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How Does a Tow Truck Work?
In general, a tow truck is just a truck chassis with a specific machine built onto it – and the types of machines vary nowadays. The main part of tow trucks based around pulley designs is the boom winch – a strong, hydraulic winch used to pull cars, which can weigh a lot. An average car or truck or SUV or mini-van can weigh thousands of pounds.
Then, the distinct part of a tow truck is the method by which it lifts a car. An oldie is the good old hook-and-chain, or sling type tow truck. Essentially, chains are wrapped around the car’s frame or bumper, and the car is lifted partially off the ground, its non-drive wheels kept on the ground. For that reason, a 4×4 (or all-wheel drive car) can’t be lifted and towed by a sling type tow truck.
But, not all tow trucks are created equal. To keep from scratching a car up, for example, spectacle lift tow trucks use a yoke to cradle the drive wheels of a broken-down car, then use a hydraulic hoist to pull it up. Integrated tow trucks use the same concept, but include a boom winch instead of a hoist. Again, however, all-wheel drive cars are boned in this case.
That is why flatbed tow trucks exist. They’re fairly simple – they’re trucks with a removable metal bed that can be hydraulically moved off the back of the truck and onto the ground. Then, the towed car is pulled with a winch onto the flatbed, and the bed is moved back onto the truck.
In the end, tow trucks – despite their unsavory reputation among some – are real lifesavers in general. Most vehicle companies that possess a large fleet have a tow truck just in case they need to tow one of their own cars. Government services have tow trucks. Even the military uses them, with armies having something called an “armored recovery vehicle”. Let’s rename them “life savers”.
Give us a call when you need a life saver and we’ll rescue you from whatever situation you’re in!
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