Continue reading to learn what will likely happen when a tow truck service arrives to haul your vehicle away.
When you are in need of a tow truck, it is likely that the only thing you can concentrate on is finding a reputable company that can respond quickly to your call; it is unlikely to think about how the tow truck will actually connect and haul away your vehicle. But this consideration may be something of interest depending on the type of car you have.
For instance, larger vehicles may require a flatbed truck, while standard models generally need nothing more than a traditional rig. Appositely, there are various types of wrecker equipment used in the industry, and to make matters better, most companies retain a diverse selection of tow trucks within their own fleets. Accommodating different make and model vehicles is easily achievable in our current industry, including other motorized crafts like boats, tractors, and even airplanes.
Standard Towing Versus Heavy Duty
There are a few different versions of traditional rigs used to tow standard vehicles, from one armed booms and wheel lifts, to roll back designs. Such versions are evident when you see cars raised at the bumper by a hook connected to a boom arm, or a rig pulling a vehicle using a wheel lift.
For heavy towing jobs, a twin, swivel wrecker bed is usually the go-to rig. Twin, swivel wrecker beds are great for heavy-duty towing applications because they give rigs the ability to simultaneously pull in two separate angles, which allow for improved mobility and safety.
Modern wreckers are designed with heavy steel cables and an electrically motorized pulley system, as well as, one or more hydraulic boom arms that operate using hydraulic cylinders, which are fed by a pump in the truck’s engine. These rigs are a very similar, but improved, version of earlier boom arm PTO wrecker models.
If your car is stuck in a ditch or requires lifting for recovery, you can expect a modern rig with a hydraulic wheel lift to come to your assistance. For simple side-of-the-road tows, you can expect a standard, one armed boom and wheel lift truck.