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    Default Wreckers: Do people buy them for hobby or use?

    Title sums up the question. I understand why folks buy cargo, dumps, vans, and tractors as those all have utilitarian value in and out of the field. I figured wreckers would be one of the cheaper purchases since they have no cargo space, probably are a pain for maintenance to keep operational, and have limited use outside of recovery ops in a field environment. But they tend to go for decent money so was curious the thought buying process.

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    I bought my M813 for recreation and light hauling. You pretty much covered why I didn't buy a wrecker- too little practical use for me and too much additional maintenance.
    They are amazing pieces of engineering though. I do believe that some people have bought them just for fun, simply because they're so impressive.

    Oddly, I kind of wish that I had bought a dumper. Shorter wheel base and they could still be configured for cargo and troop carrying with bows and covers.
    If I had done better research, I would have known this. For me, the dump hydraulics wouldn't even need to be functional. The 800 series dumpers are pretty old now, and most I've seen are pretty rough so it's probably just as well.
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    Almost everything in this hobby is heavy and the wreckers make the heavy lifting a lot easier
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    I use my M936, I replaced a motor in a m923 with it, I lift heavy things. But your right it does have limited uses. It is great for displays and shows.
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    Wreckers are handier than a two-peckered billy goat. Need something lifted, fire up the 936. Mine has "Farm plates" on it.
    Logs, equipment, storage containers, you name it.
    I'm not saying let's eliminate all the stupid people. I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.



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    I try and keep her busy. That truck I am loading is a M818 without a transmission and front axle.
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    Once I learned how to really use our 800 series wrecker, you could not get me off it with a fire hose! Fun, Fun, Fun!

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    I bought my M816 strictly to use on my own property. I buy and sell/part out deuces as a hobby and it is so much safer lifting heavy stuff with the wrecker than when I used to use my Bobcat. Pulling a multifuel with a skid loader while you're staring at the crank pulley was not a safe way to do it, not to mention hanging 2 5-ton tires on the back for a counter weight. Now I fire up the wrecker, haul or drag a deuce up by the shop and safely pull the parts I need.
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    My 1089 is very useful 3 winches 1 lift and a crane what more can you ask for.
    And it's badass.
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    My M62 has been faultless for over 12 years. And we use it for loading stuff, (Like 5 or 6 ton forklifts) on occasion. Having a large collection of trucks, that it what it has been used for quite often. Recovery.
    I would not be without one with so much stuff in our itinerary.
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