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  1. here a photo of the second model in scale 1/25th I've made for Revell of Germany in 1995. Kenworth W900 with Challenger 1040 B body made by Miller - Industries This is the prototyp for the toyfair in Nürnberg, the finished kit came months later. thank you for your friendly greetings ! At the moment I build, pardon, I rebuild a tractor model in scale 1/25th to an 4 - axle Tow Truck. Here the original an MAN TGA 35.480. The 35 means 35 ton GVW and the 480 means 480 HP: The manufacturer of the body and the recovery technic is an company from Austria with name EMPL. They made high quality products, so like tow trucks, dumper, fire apparatus etc. Here the finished truck on the yard of the owner. This is the basis of my rebuild project, the MAN TGA tractor. I've measured the whole tow truck and on my computer I make a complete new drawing in scale 1/25th. This work needs some weeks. From the manufacturer of the 4 -axle chassis I got a technical drawing in scale 1/25th. This drawing is very helpful and makes my project much easier. More as soon as possible. Klaus
  2. Original post by: Truckin24 who is a Tow Truck Fan from Germany. Hello all together, over the Christmas days I found this very, very interesting forum. I'm not a owner of a company in the business of towing. I'm a class 8 truck driver in the middle of Germany near Hannover. Every day I'm on the road with my three axle trailer. I'm a fan of Tow Trucks made in America and a enthusiastic model builder. I build Tow Trucks and Fire Apparatus. In April 1991 I've visit the Stepp's Towing Service company in Tampa, FL. The reason was the development of a new truck item for Revell of Germany. Todd Stepp gave us his O.K. for this big project. One week I was on the yard and shot more than 500 photos and took 800 - 1000 measures of Stepp's new Peterbilt 379 with Challenger 8808 body. Back in my office I started with the development of an impressive Tow Truck model. Maybe somebody knows this big kit with more than 400 pieces. 1995 I've made the second model kit, an Kenworth W900 with body by Miller - Industries. Owner of the original is Fred Viohl in Haverstraw, NY. Together with a friend I was also one week of Freds yard. From 1990 - 1999 I've visit some states in the US. Several times I was in Orlando and saw the Tow Show, visited Tim Jackson ( Tow Times Magazine ), went over the Tennessee for a short stop at Miller - Industries and made a big turn through different other states. 1999 I've written a book about Tow Trucks in Amerika, in German language. Here in the Tow411.net I've seen a lot of nice tow trucks. Fantastic !!! Unbelievable are the Tator Rotator ! These huge trucks are so impressing that I would like build one of these "Monster" as model in scale 1/25th for my collection. I saw the yellow BigWheel on Kenworth T800 chassis, Bobs 4 - axle red Peterbilt with Jerr Dan body and the fantastic artwork around the truck. And of course, Kauff's 75 ton Rotator and also the tator in service at HTS Towing. My problem, where can I get enough photos of one of these trucks and who has an drawing for me ??? Very , very difficult. If anybody has an idea to help me, please, let me know. I would be very happy. Kind regards from Germany Klaus Lassen www.truckin24.de www.fahrzeug-modellbau.de
  3. original poster: David Lee from China Hello everyone, I am new one here. I work as engineer designing wrecker. I look forward to learn more towing knowledge and make friends from tow411. http://www.gdyh.com.cn if you are interested in our towing equipments. Thanks.
  4. I am Vietnamese, living in Hanoi a very small city. Over 40 ages. I have known Tow411 for long time , and now I decide joying to you . My English is not good but I can learn the towing technique though the pics in this site . I have a small towing company that has 20 tow trucks . You can see them after : My website: cuuho116.com I wish, I will have many good friends here . Thanks for reading my first saying . "That's from Tow411 2008"
  5. Katherine Cimorelli posted the poem "You can't buy a Life" on her blog Tuesday, the day after she witnessed a driver, who was alleged under the influence, hit a tow truck driver, killing him. A woman who was being assisted by a tow truck driver when he was struck and killed in hit-and-run crash on Pacific Coast Highway posted a poem Tuesday honoring the man. Katherine Cimorelli wrote that she was on the side of Pacific Coast Highway when the tow truck driver, Ronald Carver, 45, of Newbury Park, was struck and killed by a silver Audi, whose driver kept going. Jill Rose, 44, of Santa Monica is accused of driving under the influence in the hit and run crash. Rose will likely face vehicular manslaughter and other charges. (Read more about the crash here.) Cimorelli posted a poem about the crash on her blog, Sonnets and Scribbles, writing: "I wrote this poem when I got home last night, and it's dedicated to the tow truck driver. May he rest in peace, cradled safely in the love of our Father." Here is the poem: I watched you die tonight. I didn't know you more Than three or four sentences Just casual words exchanged, "What happened to the car?" "Where would you like it towed?" You smiled, simply, kindly Just doing your job Just helping out a frightened girl On the side of a dangerous highway. I heard the noise I did not see the car What was she thinking? How could she leave you there, Speeding off in a frantic hurry like that? It must have been Fear, I decide. All I remember were The golden headlights As I leapt in front of Countless cars Screaming, screaming, "Stop! Stop!" I pointed at your body I did not dare to go too close. The ambulance came. They lit the flares. The paramedic approached me- "He's passed." "Just five deep breaths." "It's out of your control." And I learned tonight You cannot buy a Life With unceasing sobs And helpless prayers of pleading. So I'm left to say, Rest now, sir, In the arms of the One who loves you most. I asked Him to give you His deepest place of Love I asked Him to care for Your grieving family I never got to meet your brother Who, I overheard, Was on his way So all I have Is your full name R.L.C I'll carry it forever with me. News Link This is a very sweet young lady, I hope we can all show our support for her and her family through this tragic accident. Thought and Prayers to Ms.Cimorelli and her family. I sure hope we can turn this tragedy into something positive. I hope with our support we can help her find peace.
  6. Tarrytown, NY — A paramedic and a tow truck driver were injured in an accident after a vehicle slammed into the rear-end of an ambulance that was stopped alongside the New York Thruway Friday night, February 8, 2013. The automobile accident occurred 8:51 p.m. near the interchange of I-87 and 287 in Tarrytown, Patch.com reported. According to officials, emergency crews were at the scene of a minor accident when a northbound vehicle on I-87 hit the rear of the Greenburgh EMS ambulance. The impact pushed the ambulance into a tow truck driver, who was outside of his vehicle at the time. The accident left both the tow truck driver and a paramedic with injuries that did not appear to be serious. The tow truck driver, who remains unidentified, sustained a leg injury while the paramedic, who also remains unidentified, suffered a shoulder injury. The victims were taken to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The driver who hit the ambulance, a Middletown, N.Y. man was charged with failure to move to the left for an emergency vehicle. RESOURCE LINK
  7. Oklahoma man, 31, killed in one-vehicle rollover accident in Haskell CountyHASKELL COUNTY, Texas - A 31-year-old Oklahoma man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover accident about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Hwy 277 – roughly 0.2 miles north of the intersection with County Road 431 – in Haskell County. Killed was Michael Duke Browning, Jr., who was driving a 201Hh1 Kenworth rollback wrecker southbound on Hwy 277 during a rainstorm, State Police spokesman Sparky Dean said in a news release. “Browning lost control of the vehicle due to driving too fast due to water on the roadway,” the news release said. “The vehicle rolled over and ended up in a field on the west side of the roadway.” Browning wasn’t wearing his seat belt and was ejected during the crash, Dean said. He was taken to Stamford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to Dean, the crash is being investigated by Corp. Nick Jimenez.
  8. Originally Posted By: AllCountyTowing The dean of the business school at Keiser University died on Wednesday when he tried to prevent his car from being towed from outside his Lauderhill home, police said. Elias Konwufine, 39, jumped on the running boards on both sides of the tow truck then fell under the wheels of his car as the Capitol Towing wrecker pulled away, Capt. Rick Rocco said. "The car was picked up from the rear end so the front wheels were slightly turned," he said. "The car is not following true behind the truck, it's kind of like on an opposite angle, so this guy gets run over by his own car as the tow truck driver's going forward." It happened around 6:25 p.m. on the 3300 block of Northwest 67th Way. Konwufine's car was parked on the grass in the Sienna Green Condominiums development in violation of condo association rules, a neighbor said. Konwufine was pronounced dead at the hospital about two hours later, officials said. The school released a statement that read, in part: "Keiser University is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Elias Konwufine. Dr. Konwufine touched and positively shaped the lives of his students, alumni and colleagues in special ways, every day, and collectively our hearts remain heavy as we cope with this tremendous loss." Traffic homicide detectives will determine whether to file charges. RESOURCE LINK
  9. Death of tow-truck driver gets indictmentA Columbus man was indicted yesterday on charges that he was drunk when his car struck and killed a tow-truck driver on the North Side last year. Thomas G. Frederick, 59, of 4795 Kingshill Dr., is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence and operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Frederick was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent at the time of the Sept. 29 crash that killed William Houck, 60, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in a news release. In Ohio, a driver is considered impaired at 0.08 percent. Police said Houck was hooking a disabled car to his tow truck on northbound I-71 just north of Cooke Road when Frederick slammed into him about 3:45 a.m. Municipal Court records show that Frederick has multiple traffic-related convictions in the past 10 years, including three convictions for driving without a license, three for speeding and one for improper passing. Frederick could face more than 15 years in prison if convicted of all charges, O’Brien said. More than 100 tow-truck drivers from across Ohio joined last fall’s funeral procession for Houck, who worked for Broad & James Towing for 24 years. Jim Shriner, who runs the business with his brother, said he knew that yesterday’s indictment was coming but drew no comfort from Frederick’s possible punishment. “To be honest, it doesn’t do anything for me,” he said, then conceded, “I know a lot of my drivers don’t feel that way.” One of Houck’s daughters dropped by the business recently to share the news that she is expecting a baby, he said. “She’s actually due on his birthday, Bill’s birthday,” Shriner said. “She came in the other day with her sonogram. “Bill’s still not going to be there for his family,” he said. “All we can do is go forward. RESOURCE LINK
  10. With the extreme cold weather warning in effect for Saskatoon, it’s a busy time of year for many services impacted by the winter. Tow-truck company Brad’s Towing is seeing one of its busiest weeks of the season. “It’s more steady this time of year — more calls back to back,” said Brydon Brunsch, a heavy operator with Brad’s Towing. Given the recent cold, the towing company often receives upwards of 150 calls a day for towing assistance. “There’s lots of trucks not starting, cars needing boosts, picking up trucks and putting them in shops for mechanics to work on,” Brunsch explained. The Saskatoon International Airport (Skyxe) is also affected by the cold snap — airport officials are reminding travellers to check flight schedules, though they note arrival and departure times are not expected to be overly impacted. “It slows down the process whether it’s de-icing, or bridging an aircraft — that might go a little slower than normal,” said Andrew Leeming, operational excellence vice-president at Skyxe. The City of Saskatoon is encouraging its workers to bundle up and providing warm-up shacks for employees who work outdoors. “Things take a little longer. Things are a little slower. Staff [need to take] more breaks to warm up,” said Trent Schmidt, manager of the city’s water and waste stream. The city said no garbage collection or other major services have been cancelled due to weather. “We have to get out there. The guys are going out there in the bitter cold to repair water-main breaks, [and] get the services restored,” Schmidt said. RESOURCE LINK with Video
  11. CLINTON, Iowa - A local tow truck driver is giving motorists a first-hand look at the perils faced in his profession with a harrowing cell phone video shot during a highway call. "It's getting worse. There's so many distractions these days," said tow truck driver Tyler Petersen. In the video shot last week, cars and semis are shown barrelling down the highway, inches away from Peterson while he prepares to tow a car. At one point, he's lying on the shoulder of the road with a semi whizzing dangerously close. That semi driver then gives him the middle finger. "In the video, I threw up my hands, the guy was flipping me off, like it's my fault I was almost hit by him," he said. Iowa law doesn't mandate moving over for tow drivers, but police say it is a common sense, lifesaving courtesy. "It's specific for law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, but if you see flashing lights please move over," said Shawn Voights, Traffic Bureau Commander with the Davenport Police Department. The 22-year-old has been towing cars for the family business for years, and says he shot the video to inspire others to think about the lives of tow truck drivers. "People need to slow down and be more aware of their surroundings on the road. Pay attention. I'm not in hazard every day as much as people in bigger cities," he said. "When you're in a ditch, who's coming to get you? We are." RESOURCE LINK with Video
  12. METHUEN — A tow-truck driver accused of raping an intoxicated woman after she crashed her car in Methuen Christmas morning was ordered held without bail following his arraignment in Lawrence District Court Tuesday. Christian Baez, 32, of Marlborough, was charged Tuesday with one count of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and one count of assault and battery. According to court documents, the victim told police she had been at a friend's house in Lawrence drinking on Christmas Eve. She left the party shortly before 3 a.m. and was driving home when she crashed her car into a snowbank on Lawrence Street. The victim told police that after the crash, she recalled being pulled from her car, the court documents said. She then told police she heard two men speaking in Spanish, and one told the other he was going to call police. She said that man, later identified as Baez, put her into a tow truck while the other man left the scene, the documents said. The victim told police Baez continually asked if she was OK, but that she could not open her eyes. She then said he slapped her face, telling her to wake up, according to the police report. Baez then placed his fingers in her mouth, causing her to vomit, the victim said according to the report. He then began to assault her, the report said. The victim told police she kept losing consciousness during the assault, but that she recalled Baez closing the passenger side door of the truck and re-entering the truck on the driver's side, wearing a black ski mask, court documents said. "She immediately asked where her underwear was and 'I know what you did.' 'I felt what you did to me.' She demanded that he bring her back to her car," the police report said. Baez told the victim she had injured another driver in the crash and that she would be arrested, but the victim said she knew that was not true, according to the documents. While police officers were investigating the victim's abandoned vehicle on Lawrence Street, Baez arrived with the victim, according to the report. The victim was "extremely upset, crying and screaming" and told police she had just been assaulted and was missing her underwear. "She stated that she did not voluntarily get into the truck and she would have been better off being left in her vehicle to die than to get into the truck with the male subject," the police report said. While being interviewed by police, Baez said he was driving a Sheehan's Towing truck when he happened upon the accident, where another man was helping the victim. Baez said he attempted to take the victim to the hospital, but she regained consciousness during the drive and began screaming at him to return her to the car, so he turned around, court documents said. Police wrote in the report that they spoke with a dispatcher at Sheehan's Towing, who said Baez had just turned in paperwork from a tow in Lawrence and left the tow shop at about 2:30 a.m., saying he was going home. The dispatcher said Baez did not call in anything about a crash or picking up the victim. After questioning by the police, Baez eventually said that he had "stopped by" the Timony Grammar School on his way to Holy Family Hospital with the victim, according to the report. He said he was trying to push the victim into his truck when he "ended up" assaulting her. He later admitted to police that he had assaulted the victim, and said the other man who had been at the scene of the crash had removed her underwear, according to the court documents. Baez was arrested and booked about 6 a.m. Christmas Day. The tow truck was impounded and searched, where police found "a number of pairs" of black gloves and a pair of underwear "in the left toolbox of the truck hidden behind three bottles of speedy dry," according to the police report. Baez is scheduled to return to court for a dangerousness hearing Jan. 5. RESOURCE LINK RESOURCE LINK with News Video
  13. he 39-year-old woman had been sightseeing in downtown Chicago, and when she returned to the spot where she had parked at Columbus and Balbo drives, not far from Buckingham Fountain, her vehicle was gone. Looking for help, she flagged down a nearby tow truck from the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation. Driver Lennie Perry said he could help, officials said, and offered to return her car in exchange for $150 — cash. The woman said she didn’t have the money, but Perry again offered help and directed her to his wife, whose silver Chevy Impala was parked across the street. Arica Reed-Perry took the woman to a nearby ATM, collected the cash, and then dropped off the victim at her vehicle near East Lake Street and North Stetson Avenue, about one mile north of where it was originally parked, according to officials and court records. Immediately, the woman contacted police, sparking an investigation into the September 2014 incident that culminated this week when Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood sentenced Perry to nine years behind bars, with three years of supervised release afterward, for his role in the bribery scheme, officials said. Perry, 43, was a pool motor truck driver for the Department of Streets and Sanitation and was fired for his criminal conduct, officials said. An investigation revealed that on three separate occasions while on duty, Perry solicited bribes of $100 to $150 from victims, officials said. Perry’s wife, Reed-Perry, 32, separately pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft for her role in the scheme, officials said. She received 24 months of probation and was ordered to pay $150 in restitution, officials said. At the time of Perry’s arrest, the City of Chicago's employee database listed a Lennie Perry as a tow truck driver with a salary of $70,408 a year. Police previously said Perry was hired as part of a second-chance program run by Streets and Sanitation. He had pleaded guilty to felony theft charges in 2008 and was sentenced to two years of probation. The incident calls to mind a different era in Chicago, when small kickbacks to city employees were believed to be more common. University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Dick Simpson, who has studied local corruption extensively, said such practices have changed over the years. Inspectors general for various agencies have been helpful in reducing patronage and certain types of corruption, he said. But some corruption remains unacceptably high and exerts a toll on the city, Simpson said. “That’s a really bad thing for the city,” Simpson said, referring to the incident with Perry. “Obviously the hometown newspaper picks it up, the tourist tells friends, and just like with the murder rate, it frightens people from coming to Chicago.” The investigation was done by Chicago police alongside the City of Chicago office of inspector general and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, officials said. RESOURCE LINK A former city of Chicago tow truck driver is facing nine years behind bars for towing away cars of sightseers, then demanding bribes of up to $150 to return the vehicles. RESOURCE LINK TO AP STORY
  14. SCRANTON — A city woman is suspected of driving under the influence after hitting a tow truck driver along Interstate 81 on Thursday night. At about 7:15 p.m. , Johnson’s Towing employee Douglas Roberts worked to help a disabled motorist near mile marker 190.4 on I-81 northbound when a car driven by Melissa Martin, 44, of Scranton hit his tow truck, spun and then hit Roberts, according to state police. Troopers arrested Martin on suspicion of DUI. Emergency medical personnel took Roberts to Geisinger Community Medical Center with minor leg injuries, troopers said. RESOURCE LINK
  15. Originally posted by Webb Wehbe:
  16. iqtech Responded: what jumps out at me in that pic is 1: no safety vest 2: service truck is parked incorrectly (should be a bit further back and at an angle) and 3: which one is the service truck driver? no uniform or anything like that. other than that on a nice wide shoulder like that I would have no issue changing the tire instead of towing it. Latta Responded: We will not change a tire on the highway. It seems like the spare is always flat/low, bolts are on way too tight, etc. When one of us goes out, it's a Null, not an employee. I'll be damned if I'll go to my brother's funeral over a tire change. Kochesauto Responded: I too agree with all of the above comments(move vehicle to safer location)makes you wonder how many operators we loose each year doing tire changes and gas calls.the real challenge is to get the motoring public,pd and most of all MOTOR CLUBS that sometimes this is the better way.these days I walk away from a tire change in a bad spot if not allowed to tow to a safer place. Steve Catlett Responded: I will not let my drivers due a tire change on the highway for any one. No exceptions! There well being is my company's top priority. As for the picture I to agree were is this mans safety clothing or a least a fee orange cones. Midwesttowing1985 Responded: I can understand anyone who wants to get a car off of a major highway to do a tire change.But for me, I have been changing tires on the side of I-80 for about 25 years so I guess I am somewhat used to it, but since the topic has come up, I have timed how long it takes me to do the average tire change and then the average load up time of a vehicle with a flat and it turns out that it takes less time to change a tire if it all goes right plus about half of those tire changes are away from the traffic side. I should add that when we do a tire change, we use a small service truck which has everything needed for changing tires. It helps having all the right tools, it makes the the job go much faster. Vernon75 Responded: I agree with midwest towing 100%. The only time it may take longer with me is with a GM or chrysler veh that has the spare under the car. Up here in the north east everything gets corroded and the spare won't drop down. BigWheelRecovery Responded: Sometimes we get set in our ways an you might not be able to see the forest through the trees, then something really bad happens to you or a family member that money can't fix. Then we start with the I should of or could of... but it's to late for that now in 3 days the funeral will be over, we lost a branch on the family tree. Things really sink in when the phone rings an someone is asking for your son Tommy, man you have to say he's no longer with us, then they ask did he quit or get another job, he always said how great it was working with my Dad? Your eyes start to water an you realize it was the lack of proper training he didn't get outside your business, because you were busy an had to have Tommy ready to respond to those cheap motor club calls. Everything you do is fast fast cause its only 20 bucks an now that's the price a life was worth. Lets STOP an think about what has been happening to us an our industry, most of our nearly 100 towers that are killed every year are doing motor club calls and most companies that do these calls have huge turnovers of personal, mainly because the calls pay short money so it's hard to find seasoned and certified people with clean driving records that can pass a drug test for low hourly rates or commissions. Also, tow company bosses are at times not forward thinking, they're still buying dangerous cheaper priced equipment for there people mostly because they're still thinking about what was good 20 years ago. My view, no tow company should be doing Police calls on any highway with a ramp truck that doesn't have an auto grip. It cost $3500 more and when you sell the truck you get $3500 more because it has a Autogrip, it's free. Regular wheel lifts are the wrong tool and should be banned, think about it your guys are on there hands an knee's beside a car or small truck in the middle of the highway with traffic at 80 mph. Getting out of the way of a speeding driver not paying attention, while playing with those L bars an frozen pins, trying to adjust the opening space an install the safety straps, dumb. Also some of us are still buying ramps with the head boards attached to the truck frames, man no thought when into that purchase. I say if you own one get rid of it and order one with the head board is attached to the body. Think for a moment the ramp goes back then you tilt it, guess what you just covered your rear tail lights an because the head board is frame mounted the bed goes up an you are now blocking your take downs an your amber's at 3am, your all blacked out on an unlit highway nothing good will come out of that, just think about it that's all I ask. The last two responders above this post most likely haven't lost anyone yet or had close ties with another tow company that did. So maybe the real danger hasn't hit close to home for them, well they have been lucky so far and that's great. Anyway our company policy, we don't change tires on the highway, we go to the next exit ramp, you have to go there anyway, also don't take your side rails off your ramp they will help you get off the highway faster. Another point, make sure your guys put there level 3 safety vest on before getting into your tow trucks going to all calls, not in the middle of the road at a scene. Maybe with a little thought we can avoid a real tragedy. That's my view if you agree say so, train your crew properly with programs such as WreckMaster. If you have a different opinion speak up, silence won't save any lives here . Thanks again BOB TowZone Responded: Think about it strobes can be mounted to the front corners of the bed when using a stationary headboard. Sadly, many companies have minimal lighting. Then again there does not seems to be a correlation between vests and lighting as a solution to resolving or decreasing the number of roadside deaths. Not to discount any and all safety measures, as we must all take precautions and we must all work to educate others. We do this so that we do not read their name in the paper one day. It is hard to break old habits as I hear I can do it faster on the side of the road. I ask, but can you do it safer? In the instances where drivers have been struck and killed, the majority were wearing a vest. They were conducting a proper tow and they were doing every thing right. They were in control of the situation, except the situation changed and they were not in control of the variables which came from outside their focus area. That control rests with the person armed with a steering wheel. They have the control to Slow Down Move Over, I want to see a campaign which raises the awareness but the focus of most states is still on seat belts. If the public does not get it yet they never will, we need to encourage them to focus more on a plight. In this first discussion, I took the photo... No one will ever know if I altered a destiny by taking the time to stop. Sure there was enough space from the white line, but that is not a bearer. That line does not prevent a distracted driver from crossing it and neither do the bumps on some interstates. It only takes a second, even a driver who is not impaired can become distracted and cross that line. Look at the image and imagine that I am the vehicle that just crossed the line.Think about it, now quickly could you react, your already to late! You even saw it coming because the support vehicle was not positioned in a manner that it would have taken the hit. If you are going to or must do a tire change on the side of the roadway use your vehicle as a barrier, turn the wheel into traffic and not straight. If it is struck then it should take the impact and veer away from you. This practice may very well give you a few extra second to react and save your life. Sadly, I once heard and owner say he would fire a driver who place his equipment in danger positioning it is such a manner. Think about it, is the equipment really worth more than a life? Go over safety procedures regularly, if only with yourself. Littletow Responded: Interesting... I am surprised by some of these comments. Which is more important- Value of Life, your Time, Equipment, or Money? It does not matter what type of a call it was. Safety precautions should always be taken. It takes only a second, the last project I was on, a tower was tightening his load, no vest, on the shoulder, working on the drivers side control, a semi comes by didn't see him, and his 18 year old some watched as his father was tossed into the lanes of traffic, because the semi's mirror tagged him. In the years I have been teaching IM/ Safety across the US, the biggest mistake I have found, is when we become complacent/comfortable in what we are doing, someone loses their life. I challenge each of you to create a public service announcement (PSA) with your phone, upload it to you tube, and post it to your website, and all social media you are involved in. If you want to create awareness, this is the fastest and easiest way to get it out there. This is free marketing and awareness. Give it to your staff to post on their pages as well. Tell your customers about, have it playing in your offices... Many ways to do this. WE are responsible for not educating our staff, our customers and the public. Have safety meetings once a week, this is imperative with your staff. BigWheel Recovery Responded: Rod an I both mentioned in the above discussions that getting everyday work related safety issues out front is important. The picture at the beginning of this post says a lot about what untrained or unsupervised employees do when the boss is not around and exactually what I see as I travel around the country. I drive to most of our seminars including Baltimore, Ohio and Vegas (flew this year first time to Vegas an hated it, you don't see anything). Maybe its just the truck driver in me I guess. When traveling the highlight for me is to stop by some of the companies that have been to one of our classes. I really enjoy seeing their operations. Along the way, I commonly see tow operators changing tires or hooking disables on the Highways with no police around, no vest, and the truck is in front on a tire change. I feel it's time we all slow down a little and have a safety meeting with all operators present. We need to make it mandatory they follow your company safety policy and then have each one sign off that they were instructed on this policy. Place that form in there personal file as OSHA requires. If something happens OSHA will be at your facility with in 6 hrs with a big fine. Also, I see most tow companies buy the same old duplicated equipment you know it worked all those years fine so it must be OK. When hydraulic wheel lifts came out in the big wreckers everyone thought it wasn't ever going to replace the good old cable operated towbar, automatic transmissions in PickUp's and medium duty trucks who would ever buy that? Well look around try to find a big wrecker without a hydraulic lift. Now, if you don't have an autogrip on one of your ramps today then your probably saying what the heck is BOB talking about, I understand that, we have 5/ 550 ramps all equipped with Autogrips and have been using them for many years. We never have to get inbetween any vehicle an can always work the controls away from the traffic side,best part we don't have to use the bed much only for the 4x4's or real twisters.When you go to tow show's you'll only see the same old dianasour wheel lifts on ramps there's never any autogrips on show models simply because everyone is price shopping there not safety shopping. All I can say, if you try one or buy one then you will see how crazy it was to have your crew work with those dangerous on your knee's wheel lifts especially in the snow an rain. Now as far as side rails well that's another pet pev of mine, just watch a tow operator in the middle of the highway at a 2 or 3 car crash, he might not be able to take his vehicle perfectly straight on, he attaches his bridle an winches the damageded vehicle up on to the bed it hits the side rails an is guided up without going on crooked he's off the road. Without the rails, one wheel might be hanging over the side of the bed, the cars crooked and you look bad. Now, I know we all can run snatch blocks from side to side to guide it on but that takes precious time and exposes everyone to oncoming traffic for much longer including the State Police directing traffic.With side rails on, no need to reach over the sides of the bed or climb on the bed all points can be secured from the sides. Oh well that's my thoughts on these safety issues. BOB
  17. From the: Tow It For What is a new series of images submitted for discussion. If you have an image that you want to submit for discussion, send it to admin@tow411.net
  18. Original Poster: Mike Swanson - Stepps Towing - Tampa, Fl. well after a long wait its here,it looks great with that turbo wing and drop visor.there wil be no mistaking this wrecker rolling down the highway. jim makes his way around to inspect his awesome machine.a look at the undereach reaveals jerrdans new three stage with as much reach as the four.lifting cap. is as the old 3 stage 17k ext. and 53k retracted.d rings on both sides to tie the lift off to for no side movement on heavy loads. everybody has awaited its arrival,it doesnt take long before the crew started crawling over and under this new machine. everyone has seen pics of the new rotator but you just have to see it in person.
  19. Originally Posted By Drhook541 Ed ... never-mind the 'Tipsy' on the left of the picture. That was part of another headline that got cropped out.
  20. Vulcan V-30 on an M-2 Specs: 2007 International 4400 w/DT 570 310 hp., Allison 3000RDS, air suspension seat, air ride cab, 31300 gvw w/spring suspension, fully loaded extended cab. Dual rear-view color cameras provide awesome backup views as well as easy load monitoring while in tow. The business end is a Century 3212. We put a few extra pennies together and opted for the Raydian LED lightbar with built in arrow stick. Had it 3 days now, heaviest so far was an E-350 Type III ambulance (sorry, no pics). I had to keep reminding myself that it was back there. Donny ASAPautomotive "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift, That is why they call it the Present"...unk
  21. Originally posted by 1caleb.
  22. Good morning everyone just returned from the International Show in the UK what a job Roy Jones and Frank McClaster did with the new location the three days of out door demo's by John Coupland from Castle and Nick Overton where totally professional and educational. Great Show. The Holmes 600R has been with Ernie for over a month doing great, second unit finished string gauge testing last week and has gone to paint, production starts in August, and sales have been strong. The 1075S has hit the street running. Anthony at Universe Towing recovered a Trident missile in downtown Brooklyn, great job. Number 13 went to paint Monday. I had Anthony in from HTS picking up his new KW 9055 and he talked about something on TOW411 and Jerrdan and recovery hooks. This goes to Michael's note on cables. In the past fifteen years one after another cable manufacture has disappeared in the U. S. This business has gone to either the eastern block countries in Europe or Pacific rim countries, that the facts. There is only one US cable mfg. left and their production is not geared at our application. Hooks have gone the same way. Crosby and CM still make hooks here but the costs are more than triple the cost from overseas. The quality of the cable and the ratings of the cable as the hooks all have to meet the same standards or they do not enter this market. So if it's JerrDan-Miller-Dual Tech, whom ever, are off shoring these components is not a choice but a requirement. In closing the TowFest for September is going to be big. "The Wall of the Fallen" will be ready and unveiled. The Hall of Fame induction will have it's largest group in years , the Third Rotator class sponsered by Miller was overwhelmed with applications, the Wreckmaster class has had great success, and the entertainment Saturday night is going to be "out of this world". So, plan to come. Chattanooga is a great place, support you Towing Museum, get some great education, bring the family, and be entertained. Be safe out there
  23. What happens when towing is not an option? You stick the smaller truck inside a larger one of course. Maybe its like those Russian Dolls
  24. Here's a shot of Saul with "Bad Ass".... Take Care... Steve
  25. Got these pictures and had to share them. You would have to be a good operator to safely move this.Keep in mind it is still only a 6500 pound or so truck. But the center of gravity is seriously different than your average haul. Pretty impressive but kinda ugly when you see it next to a 13'6" or taller Swift trailer. Now for the bad part. How many tie downs do you see and at what extreme angles are they. Now I have no idea what tow company this s or how far he was going. I imagine he got to his destination without incident but the potential for things to go bad is pretty high in this situation .
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