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Towing services- Back to the basics

Posted on: May 9th, 2012 by towingwriter

Towing services are required on a daily basis by people who have had the misfortune of being in an accident or just simply had a car break down. Tow truck companies assist travelers in these desperate situations and help them find a way out of a dire situation. The different types of the towing equipment that needs to be utilized in any given situation would depend on the size and weight of the vehicle that needs to be towed. The following are a few basic equipments that are used by towing companies on a daily basis.

‘Booms’ are not exclusively designed for tow trucks only. Several towing services utilize adjustable boom pulleys for recovering vehicles that are stuck in ditches. ‘Wheel lifts’ are the most recent editions of the hook and chain combinations that were used initially. These lifts have metal yokes that are attached to the vehicle in addition to a hydraulic hoist.

‘Belt lifts’ are looped chains which can be attached to vehicles. This enables a tow truck to pull the vehicle by the axle. Caution needs to be used with this equipment as it is prone to causing scratches on the vehicle’s bumper. A ‘Quick pick’ merges the characteristics of a boom as well as a wheel lift. The quick pick is used to reclaim vehicles or for the purpose of transferring vehicles that have not been parked legally.. ‘Slide’ refers to the bed that is located at the rear of the tow truck. The hydraulics of the slide enables the bed to shift to ground level and pull the vehicle with the help of a winch.

A basic understanding of the type of equipments used by towing companies will enable you to have a clearer understanding of the intricacies involved in the towing service industry.


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