Tow truck options available by John’s Towing in Daytona Beach Florida. Boom– not a specific type, but a piece of equipment used on many types of tow truck; an adjustable boom winch aids vehicle recovery from a ditch, culvert, over an embankment, or any place the vehicle can not be safely backed-up to.
Hook and chain (also known as a “sling” or “belt lift”)– chains are looped around the vehicle frame or axle, which is drawn aloft by a boom winch to rest against a pair of heavy rubberized mats so the customer’s vehicle can be towed on its other axle. Because they can scratch the bumpers of cars, slings are not used much today. But they are sometimes used for towing vehicles that have been in an accident or have one or two of the front or rear wheels missing or for pickup trucks and other vehicles that have steel bumpers. This is not used by tow trucks for the most part but were popular.
Wheel-Lift (or spectacle lift)– evolved from the hook and chain technology to produce a large metal yoke that can be fitted under the front or rear wheels to cradle them, drawing the front or rear end of the vehicle clear of the ground by a pneumatic or hydraulic hoist so it can be towed.
Flatbed tow truck service the entire back of the truck is fitted with a bed that can be hydraulically inclined and moved to ground level, allowing the vehicle being towed to be placed on it under its own power or pulled by a winch.
Used in light duty trucks to repossess vehicles or towing for moving illegally parked vehicles. Most have controls for the inside the cab of the tow truck to make quick pickup possible without the inconvenience of exiting the tow truck to hook up the vehicle. These are the most common arrangements, but are by no means exclusive, as there are flatbed units that offer a wheel-lift, boom trucks that can recover but not tow, and wheel-lift units that offer a combination boom with sling.
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Another type of tow truck is a heavy duty semi tow truck. The are larger vehicles for towing semi trucks. They are available in Daytona Beach Florida by John’s towing service.
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