Jack Schrock’s Blog

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Girl Friday

Aug 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Being a Tow Boss is something like fighting six boxers all by yourself at the same time. You might land a lucky punch now and then, but the game is stacked against you and can be your downfall in no time. Save yourself for the […]

Acquired Skills

Aug 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Several years ago my wife fell and cracked her head (hard) on a concrete floor. We live in a small town that is served by a volunteer fire department and they were first to respond to our 911 call. Our chief had served in a […]

Indy 500

Aug 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

“The greatest spectacle in racing” was the constant reminder from the radio announcer when my dad and I would get together to listen. We shared an interest in racing which always came down to the annual Indy 500. But the race was much more than […]

Food Processors

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Over the past 50-plus years we’ve had several dogs; some big and playful and others small and cranky. My personal pick of the bunch was a standard poodle that was born to catch a Frisbee. She was always ready to play catch with anything. We […]


Jul 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

A HD wrecker is a “balancing” act in more ways than one. In addition to balancing a heavy load on the underlift, it is a combination of function, weight and appearance. In terms of function, the wrecker must have enough size, mass and power to […]