a used model. They’re still surprisingly common on the roads today.
In terms of cab choice, there are three options for the newer FL trucks – a day cab, a medium cab and a crew cab. The latter is probably the best choice for recovery trucks, while a medium cab has enough capacity for a small crew. Each cab is pretty well-equipped with security and entertainment features coming as standard.
Suspension depends purely on which FL truck you decide to buy. With the FL L, you get 19.5in wheels for light distribution, while the medium-sized FL M truck has a steel suspension with 22.5in wheels, ideal for use as a skip or tipper. The Volvo FL H (Heavy) truck comes with either steel or air suspension, useful for light construction jobs.
The Volvo FL, despite being relatively small, is capable of doing various jobs, but seems to come into its own as a tipper or skip.
The Volvo FL range of trucks is the most compact variety it offers at the moment, making them ideal for urban use where things such as agility and efficiency are invariably important. And the FL models with vacuum tank bodies attached can come into play in a variety of situations when high volumes of fluid substances need to be transported with minimum fuss. Used Volvo FL vacuum tank trucks are up for sale, with these compact models proving durable enough to cope with the demands of multiple owners over the years. And as with any truck that features a vacuum tank on the rear, you need to look at the functionality of this hydraulically operated unit as well as any other features which may require maintenance.
The cabs available for the FL vacuum tank family include a standard day cab along with a comfort cab and the all-important crew cab, the latter of which is capable of accommodating a full team of workers in a single trip. Under the skin you can find modern engines ranging in power from 210bhp to 280bhp, while both manual and automatic gearboxes are on offer. In general, these trucks weigh in at the 18-tonne mark, and recent models are available alongside those that have been operating for a longer period, ensuring that the range of prices is suitably varied.
The vacuum tank body on a Volvo FL will usually be mounted with a tipping mechanism to allow vertical elevation of the front end for improved performance during evacuation. A rear-mounted hydraulic hose can dispense the contents of the tank efficiently, while models will also come equipped with an auxiliary hose built on one side for added convenience. The primary hose can come with a gully arm to give the truck added reach, so check that this mechanism is in full working order, along with any other systems that are crucial to the consistent operation of this vehicle. A medium- to high-volume Volvo FL vacuum tank can hold around 1800 gallons or more, so of course the volume you pick should be determined by your requirements.
Driver comfort is a given for most modern trucks, especially those that are part of Volvo’s FL range such as the vacuum tank models on sale here. But this manufacturer has also integrated many components which are designed to make life easier for the person behind the wheel and any passengers. The latest version of the FL vacuum tank truck can feature impressive features such as regenerative braking, automated diagnostics, Euro V and VI engines for competitive fuel consumption and also features to make maintenance less of a hassle. So when it comes to hitting the road repeatedly without much downtime, this type of truck should be an economical option.
If you are buying a second-hand Volvo FL vacuum tank truck, then make sure that things such as a recent MOT certificate and a well-ordered logbook are present to give you information about its history and also confidence in its future.
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