Jack Schrock’s Blog

Teach and Preach

Nov 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

As we all know, T & R is, for the most part, a self-regulated industry. Unlike our British cousins, a young driver only needs a worn-out 440 and the will to go into business and it’s done. And with that accomplished, he can even get […]



Wreckers Revisited

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There is a misconception that all you have to do is buy and wrecker and you will somehow become successful. To put that another way, some seem to believe that wreckers alone make more money than you can spend. Going back to the early days, […]



Distractions

Nov 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

The other night my attention was drawn to a nearby residence that was surrounded by 14 emergency vehicles — all with flashing red, blue and white strobes. I am not suggesting that they were not all necessary, though it did seem excessive. I am suggesting […]



Chicken and Feathers

Nov 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Last July I spent a good part of a night with two hospitalized friends. One had a stroke and the other a heart “event.” Both were awaiting further tests and therefore confined to the hospital overnight. And, this particular hospital is actually a health care […]



National Breakdown

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Recognizing a successful T & R program in England, some years back a serious attempt was made to organize select HD T & R operators throughout the U. S. and Canada to provide uniform services to distressed truckers. The promoters wanted to establish standardized rates, […]



Factory Warranties

Oct 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Please take note of the Over-The-Road truck lines, which seem to be running new equipment that looks good and runs good (most of the time). To do that, many opt for three-year, full-maintenance leases that take the misery out of engine failures and major repairs […]



Efficiency

Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There are two ways to look at maintenance: ”fix it when it breaks” is probably the most popular and “fix it before it breaks” is probably unknown to many towers. In the first scenario, drivers are often expected to work their wreckers as if they […]



Bolts & Nuts

Oct 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

There is a lot of truth to the notion that the weakest link determines the strength of the chain. And so it goes with wrecker hardware, especially mounting hardware because there really is the good, bad and ugly to choose from. To explain further, attachment […]



Peeping Toms

Oct 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

If the initial “incident” doesn’t get you, the secondary one will, which means we are so eager to learn about the incident that our attention is diverted and our emotions are excited by all the flashing lights. Indeed it is even possible to become mesmerized […]



Extendible Booms

Sep 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Some of the younger towers may believe that the extendible boom was first introduced to America as a part of the hydraulic wrecker. Truth is, there was a round (pipe) boom wrecker developed on the West coast that would extend, and in the 70s several […]