4th Wheel LoaderAug 26th, 2011 | By Editorial Staff | Category: New Products
The 4th Wheel Loader by Steck Manufacturing Company allows tow truck drivers to safely load and secure vehicles with broken ball joints, lost wheels, locked wheels or brakes, collision damage and control arm failures on rollback wreckers. It also will allow mechanics and body technicians to steer vehicles into shops and guide them to lifts or frame racks for repair.
The 4th Wheel Loader is a tough 24” x 14” hardened aluminum fabricated platform with two 4” x 10” polypropylene roller wheels, six 5/8” holes for mini-J hooks for loading assistance and 1” axles which provides a safe platform to easily hold and secure up to 5 tons while loading a vehicle with broken ball joints and/or a damaged wheel/tire on a roll back. For wheel failures like locked brakes or broken wheels, simply lift the damaged vehicle and place the wheel in the large 10” x10” recessed pocket of the 4th Wheel Loader and chain the wheel assembly with the Steck Manufacturing Company Load Binder with a T end to the locking slots on the Loader platform.
Each 4th Wheel Loader comes with a 6’ x 3/16” chain, hand-adjustable screw type Load Binder and 3/8” extension nut that will easily connect to the chain and Loader base unit by hand or wrench to secure the load and pull the car up on the rollback or allow the technician to steer the damaged vehicle into the shop. The Loader is 4” high (without shim blocks) with a built in 6” X 1 ¼” handle, which will allow you to store the 25-lb. Loader behind your seat or toolbox.
The 4th Wheel Loader comes with one 10” x 10” x 3” and one 10” x 10” x 1-1/2” Polypropylene interlocking shim blocks, which fit into the recessed Loader pocket. The shims allow the driver to raise the vehicle with busted ball joints, lost wheels and severely bent axles and place it at a desired height for secure loading on the rollback. Simply insert the desired shim(s) in the pocket then lift the damaged vehicle and place the rotor, solid axle or control arm to the desired level on the shim block(s) placed in the 4th Wheel Loader pocket and chain to the locking slots on the Loader platform. Note: Shim design also has a 3” slot cutout to allow the lower control arm to nestle securely on the shim.
The 4th Wheel Loader allows for labor/material savings through quicker loading and unloading while preventing further damage to vehicles with broken ball joints and other wheel problems. It allows drivers to center, pull and properly secure vehicles on the rollback bed as well as prevents bed damage to the rollback. It also provides a safe and secure method for shops to bring the vehicle into the repair bays and frame racks.
Check out the “4th Wheel Loader” on Steck’s web page at www.steckmfg.com. Check it out with smart phones and computers on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfpiKCZeXPw.