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Tow Company Called to San Antonio International Airport

A tow company was requested at the San Antonio International Airport at an international mail carrier’s hangar. While it would have been amusing to see a 50 ton wrecker tow a Boeing, the team was unfortunately not there to tow a plane. The international mail carrier was moving a 48,000lb package sorting machine to New Orleans. While they had already arranged a lowboy trailer for transport to New Orleans, they had one major problem; they had no way of getting the sorting machine up on the trailer!

This is where Mission Wrecker stepped in to save the day! Two tow teams were on hand, each with a 50 ton wrecker. The package sorting machine had already been moved into a clear space giving the Mission team loads of space to work with! 

As with every job, planning is key. The sorting machine did not have an equal weight distribution; it was extremely front-heavy. The towing teams calculated the center of gravity of the enormous machine as they had to be methodical about where they would hook onto the machine. One wrong calculation could spell a big problem during this job! 

While there definitely was a lot to look at on the runway, the Mission team stayed focused and got the job done. Within 45 minutes of arriving on the airport apron, the towing teams had the sorting machine lifted onto the lowboy trailer. Absolutely fantastic work! 

Tow Company 50 ton Wrecker
Tow Company 50 ton Wrecker

Details of Tow Company Called to San Antonio International Airport

Dispatch received a call requesting a tow company to San Antonio International Airport. The tow company dispatched a team to the airport. The tow company arrived at San Antonio International Airport. The tow company brought two 50 ton wreckers to assist them. The tow company arrived at the hangar on the apron and assessed the situation.

The tow company needed to lift a 48,000lb package sorting machine onto a lowboy trailer. The machine had already been moved to a clear area making maneuvering the tow company’s two 50 ton wreckers possible. 

The tow company noted that the machine’s weight was not distributed equally. The majority of the weight of the package sorting machine was in the front of the machine. This meant that they had to be extremely methodical in the way they approached this lift. If they lifted the machine from the wrong location, the tow company risked it nose diving into the ground.

The tow company carefully calculated the package sorting machine’s center of gravity. Once that was established, they began hooking onto the package sorting machine. The tow company established four points of contact. The tow company slowly lifted the machine in the air. The tow company navigated the package sorting machine onto the lowboy trailer. The tow company worked with the driver of the trailer to ensure that the machine was placed in the exact spot that the driver wanted it. The tow company adjusted the location of the package sorting machine inch by inch until the ideal placement was found.