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  1. BEAUMONT — A tow truck driver who was left pinned underneath a vehicle after he was struck Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, was eventually pulled from under the vehicle, fire officials have reported. The crash happened on Beaumont Ave., south of California Ave., in Beaumont. The victim had been in the process of loading a disabled vehicle on a flat-bed tow truck when another car plowed into the stranded sedan and tow truck. He was hospitalized with moderate injuries after the collision. CHP and other emergency personnel were first alerted to the accident shortly before 1 p.m., after receiving reports of a tow truck driver who had been hit by a vehicle and was pinned underneath. When officials arrived they found one victim trapped and pinned under the vehicle that had struck him and the vehicle he was loading onto the tow vehicle. Firefighters quickly used specialized equipment to lift the vehicle off the trapped victim and freed them. AMR then transported the person to an area hospital. “Firefighters extricated one victim who was pinned under a vehicle,” CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department said in a social media release on Twitter. “The victim was transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance with moderate injuries.” While firefighters worked at the scene, CHP called for the temporary closure of Beaumont Ave., between California Ave. and 1st St. The roadway was reopened around 1:30 p.m. CHP is investigating the cause of the accident and their investigation is ongoing. RESOURCE LINK
  2. Topic created by BigBen835 in June of 2007: Just tryin' to get home. After a couple of beers, and navigating home, or what he thought was home. The driver of this ranger found this DNR trout stocking pond in the middle of the night. The next morning the land owner saw the tire tracks going across her lawn and walked out and saw this truck in her pond. No one inside and a pile of wet clothes and beer cans next to the bank. Sheriff's dept called for the crane thing to remove it. Dad and driver showed up to pull it out with his pickup with his trusty tow strap while I was setting up. Deputy- "Son, I ve got a couple of questions for you. Why don't you step over here for a minute." Dad was not too impressed either. Didn't want to get too close to edge, and bank was already tipped in. Everyone needs just a little more stick now and then. But we got it done. Canadiantowman said: i bet you that s the largest fish to come out of that pond, nice job. TOwBoY88 said: You guys have some nice equipment. Thanks for the pics.
  3. Topic Created by unknown member with Kauff's in June of 2007: Got a call from a customer on 6/21/07 to recover a fire truck from his front lawn. Upon arrival this is what I found. The customer had gone to Georgia and purchased this 1987 Seagrave 100 ft latter truck to ship overseas, he had arrived late that night and decided to park in his front yard (oops! park on top of septic tank) well he fell in and got stuck and then he tried to pull out and that made it worst, well he wanted a simple pull at the rear, so it wouldn't cost too much,front right tire was completely down in the septic tank so I explained to the customer the game plan, I then positioned my truck in the neighbors yard and rotated over the front, ran two red slings with screw pin shackles to some attachment points, lifted the front and boomed away from tank, then repositioned at the rear to winch straight back. Job Accomplished. MTA415 said: I can smell it from here having a tator sure makes it easy. good execution... I B X said: Why is it people have money to buy things like that, and spend it freely (plus overseas shipping) but complain about the cost for a service they need???? BTW, good job. In Memory of Brotherandsons who said: Real Nice job with an awkward bitch. That's a Seagrave 100' RA ( rear admiral) when they 1st came out they had issues with stability at low angle and actually contributed to some serious injuries and one death i know of because the ladder would buckle under strain.. Ass heavy too, the turntable/ rear stabilzer mass on that thing is very heavy and centered behind the rear axle. I am surprised that catch basin didn't go thru 1st. One thing they DO have is solid pull anchors front and rear, which were real important on the single axles like this one, they sink like a rock . I forget how heavy they are but, somewhere in the mid 30k's I know they went to Tandems on the RA II but the rep of the ladder kinda was never any good. Chicago had a bunch of em and after a collapse of one in NYC(L108) they came out with very strict rules about not using total extension and height below a certain angle.( Kinda like runnin a Tator!) . When they used a ladder pipe on them they had to operate the nozzle with ropes from the ground cuz it couldn't handle the weight of a fireman and the nozzle reaction. Wonder if the people overseas are aware of it. I'm sure "Mr Buy Cheap /Sell high/ I don't want an expensive recovery bill" will be right up front with them
  4. Topic Originally Created by Spitz in October of 2013: Thought you guys probably like to look at pictures as much as I do so here is what we've been doing to our truck. Was showing areas of rusting and of course the more you dig the more you find. We sandblasted everything from the cab back and primed/painted it. We are adding two new full stainless boxes, we chopped off the rear light boxes in lieu of stainless along with mudflap hangers. I'll post more as we get more done as. Its starting to come back together and was much more work than I had expected. All painted, ready for some parts! New slides, ours were just starting to touch the bolts. New phoenix lumber basket. This side just had short brackets for the hydraulic tank originally. I removed the left hand toolbox brackets to replace them with a different design and tossed them in the scrap pile later realizing I could mount both the hydraulic tank and a toolbox on the same bracket. So I dug them back out and they fit perfectly. Trying to get it going, lots of little things that need to be done. Stainless steps from Virgo, tank/stainless straps from alumitank. Looks much better in person, the picture dulls it all out for some reason? Sp sign panel from Idaho wrecker. Looks much better than being open, and I can still grab the wire rope to engage the winch if I have to. Tank/ steps again. Glimpse of the new stainless boxes, stainless control channel and new rear light mounts. We cut the old ones off at about 4 inches from the subrame and just use that to mount the new ones to and it seems to work really well, they are solid. Orcas Tow said: Looking very sharp! kochsauto said: where did you get the stainless tail lamps? Spitz said: Local welding shop custom made them. They have a laser cutter and we just gave them the old ones and asked that they could make the new ones a bit bigger so they would slide over the existing housing that we left welded on the subframe. Turned out really well. Just about done, few odds and ends to clean up but otherwise ready to go. The truck is now up and running well. One thing I noticed is the bed doesn't rattle around on bumps anymore, I assume the bed slides let the bed jump around quite a bit, no more of that, she's tight. I also added an air coupler, we have juice brakes but an air tank and compressor for the PTO. I just spliced a line and ran the coupler to the front of the battery box, took me all of 10 minutes and now I can run an airgun or whatever off the truck. Still have some other ideas stiring around in my head. Toolbox lights and bed winch lights, both should be an easy thing to do, just need to do it.
  5. Topic originally created by Nickg in November of 2013: Well this truck has been off the road for the last 4 years we recently been getting allot of calls for equipment moving so we decided on getting her looking good again. over the years we took parts off her had to make a new drop bumper and visor and now shes finally getting dual 5" stacks. to start it was a little rust repair on the lower door and fix the cracking where the mirrors mount. some bondo sanding then primer was ready to be scuffed and painted this is where we are at now hopefully will be mostly back together by next friday after a good color sand and buff RIGGIOTOWING said: Man you guys never stop! You gotta love the New England rust. I don't know how you guys do it but your whole fleet looks awesome. You sure have some talented guys over there. Maybe I will send some of my projects over to you guys to get me caught up. LOL!!!! Towman33 said: Thank's for all the comment's, It is tough to get all the truck's in one place but we will do our best to get some fleet shot's up for you guy's thank's again!! Nickg said: RIGGIO we have enough to keep us busy for awhile! lol winter came to quick and trying to still get stuff done in between is tough at times. Thanks for the kind words its allot of hard work but its like our life size Tonka toys! i guess you can say we haven't fully grown up lol.
  6. A little history as we work to clear topics from the old message board system. A decade after Tow411 was founded it was apparent that the number of Canadian Towing Related Topic had increased to a level which are Canadian Members should have their own forum. The forum was opened and inadvertently place in an Outside North America category. We just wanted to see who was awake ( that's the story and we're sticking too it. LOL) Well MrBill caught it right away and said: Since when did Canada leave North America? Why are we listed under the outside North America category? Hello? Bill It's so flat here you can watch your dog run away for 3 days feenstras said: I was thinking the same thing. canadiantowman said: cause the Americans hate us, lol MrBill said: I doubt any one hates us but someone needs a serious geography lesson Bill It's so flat here you can watch your dog run away for 3 days Rodney P said: Bill, It's so flat here you can watch your dog run away for 3 days Bill, I think I saw your dog crossing the Suspension Bridge from Cincinnati Ohio to Covington Ky yesterday. Maybe "it" (couldn't tell whether male or female) got wind Canada had been moved to South America or somewhere. Has "it" been missing two or three days or do you still have "it" in sight.? TowZone said: MY BAD.... I had debate for years about opening a Canada forum as I did not want any of our Canadian members to feel they were being alienated. Then I began to see more news and legal concerns out of Canada. So I was working on a forum to archive those in, when a legal topic came up that I thought should get more attention. I stuck Canada in a place that I could easily find it while I was moving topics not realizing went I made ti visible today it was in the Outside North America Category. Does anyone see value in having this forum which is sponsored by Tow Canada? or is this not an appropriate change? Acestowing said: Thanks for adding a Canada Forum Ron, its the first thing I come to now, with all of the changes coming up here in Ontario it is great to have it all in one place! Bryce Weber - Aces Towing WM 091409 Level 6/7 1-519-889-3350 pttowguy said: This is a great idea......I hope we can generate enough "traffic" here to warrant is continued existence. For those that are geographically challenged, check out Windsor Ontario on a map, which is where I live. We are due south of Detroit Michigan and we head north to cross the border into the USA. MrBill said: Thanks for the Canada room lets hope its used often,however I wish to take back my comment about your penguin you can bring him back anytime!! Rodney, My dog and I are in the living room planning to watch the Daytona 500 which I believe is North America. Both of us however have been on the bridge you spoke about and we are both breathing a sigh of relief that our next trip out your way will not require the use of an ocean liner to get there. Thanks everyone for your support in putting Canada back in North America! It was a short but hard fought campaign. Enough said, I will now carry on as if I was normal. Bill It's so flat here you can watch your dog run away for 3 days Stapley Towing said: great idea, Thanks for the Canadian room, makes a good spot to discuss laws, liscencing etc that will differ from the US paul windsor said: Thanks for the Canada room now i feel like we are part of the tow 411 brother hood and we can deal on what and how were gona get screwed by the new laws and regulations coming are way!!! buferd1966 said: thank you for the room Dan's Towing northont.can. wm00860 Hook206 said: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. HF IN BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA WM 040496 ACE said: Hi Ron, Haven't been on here for a while, but thanks for placing this forum here. It is a place where us Canuk's can post whats happening here at home. The towing and recovery part is the same all over, but there are somewhat different rules & regs for both sides of the border. From what we hear & read here in Ontario we are going to see some BIG changes in the Towing Industry as we have known it. But if it levels the playing field for everyone then it's ok with me. Now I'm going back to my igloo to watch the hockey game & finish my chilled Canadian ..... I've got a cold one waiting for ya Keep up the good work Cheers Ken Buehler Automotive & Transmission Alma Ont
  7. Topic Originally Created by Webb Wehbe on Tow411 in July of 2008: As a group of concerned towers, we have put together a website (www.bill87.com) to fight Bill 87, the new proposed legislation in Ontario, Canada. The people that put this bill together have already divided the province up amongst their own stakeholders and unless you know someone, you weren't included. Big business is behind this bill as it puts the future of all the small and independent towers in their hands. It gives the board unlimited powers beyond any government agency. For example, they would have more powers than the Police and Revenue Canada (Canadian version of the US IRS), they are the judge and jury, all paid for by your favorite people. The PTAO used their membership drive in 2007 to springboard to this saying that their membership wanted this bill; the fact is that other than the board, only a select few knew anything at all about the back room dealings that were going on. They even only bother informing their own membership the day _after_ the first reading too place in Toronto. The newly appointed towing council executive is private retired tower who has a training school. Other than many years of towing, the head of the PTAO does not have any real professional accreditation and he is self-appointed, as far as I am aware. Although Bill 87 will affect every tower in the province, they have refused to inform anyone but their existing membership. They have not advertised their local meetings in any trade magazines or local news papers. They have refused to contact all the independent operators, even though they proposed a law that will affect every tower. On the off chance that you have hear and attend one of their meetings, you will not be permitted to speak without paying the $350 annual fee. With the onset of Bill 87, the PTAO and The Ontario Towing Council (TOTC) (guess what, PTAO members now belong to the TOTC) has done so many inappropriate actions, no way any person in their right mind should support Bill 87. As one local conservative MPP put it, if you support this bill, leave he following behind, all your keys, your checkbook, and your livelihood. Bill 87 will eliminate every small tower as they will not qualify for the multiple licenses that will be required. They will need to operate under a big tower's license or they will not have the legal right to work. Are your trucks older then 5 years old? (look at what happened to the taxi drivers). Ever been convicted or even accused of an unrelated crime? (don't plan on being able to get a license or own part of a company). Work a specific chunk of asphalt? (might belong to someone else soon). **** off the PTAO? (there goes your license). Charge a rate reasonable for your area? (someone else will be setting your rates) Charge a fuel surcharge? (not without someone elses approval). PTAO memberships at $350 sound fair? (you can bet on the burocracy costing millions with high licensing fees to match). Accused of wrong doing? (your business is shut down until your hearing). Plan to fight their judgement in a real court of law? (your license forbids you from doing so) Fix your trucks with non-OEM parts? (truck license will be revoked). Looking to buy a new truck out of the US? (not if the manufacturer hasn't submitted to their new regulations) Quite simply, it puts the big towers in control of your company. If you support your industry, visit www.bill87.com and join in to support the fight against Bill 87. The website will continue to improve daily so visit often. Inform your fellow towers about www.bill87.com. This site is set up and maintained free as a service to the industry. If you have details to contribute, please let us know right away. We aren't against reasonable regulation - it keeps the bad apples out of the mostly good bunch, but we can't afford to allow ourselves to be placed under the dictatorial conditions set up by a dozen people who stand to benefit heavily. Take care. Webb Wehbe Certified Wreck Master 6/7 AC Supporting Independent Towers Last edited by Webb Wehbe on 9:49 PM - Jul 28, 2008, edited 1 time in total. One Year Later Acestowing asked: So where is this at now? Bryce Weber - Aces Towing WM 091409 Level 6/7 1-519-889-3350 CdnTowGuy said: It was announced at the PTAO general meeting in July that Bill 87 was essentially "off the table". However the issue has not died or gone away. It was noted that the O.P.P. and the Ministry of Transportation will be tabling thier own legislation and regulation of our industry in the province. There was no idea as to what may be in the proposal from O.P.P./M.T.O. This should happen shortly after the House at Queens Park sits for the next next session. The PTAO was still attempting to propose an idea where towers from the province would have an input into whats coming, but I have not heard of anything since the AGM in July. Legislation is still coming, but I don't know if anyone knows in what form. Steve In 2011 Towmonster1962 said: The bill has been squashed by the municipalities last summer its done with ByTown Tow said: The bill is not squashed it was re-introduced December of 2010 under bill 147. Here's a link http://www.sources.com/Releases/NR1095.htm http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_ ... illID=2448
  8. Topic Originally created on Tow411 by jaytowing in April 2016: I am a new start up business out in new york. I personally been towing for 8-9 years now but i just opened up my own company. I do get help from local companies and shops that calls me for tows but i am trying to get a loan for 30k - 40k in order to buy 2 trucks for my business. i am not sure who i can go to, in order to get that type of loan? all i keep running into are just 1 truck loans. I just want to get directed to the right lender! please help! i do roadside \ illegal parking \ repo and accident removal i do get busy at times. just want to expand In Memory of NationalAutow who said: There are more than enough lenders out there. The evidence is everywhere. I would look at more than there willingness to finance more than one truck. You need to make yourself "bankable" by being a good low risk. Start with a hefty down payment (say 50%) on one truck. Work that well for 6 to 12 months and do not miss payments anywhere for anything. You need to attempt to work your self into a situation where you become your own bank. That is truly where the money and the peace come in. IF you woke up tomorrow, had the phone ringing and a small fleet of paid for trucks you would smile from ear to ear all day long. When you wake up every day and your first or second thought has to be on making that next truck payment, you will operate your business to serve that payment. You want to operate the business to serve you. Grow with baby steps. IT will be solid growth that way. jaytowing said: thank you! good advice! i was just thinking i take a loan out enough to buy 2 trucks but used trucks so i wont kill myself on the payments. because where i opreate from there are soo many towing companies and they want to charge soo cheap just to get the calls! so i have to choose wisely builder2 said: Think about it this way, you either have payments or maintenance, hopefully not both at the same time. goodmichael said: I hate to be a nay sayer, but with todays economy, and the prospect of the near future, it just might be advisable to take on the least amount of debt possible. Everyone wants to grow, but in this business you many times make less with more. Three times the equipment equals five times the headaches in this field. All equipment breaks down. That new truck is a used one once you sign on the dotted line, and it will quite likely have issues too. Good luck if you did not buy the chassis from a local dealer when you need to get it into the service rotation. Trucks of course need people to drive them, and people are, well, pretty unpredictable in how they keep their word. While there are many great drivers out there, many think that a pre trip inspection is setting the radio and ensuring that the climate control works. If you really want to go into debt, then by all means follow your dreams.
  9. Posted by Iron Forest Towing on Tow411 in 2016. when its time to sell out , how do you put a value on it ????? doingitall said: Having bought and sold several businesses over the years, I can tell you buying and selling a towing business will not be in anyway similar to selling many other types of small businesses, though in the end there really is no "norm". Most towing (and auto care type businesses too) are generally very small businesses based on the reputations of one or maybe a few key people. There are many questions that one would have to ask of such a small business ... 1. What is the likelihood that the business will continue at current volumes with a change of ownership? For most towing companies, that likelihood is very low. With key people leaving there is a high likelihood that local agreements as well as contracts with municipalities and motor clubs will have to be renegotiated, or more likely cancelled with a change of ownership. The local shops and customers that have come to rely on key people will not necessarily continue to use or recommend a company following a change of ownership. Just a fact. 2. Does the company have existing debt? With a likely drop in sales/revenue, can a new owner justify payments? Is existing equipment current and well maintained, or does it need to be updated or replaced? Most times when an towing company is for sale, the existing equipment is becoming dated and may be in need of significant maintenance to remain reliable. Or more commonly existing equipment is in need of updating and replacement. Alternatively, a company may be for sale following recent purchases of equipment and the business cannot support the payments ... 3. What is the likelihood that key employees will remain with the business following a significant change of ownership and leadership? Reality is not very likely. Every towing business (and frankly every very small business) that I have ever had any association with, the owners/managers and employees have very complex relationships that are in fact pretty intimate. They have all learned to work with each other but will have a lot of "interesting" intricacies. Those intricacies will be impossible to duplicate with a new owner, and in fact most employees choose to look elsewhere for employment either before or shortly after a change of ownership. Again, just simple fact. So at the end of the day, what does this type of business offer to a new owner? Not much really. A phone number, maybe a lot and a building, some trucks that may or may not be worth investing in, and maybe an employee or two that are worth keeping or that will stay long term? So when it comes to a sale price, many times value is estimated at some factor of yearly sales for small businesses, like 2-4 years of gross sales, or some multiple of net sales. But does that really work for a towing business that is very volatile and has so many variables like those above, and likely very high expenses relative to revenue? Most likely not. So what I have seen when most towing companies sell out is that few are willing to buy, and the value of the business is whatever the equipment and property will bring at auction prices. If you can get a buyer that will buy the business at even a penny more that that, I would take it in a heart beat and save myself the hassle of going through all of that. There are certainly exceptions, and a very well known company (in any industry, not just towing) that has been run well and has a long term reputation, no debt, current equipment that is paid for, nice property properly zoned and well maintained, and employees that are committed to success of the business long term, may have value above equipment and property. Those companies absolutely exist, but lets be honest, they are few and far between in this industry. These are my opinions and experiences, there are always other variables to consider with the sale of any small business other than what I can think of here. You have to consider everything when buying and selling. Good luck with whatever side of this you are on. In Memory of National Autow who replied: I would agree with doingitall and will add that you need to get with your accountant immediately. There is much more to selling a business than just having someone write you a big check and you walk out the door. In many cases, current owners are retiring and it maybe advantageous for you to finance all or part of the sale. This can cause the value to go up since the purchaser will not have to have as much cash outlay or borrow as much. It might work to your benefit to receive payments as opposed to a one time buy out where you would likely have to pay capital gains taxes. At the end of the day, the true value of any product or service is the price at which a willing seller and a willing buyer agree to. What part of the world are you in? I might be interested. wreckerman05 said: I am like you Iron Forest----still enjoy working,like some time off,,not ready to retire completely --but have thoughts of selling and not sure which way to go---I have over 43 years in this place and have made a good living but not sure of the market value --or a good working partner deal----??? seen some of my friends in this business sell and all went good and some that have gone bad--- ---or sell equipment and walk away???
  10. Originally Posted on Tow411 by Canadiantowman in January 2010: http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CT ... b=CP24Home I don't have a positive id on the driver, just hear say so far. will try to find out more. If it's who i think it is he was a good guy and worked at comtow. Mon Jan. 18 2010 3:53:22 PM Truck driver dies in rollover in east end Web Staff, cp24.com The driver of a flatbed truck has died following an accident in the east end on Monday afternoon. The rollover happened at about 1:40 p.m. in the Finch Avenue and Chartland Avenue area, near Midland Avenue. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck was carrying a Bobcat excavator on the bed and fuel was leaking from the scene. Toronto police traffic services have shut down the area. Police say the driver lost control of the truck and started swerving around cars and came to rest against a tree. Investigators believe the accident may have been caused by a medical incident. Finch Avenue is closed in both directions between Brimley Road and Chartland Avenue. Stay with CP24 for traffic updates. Link_To_Story Driver's death caused by medical condition? By Tamara Cherry, Toronto Sun Last Updated: 18th January 2010, 11:02pm A 47-year-old man may have suffered a medical episode before his death on a northeast Toronto street Monday afternoon. The man was hauling a Bobcat construction vehicle on a flatbed truck west on Finch Ave. W., west of Brimley Rd., when he began drifting in and out of oncoming traffic at about 1:40 p.m., Toronto Police Const. Hugh Smith said. Firefighters had to cut the man out of the truck,which was flipped on its side beside a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man worked for Comtow towing company for about four years, according to a fellow employee who arrived at the scene, Smith said. "He may have suffered some type of medical episode," Smith said, adding an autopsy would be done to determine what, if anything, he suffered prior to the collision. The truck came to a rest just east of Midland Ave., known for heavy pedestrian traffic, Smith said. There were at least two vehicles that had to make quick turns to avoid being hit by the swerving truck, leaving tire marks in the pavement. I just found out it is who i thought it was, his name was Ron. sorry i can't remember his last name, Ron worked for us a few years back. Thoughts and prayers for his family. hook206 said: Sorry to hear of this.Prayers to all of the working family and personal family.GOD BE WITH HIM. HF IN BC CANADA WM 040496 Randy1 said: Sorry to hear , thought's and prayer's to all involved. TONY AT BMH said: Our Thoughts and Prayers. Acestowing said: Thanks for posting, never heard anything about it, Our Thoughts and Prayers from Aces Towing Bryce Weber - Aces Towing WM 091409 Level 6/7 1-519-889-3350 Scooby said: sorry to hear this john... as you know, Canada holds a special place in my heart and I hate to hear anything bad happening to my friends north of the border. Lake Eire Lenny said: Sorry To Hear Of The Loss Of A Fellow Towman Our Prayers Go Out To The Family And Co-Workers From LAKE ERIE TOWING & RECOVERY INC. Heffy004 said: Our sympathies go out also to his family, friends & co-workers. May he rest in peace. HEFFY Singh wm 060340 said: my thoughts and prayers for his family and friends........ mooresbp said: Thoughts and prayers for his family George Moore's BP We'll see you on down the road
  11. This list is compiled from an old topic on the Tow411 message board. Any assistance in the form of replies to complete the list would be appreciated. Topic was named: Compiling a list of the different Holmes Wreckers made over the years. Booms - Single or twin, boxed or skeleton, capacity, manual extension? Winches - Single or twin, capacity Bodyies - CA (cab to axle) available, single/tandem Options - Side outriggers Years Produced - Approximate duration of production Anything else that would be of interest W35 W45 400 440 460 480 500 525 550 600 650 750 850 1701 1801 Mechanical 110 missing details in topic 220 which was a pickup mounted unit with a boom like the 440, except that it had an electric winch on it.... 250 missing details in topic 330 missing details in topic 400 Single Line 440 Single line 8 ton boom 8000 winch 440 High Power 460 Twin Line 470 Unknown Model and Details 480 Twin Line (2) 4 ton booms (2) 8000 winches 485 Standard early (20's - 30's) twin boom unit 490 50's unit twin 3 ton booms twin 6000lb winches? 500 Twin Line 515 Twin Line - "Antique" 525 Forerunner to the Holmes 600 the main difference was the mast and how it was structured. On the 525 the booms were mounted half way up the mast like on the 460 & 515. The 525 has a boom rating of 6 tons each with a pulling capacity of 15 tons. It was designed to fit the 1-1/2 to 2 tons trucks with a 60" to 87" CA. The longer CA service bodies had a tool box ahead of the mast. The 20" drums had a max. capacity of 250" of cable. 550 Twin Line Unknown Model and Details 600 16 ton unit Twin Line Outriggers standard or optional equipment 650 Twin 10 ton booms 655 750 Twin Line Available Tandem or Single axle 850 Twin Line Tandem Axle W35 Twin Line - "Antique" W45 Twin Line - "Antique" W70, 70 ton mech. twin boom Hydraulic 475 missing details in topic 475T missing details in topic 1200 Hydraulic Update of a 500ish? 1601 aka Python Single 22 ton hydraulic boom twin line twin 16k (20k?) winches 1625 As 1601 (?) but 25 ton 1701 Hydraulic Update of a 750? 1801 Hydraulic Update of a 850? Others: Heavy Duty Power Wrecker - like a 485 but stronger mast & PTO driven Speed King - early 515? Traffic King - early 525? 5th Wheel Wrecker - hydraulic jib for 5th wheel tractor unit use Commander (1200?) Trooper Here's the listings from Catalog "Q" August 1955. Model 330 3 ton single Hand or Power Operation. Model 400 3 ton single Power Model 460 6 ton dual Power Model 470 8 ton dual Power Model 525 12 ton dual Power 15ton possible pull capacity Model 650 20 ton dual Power 2 speed PTO available Model 850 30 ton dual Power 2 speed gearing 35ton possible pull capacity central controls only Here's the listings from 1971 Model 220 4 ton single Electric Model 440 4 ton single Power Model 480 8 ton dual Power Model 500 10 ton dual Power (both drums have 7/16 x 200 ft. Cables) Model 600 16 ton dual Power Model 750 25 ton dual Power Model 850 40 ton dual Power ground and central controls.
  12. Topic Originally created by Da Wash Boss in August of 2010: Here is a beautiful classic Holmes 650 I am guessing on a B Model chassis. I believe this was a stock unit from Grinolds Auto Parts. I believe this truck was sold to Keney Service Center in Wilson, Connecticut then it was sold to Windsor Automotive & Tire. If the big band man Tom sees this I think he might be able to give us more history on this truck, Thanks Tom. Danny Cassello TRPC "EST 1963" Tow9611 said: Very nice B model dsc said: Definitely, A classic! Underdog said: Would love to have that today! Stay Safe, Rich. lylewrecker said: Here is our old b it was new in this pic, we still have it! egellar said: I think this wrecker is still alive in Plymouth Ma Gellars Garage. It is starting to go to the pasture but if its it it still runs, but needs saving. We bought it 25 years ago or so out of the yankee swapper mag in ct. my email is egellar@hotmail.com Spanky said: Grinolds son Roger, lives about 40 miles from me, in Kernersville, N.C. He owns a '48 Ford F5, with a Holmes 515 on it.
  13. fowtow82 said: That's a sharp looking truck. JARED hdtowman65 said: I took this pic back around the late 80s.heard he didnt have it to long,was just too big around the tri state area. Had to weigh about im guessing 70,000? Heard it might have went to the pacific northwest somewhere. Rick michael212 said: That truck is located in Tacoma, Wa. It is owned & operated by Bill's Towing & Garage. It was the first tator in the Northwest in the late 80's. I'll see if I can come up with some pics. Michael Myers JRhd34 said: Yes that truck is located in the WA area now,, first rotator built by mr bottoms i do believe. The black cat was second when he reconfigured the outriggers. Brings a tear to my eye, thats my tators gran daddy.. Those pics are awesome thank you for sharing JR nytowboss said: i have pics of that truck when it showed up at the 1988 Lake George tow show. If i remember correctly 2 identical trucks were built at the time one went to Dons the other went to schalnou towing in calif. Several years ago Dons son Don jr was killed in a car accident while on his way to help another driver they than changed the name to New York Recovery. JRhd34 said: Ahh The truck you speak of in CA was the infamous BLACK CAT she resides at Anaheim Fullerton Towing. almost identical trucks but the black cat had the tag axle in the rear. Probably one of the most well known trucks ever on the West Coast. Mr Bottoms stuff has always been heavy but always there when you needed it specially in the clutch. I believe that's why he started mounting the winches on the boom to eliminate some of the weight issue. My tator is 70k+ just as she sits!! JR
  14. Hdtowman65 added these images to a topic in November of 2005: found these old pics wondering what happened to this truck? Rick Steve Avella said: The picture is from Englishtown, NJ Raceway Park Diesel Nationals.. The truck was Don's of New York.... Don's is out of business now... They now run Walking floor & dump trailers out of New York... That truck was built at the same time my 35 tonner was being built... My brother and I flew out to the factory one weekend compliments of Arnold Pollizzi while they were building our truck, They were just completing the boom of this 60 tonner.... Don's Autocar was also at the factory at that time... 45 ton Autocar with a drag winch... They apparently were winching something heavy ( A dozer I think) and when the truck slid back? they bent the 2 legs under the back of the truck... Also bending the tailgate so badly the under reach wouldn't operate.... That had to be an expensive fix.... Guess that's why they gave up the towing business... Don's operates under the name of Whitney now... They did a lot of work at ground zero with Mazzochi..... Not sure where the truck went.... Steve
  15. Topic Originally Created by Waffco Joe in May of 2013: April 27, 2013.....I-65 north to I-94 west ramp. Load of frozen pizza rolls. Good job Mark, Jimmy, Atlas, Karl, and Mike. BigWheelRecovery said: Nice job nothing better than 2 rotaters and air bags i cant forget the sweeper.thanks Eric visit our new website bigwheeltowingandrecovery.com Scooby said: nice to see you folks posting a few again, thanks.. enjoyed looking thru them young mike said: Awkward location,nice job timjohn said: Awesome job. great show of power there ILTowman said: nice looking job in tight quarters.
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