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Hours of Service

Jul 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Ed Johnson

QUESTION: I read an article in a past issue of Tow Times about the new laws on hours driving and hours off in between shifts. It also mentioned what constituted driving hours with relation to standby hours.I would appreciate any help. ANSWER: The new hours-of-service […]



Tower’s Hall of Fame

Jun 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Jack Schrock

QUESTION: We know of a tower in Wisconsin who we think deserves to be inducted into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. How do we nominate this person? ANSWER: Contact the ITRHFM in Chattanooga for info on induction into the Hall […]



Slim Jim Fact or Fiction

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Steve Young

QUESTION: I was told that there was an article that warned people from attempting to unlock vehicles with a slim jim. I am a Police Officer in a small town and I was told by a tow truck driver of the issue.I would like to […]



Lifting the Trailer

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Mike Scheidt

QUESTION: I was sent out the other day on a call which involved lifting up a trailer that had the landing legs taken out from under it. The trailer had a load of 47,000 lbs. minus the weight of the chassis and was at a […]



U-Style Bolts

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Tom Luciano

QUESTION: I was on a tow a couple of weeks ago and had to use your u-bolt forks on a 6*6 Freightliner. I know they are made for rear tows but what about from the front like on awd drive mixers and the 6*6 Freightliner […]



Tool Used To Remove Axle

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: AP McDonald, Ask the Pros

QUESTION: What is the name of the tool used to remove axles from buses and semis? ANSWER: Often the axle is slid out by hand after it is released and there are specialized tools to help with the release such as tapered cone pliers, but […]



Is Cable Too Short?

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Jon Wickham

QUESTION: Our cable on a 20 series Chevron carrier flattens in less than three weeks. Winch is rated at 12,000 lbs. Not sure if we are getting the right cable or may the cable is too short. ANSWER: It’s very important to get the right […]



Starting a Business

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Ed Johnson

QUESTION: I’ve been in the towing and recovery buisness in northern Utah for about 3 1/2 years. I’m going to start my own tow company. Any words of advice on how to get my business going? ANSWER: First, find out what the costs are in […]



Hydraulic Wrecker Squeak

Jun 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Ask the Pros, Jack Schrock

QUESTION:Is there a standard percentage of a hydraulic wrecker’s capacity that would be the limit of extending and retracting the boom under a load. I know that one is to position the elevation and extension of the boom, and then lift and lower the load […]



Future of Cell Phones

May 12th, 2010 | By | Category: AP McDonald, Ask the Pros

QUESTION: Our cell phone provider wants to get rid of anolog cell phones. Does anyone make a phone that can be hard mounted in a truck? A large display, speaker phone and external antenna would be great. Do any have GPS tracking ability? ANSWER: From […]