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General Category => Tech - Help Area => Body-Interior-Electrical => Topic started by: BluntBear on November 25, 2010, 12:34:01 PM

Title: Flatbed deck wood replacement
Post by: BluntBear on November 25, 2010, 12:34:01 PM
Need to replace the deck wood on my 98' 3500HD flatbed before next summer, just looking for suggestions in terms of the best wood to use. My first instinct was to use oak, but I read somewhere you can use pine without any problems. Pine sounds a little soft to me but, again, if I knew I wouldn't be asking. I live in California, but this is going to be a Canada truck. I have some property in BC near Prince George, so maybe you East Coasters can give me some insight into cold weather factors and wear on the wood if any. Thanks Guys.
Title: Re: Flatbed deck wood replacement
Post by: ED-NY on November 25, 2010, 01:01:36 PM
I have done a few with pressure treated lumber from Lowes. I believe it's yellow pine and for the few extra dollars versus the non PT...a better investment. You need to consider the rib distance and what typical loads you'll be carrying. All of my utility trailers have 2x12 make a long story short..the PT pine works fine.

Check with your lumber supplier often they will cull out some bent boards that can be wedged in at a discounted price, they straightened out in a few days anyway. I have had great luck with those self tapping torx countersinking bolts to lay the boards down.

Title: Re: Flatbed deck wood replacement
Post by: BluntBear on November 26, 2010, 02:04:43 AM
Loads will be maxed out at around 5 tons, sometimes, loading mostly with a forklift, pallets 1 ton each, gravel, chemicals. You name it and chances are I'll be hauling it. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Flatbed deck wood replacement
Post by: 454-3500-hd on May 14, 2011, 12:40:22 PM
Well sir, being that I'm in the timber business and from the east coast, ill give my Input on strong wood. If you havnt replaced ur bed yet then this might help. Pine is a great wood very easy to work with but not as strong. Oak is going to be heavy but very strong. If u go with oak use white oak or chestnut oak. The grain is very tight and will last a long time under abuse. Hickory is another tight grain HEAVY wood. But by far the best is going to be black locust, it is heavy, strong and durable. It will last forever untreated. Seriously 50 plus years of laying on the ground and u still have a hard time splitting it with a maul. But the problem is ur on the west coast and I'm not sure how hard it is to get these types of timber. Now when the wood is frozen ( around 0 degrees) it then becomes britel, that's were u want a good tight grain wood. But if the timer was cut in high elevation its stands more of a chance in -0 degrees. Cold winters makes good timber. But for up in canada i would go with p t white oak. If u can get it. That should hold its own in the conditions