Autoloaders VS Conventional Wheel Lifts By Terry Abejuela
Vulcan - 804 - This unit utilizes an integrated design with a conventional wheel lift grid and a spoon or scoop style wheel retainer, equipped with pivoting receivers on the wheel lift crossbar.
I Field Editor Terry Abejuela has 40-plus years of light-duty towing and recovery experience. He is also a light-duty Level 1 instructor for the California Tow Truck Association.
f you are in the market to purchase a new wheel lift tow truck there are many decisions to make before placing the final order. One of those decisions is whether an autoloader or conventional style wheel lift will work best for your operation. A good look at your current mix of equipment and business as well as reviewing your business model and looking at future growth plans are in order before deciding what equipment to purchase. If a wheel lift truck is the right equipment to purchase to meet your current needs then you need to decide which type. Wheel lifts are probably the most common type of equipment utilized for towing passenger automobiles and light duty pick-up trucks and vans. There are many options available so do your homework and look at all the available options before making a decision. Attending a tow show is an excellent opportunity to see various manufacturers under the same roof and ask questions, watch manufacturer
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demonstrations and discuss options with other industry owners and operators. I have not found a specific type of truck that is perfect for all sorts of work performed in the towing and recovery industry. Emergency roadside service, private property towing, recovery, salvage, quick clearance, and motor club work all have their specific needs and a specific type of equipment that works well for one may not work as well for another. This is why it is important to look at your current mix of business and what your future growth plans are so you can choose equipment that will provide the best bang for your buck. Autoloader wheel lifts are very efficient trucks for towing especially for private property, repossession and motor club work. When your primary business is towing the ability to tow more vehicles per day is beneficial to your bottom line. Autoloader trucks utilize an integrated design that combined with a non-extendable boom, and no winch results in lighter weight units