Tow trucks are usually used to move disabled, improperly parked or impounded vehicles here in Helena MT.
When your car breaks down or you are involved in an accident you need to use a tow truck to solve your problem.
Tow trucks are able to hold the weight of the vehicle being towed.
Types of tow trucks
There are several types of tow trucks but they are classified to two major groups;
There are some where towing takes place by lifting one part of the vehicle then others where the whole vehicle is placed on the flat surface of the vehicle
Boom – use a moveable boom which has a winch, usually used to get a vehicle out of ditch or where the vehicle is not able to move. Some of the booms are not able to move but others are hydraulic powered and are able to rotate turning the truck into a crane, used mostly in accidents involving heavy vehicles.
Wheel – lift – uses hooks and chains resembling a large metal yoke. Fitted under the front the front or back wheels to cradle them. The car is lift out of the ground by a hydraulic hoist so that it can be towed.
Integrated – this is where the boom and the wheel are integrated together, usually mounted on light duty trucks.
Flatbed – the back of the tow truck comprises of a flat bed that is hydraulically inclined and slid back to the ground level.
Advantages of using flat bed tow trucks.
Flat bed tow trucks are fitted with a flat bed at the back of the truck where vehicles being moved are placed and fastened.
When pulling hooks and chains are used to link the vehicles, this can lead to the damaging of the towed cars bumper when the truck hits a hole or gets over a bump. This is avoided since the vehicle is firmly strapped on the flat bed.