specs on 1201 holmes bed

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March 20th, 2006, 12:11 pm #11

we have a 1201 protec up here in Terrace B,C Canada it came with the company when we bought it 4 years ago it was on a 89 superduty, truck and deck were rotten we got welding shop to replace deck out of aluminum and put on 93 superduty with 7.3 indirect with turbo, painted and dressed it up then a year later stolen wrecked so sarted all over again now on a 91 superduty truck goes in shop soon for paint again. Awesome deck the truck pull only draw back is the short reach on w/l but we were told it has only 8 ton boom rating looks just likes doug's with a tunnelbox we might put boom and winches on 3 ton chassie, Its big brother is an 1801 holmes another winching machine

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March 21st, 2006, 9:05 am #12

Here is my 1201 on the original chassis lifting a incenerator that weights 6000 lbs.
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March 21st, 2006, 11:40 am #13

Lookie what I found on ebay!
The body is trashed but is this not the very same Protech 1201 that we speak of?
cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1...dZViewItem

If you look in the background it looks like there's another 1201 sitting on a flatbed!
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March 21st, 2006, 11:43 am #14

Doug, I'm trying to get all the facts straight here, is your 1201 in fact have 15k winches? Only reason I question if because of this Protech brochure, it sais the Protech 3210 as the one with 15k winches. Where they just labeled as 1201's??
www.zips.com/images/broch...rotech.pdf

Ok, now I feel kinda silly for questioning someone's integridy
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March 21st, 2006, 9:57 pm #15

Mine was a 1985 model 1201 and it did have 15000 Lbs winches the boom showed a rateing of 8000 Lbs and the DFT-200 wheellift on it had a rateing of 3500 Lbs extended.

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March 21st, 2006, 11:41 pm #16

I didn't read the post close enough the boom is a 8 ton and the winches are 15,000 on the first wrap of the drum the 4th wrap comes in at 10,000. Daniel I noticed your truck has Vulcan recivers on the wheel lift.

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March 22nd, 2006, 8:23 am #17

Kelly, as much as they look like it from a distance and would love them be, the the l-arms on our truck are not Vulcans.


Sorry to question you Doug, I guess the real question in my mind is do all of the Protech 1201s have 15k winches? It can be easy to confuse them with the 1200 Commander which has 10k winches.
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March 22nd, 2006, 10:22 am #18

Daniel
Looking at the pictures of yours it must be a later model than mine was I see yours has a high side body.

I don't know if they all have 15000 lbs winches or not. I do know Holmes made a 1101 just like the 1201 but with only 1 winch.
I was in a Towing & Techniques class taught by Tom Lucianio and Joe Sroga in 1997 and they mentioned in the class that all small wreckers either had 8000 or 10000 lbs winches I told them that I had one that had 15000 Lbs winches and both Tom and Joe had never seen one and finally they said it might be the wrecker that Parker Industries made for Holmes.

I could not believe that two of the best trainers in the towing industry did not know what a Holmes 1201 was.

Mine did say Holmes on the winches.

What I liked about the winches was the open dog on the freewheel you can just look and see that it is doged in all the way.
This is what I like about my No-Mar 10-10's it has the narrow spool Braden winches with the open dog on the freewheel.
and my No-Mar's will pull almost as good with the 10000 lbs Braden winches as the 1201 did.
One thing I like better is that the Braden winches will hold 150' 7/16'' wire rope and the 1201 would only hold 100' of 7/16''
The way I work a wrecker I refuse to use 3/8'' wire rope or the little 8000 lbs winches

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March 22nd, 2006, 11:07 am #19

Just in case there's any confusion, ours is a 440-2. About a 90-91(truck is a '91 and was built new). The body is straight like all modern LD's. It's got 10k winches. We've been pondering that when we replace the winch lines, replacing with 7/16"

Our previous(first) truck was a '80 K30 4x4 Chevy with an 1100 and the fabulous UTC-100 w/l. It's got a 10k winch.
Here's how it sit's now. We removed the w/l and sling to lighten and simplify it as we plan on using for off-road recoveries.
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April 20th, 2006, 7:28 pm #20

Hi Towers
I am mike's towing & recovery in williamsburg va. I am new to this board so if i screw up please forgive me. On the subject of a 1201 holmes bed. I bought mine from dave freeman of century towing in va. beach va.It was my first truck of my own it had 69,000 miles on it when i bought it and it now has 645.000 miles on it and i have retired the truck. It is pound for pound the strongest unit i have ever worked. Ask anyone in this area about it and they will tell you that when anything needs winching better call mike. One of the guys has a 600 holmes that i used through the 80s when i worked for someone else, he calls me all the time to assist with heavy winching. Another tower has a medium duty century and the 1201 allways pulled as hard as his. I have winched everything from cars to bulldozers with it. We have several driveways on the main drag of town that are very steep and buses and car carriers will get hung on them on a regular basis. The city police allways call me to winch them off of it. I now own a 2006 f450 xlt with a century 412 unit and there is no comparison to my old 1201. Thanks for listening and have a busy day.
Mike
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Williamsburg va.