Two Cranes are Better Than One

Big Rig Towing was called to the far reaches of Northern Alberta, and contracted Jamie Davis Towing to assist in a touchy recovery.

Near Fort McMurray, on what is commonly referred to as the Highway Thru Hell, this heat exchanger was separated from its rig and ended up in the ditch. The exchanger unit weighs 60,000 pounds and is worth a staggering $1,000,000.00!

It took two large rotators worked in tandem to seamlessly recover this precious cargo without further damage.

After two day of planning, examining and hard work the exchanger was flawlessly loaded onto a trailer and sent back to the manufacturer for repairs.

The expertise of both these companies and operators saved the exchanger from incurring any more damage and saved the happy client thousands more in repair.

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The Slider

I don’t care what anybody says when 70,000 pounds starts to slide sideways and is out of control, run!!

This heavy piece of equipment was being loaded onto a trailer when it decided to get a little gnarly.

Big Rig Towing used its heavy crane to hoist it back into position and kept it stable until it could be fully loaded and tied down.

Moving heavy equipment is a job for the professionals. When they say don’t try this at home they mean don’t try this at all if you don’t know what you’re doing

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ATV

Your rig is not an off-road vehicle. If you have inadvertently ended up off the hardtop and are carrying a heavy load, you are probably in trouble.

Spring rains and late fall frost and snow make roadsides and fields wet and soft turning them into mud traps.

If your rig gets stuck in the mud, it can be a real hair puller to get it unstuck. Mud likes to suck in and trap axles from forward or backward movement. When you spin the tires in an attempt to free them, they will only sink the truck further into the mud and make the situation worse.

You can try to dig some mug from the front end of the leading wheels and then nudge the rig forward slowly until you gain solid ground but if that fails you can save yourself a whole lot of effort and back pain buy just calling a professional like Big Rig Towing to get you back on the black top.

This trailer slid off the road loaded with a 40,000 pound packer in the Bearspaw District west of Calgary.

Big Rig picked up both the machine and trailer and placed them back on the road and got them back on their way safely and quickly.

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Freeway Rescue

BIG-RIG-TOWINGThe Deerfoot Trail transects the city of Calgary. A busy 3 lane freeway with a 100 km an hour speed limit, it takes traffic south to north across the city and onto Edmonton. The city of Calgary has a very cool safety feature that is a free service to all those who run out of gas or break down in their cars along this crowded stretch of road.

That’s right, if your car breaks down or has a flat, even if you run out of gas the city has tow trucks patrolling 24/7 and will aid or tow you to one of the safety zones created every so many km along the route.

While this is an awesome service it unfortunately does not include big rigs and other heavy equipment.

Big Rig Towing & Recovery specializes in this type of tow. Even though it may seem benign compared to rescuing big trucks from icy mountain passes or dragging them out of watery irrigation ditches and rivers, hooking up and towing on a busy highway at rush hour can be equally as dangerous as any mountain road.

If your rig is stranded on any Alberta road call an expert like Big Rig Towing and stay safe.

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School Test

When a school needs new portables to accommodate its students, that’s a good thing. It means that more kids are getting an education and the classroom space they need to do that is being made available.

The logistics of moving a 55ft long 25ft wide 4,000 lb portable classroom into its place in a schoolyard takes a lot more math and science than one would think. It takes some pretty heavy machinery and those with the skill to operate that machinery to get the job done right.

Big Rig Towing doesn’t just tow and rescue big trucks and trailers. Our rigs have hundreds of applications and can sometimes get to and do things that cranes and cherry pickers can’t. Like these portable classrooms going into a schoolyard in Calgary.

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Easy Does It

Once in a while it’s easy.

Somehow this truck got turned over in the process of dumping its load of sand. One of the few times where all that was required was to right it and tow it back to the yard.

Just goes to show you though, if you’re not confident in how your truck is positioned or how your load is positioned, then you should always drive away and reset. Better to take a little more time to unload than a lot of time explaining how your truck turned over.

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Roller Rollover

It just doesn’t matter. If you’re big and heavy and you roll over, you need something bigger and heavier to get you back on your feet.

40,000 pounds is big but surprisingly it only takes a few degrees off center and even something this big can roll.

As you can see it took a couple of Big Rig Tow trucks and their cranes to upright and get this roller onto a flat bed.

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Towing the Big Stuff

Have you finally gotten around to getting that old chunk of metal out of the backyard?

How we’re not suggesting that you have a locomotive stashed in your backyard but you might have an old motor home or a big trailer that is going to take more than a regular tow to get it gone.

At Big Rig Towing.com we have the men and the machinery to handle anything bigger than your average car safely and securely.

It might not be the hobby train set you thought you could get back running again, but if your rig is broken down or you have an old motor home that won’t get to the wreckers by itself, give us a call and get it towed by experts.

Ok, we have never towed a train but we have towed some rigs that were just as big.

Heavy Grain

Grain is heavier than you might think, especially when there’s tons of it.

We talked about cornering too fast in the past and the dynamics of load and centrifugal forces. Everyone knows if you’re too heavy and too fast over you go.

Luckily no one was hurt in this roll over and Big Rig Towing was able to get this rig back on its rubber with very little damage except for lost cargo.

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