Jack Schrock’s Blog

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 […]



Safe

Sep 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

The word has different meanings depending on the situation. Safe for the F16 fighter pilot means he successfully dodged that last missile, but it means something entirely different when talking about grandmother climbing the stairs. You can also be “safe” at home plate, which translates […]



Success

Sep 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Over the years I’ve noticed very successful towers in communities where there were also many unsuccessful towers. I’ve taken note of what makes a tower successful. Yes he must have the right equipment, but he also needs a winning business model or strategy, and this […]



More on Ratings

Aug 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Wreckers come in various sizes and configurations with each targeted to a particular application, which makes it easy for the large operator to make equipment selections. However, the smaller tower is often forced to a single model that will work for the majority of its […]