The rollback truck, or carrier, is a useful
tool for auto recyclers when automobiles and auto wrecks need
to be hauled into or out of the yard. The original model, the
Ernest Holmes flatbed rollback, was built and tested in the early
1900s but it was Chevron that built the first slide-back carrier
in 1969. Although used primarily by auto recyclers from that
time on, the product has become the most popular piece of equipment
for the towing industry as well.
Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing offers a three-year
warranty on their T-180 product, a versatile car carrier which
can be used as a conventional rollback or as a recovery vehicle.
“The T-180 is unique to the towing industry as we are the only
tow truck manufacturer that has this type of technology. The
T-180 rotator has the ability to swing 90 degrees in either direction.
Our customers choose the carrier because of its unique ability
to retrieve and unload vehicles in hard-to-reach situations,”
stated Shelly Schultz, business development manager.
Schultz added that the unit is also ideal
for moving and setting PODS, vehicles in parking lots or other
jobs where working space is limited. “We manufacture all of our
equipment in the United States and we are the first and only
manufacturer to bring this technology to the American market.
As a result, we’ve received an influx of inquiries and expect
a 30 percent market increase in the next 2 years. To see the
T-180 in action, view the videos available at our Facebook page,”
Thomas Tracy is the factory representative
at Kilar Fabrication. He said that his company takes pride in
manufacturing carriers with the highest quality components, using
state-of-the-art manufacturing processes. “Our products meet
the specific needs of each customer. Standard carrier packages
can also be modified according to customer requirements. All
products are engineered to withstand the most challenging work
– anything from mild to wild!”
In particular, Kilar’s 10 Series Aluminum
Carrier and their 10 Series Steel Carrier are very popular. Both
carriers share a number of standard features such as a 10,000
lb. deck and a 8,000 lb. winch, but the aluminum carrier floor
is extruded with 2 front/4 rear keyhole slots, and the steel
floor is smooth with 4 front/6 rear keyhole slots.
“Instead of a wrecker, it seems more and more
customers are using a slide-back bed for day-to-day jobs. This
trend may have evolved because the slide-back works best for
accommodating SUVs, all-wheel-drive and hybrid vehicles. The
addition of a side puller or knuckle boom makes a rollback truck
much more versatile for recovery type work,” Tracy said.
Tracy has noticed other trends as well. “Our
clients definitely face a bigger challenge lately, in obtaining
financing. As a result, we have assisted more customers than
ever before with repairing old equipment and building new beds
for older trucks. As a small, family-owned and operated business,
Kilar has a lot of flexibility in offering both manufacturing
and fabrication of repair parts – whether steel or aluminum.
We also can provide in-house hydraulic cylinder fabrication and
repair,” he stated.
According to Randy Olson, Miller Industries
vice president of marketing, “Miller Industries is the world
leader in towing and recovery equipment. We manufacture well-known
products in the industry, including Century, Chevron, Vulcan,
Champion, Holmes, Challenger and Eagle. We also offer a complete
line of recovery units with boom capacities ranging from 4 to
75 tons and carriers with deck lengths from 17.5 to 30’ in length
with capacities up to 40,000 lbs.
“In the auto recycling market, our most popular
product is a 21’ carrier with an independent hydraulic wheel
lift which allows the operator to transport 2 vehicles. Our other
popular model is a 4-car carrier that has a 28’ deck along with
an over-the-cab rack. All of our carriers are available in steel
Olson also said that Miller Industries brands
have a long history in the carrier industry and that, “one of
the most dramatic changes in the industry has been the patent-pending
technology of Miller’s LCG carrier. The LCG (lower center of
gravity) carrier has a deck height that is 5 to 6” lower than
a more conventional carrier. The benefits include the ability
to haul taller loads, greater stability when driving the loaded
unit and a lower load angle,” Miller said.
He explained that with a lower deck height,
the operator can easily secure his load while standing on the
ground. “Regulations require a secure load with a four-point
tie down. The configuration of this product is a great feature
because it makes it easier for an operator to comply with those
regulations. For easy unloading of damaged vehicles, the LCG
also has a dump angle of 20 degrees. Most 2-car carriers are
mounted on a chassis with a 26,000 lb. GVW – a big advantage
over older carrier models that may be mounted on 10,000 to 15,000
lb. GVW carrier. Also, we’ve noticed that clients require their
trucks to operate longer than ever, so it is important to buy
a quality piece of equipment that holds up to the tough demands
of the work. In addition to providing products that meet that
need, we offer a nationwide distribution network that provides
parts and service after the sale,” stated Olson.