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A layman’s guide to tow trucks

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by towingwriter


Tow trucks can be a blessing for anyone caught in the dilemma of having a breakdown or worse an accident. A tow truck’s ability to withstand heavy loads has led to its modification in many ways and made it suitable for different purposes in varied sectors of industry. The following is an overview of the different types of tow trucks:

  • Flatbed Towing Trucks - Flatbed tow trucks are used for transporting many vehicles at one time, from a given location to another. These tow trucks are used by car companies for the purpose of production.
  • Hook and Chain Trucks - Hook and chain tow trucks are the most established and commonly use tow truck among all the others. They are used for retrieving damaged cars and other vehicles that have fallen into a ditch or to the side of the road. Construction companies make use of these tow trucks in order to mobilize damaged tractors. This type of tow truck provides roadside safety and is often used by the police force.
  • Boom Trucks – Removing a damaged vehicle from a ditch or out of a hole cannot be done by merely pulling. Boom trucks provide a resolution to this problem in the fact that their equipments and tools are capable of lifting heavy loads instead of just pulling them. However, these trucks can also be utilized for the purpose of pulling vehicles.
  • Wheel-Lift Trucks – Similar to hook and chain trucks, a wheel lift truck is utilized for the purpose of pulling out damaged vehicles. Transportation of a damaged vehicle with this truck is faster as the truck is required to bear only a fraction of the towed vehicles weight. The associated risk is however higher as if the wheel is not capable of carrying heavy weights, that could lead to some problems.

These different types of tow trucks are highly capable of rescuing any vehicle from any situation and are used liberally by towing services to provide their customers with rapid assistance.



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