Four Types of Tow Trucks

If you are thinking about starting your own tow truck business, there is one piece of equipment that is absolutely essential: A tow truck (kind of goes without saying, doesn’t it?)

Of course, you can’t very well have a tow truck business if you don’t have a truck that is capable of towing other vehicles. At first, it may seem like shopping for a tow truck is pretty straight forward; however, upon further investigation, you may find the process to be a little overwhelming. Why? – Because there are many different types of tow trucks, and each type is intended to be used in different ways.

To make the process of buying your tow truck a little bit easier, here’s a look at four of the most common types of tow trucks for sale, and their intended purpose.

The Flatbed Tow Truck

As the name suggests, this type of tow truck has a flat bed on the back end. The flatbed portion of the truck rolls back or slides down. The bed is slipped underneath the vehicle that is going to be towed, the tow vehicle is secured to the flatbed, and hydraulic lifts are used to reposition the flatbed and the vehicle that has been placed on it back onto the rear of the truck.

One of the major advantages of a flatbed tow trucks is that it is easy to use. Additionally, it secures the entire vehicle that is going to be towed onto the back of the tow truck, which prevents any portion from being dragged behind the truck, and reduces the risk of being damaged.

The Boom Tow Truck

Boom tow trucks have adjustable boom winches, which are used to secure the tow vehicle to the truck. The boom winch is lowered and a hook is attached to the vehicle that needs to be towed. Once the vehicle is secured to the hook, the winch is pulled up and towing can commence.

One of the biggest benefits of a boom tow truck is that it can be used to rescue a vehicle that is located in a hard to reach area. For example, this type of tow truck can be used to recover a car from a ditch, an embankment, a crater or any other area that is hard to access. Depending on the type of truck, the boom will either be fixed to it, or it will be attached to an A frame that pivots or is powered by pneumatics.

The Wheel Lift Tow Truck

A wheel lift tow truck consists of a metal yoke, which is placed and secured under the back or front wheels of the vehicle that it is going to tow. Once the wheels are secured to the yoke, the tow truck drags one end of the car off the ground with a hoist that is either controlled by hydraulics or pneumatics. This is perhaps the most basic of all tow trucks. It has a straightforward design that is easy to use.

If you are on the market for used tow trucks, give us a call! We have a large selection of various types of tow trucks in stock and waiting to be purchased! We will gladly assist you with anything that you need and find you the best tow truck to suit your specific needs.