Cleveland flatbed trucking

Cleveland Flatbed Trucking Demand & Insights

The demand for Cleveland flatbed trucking and freight has risen substantially in recent years. Typically a service that sees seasonal surges, flatbeds have been a hot ticket item over the last two years, a trend our Ohio trucking experts opine will continue into 2022.

“Flatbed trucks have the capacity to haul a broad range of loads, from raw materials to manufactured goods,” explains On Time Delivery & Warehouse CEO Anthony Figliano. “They’re often relied upon to transport material loads that are bulky and too tricky to lift without heavy machines.” 

As for why requests for Cleveland flatbed trucking services are up so sharply, part of it is the uptick in industries like construction and agriculture that often use flatbed trailers.

Who Uses Cleveland Flatbed Trucking Services?

Flatbed trucks are large trucks (between 48-53 feet long with a 48,000-pound weight capacity) that feature a flattened bed with no roof or walls. Some models have drop decks, and are typically made with a wooden platform supported by a sturdy frame of aluminum.

As an open vehicle, flatbeds are versatile and offer a host of logistics options, particularly when heavier, taller cargo is involved.

You’ll most commonly spot flatbeds in use on highways hauling things like:

  • Machines
  • Steel coils
  • Lumber
  • Long, oversized pipes
  • Bailed tires
  • Highway barriers
  • Tow trucks and other vehicles
  • Bricks
  • Industrial fabric sacks (used for sand, fertilizer, seeds, etc.).
  • Scrap metal

Flatbed trucks are very useful also for cargo that is being shipped or received from overseas. They can be used to move shipping containers, carrying them from inland factors or ports to sea ports, warehouses, etc.