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IS THE SIDE PULLER RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • Have you ever been dispatched to recover a vehicle only to find upon arrival that it is down an embankment that would requires the use of a wrecker?
  • With the increasing cost of business, are you trying to find ways to do MORE with less?
  • Are you a small company that is faced with the tough decision of running either a wrecker OR a carrier?
  • Are you a large company trying to utilize your equipment to the most of its potential?
Did You Answer YES to Any of These Questions?

Then a Side Puller should be on your list of tools to purchase. With a Side Puller on your carrier you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you'll be equipped to handle any towing and recovery situation.

Side Pullers Make GOOD Business Sense...


  • Reduce costly insurance payments by doing the job with one truck!
  • Decrease your overhead!
  • Increase your profits!



Due to continued product improvement and changes in supply, design, and production equipment, colors, material specifications, prices, and model availability are subject to change without notice. Some photography may show optional items.

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OVERVIEW

Car carriers have been increasingly popular over the recent years due to the growing number of all wheel drive vehicles,their versatility to haul varied loads, and the ability to transport multiple vehicles.

The one major drawback has been the lack of recovery capabilities, but that has changed with the SP8000™ Side Puller

SP8000 RATINGS
Boom 8,000 lbs.
Winch 9,000 lbs.
Stiff Leg 8,000 lbs.
STANDARD FEATURES
9,000 lb. Planetary Winch Center Pivoting Boom Head
Winch Tensioner & Free-Spool Removable Outer Boom Head
Eight Tie-Back Points Painted in Flat Black
Manual Stiff Legs Wire Rope - 3/8" x 100'
OPTIONAL FEATURES
Lightbar Mount Hydraulic Stiff Legs (Driver's Side Controls)
Extended Leg - For Frame Heights 36" - 42" Wired or Wireless Winch Control
Ice Grouser
CHASSIS RECOMMENDATION
Chassis GVRW: Class 6 15,000 lbs. - 26,000 lbs.
Additional Cab to Axle Recommended (Carriers) 12"
Additional Cab to Axle Recommended (Wreckers) 17" Minimum
Frame Height 32" - 34"

All ratings are based on structural factors only, not vehicle capabilities. Specifications shown are approximations and may vary depending on chassis selected. Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc reserves the right to change or modify product and or specifications without notice or obligation. Some equipment shown is optional. SP Series of side pullers is Patented under US Patent number 8,192,135,B2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Left Pointing Orange Triangle Where can I purchase a Side Puller?

No one has installed more Side Pullers, or is more knowledgable than IWS. After all, we're the ones that INVENTED and PATENTED the SP8000, SP12,000 and SP20,000. IWS should be the clear choice to sell and service your next Side Puller.
Simply CONTACT US here at IWS, and we'll take care of the rest.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Is the SP Series of Side Puller now Patented?

Yes! Patented under US Patent No. 7,950,892.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why did you make the main structure of the SP8000 from 4.5" Square Tubing instead of using larger tube?

One of our design criterias was to keep the mounting space required to mount the SP8000™ as small as possible. The SP8000 can be mounted in as little as 9.5" of space on most car carriers. I know the website says 12" but it will fit in 9.5" of space if you are willing to modify the body lock on carriers.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle How do you feel when other competitors say their design is stronger because they use larger square tube for their main structure?

Please understand we could use larger tube as the main structure, but why ad size and weight when it is not needed? We have been working for years in the towing industry to make equipment lighter and stronger to keep axle weights down. It makes no sense to me as a designer / inventor to make things bigger when it is not needed. I am very proud to have the lightest model in the industry.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why do you think other manufacturers make a big deal about being "stronger & having a bigger structure" than the SP8000™?

I can only guess that it is based on marketing and advertising. If you look at being able to scale a wrecker or carrier on a 26,000 GVWR chassis, you would see that being heavier than the SP8000™ is nothing to brag about. Think about it, if 6" tube is better then 4.5", then why not use 8?", or "Hey lets go to 10" tube size!" Where do you draw the line? We have close to 600 units in the field using the 4.5" tube size with 0 reported failures. To claim that a design is stronger and heavier because of bigger tubing than the SP8000™, I say WHY?

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why did you not make a swinging boom with a fixed boom head?

It's all about having choices when doing a recovery. With our design, you can pull straight back from the center boom head, something no one else can do. If you have a wrecker, you can run the winch line straight back and have an extra line off the wrecker boom. If you have a carrier, you can have the SP8000™ winch line pull straight back along with the carrier winch to help pull items up the deck. Just by using the center boom head, you have almost 180 degree's of straight out pulling ability & almost 90 degrees of up and down pulling ability. No one in the industry can match that!

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why did you make the outer boom head removable?

Again, it's about giving the operator choices. By installing the outer boom head, you can pull forward, back wards, straight out and down embankments. The possibilities are endless with our design. We built what you asked for, not what we thought you wanted.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Can other models in the same class pull more then the SP8000™?

Do you mean in more directions? Absolutely not, no other brand has the ability to pull in as many directions as the SP8000™!

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Ok, no one can match the SP8000™ in pulling directions, but what about just raw pulling power?

If the chassis all weighed the same the pulling power would be very close to identical. You need to understand that what is important here is the tipping moment. The tipping moment is when you are pulling over the side and the opposite side of the truck starts to come off the ground. The only way to increase pulling power over the side is to widen the stiff leg stance, lower the height of the pulling point or increase vehicle weight.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why do you only offer a 9,000lb winch in the SP8000™?

We only offer a 9,000lb winch on the SP8000™ because that is exactly what our field test and computer models showed would work best on 26,000 GVWR chassis. Anything bigger would be extra weight and cost that is not needed.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What about those who say you should put a 10,000lb winch on the SP8000™?

Well if they want a 10,000lb winch, why not go with 11,000, or better yet, why not a 50,000lb winch? I mean where does it stop? If you need a bigger winch buy a SP12,000™ or an SP20,000™, these are models that were designed to do more work. Their structure size and strength was increased as well as chassis GVWR requirements to handle the increased loads. Putting a bigger winch on a SP8000™ is like putting two 4-barrel carburetors on a stock V6 engine and expecting a performance gain.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why do you offer the Side Puller in ready to paint primer?

I think the last manufacturer to only offer one color was Henry Ford in the 1920's. We recognize that today's towing operator is concerned with appearance of their tow trucks. With a ready to paint primer finish you can easily paint the unit to the color you want.

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SP8000 TECHNICAL DRAWINGS

Techincal Drawing of an SP8000 Side Puller - Front View
Techincal Drawing of an SP8000 Side Puller - Back View



Due to continued product improvement and changes in supply, design, and production equipment, colors, material specifications, prices, and model availability are subject to change without notice. Some photography may show optional items.

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OVERVIEW

With the success of the SP8000™ side puller many operators asked us to design a larger model for medium-duty wreckers and Carriers. We listened and designed the SP12,000™! The SP12,000™ is a completely new design, we did not take the easy way out and just stick a larger winch in the SP8000™ platform. Our designers spent over a year testing and designing the SP12,000™. Check out one of fastest growing product lines in the SP Series the SP12,000™.

SP12,000 RATINGS
Boom 12,000 lbs.
Winch 12,000 lbs.
Stiff Leg 12,000 lbs.
STANDARD FEATURES
12,000 lb. Planetary Winch Eight Tie-Back Points
Winch Tensioner & & manually operated Free-Spool Center Pivoting Boom Head
Hydraulic Stiff Legs Removable Outer Boom Head
Full-Function Wireless Remote control
(1,000 ft radio range)
Primer Finish
Flipper Foot Spades Wire Rope - 7/16" x 100'
OPTIONAL FEATURES
Lightbar Mount Wireless Winch Control
CHASSIS RECOMMENDATION
Chassis GVRW: Class 7 26,001 lbs. - 33,000 lbs.
Additional Cab to Axle Recommended (Carriers) 17"
Additional Cab to Axle Recommended (Wreckers) 19" Minimum
Frame Height 36" - 40"

All ratings are based on structural factors only, not vehicle capabilities. Specifications shown are approximations and may vary depending on chassis selected. Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc reserves the right to change or modify product and or specifications without notice or obligation. Some equipment shown is optional. SP Series of side pullers is Patented under US Patent number 8,192,135,B2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Left Pointing Orange Triangle Where can I purchase a Side Puller?

No one has installed more Side Pullers, or is more knowledgable than IWS. After all, we're the ones that INVENTED and PATENTED the SP8000, SP12,000 and SP20,000. IWS should be the clear choice to sell and service your next Side Puller.
Simply CONTACT US here at IWS, and we'll take care of the rest.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why did you make the SP12,000™?

We designed the SP12,000™ because of the popularity of the 14 and 16 ton class of wreckers. These wreckers are mounted to class 7 chassis and we felt the class 7 chassis were too big for the SP8000™ and too small for the SP20,000™.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why didn't you just offer bigger winch on the SP8000™ ?

It would be like putting two 4barrel carburetors on a stock V6 engine and expecting performance gains. The only right way, was to design a new model to fit the application.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Please explain what you mean by fitting the application?

When we design a Side Puller we looked at the frame height, which has a direct bearing on how long the stabilizer legs need to be, both retracted and extended. If the chassis frame is taller then we recommend, the stabilizer legs may not have enough stroke to contact the ground or have any stroke left after touching the ground. We also look as the size of structure we need based on the class of truck it is designed to fit. Take a side by side look at all 3 models of Side Pullers and you will see that each one is sized differently from the main structure, to winches size to cylinders in the legs. We do not feel that there can be a one size fits all!

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What class of truck is the SP12,000™ designed to fit?

Class 7 Truck.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What are some more reasons I should not put the SP12,000 on a Class 6 truck?

Yes, the SP12,000™ requires a taller frame height than most class 6 trucks offer, the Flipper Feet may contact the ground while driving. Another reason is frame and suspension size and strength. The frame and suspension components on a Class 6 Truck are not as big as a class 7 truck and may not support the forces a SP12,000™ can put on it.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Can I pull straight back from the center boom head of the SP12,000™?

Yes! that was one of the main things we wanted from the design. We wanted to be able to run a line straight from the center boom head of the Side Puller straight back to the wrecker boom and have 3 lines off our boom. This would be very useful when picking with the 2 wrecker winch lines, you would have the 3rd Side Puller line to rotate the casualty.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What is the optional hook slide tray?

The optional hook slide tray is an option on the SP12,000™ . The hook slide tray bolts on to the Side Puller and allows you the operator to place the winch line on it and slide the hook and wire rope to the other side of the truck. I would recommend that any one putting a SP12,000™ on a wrecker order the optional Hook Slide Tray.

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SP12,000 TECHNICAL DRAWINGS

Techincal Drawing of an SP12000 Side Puller - Straight View
Techincal Drawing of an SP12000 Side Puller - Back View

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • The SP12,000™ is specifically designed for use on chassis with a minimum GVWR of 29,0000 lbs.
  • The SP12,000™ Comes with its own hydraulic system pre-plumbed and wired. Our preinstalled valve body has a power beyond port helping to make installation a snap.
  • The SP12,000™ comes with a full function wired remote control that is pre wired, all you need to provide is a fused 12 volt power supply. The wired remote control operates the stabilizer legs, winch, and winch free spool.
  • The SP12,000™ comes with 8 well thought out and tested anchor points on the Side Puller. The anchor points are a great spot to install a snatch block to use as a direction change or simply a point to terminate the hook on the wire rope in a 2 part lay up.
  • The SP12,000™ comes with a removable outer boom head. By allowing you the operator to decide whether to pull from the center boom head or to install the removable boom head; we have given you more choices in pulling direction then any other model in the industry.
  • The SP12,000™ Comes with stabilizer feet that offer both a pavement pad and grouser in a simple to use flip out design. The flipper foot also incorporates a low pulling point to attach a snatch block giving you the ultimate in low pulling options.
  • The SP12,000™ comes in a ready to paint PPG brand primer finish giving you the option to color match the SP to your tow truck.
  • The SP12,000™ comes with a 12,000 lb Planetary Drive High Speed winch. Also included are a winch line tensioner, 100 ft of 7/16" wire rope and easy access free spool release.
  • The SP12,000™ hydraulic stabilizer legs have internal lock valves that prevent the leg from retracting in the event of a hose failure offering you added safety.
  • The SP12,000™ comes with a comprehensive operations manual and detailed installation procedures.



Due to continued product improvement and changes in supply, design, and production equipment, colors, material specifications, prices, and model availability are subject to change without notice. Some photography may show optional items.

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OVERVIEW

The SP20,000™ was designed for those operators wanting to add both stability and side pulling abilities to their heavy duty carrier and wreckers. With a 20,000lb winch and large stabilizer legs the SP20,000™ becomes the clear choice. The SP20,000™ has proven to be a great retrofit to existing trucks. The SP20,000™ was designed with input from towers encompassing all the features you asked for. Find out for yourself why the SP20,000™ has the best weight, the best recovery features and offers the best value in the industry.

SP20,000 RATINGS
Boom 20,000 lbs.
Winch 20,000 lbs.
Stiff Leg 20,000 lbs.
STANDARD FEATURES
20,000 lb. Planetary Winch Eight Tie-Back Points
Winch Tensioner & & Air Free-Spool Two Removable D-Rings
Hydraulic Stiff Legs Removable Outer Boom Head
Center Pivoting Boom Head Primer Finish
Flipper Foot Spades Wire Rope - 9/16" x 150'
Full-Function Wireless Remote control
(1,000 ft radio range)
OPTIONAL FEATURES
Lightbar Mount Hook Transfer Tray
CHASSIS RECOMMENDATION
Chassis GVRW: Class 7 30,000 lbs.
Additional Cab to Axle Recommended 27"
Frame Height 40" - 46"

All ratings are based on structural factors only, not vehicle capabilities. Specifications shown are approximations and may vary depending on chassis selected. Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc reserves the right to change or modify product and or specifications without notice or obligation. Some equipment shown is optional. SP Series of side pullers is Patented under US Patent number 8,192,135,B2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click on a question to view the answer
Left Pointing Orange Triangle Where can I purchase a Side Puller?

No one has installed more Side Pullers, or is more knowledgable than IWS. After all, we're the ones that INVENTED and PATENTED the SP8000, SP12,000 and SP20,000. IWS should be the clear choice to sell and service your next Side Puller.
Simply CONTACT US here at IWS, and we'll take care of the rest.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why did you decide to build the SP20,000™ Side Puller?

It started with a phone call from Ron Pullen of New York. He was building a new 20 ton single axle wrecker and wanted to have the features of a SP8000™ but with more size. Ron asked me if we could build him what he was looking for. We talked for a couple weeks, taking notes and discussing the best features to include in the design. After all the notes were compiled we built and shipped Ron a working prototype and it's still in service today!

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What were some of the things you felt were important to the design?

One of the main design criteria was to keep this unit light weight and strong. Most 20 to 35 ton wreckers have a 12,000lb to 14,600lb front axle. Adding to much extra weight was a big consideration to make sure the truck did not go over the manufactures front axles weight rating."

Left Pointing Orange Triangle So how much weight will be added to the front axle if I install a SP20,000™ on my truck?

The weight added to your front axle will vary from truck to truck, depending on how far back the SP20,000™ is from the front axle, here are some typical results. With a Standard Day cab (no sleeper) expect to add around 1,200 lbs to the front axle. If you have a sleeper, the longer the sleeper, the less weight will be put on the front axle, because you are mounting the SP20,000™ further from the axle.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why don't you offer a 30,000 or 35,000lb winch?

If we put a larger winch you would not see any benefit unless increased weight and cost are a benefit! The limiting factor to the amount of work a Side Puller can do is the stance of the stabilizer legs. The wider the stance the more you can pull before the truck starts to tip. The SP20,000™ was computer matched to have the optimum sized winch for the stance. If you want to get the most use of a larger winch you need a larger stance like the Century XP850.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why don't you increase the stance of the SP20,000™?

It is as wide as we can go without making the legs fold back or fold in. If we did that we would increase weight, cost, and more importantly the space required to mount the unit. If you need a larger model than the SP20,000™ you should take a look at the XP series from Miller Industries.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Is that why you make 3 different models?

Yes, each model is designed for a GVWR or class range of truck. We also match the winch and stabilizer legs to best fit the application. The SP8000™ fits class 6 trucks, the SP12,000™ fits class 7 trucks and the SP20,000™ fits class 8 trucks.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What are some of the other features you wanted to include in the design?

We wanted to keep the required space to mount the SP20,000™ as small as possible. On Ron's truck he has a Century Wrecker with Modular tool boxes and SP20,000™ need only 18" of space. Mounting space requirement was important in the event someone wanted to retrofit an existing truck with a SP20,000™.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Why does the Specifications on the brochure say we need 27" of space and you just said it would fit in 18" of space?

We wanted to give you a measurement that would fit any wrecker, carrier or service body without any modifications. If you choose to mount the SP20,000™ in a space less then 27" you may have to do some modifications to your wrecker or carrier. You can look at our dimension section of this website and decide for yourself how much space you will need for your truck. Keep operator safety in mind when installing the SP20,000™. You should leave ample room to safely service the SP20,000™.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Can the D-Rings be moved to different locations on the SP20,000™?

Yes, there are 8 different locations to mount the D-Ring to, you can also order additional D-Ring and pins from your Miller Side Puller Dealer.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle Can I pull straight back from the center boom head of the SP20,000™?

Yes! that was one of the main things we wanted from the design. We wanted to be able to run a line straight from the center boom head of the Side Puller straight back to the wrecker boom and have 3 lines off our boom. This would be very useful when picking with the 2 wrecker winch lines you would have the 3rd Side Puller line to rotate the casualty.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What is the optional hook slide tray?

The optional hook slide tray is an option on the SP12,000™ and SP20,000™. The hook slide tray bolts on to the Side Puller and allows you the operator to place the winch line on it a slide the hook and wire rope to the other side of the truck. I would recommend that any one putting a SP12,000™ or SP20,000™ on a wrecker order the optional Hook Slide Tray.

Left Pointing Orange Triangle What's next?

We are doing what we have always done and that is to constantly look for ways to improve all of the Side Puller models I would say we are relentless in this quest!

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SP20,000 TECHNICAL DRAWINGS

Techincal Drawing of an SP20000 Side Puller - Straight View
Techincal Drawing of an SP20000 Side Puller - Back View

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • The SP20,000™ is specifically designed for use on chassis with a minimum GVWR of 33,0000 lbs.
  • The SP20,000™ Comes with its own hydraulic system pre-plumbed and wired. Our preinstalled valve body has a power beyond port helping to make installation a snap.
  • The SP20,000™ comes with a full function wired remote control that is pre wired, all you need to provide is a fused 12 volt power supply. The wired remote control operates the stabilizer legs, winch, and winch free spool.
  • The SP20,000™ comes with 2 removable D-Rings and pins that can be used in any of the 8 possible pulling locations on the Side Puller.
  • The SP20,000™ comes with a removable outer boom head. By allowing you the operator to decide whether to pull from the center boom head or to install the removable boom head; we have given you more choices in pulling direction then any other model in the industry.
  • The SP20,000™ Comes with stabilizer feet that offer both a pavement pad and grouser in a simple to use flip out design. The flipper foot also incorporates a low pulling point to attach a snatch block giving you the ultimate in low pulling features.
  • The SP20,000™ comes in a ready to paint PPG brand primer finish giving you the option to color match the SP to your tow truck.
  • The SP20,000™ comes with a 20,000 lb Planetary Drive High Speed winch. Also included are a winch line tensioner, 150 ft of 9/16" wire rope and air free spool release.
  • The SP20,000™ hydraulic stabilizer legs have internal lock valves that prevent the leg from retracting in the event of a hose failure offering added safety.
  • The SP20,000™ comes with operations manual and detailed installation procedures.



Due to continued product improvement and changes in supply, design, and production equipment, colors, material specifications, prices, and model availability are subject to change without notice. Some photography may show optional items.