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 FL10
1997 | Chassis Cabs
1997 Volvo FL10 - Chassis Cab
Features: 8x4 / Manual Gearbox / Mileage: 255,335KM / 320Hp / 10 Litre Engine / ABS / Additional Horns / Adjustable Steering Wheel / Air Brakes / Cabin Suspension (Mechanical) / Cruise Control / Day Cab / Differential Lock / Drum Brakes / Long Range Fuel Tanks / Range Changer / RHD / Ideal For Export /
Volvo FL 6
2001 | Box Vans | 18000kg
Volvo FL 220
2001 | Beavertails | 18000kg
Volvo FL 7 8X4 MT STL HP DF SLP
1988 | Tippers | 32000kg
25296 1988 RHD VOLVO FL7 8X4 MT STL HP DF SLP TIPPER F874WEG SCVF7A5G4JC885200 1016575km Tipper
Volvo FL 6
2001 | Tippers | 18000kg
Volvo FL6 4x2 Tipper, Y reg, 2001, 18 tonnes, day cab, the clock reads 400277kms, steel body, on springs.
Height: 2.80 Metres
Length: 7.00 Metres
Width: 2.50 Metres
Weight: 18.00 Tonnes
Volvo FL 6 18 TONNE 4 X 2 ATBED - 2003 - LN53 FAF
2003 | Panel Vans | 18000kg
Volvo 220 Bhp Euro 3 Engine, Allison Automatic Gearbox, Air Suspensionr, 21Ft Flatbed Body, Sunvisor, Storage Tray, Day Cab, Dual Passenger Seats, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Air Con, CD Player, Cruise. 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
Volvo FL 220
2005 | Gritters
2005 55 Reg Volvo FL220 4×2 with 6m3 Whale Blazer Gritter Body and Snow Plough Bracket, Manual Gearbox, Low Kms, Direct Council, Excellent Condition, Choice of 5 Available
2004 | Box Vans
2003 | Flats
22ft flat body
Volvo FL 6E
2006 | Vacuum Tanks | 18000kg
Whale P32015 medium volume tipping 1800 gallon jet vac with rear hydraulic jetting real and side auxilary jetting hose as well as gully arm and Eminox ExhaustMoT Due Feb 15log 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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