There are a number of different occasions when a towing truck is needed. When needing a towing service you will want the right tow truck for your needs. Some people who need to transport an exotic car may not want a wheel lift tow truck and would prefer a flatbed tow truck instead. Citywide Towing Service would like to talk about the different types of tow trucks, how they are used, and some of the best applications. Tow trucks have been evolving since 1916. However, the concept remains the same. A tow truck is essentially a transportation vehicle for other vehicles. There are a number of scenarios when a towing service is needed and it is not just for emergencies. Following are some of the many types of tow trucks and how they can be used.
Flatbed Tow Truck
A flatbed tow truck has a large flatbed that moves forward and tilts towards the ground. The flat bed is powered by a strong hydraulic system. The vehicle that is being towed is loaded onto the flatbed where the bed will return it to its proper position. The vehicle is then secured in place with winches to prevent the vehicle from moving or rolling off the tow truck. Flatbed tow trucks are highly used as they transport vehicles safely. Flatbed tow trucks are also great recovery tow trucks and can help get damaged vehicles off the road. When you want to avoid putting any stress on the vehicle while being towed, or for long distance tows, you will want to use a flatbed tow truck.
Hook & Chain Tow Truck
The hook and chain tow truck was one of the first tow trucks ever designed back in 1916 and is still used today with some modern improvements. This tow truck securely hooks up a chain to the axle or bumper of a vehicle. The vehicle that is being towed will roll on its two front or rear wheels. A hook and chain tow truck can only tow vehicles that aren’t too damaged and can roll away. The vehicle being towed is lifted up off the ground with a boom, which can also be used during ditch recoveries. Hook and chain tow truck are mostly used for car and trucks that are still functional and are mostly used during roadside breakdowns.
Wheel Lift Tow Truck
A wheel lift tow truck is fairly similar to a hook and chain tow truck. However, the main difference is that a hook doesn’t attach to the vehicle. A yoke is used to hold the two front or rear wheels up while the other wheels roll along the road. The front or back end of the vehicle will rest on the yoke and is secured in place. Like a hook and chain, the vehicle must be functional and can roll away on the front or rear wheels. Wheel lift towing is optimal for short distance tows.
Heavy Duty Tow Truck
A heavy duty tow truck, or sometimes referred to as an oversized towing, are big tow trucks used for large vehicle’s or construction equipment. When a big rig, bus, or tractor needs to be relocated, you will need to use a heavy duty tow truck.