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The truck used to tow other vehicles is called a tow truck. The towing is done for vehicles that are either repaired or having parking tickets or violating Government regulations. These are also called “wreckers” as towing is more commonly done for wrecked vehicles. These trucks can be either owned by the government itself or private authorities.
Tow truck doesn’t carry multiple vehicles at the same time, differing it from motor carriers. Hence the main usage of these trucks are limited to purposes specified thereof.
Equipment used for Tow truck:
Depending upon the purposes and towing capacity of the truck, different equipment is used.
For lifting and towing vehicles that fall in ditches due to accidents, the “Boom” mechanism is employed. It has an adjustable boom with a winch to lift vehicles and tow them. In order to cradle the vehicles by holding either front or rear wheels, “Wheel lift” is used.
The integrated mechanism is a combination of boom and wheel lift, which is used to cradle vehicles that got wrecked but have movable wheels. When vehicles get immobilized, “Flatbed” and “Lift flatbed” mechanisms are used where entire vehicles are lifted off ground and carried on the bed of the wrecker.
The equipment is used depending upon the vehicle to be towed. The towing capacity depends on the size and capacity of the wreckers. Therefore, several calculations are required for the ultimate safety in application and effectiveness. Having a working understanding of the terminology mentioned above and having a functional working knowledge of their use is imperative for a safe and reliable experience when working with various towing methodologies and technologies.
For these reasons, one must ensure that the lift mechanism of the tow truck functionality does not undermine or interfere with the safety specifications of the plowing and pushing factors of a vehicle that also plows. Follow all safety recommendations from the manufacturer before attempting, and ensure for your first time that you have an experienced professional to guide you.