Flatbed truck hauling materials with a forklift on the back

Flatbed Trucking Services: The Most Common Freight 

Delivering your freight safely and quickly is the highest priority at Iron Horse Transport. And we’ll accomplish that goal by applying any techniques, policies or equipment at our disposal. So, we combine our state-of-the-art trucking equipment with excellent drivers and back-office support staff. Therefore, we can offer our clients a diverse range of trucking services that guarantee safe, fast and reliable transportation. And in order to continue providing our quality of service, we continue refining our services and operations to meet our client’s New York trucking needs. Of course, one of the most indispensable options in our lineup of services is flatbed trucking

Every industry that ships products throughout the country requires flatbed trucking. Some need them seldomly and others on a regular basis. Regardless, they’re vital to the operation of the countless businesses who must transport large cargo, often in strange shapes or sizes. At Iron Horse Transport, flatbed trucking in New York City is one of the fundamental services we provide. In this post, we’ll discuss a few of the most common kinds of freight that flatbed trucks transport. 


First: What Are Flatbed Trucks? 

Flatbed trucks are cabs that connect with long, uncovered, horizontal beds. These beds have a variety of uses. First and foremost, flatbed trucks can transport palletized freight like tiles, bricks, or other construction materials. Overweight or oversized freight, like machinery, can also be mounted on flatbed trucks.

What Materials Are Transported?

Usually, workers on union job sites want to unload their materials immediately upon the truck’s arrival. Because the flatbed trailer allows for easy access of a crane or forklift, this significantly speeds up the unloading process. 

flatbed truck hauling construction equipment through NYC

Construction Materials 

Construction materials can be anything from lumber to scaffolding. However, it can also mean a wider variety of heavier, more solid materials like brick, steel beams, rods and concrete. Of course, these are bulky, substantial items usually arriving in large quantities. Therefore, suppliers need larger trailers to transport them to their destinations. 

Ultimately, flatbed trucks aren’t just the most popular vehicle for shipping construction materials because of their size alone. In addition, they’re also the most practical option. A crane or truck-mounted forklift can load or unload materials of a heavier weight directly from the trailer upon delivery. Superintendents on NYC job sites find this especially appealing. When automatic equipment can complete the unloading process independently, and right away, it saves a lot of time and energy. This way, the construction crew won’t have to derail their agenda in order to unload the truck themselves. 

Scrap Metal Removal 

Of course, removing scrap metal is a business unto itself. Often, union crews, construction companies, independent builders and real estate developers hire services to remove scrap metal on their behalf. The removal specialists collect the scrap metal, load it onto the flatbed and bring it to a recycling facility. 

Usually, they sell the scrap metal and the plant repurposes it or sells it to another company. The sheer convenience of the loading and unloading, as well as the considerable size and the ability to discard the entire flatbed if necessary, make these trucks the perfect option for this. 

Equipment Hauling 

Obviously, shipping large equipment is no easy feat. This sort of over-dimensional transport requires a vehicle that can adequately carry it. Items like tractors, forklifts, farm/harvesting equipment, military vehicles and more reach their destinations via flatbed trucks. 

Flatbed trucks are significantly safer than driving the equipment itself on the necessary route. Additionally, even massive parts of airplane machinery often reach their destination on flatbeds. 

Conclusion – Iron Horse Transport

Like all of our services, we refine our flatbed trucking to be as convenient and stress-free for our client as possible. Each client can confidently expect swift, smooth travel to each destination and state-of-the-art equipment to keep all cargo intact. Flatbed trucking is a popular (and effective) way to ensure substantial items safely and promptly complete their journeys, no matter the distance.