How to Customize a Wrecker Boom

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Last Updated on September 16, 2022

While most people understand the basic function of a wrecker, you may not fully understand how the various parts work and what their individual roles are. If you’re building your own wrecker, take advantage of the many ways you can customize the structure. A wrecker boom, in combination with a winch, allows you to safely recover a car from a tough location. Learn how to customize a wrecker boom to best meet your needs.

Customizing a wrecker boom

There are several factors to consider when customizing a wrecker boom. You should consider the size and weight of your vehicle, as well as the location where you are going to use it. Fortunately, there are a number of different options to choose from when it comes to wreckers and booms. You can also customize your boom with a variety of different features. If you need a larger boom, you can choose a larger one that is capable of lifting a bigger vehicle.

Wrecker booms are a crucial part of wrecker trucks and winches. These parts enable the truck to recover vehicles in difficult locations. They can also be combined with a winch to facilitate recovery. Ultimately, wrecker booms are very useful for the recovery of large vehicles. However, you will want to consider your budget before making any major changes to your boom. While it is not necessary to change the whole wrecker truck, you can always upgrade the parts to achieve a better fit.

If you are looking for a wrecker that is perfect for heavy retrievals and breakdowns, then you should choose one that has an eight-ton recovery boom. These models come with a choice of three wheel-grid packages and offer a variety of safety innovations. You can even customize the interior of your wrecker with the help of a wrecker dealer. The best wrecker for your business is the one that is made just for you!

If you’re looking for an independent wrecker, you can choose the HPL-60 series for its durability and mobility. The underlift has a 5,000-lb. capacity and includes T-37 grids for added safety and security. There are also recovery booms available in 8,000 and 24,000-lb. capacities. In addition, the Jerr-Dan 50 Ton Independent Wrecker is a great choice for your wrecker needs. Whether you need a one-stage or two-stage wrecker, you can customize a wrecker for the exact requirements of your business.

Types of wheel-lifts

There are two main types of wheel-lifts: under-mount and slide-in. The former is usually chosen because it is out of sight and out of the way. However, it may require welding to the underside of the truck, which could damage it. On the other hand, the slide-in type slides into the truck’s bed and does not put pressure on the underbody. If you want a simple option, consider an under-mount lift.

Towing trucks have been around as long as cars have been on the road. Throughout the years, towing systems have improved to meet the changing needs of motorists. Early versions used chains or hooks to secure the towed vehicle. However, these systems require considerable time to position and can cause damage to the vehicle. These modern designs are a better alternative for towing businesses. They provide safety and convenience to drivers, as well as allowing them to work at night.

Two-post lifts are the most common type of auto lift. These lifts are sturdy and provide good stability, making them the most economical option for light-duty towing. They are also space-saving and are a cost-effective option for small and midsize businesses. For long-distance towing, an electric cable winch secures the car onto the flatbed. But they do not offer the same protection as the flatbed.

Among the three most popular types of wheel-lifts, a telescoping one has the highest degree of flexibility and is the most versatile. It can accommodate wheels of various diameters and are easily fitted to a variety of tow trucks. The hydraulic cylinders can also be moved independently from the telescoping unit. Unlike conventional lifts, telescoping ones have a simpler mechanism that requires minimal manual assembly.

Function of a wrecker

A wrecker boom is a mechanical device used to raise and lower a vehicle. It is connected to a tow bar and is located at the rear of the wrecker truck. The tow bar, also known as a tow string, is used to attach the wrecker truck to the vehicle. However, the tow bar can scratch the vehicle’s body. In some wrecker trucks, outriggers are also used to stabilize the vehicle.

Tow trucks equipped with a wrecker boom have different heights, widths, and lengths. They can either lift a damaged vehicle from one end or the other, or they can raise the entire vehicle. Moreover, heavy-duty wreckers can extend their booms to lift the vehicle off the roadbed, or near it. A wrecker is also equipped with several winches, enabling it to tow a vehicle from a ditch or an overturned position.

A wrecker with a boom can be fixed or rotative, depending on the type of vehicle that it is towing. The boom may be fixed or movable, with some having hydraulic power and others not. Both types of booms can be customized. A fixed boom for a wheel-lift wrecker may be too heavy for a heavy-duty wrecker. Rotators are used for larger, heavier vehicles, and for wrecking a variety of vehicles.

In a tow truck wrecker, there are three major components: the rear deck 30, a three-stage telescopic boom 38, and a cable winch 40. The tow bar and sling apparatus 37 includes a swivel assembly and an outer cross tow bar 36. Tow truck wreckers can be configured with a variety of different combinations of these components. The outriggers are important to the safety and efficiency of a wrecker job.

Integrated lift

The Integrated lift for wrecker boom has a two-piece “C” channel construction design that makes it lightweight without compromising strength. The boom weighs 23500 pounds, which is approximately a third lighter than the model it replaces. This new boom features corrosion-resistant composite body panels that are more impact resistant than steel. It also features a modular design that allows the operator to replace specific panels or sections as needed.

An Integrated lift for wrecker boom comprises three useful components. The assembly of these parts includes a telescopic boom with a cable winch and wheel lift. The tow bar assembly is operated off the rear deck of the tow truck. The wheel lift consists of an alternate wheel-lift assembly that operates off the rear deck of the tow truck. Its two main functions are to recover a vehicle from a difficult location and towing it with a winch.

The tow bar assembly 37 is stored at deck 30 and may be deployed and retracted in either a forward or reverse direction. In addition, the wheel lift probe arm is pivotally connected to the boom through a hinged joint. The tow bar assembly can be retracted and repositioned in accordance with the wheel lift mechanism, which allows it to pivot under the boom. The outer wheel lifting claw arms (20) are positioned in a position straddling the boom.

Combined with a versatile, multipurpose design, the Jerr-Dan 16 Ton Integrated Wrecker provides greater versatility than any other product in its class. With a 50,000 lb. two-stage boom and dual 15,000-lb. planetary winches, the Jerr-Dan Integrated Wrecker is capable of performing heavy-duty tasks with ease. Its versatile interior design and customizable rigging configuration allows users to customize the design and organization of its interior.


There are two main types of outriggers on a wrecker boom. The side outrigger and the back outrigger are similar in design but are rotated 180 degrees and extend in opposite directions. The two outriggers are controlled by two different gears, each controlling a separate portion of the boom. They are separated by a ridge of tiles. The side outriggers have a higher weight capacity than the back outriggers and are easier to build.

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