by Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
Battelini's Garage Inc. in Landisville, N.J., has been in business for more than 95 years. Albert Battelini is the president of the company he co-owns with his brother Anthony and their father Dominick.
On Jan. 5, a customer called to recover a tri-axle dump near Auburn.
"The customer explained that their tri-axle dump, loaded with asphalt grossing 80,000 pounds, was stuck in a ditch," Al said.
Al responded with his "Ole 12" wrecker, a 1982 Western Star /1986 3500 NRC heavy-duty. Al's nephew Wade responded with their 2015 Kenworth/NRC 40/50CSR sliding rotator.
When they arrived on scene they found the Mack dump with its passenger side stuck in the ditch.
"This stretch of the road had soft shoulders due to it being a drainage ditch under a stand of pine trees," Al said. "The driver just got off the edge of the road, the shoulder gave way under the weight of the loaded dump and the truck got sucked into the ditch."
After surveying the scene, Al and Wade put the wreckers in position to lift and pull the dump out. The NRC 40/50 was staged alongside the loaded dump to handle the lifting and Ole 12 was staged with its business end at the nose of the Mack.
The outriggers of the 40/50 were set for stability. Both lines were run out through snatch blocks rigged to recovery straps and chains attached to the frame under the passenger side of the dump body. The line from Ole 12's 60,000-lbs. Braden drag winch was attached to a chain rigged to the front end of the Mack.
Wade, at the remote controls of the 40/50, boomed up and first began the lift to pull the dump over and get it upright. Once it was upright, the 40/50 lifted as Al, at the control of Ole 12's drag winch, applied a steady pull until the Mack dump was out of the ditch and back on the road.
"After we got it out of the ditch and back on solid pavement, the dump truck was driven from the scene." Al said. "Easy work for the NRC 40/50 and Ole 12."Show Yours @ TIWDo you have a recovery to share with TIW readers? Send some pics and info to our Field Editor Jim "Buck" Sorrenti at email@example.com; your story may even be selected for print in American Towman magazine!