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  1. Hello Ed ....I am looking into message boards similar to yours for application in the UK.....do you have a makers name and website link so that I can explore the capabilities, availability and price ..... How does it lift up into the vertical position ? Is it electrically operated or manually operated.... how does it lock into vertical position.? Can you drive along with it in the vertical position ? Does it have a menu of pre planned messages or can you put your own message in at the scene of the job ? Many thanks ..... John.
  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael's family , friends and co workers From his fellow towers in the UK and Europe .... John.
  3. Chisholms are one of Scotland's oldest established and highly respected towing companies ... Specialising in a lot of off road work ... this was done a few years ago... That tanker was on a very narrow track delivering to a remote farm and slipped down a steep bank onto its side.... quite awkward to resrain....bit of a harsh landing but the load had been pumped off....so little risk of it going the other way . John.
  4. That's the way to do it...!!! Thanks for sharing John.
  5. Well done Chris .....you are a true Miracle......performing a Miracle !!! Fantastic !!!! From your fellow towers from across the pond... John.
  6. Get well soon Josh .... our thoughts and prayers are with you .... From your fellow towers in the UK and Europe. John.
  7. Get well soon Schmitty.... from your fellow towers from across the pond...... John.
  8. Mick ....that is a very difficult job with so little room and such a high centre of gravity..to contend with Good old Holmes trees to help the job along.... As usual ....you guys nailed it .... The Syren equipment is incredibly strong and almost unstoppable....as Mike says, a bit unorthodox.... but we ran one almost identical also on 5 axles, for some time .... It always performed well even when pushed to the limit...it could have done with wider extending stabilisers but we always managed with what we had ... John.
  9. Classic times, Classic Photos...... Thanks for sharing. keep them coming. John.
  10. Nice pics thanks for posting bud ... keep them coming John.
  11. It would be great to get to the MATS the stuff on show is amazing and to meet up again with old friends... However ….We have too much going on for the next couple of months to spare the time ….perhaps next year !!
  12. Hough Green Garage....One of the top UK Recovery Company's based in northern England has taken delivery of the very latest, state of the art, 5 axle Rotator …. and adding to one of the best fleets of Recovery and Tow trucks in the UK ,,,, this is coinciding with the company celebrating 35 years of the business Towing and Recovery.... based on a Volvo cabover 5 axle chassis, Twin Steer, Double Drive and a midlift axle …. the equipment is a Century 1075 S built by Boniface Engineering in the UK, part of the Miller corporation. it is fitted with all the very latest state of the art with all the equipment and fuel, the standing weight is close to 38 tons ( 83,000 lbs ). It has already gone to work... earning its investment
  13. Please convey our thoughts and prayers to the Families, Friends and Co workers of Adam and Laura …. to what appears to be a terrible accident. From their fellow Towers in the UK and Europe. John.
  14. Gary deserves an industry hero's award ....for his quick thinking .....
  15. Part of our business is supplying heavy duty Trucks and Trailers for our overseas customers.... One of our retired lightweight Rollbacks, and an Ambulance and rail ties all packed in a curtain side trailer for a Mediterranean country. Loading a stack of 3 x 4 axle heavy duty lowboy trailers with our Rotator …. total weight of load without tractor 65 tons = 143,000 lbs..... Loading onto the Ro Ro ship bound for Greek Cyprus.....Total load including the tractor 75 tons = 165,000 lbs we had to wait for a tide window to get the loading angle of the ramps to accommodated the low trailer, even with the suspension pumped right up it was tricky … another stack being loaded with our Rotators A mixed load for North Africa being loaded with our Rotator Tractors and Dockspotter all prepared and painted in our Customers livery for the Middle East... lifting a 3 axle trailer bound for the Ukraine Another trailer loaded and bound for the Ukraine …...the roof slides back on the trailer and it is lowered down on its side that trailer is 9 foot wide ….just fits ! we contracted the transportation out to a Hungarian operator
  16. One of our double deck transporters … Below are the two Euro Cargos we ran in 1992 /3 both built with 5/6 seat passenger cabs they were not very reliable, got rid after a couple of years
  17. In the UK 4 axle buses are not allowed ….. so we have never had to tow one.....or ever had to crawl underneath one... Spotted this one in Europe on the Spanish / Portuguese border. manufactured by Neoplan…... 4 metres high the engine is in the rear. We have done lots of 3 axle Neoplans which look similar to this but shorter they suffer a lot from engine fires.....very difficult to tow with all the rear wheels and airbags burnt out, 😐
  18. found a picture of some of the load....not particularly heavy.... just lots of boxes, loose bags of produce....
  19. We did this job a few years ago..... River authority doing some work along the bank …. Operator tried to cross to the other side and lost it !! couldn't get close to it ..the white dot in the middle of the picture is the top of our winch truck about 200 ft away Got wet rigging it, laid in 2. 2part lines and a lot of cable and out it came.
  20. A job we did a few years ago..... Caller said it only needs a little pull one side is just off the road and its just leaning a bit.... Oh and it is loaded with 26 pallets of mixed foods stuffs, tins and boxes... Because it was Curtainsider and the whole lot had shifted and both curtains had badly torn.... We had to offload the whole lot by hand ( no pictures of that)..took about 8 hours to re stack and load into another trailer, The recovery was the easiest part of the job....
  21. This is one of our Specialist Recovery units The landoll trailer is equipped with a European specification 3 axle sliding bogie, The tractor is a Mercedes twin steer, fitted with 460 hp V8. The crane is a Palfinger 36 t/m and can lift1.5 tons at full stretch past the rear of the trailer. The crane at work dealing with a light aircraft incident.
  22. Some of our old cargos we ran in the 1990's we ran 16 in total of that model.... Ford then introduced the Euro Cargo, built in Italy …. they were awful for our work !! they were in the shop for all sorts of issues we only ran 2 of them and soon got rid....I will find a picture and post it soon The medium duty truck is also a Ford...… a Transcontinental....at that time they were very popular for General Haulage....but the cabs rusted out very quickly
  23. This is one of our transporters bought new in 1986 … Fitted with a 6 seater Crew cab, Used for distance work in the UK , we ran it over 1.5 million kilometres, Those old Cargos were very reliable apart from a few silly niggles....
  24. It was a long time ago when I started this restoration and because we had so many other things going on and always something more important to do .....And it was put in the waiting room ( so to speak)..... I almost gave up and nearly cut it up at one stage ....I knew the historic importance of this iconic truck so ....persistance prevailed and finally we got it done I have added a photograph which is already posted on this site ....just to demonstrate where we are now ...I shall post some more pics when I have all the finishing touches done ...my Sincere thanks go to Bill Ludwig , Richard Kauff , Billy from Pendell Towing , Kramers Towing , The Autocar Historic Society , and lastly but not least , all the Tow 411 members for their kind comments and encouragement to see the project through.. John. 😊😊😊😊😊
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