Jack Schrock’s Blog

Understanding Cost

Apr 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

When you buy a new wrecker or carrier, the greatest cost is not maintenance, insurance, fuel or a total of all three — it is depreciation. So towers would be well advised to look carefully at depreciation before making a capital purchase. Generally speaking, manufactured […]



Old Fords

Mar 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

You may recall that I once wrote about buying a 1956 spanking new Ford F100 pickup for $1,694 or maybe it was $1,964. Anyway it was a lot of money for a young guy just starting out. Soon thereafter, I fell asleep on the freeway […]



Daddy’s Business

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

I don’t know what the stats are but I do know that it is difficult for one generation to follow another in the family business. I have seen many young towers grow up to take over and successfully run the family business. But I’ve also […]



Training

Mar 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

When my Dad first joined Holmes following WWII, to our knowledge there were no industry “trainers.” When I joined the firm in the 60s the only hint of organized training came from Bill Jackson from England. Thereafter, a major tower from Indianapolis, Ross Kinman, started […]



Volume 4 Number 4

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Cleaning out boxes stored in the attic we found pictures, scrapbooks and yes, a Tow Times magazine that brought the past alive. That magazine gave us a glimpse into the past of T & R some 27 years ago. For example: The cover was a […]



Smallville

Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In 1968 my folks bought a new four-door Lincoln Town Car. My mother was about five feet tall and probably didn’t weigh a hundred pounds and was challenged just to open and close the driver’s door on this car. And the driver’s seat would barely […]



Wrecker Booms

Feb 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Commenting further on Peter Fuerst’s article “A Bit About Booms” which appears in the February issue of Tow Times magazine, the boom on a wrecker sets it apart from a winch truck. As Peter points out, boom elevation changes the angle of recovery, which can […]



News

Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Referring to an article in the current issue of Tow Times magazine, at least one autoclub reports that the majority (55 percent) of their calls now requires a tow due to a mechanical breakdown. This, of course is inconsistent with times past when another club […]



T & R Distributors

Feb 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

If you’ve followed my writings over the past dozen or so years you remember that wrecker equipment was first sold either direct or through a third party such as an automotive parts house. But several innovative Holmes distributors such as Weeks Equipment in Tampa and […]



Hooray

Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

This morning the temperature dropped to 15 degrees on my back porch and that’s unusually cold for central Texas. The cold is the result of the second Polar Vortex, or whatever they call it, that has invaded North America this winter. However, as I light […]