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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingFebruary 14 - February 20, 2018

Fodder in Farm Country

0 669afby Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Buddy's Wrecker Service is a family-owned and operated towing and recovery company in Union City, Tennessee. Steve Sedberry is the president and driving force behind Buddy's.

On August 9, Buddy's received a call from a local farmer who had a tractor-trailer loaded with corn silage that rolled over in a field.

"The truck had run off the side of a ridge and overturned," Sedberry said, "spilling some of its cargo of silage about 125-feet below the top of the ridge. The farmer requested that I come out and survey the situation to see what type of equipment we would need to get to the remote part of the field and recover the truck."

Sedberry went to the location, about 18 miles from the shop, in his company truck, a 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4.

"The casualty was probably a good 3/4 mile from where we entered the field," he said.

After reviewing the choices to gain access to the tractor-trailer, Sedberry requested two of his units. Buddy's manager, Richie Collins, arrived with a 2015 International 4400/Vulcan V-30 15-ton medium-duty. Operator Daryl Holder responded with what Sedberry calls "Brutus," a Holmes 1601 22-ton twin-line hydraulic wrecker that he purchased and restored in 2015. He mounted it on a 2000 International 4800 4x4. It has a Trebron conversion on the winch and Irish Iron stiff legs.

Operator Jimmy Ring responded in Rollback 6 hauling a John Deere skid-steer.

"The reason for the choice of equipment ... was the extremely rough terrain to get to the casualty," Sedberry said.

When Team Buddy's arrived, Sedberry walked them through the scene. Collins and Holder positioned both wreckers side-by-side with the business ends backed up to the underside of the tractor and grain trailer. The V-30 was at the front by the tractor and Brutus was at the belly of the trailer.

Using the skid-steer, the crew first removed the remaining silage from the trailer. Then they rigged the V-30 to the tractor and Brutus to the rear wheels of the trailer. The rear wheels were blocked. Working in tandem, they set the combo up together.

"Once the tractor and trailer were up," Sedberry said, "we rigged a recovery strap through the wheel of the tractor and pointed the steer tires to winch out to the top of the ridge using the V-30 and Brutus."

The tractor-trailer was moved to the edge of the field and unhooked. It was then picked up from the rear and towed to Buddy's yard with the Vulcan V-30.

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