Construction Equipment Towing Saves Sucker Truck
The joke around the office is that our construction equipment towing team rescued a sucker truck from a sucking disaster. A vacuum truck (or sucking truck) was clearing out debris from a construction site here in Toronto. For sensitive areas (with underground pipes and cables), construction projects use vacuum trucks instead of a backhoe or some other type of digging equipment. The vacuum truck shoots out water that loosens up the dirt but leaves the pipes and power lines intact. The vacuum then sucks up the water and dirt. Nothing is damaged.
The vacuum truck was in the middle of the job, when in had quit working properly. They needed Abrams to come to the rescue and tow it to the Sanitation District Headquarters. Our team dragged the vacuum truck to a side street, hooked up the front wheels of the vacuum truck and delivered it on time. The project stayed on schedule as the vacuum truck got in for repairs immediately. Great job!
Determining the level of Construction Equipment towing needed.
There are different levels of construction equipment towing which is determined by what the particular situation is. In this case, it was just that the vacuum truck wasn’t operational and wouldn’t move on its own. However, if the vacuum truck had been in a collision and missing a tire, there might have been other means needed to get the truck to the shop. The same goes for a situation where the truck is turned over or rolled down a hill. This will require us to get it up right before we can issue a standard tow. Our trained semi towing drivers are very keen on assessment. This helps them to determine what they are going to need in order to get the proper tools and trucks needed.
For this particular call, a standard tow is all that was needed. So, the construction equipment towing operator gets out the chains. The first set of chains will hook to the front axle of the vacuum truck, while the second set will hook the vacuum truck to the wrecker. Remember, these trucks have transmissions that we certainly want to protect during the towing process. With that in mind, our operator will go a step further with this tow and hook up the air supply system to help the Vacuum truck’s air system. By keeping the vacuum in blower mode, it allows the operator to forgo unhooking the drive shaft.