LD T & R

Jun 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

My bias is obvious as I am better schooled in HD and SHD wreckers than LD Towing. And I know there are far more LD tow trucks running around than HD and SHD Wreckers which means too many of my articles and blogs miss the majority of readers. So give me a chance to redeem myself by talking just a little about LD Tow Trucks.

First, I am fascinated with the self-loader. It is slick, quick and extremely useful in the hands of a skilled operator. If you’re running the downtown streets, I really don’t see how you are making it without a self-loader.

Then there is the LD wrecker, which is a combination unit that is capable of light-duty recovery and then towing (provided it is equipped with a wheel-lift and/or tow sling although it’s past time to retire the sling). The wrecker probably has a boom rating of 16T or so and should have dual lines for more efficient recoveries. The wheel-lift can also double as a LD underlift, which means it has frame forks and other tools to handle axles, springs, etc., for light- or perhaps some medium-duty trucks.

The breadwinner of the LD family however is probably the carrier because it can carry two autos — on the deck and tow one behind on the wheel-lift at the same time. Those first wheel-lifts were actually tow bars that were raised and lowered by raising and lowering the deck. Today, independent wheel-lifts are most popular. The carrier itself comes in a number of different sizes with special features that address your particular situation. If I were starting in business today, my first purchase would be a 21-foot steel deck carrier with an independent hydraulic wheel-lift.