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Orcas Tow

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  1. Nice that it all came up together, saved a lot of extra labor.
  2. I was called for a 13,000lb forklift leaning on a house, I brought my 1981 Kenworth W900A with a Holmes 750. Found an all terrain forklift had fallen fully extended into a house on a steep side incline. Structural steel was damaged when the forklift went over. I rigged to the boom of the forklift with a continuous loop in a choker fashion to prevent shifting as it came upright, rigged directly off the mast for a side pull with the outrigger down. Blocking front & rear of the low side wheels on the lift & parking brake set I winched it upright, as it was clear of the building & upright I had the operator start the machine & lower the boom as I kept tension with the winch.
  3. Thats a heavy one that's going to have some damage resistance. With no description its hard to tell the steps taken but I would venture the first rigging with the chain may have not been sufficient for the pull with the veer angle of the chain the snatchblock was hanging from, hence the shackles in the next picture. I would speculate that they would have been looking at removing a gear from the drives also to allow the machine to roll up the embankment rather than drag it.
  4. Nice to see a wrecker & dollies doing it all, as a small operation it how we get them home too.
  5. Nice job with the low pull bringing the car to where you needed it rather than work where it was.
  6. Towed to shop, re seat tire bead, safety inspection of undercarriage, fluid check & then he drove it away:)
  7. I had a call for a Ford Ranger on the edge of an embankment with propane tanks below, after 30 years of this profession I have learned 99% of the time the "almost tipping over the edge" from the reporting party is usually very well planted with no chance of going over. When I arrived on scene I found a Ranger teetering (literally) on a rock ledge with sure enough propane tanks below. Tanks would have probablely been just fine if the truck would have gone over, I was tip toeing around the truck on the high side hoping a good wind gust wasn't coming as it was very unstable. The only damage was the passenger rear tire was blown off the bead from impact going in with a rock. I positioned my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, boom extended/raised for lift with boom sheave perpendicular to the rear bumper of the Ranger, ran my passenger side line to a tree/strap/shackle/snatchblock then terminated at the drivers front lower control arm with a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain in a basket of the Ranger for a sideways pull on the front, snugged the winch. I ran my drivers line to a 5/16" grade 80 recovery chain choked (so it couldn't come off the end of the hitch) around hitch tube. I would have preferred to run a strap around the low side of the hitch receiver but in this case did not want to put myself below the Ranger for my safety. I gave a hard lift on the rear lifting the rear off the rock retaining wall & pulled both front & rear back onto the road.
  8. Thank you for the kind words, as you know most times we are under some kind of push from Law Enforcement, customer, time/safety to clear or simply the next call pending so we get the job done. Every once in a while I get one that is not time sensitive, am able to document & share for the better of the industry as a whole as you can explain techniques all day long but pictures are worth a thousand words.
  9. I had a call for a Subaru into a house. I arrived on scene to find a Subaru had gone beyond the parking blocks & was resting on the house with the transmission pan on top of a large cinder block. Probably could have used the flatbed but thought it may drag trans pan across cinder block & create a mess, needed lift on both front wheels but that would take 2 wreckers. I'm a small operation on a remote island, so if possible I always try & use what I have on scene. Using my 2001 F550 4x4 with a Chevron 408, twin 9,000 winches with swaged 3/8 wire rope I found a Holmes Tree placed about perfectly on the passenger side of the car for my needs. Using a ladder I choked a 3/8"grade 80- recovery chain/4 ton snatchblock up high on the tree for a high/rearward pull on the passenger side of the Subaru with my drivers side wire rope terminating to a WreckMaster K strap to the passenger front wheel, rigged my passenger side line directly to the Subarus drivers front wheel again terminating with a WreckMaster K strap/4x4 wood block creating clearance for strap to body. Boom up/out high for lift, blocks behind wheels for safety I engaged winches & brought the car back up onto level ground without any further damage to the house or car. Replaced blocks & confirmed no undercarriage damage, happy customer.
  10. That looks like a very useful unit, nice job!
  11. I have used fork risers as U bolt forks many times, alway careful of U bolt sitting deep enough & not cranked underlift at a hard angle. Zacklift sells a U bolt fork that they advertise as also can be used as a 5" fork riser. Anyone have any opinions on why to purchase a specific U bolt fork? http://www.zacklift.com/towing-equipment-accessories-wheel-lift/
  12. All loaded up for the mainland run in the AM. Axles pulled, axle caps on, front axle chained up, tow bar set, safety chains on, air ran to tank, air ran to brake buddy, tow lights on. After thought that I could have pulled driveline, thoughts either way? One bugger about pulling shafts is that I have to pull caps once dropped @ repair facility... Decided to use the tow bar, could have forked it but also but simple to set bar. Feenstras said: like pulling driveshafts. Less mess and quicker. Orcas Tow said: Next time I'm going for the driveshaft first, hindsight is 20/20:) Guess I was just trying to justify the $400 I had just spent on the axle cap set from AW. redtoprecovery said: Only reason I pull shafts is if it has a rear end problem or it some low clearance, sketchy thing to get to the driveshaft (mci buses) CM1 Retired said: When I towed at another school bus company, I would run the light cord in through the first window and out the last. Faster, easier and cleaner for me to do it that way, but then again I was towing our own equipment. What is policy/best practice when dealing with customer equipment? BlackAutoload said: To use a wireless bar. No cord to deal with. rlc4523 said: would have pulled drive line. see nothing wrong with using the Bar as that would keep the bus closer to you for weight anyways as for running the light cord for us it depends on the vehicle. a school bus like that absolutely through the first window and out the last. Side note you stated that if you pulled the shaft you would have to pull caps at the mechanics shop? are you talking about axle shaft so you would have to pull your caps off to take them home or do you have to pull the axle caps at the shop if you pull a drive line?? we have several types of covers but always carry some plain cardboard in the truck so we can custom make covers on site just fold it 3 layers thick or so and punch holes. it will seal well enough and long enough for most tows that we do and then just throw them away. Orcas Tow said: I pulled axle shafts on this one & yes had to remove my covers at the repair facility, will most likely be pulling driveshaft next time:) shelbart said: have towed many of them from the rear. sometimes chain rear axle if it had air bags. Silver Hawk said: I use large flat washers under the nuts. It keeps the cover from being damaged when tightened. Chuckud said: I prefer driveshaft removal personally, as far as caps go-I usually use duct tape to hold them to the u-joint. Eds Towing said: We make ours from sheets of Homosoak (?) board which is like a press board. It's cheap, & sort of soft so it swells & seals. We stack them up and bore a 5/8 hole saw down through them using a 8 & 10 hole gasket for a template. Beat them over the studs using the hammer head and run the nuts back on. If it's a regular customer, ask them to save them for you. Our transit authority does for us. Otherwise I leave it on the truck. If your getting a premium for your service, the financial aspect is minimum. Also I tell the customer that I left them on so it didn't make a mess on their wheels which shows you care about their interests in the job.
  13. No, it was raised pretty high up & was not an issue, thank you:)
  14. 100 yards or so, these are pretty standard driveway widths here on Beautiful Orcas Island!
  15. I hate to use the word "Honey Hole" as the tractor operator was injured in this incident but this road is a frequent flyer for recovery calls. I received a call for a tractor on its side on a steep narrow driveway. I arrived on scene with my 2001 F550/Chevron 408 to find no access above so the use of trees for a roll was needed. 1 line above for control so the tractor would not roll back down on top of me & one high line to the front loader arm for the lift. He's very lucky he did not go over the edge.
  16. Had a call for a box truck stuck "just off the roadway"...This is what we found, a truck buried in the mud next to Killabrew Lake on Fish & Wildlife land with a small tree on its roof & more trees blocking its exit. Tom Tom & GPS are my best customer creators. I had no good access from the rear without getting myself stuck so in order to remove the truck from the front we needed to remove some trees. After contacting Fish & Wildlife & getting their blessing we cut the offending trees on & in front of the truck. I called in my Tree Expert son Joey for that job. Set up the 81 KW with the Holmes 750 for a straight forward pull back onto the roadway. The hardest part was getting Fish & Game to ok the tree trimming, about 3 hours of phone tag & sending pictures to them in Seattle (no local office).
  17. A simple ditch pull today with the 2001 F550/Chevron 408, with an assist from a nearby tree & proper truck positioning she popped right out. The young man I have mentored since he was 8, Cooper at the controls on this one, he's 15 now.
  18. I originally shared this on Tow411 when I built it... all attaching hardware is grade 8 1/2" wauto said: That looks awesome. What keeps it from lifting up off of the crossbar? Mike Orcas Tow responded: If you look at picture # 3 there is a quick release pin down at the foot of the 5th wheel hitch through the T bar lower plate, that was just for mock up, I use grade 8 1/2 bolts to secure everything when towing. DodgeTowGuy134 said: great project piece you have there.....have you actually got to use it on a call yet? Orcas Tow responded: Yes, I built it back in 2008 & use it a handful of times a year & bill it out @ $180hr from portal to portal, I'm the only one in the area that will/can tow these & have a 4x4 truck for the off road area's these seem to congregate. pttowguy said: Sweet! Nicely fabricated too!
  19. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/tow411/5th-wheel-hitch-for-chevron-auto-grip-t108961.html
  20. Yeah, No, my hourly rate has always been calculated of the weight of the casualty not what I bring to do the job:)
  21. Had a call for a brand new custom 15,000lb fifth wheel that was delivered yesterday, the delivery driver could not make the 15% + driveway so he left it in place 1/2 way up the driveway. Luckily there was a back way in to the property, Nick & I showed up with our 2018 F450 4X4 with a Chevron 408TA & our 2001 F550 4x4 with the Chevron 408 & home made fifth wheel hitch, hook up the 550 & hooked the 450 the the front tow hooks on the 550 & attempted to drive them up together but were unsuccessful, 2 sharp steep turns on loose gravel were just too little traction, too steep of hill & too much weight for both 4x4's. We ended up winching multiple times with the 450 using trees as dead men when available. 2.75 hours & all good at the pad with a view. $500 tip to boot:)
  22. I got a call for a flatbed C30 in a ditch with roofing material in it, I said what's the weight, he said not much bring the small truck . Nick & I brought the 2001 F550 with a Chevron 408 & found a fully (over) loaded C60 with asphalt roofing backed in the ditch, guess they had difficulty getting it up the hill & backed into the ditch, lucky it didn't roll as it had a hard twist/lean. Guessing at 25,000lbs, good thing we have Holmes trees in the area, scotch blocks chained to rear D rings, drivers winch line low to the tree then a 3 part to the drivers side frame rail for a low pull, passenger side winch line 2 part high from the boom to the passenger side frame rail for an upward pull. Engaged the winches & she came right out.
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