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Use Retracted Booms to Your Advantage

Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

A tow truck’s boom is strongest when it’s retracted, so always try to plan your recovery to use this to your advantage. Extend or raise the boom only as needed to accomplish the recovery. And the lower the boom, the more stable the truck will […]

Shopping for Insurance?

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When shopping for insurance for your towing company, if you’re currently insured and looking to change, check out the cancellation penalties before canceling your current policy. The funds you may save by going with a new policy could be forfeited to fees and penalties of […]

Heavy Blanket Can Reduce Risk of Wire Rope Injury

Dec 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When winching a vehicle, if a heavy blanket (such as those used by moving companies) is folded over the center area of the wire rope during winching, there is much less risk of injury if the wire rope breaks. The blanket serves to absorb much […]

Handle Wire Rope Safely

Nov 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

One of the first things to remember when working with wire rope is to always wear gloves — preferably double-palmed gloves. And if you need to hold on to a piece of wire rope, hold on to it — don’t let it slide through your […]

Smart Battery Chargers and Tow Trucks

Oct 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Tow trucks or service vehicles which are left parked for 30 days or more will have increased battery life if a smart charger is used whenever the vehicle is not being used. In particular, vehicles that go unused for 60 days or more will experience […]

Towing Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

Sep 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Just because a four-wheel-drive system has a neutral position does not mean it is towable. On some vehicles, when the transfer case is shifted into neutral, transfer case parts are disconnected from the transmission but the front and rear wheels remain joined through the drive […]

Flat Side — Flat Strap

Jul 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“’Flat side – flat strap.’ Whether it’s a box trailer, box truck, camper, etc., if the casualty has flat sides, use a flat strap,” says industry educator Tom Luciano. “On a round casualty, such as a tanker, use round, endless-loop straps. On flat surfaces, flat […]

When using air cushions, get straps under load quickly

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“When using air cushions it’s critical to get lifting straps under the casualty as soon as possible,” says industry trainer Tom Luciano in the Tow Times June article “Air Cushions of Booms?” “A good practice is to place straps on the casualty after the cushions […]

Surface Resistance When Winching

May 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Surface conditions can add significantly to the amount of resistance to overcome when winching a vehicle. Winching a 4,000-lb. vehicle over a hard surface will require about 400 pounds of effort, while winching over grass or gravel will require approximately 1,320 pounds of effort. Mud […]

Air Pressure Increases in Hot Tires

Apr 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Under normal operation, all tires heat up, and since air expands with heat, the air pressure in the tire will increase. This is anticipated by the tire manufacturer, and though a hot tire’s air pressure might exceed the cold pressure limit, you should not bleed-down […]