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Parts We Like: Everybody likes good, practical gear

Published: 07/01/2011 by Allan Duffin in Business

Parts We Like: Everybody likes good, practical gear
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Footnotes asked several parts suppliers to share a few new or favorite items of towing gear that they thought would be of interest to our readers.

Move To Heavy Duty? Long-term planning on the back of a napkin
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Dennis Wencel, our towing business columnist, cautions towers to think twice about the crucial decision to upgrade to heavy-duty work. He offers good advice for anyone giving such a growth plan some thought.

When Trucks Fly!

Published: 07/15/2012 by Dennis Wencel in Business

When Trucks Fly!
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See Trucks Fly! See dramatic photos of the recent storm that devastated everything it hit in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including sending semi trailers flying through the air like Matchbox toys!

TIRE TALK: Retreads & Repairs - Both can save you cash and help the environment
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Automotive writer Bill Siuru looks at ways to save money on truck tires, starting with high-quality retreads. Contrary to popular belief, good retreads can be as safe as and even better than new ones. He explains how to tell a poor retread from a good one to help you in your tire-buying decision-making.

Fire & Rescue Special Issue Feature: A Close Call

Published: 10/01/2012 by Allan Duffin in Feature

Fire & Rescue Special Issue Feature: A Close Call
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One tower who recovered a customers’ personal vehicle during the Waldo Canyon Fire was Daniel Lande, owner of Daniel’s Towing and Recovery of Colorado Springs. He rescued a Camaro but at some danger to himself.

Success From Scratch: After a tragedy, this family moves onward and upward

Published: 04/01/2011 by Alison Johnson in Feature

Success From Scratch: After a tragedy, this family moves onward and upward
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Texas Tow Tech. The Lone Star state is the home of Pierce Sales, a small but growing equipment dealer. Overcoming tragedy, Jeff Pierce and his family have built a respected business providing quality gear, such as winches and wheel-lift installation, for the discriminating tower.

Locked & Chocked! Putting more power and muscle into protecting your property and employees
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Expert towers offer tips on how to protect trucks, storage lot, equipment, office, and employees from harm and loss. Some of the latest security equipment and techniques are featured. Owners can keep their people and property a little safer by following some of these helpful suggestions.

Recovering Joplin

Published: 01/01/2012 by Allan Duffin in Feature

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The recovery work performed by Santa Fe Towing Service and others in the wake of the horrendous tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri, last year was truly heroic. Read the details here about a huge recovery effort that involved maneuvering around and through widespread debris to remove hundreds of destroyed vehicles.

ADVISOR: I want to be a REPOMAN

Published: 09/01/2011 by Dan Meeks in Business

ADVISOR: I want to be a REPOMAN
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"The difference between a good agent and a bad agent is not always natural ability. If you take the time and learn the ropes, you can really prosper in this industry. If you jump right in and try to learn from every mistake you make, you are a fool and an enemy to us all. No one is really afraid of competition, because the cream still tends to rise to the top."

Online Leads: They can be profitable or push you over a cost cliff
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Towman and towing business writer Dennis Wencel writes that as more and more towers are advertising online, many have decided to use keyword ad tools like Google Adwords. However, a trend of overpaying for these online leads is beginning to emerge. Understanding the costs involved in employing online tools can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.