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What is A Rotator?

A rotator wrecker, often referred to simply as a "rotator," is a specialized type of heavy-duty tow truck used in the towing and recovery industry. It's designed to handle extremely challenging and complex recovery operations involving large vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, buses, and construction equipment, that are either overturned or in difficult positions.

The term "rotator" comes from the rotating crane or boom assembly mounted on the back of the tow truck. This rotating feature allows the operator to maneuver heavy loads with precision and control, making it particularly useful in situations where traditional tow trucks or wreckers might struggle.

Types of Rotator Services 

Specific tasks needs specific tools. This also applies to all towing services. The Rotator has specific abilities vs. your conventional tow truck. If you're not sure what type of wrecker you need though, feel free to contact Roadrunner Towing at (210) 658-8610 and ask our staff.

Towing from Embankment

In various instances, vehicles find themselves positioned precariously behind sturdy guard rails or ensnared within ditches, presenting a formidable challenge in terms of effecting a safe and efficient recovery to restore them to the road for towing purposes. These scenarios illuminate the indispensable role played by a specialized apparatus known as a rotator wrecker, which proves exceptionally invaluable in navigating such complex retrieval operations. This innovative towing solution emerges as the go-to option when confronted with the task of extracting vehicles from seemingly inescapable locations, such as a deep ditch. The hallmark of a rotator wrecker lies in its remarkable capability to execute a full 360-degree rotation, a feat enabled by its sophisticated boom mechanism. This telescopic arm possesses the remarkable capacity to achieve an impressive vertical extension of approximately 41 feet, coupled with a lateral outreach that spans over 20 feet. This impressive blend of height and outreach signifies the inherent superiority of the rotator wrecker over its conventional counterparts, rendering it supremely adept at deftly maneuvering through and addressing a spectrum of challenging roadside predicaments with unparalleled efficiency and finesse.

Recoveries from Freeways

Accidents on freeways are quite common. Often, doing recoveries on freeways require the police to shut down different lanes of traffic (if not the entire freeway) for the wrecker to do their job. In such situations, using a rotator tow truck is highly beneficial as it requires a relatively smaller area to upright or winch trucks/equipment back to the road safely and efficiently. Since you can rotate the boom of the rotator tow truck, it fits the requirements of various jobs. Furthermore, it also works parallel to the wreck which means more lanes of the freeway will remain open, hence some of the traffic disruption will be eliminated.

In conclusion, the advantages of rotator wrecker are numerous. There are several situations where using these trucks would be an ideal choice.


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