specs on 1201 holmes bed

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specs on 1201 holmes bed

willtow
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March 17th, 2006, 11:46 am #1

can anyone tell me the specs on holmes 1201 protec bed.....
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408Stroker
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March 18th, 2006, 9:49 am #2

I believe they had the same DFT200 w/l as ours, which has a #4000 lift and #8000 tow rating. I think the boom was rated at 10 tons with some or all having 15,000 winches.
Doug Fitzgerald had one, he would know all about them.


On a side note, several months ago some guy had one on ebay, it was BRAND NEW, never been installed, and had been stored inside since the day it was bought. It was in pristine condition with the factory brownish-red primer and all the available Holmes accessories. The bid didn't go high enough.
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Joined: September 4th, 2003, 6:16 am

March 19th, 2006, 1:00 am #3

Dan is right I still have one and continue to drive it today over my new trucks. I bought it back in 1986 and put it on a K3500 Chevrolet. It's still the best recovery small truck I ever own. The winches are 15,000 and with the stinger blade on the wheel lift and the truck rarely moves once it locks in place. I have 356000 miles on it and don't plan on parking it soon.

Kelly Neal
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Doug Fitzgerald
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March 20th, 2006, 1:43 am #4

I wish I had never sold mine. It was a strong wrecker. The 15000 lbs winches were awesome.

The DFT-200 wheellift don't have enough reach for long overhang vehicles.
The cable type control system was always giving trouble (the reason I sold the truck)

I did lots of heavy winching jobs with mine . One time I winched out a 18 wheeler dump w/cab over International tractor out where the fuel tanks were scrubbing the ground backwards and the truck was grossing over 80000 lbs

I set the wrecker across in a ditch and set scotch blocks and was using both winches with 1 winch double line and 1 winch triple line tied to a large tree beside my wrecker as a deadman.

Wish I had saw the one on E-BayFitzgerald's Auto Service & Towing
San Augustine,Texas 75972

Serving The Pineywoods Of East Texas Since 1974
Fitzgerald's Auto Service & Towing
San Augustine,Texas 75972

Serving The Pineywoods Of East Texas Since 1974
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408Stroker
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March 20th, 2006, 5:14 am #5

For a point of reference to the DFT-200/s reach, here is our's hooked to a long-box pickup.

In this one, the w/l is all the down and fully extended(though the tilt is up a little) The w/l lift system is comprised of two 2"x4"(approx) telescoping tubes mounted at the visible ange, it goes out as it goes down.(Somewhat similar concept as a Vulcan) When dropped all the way down, back of the truck is lifted a couple inches from it's empty ride height.


Here, it is fully raised, extended, and tilted up.


Here, it is the same but I is sucked in as much as I could, the bumper is touching the sling bar. The w/l is about 6" out from fully retracted.


Here is a DFT-200, you can get a good idea of it's design and construction.
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Joined: September 4th, 2003, 6:16 am

March 20th, 2006, 5:17 am #6

Doug I have the same problems with the cable controls aways sticking. They are also getting hard to buy, we now take them apart and repair what brakes inside. I was surprised you would have alot of problems in Texas, I'm in Minnesota and the winters are hard on them.

Kelly Neal
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408Stroker
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March 20th, 2006, 5:26 am #7

I just ran accross this cable on ebay, maybe someone here could use it.
cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/C...dZViewItem
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Doug Fitzgerald
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March 20th, 2006, 6:05 am #8

The last cables I bought for mine came from Zip's. Hammond's in Tennessee also has parts for them. I bought some parts from them.
Hammonds has a kit to convert the 1201 to rod type controls the kit sells for over $1000.00.
I bought my 1201 on a 1985 chev 1 ton that had 140000 miles on it and I put another 140000 miles on it taking the bed off that chassis at 280000 miles and mounting it on a 1994 ford superduty chassis that had 34000 miles and used it on that chassis untill we had 384500 miles when I sold it (or gave it away for $4000.00)

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San Augustine,Texas 75972

Serving The Pineywoods Of East Texas Since 1974
Fitzgerald's Auto Service & Towing
San Augustine,Texas 75972

Serving The Pineywoods Of East Texas Since 1974
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March 20th, 2006, 6:19 am #9

When did you "give away" that truck Doug? What kind of shape was it in?

Please step a little closer so I can smack you!!
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Doug Fitzgerald
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March 20th, 2006, 10:07 am #10

I had it listed on here for $6000.00 and no one would buy it so I had a friend that wanted it and I was needing some money bad so I sold it to him for $4000.00 He brought me $2000.00 cash to hold the truck and the very next day a man I had told about the truck called with $6000.00 ready to buy and I had to tell him it was already sold.
The friend ended up bringing me another $1000.00 cash and a $1000.00 check that was account closed and I had to turn him into the sheriff dept to collect.
The sheriff had my money the same day we went and filed .
Had the money in my pocket before dark !!!

Doug
this is a pic of the truck.

and here is a maintainer that I recovered with it using a backhoe as a deadman.

Fitzgerald's Auto Service & Towing
San Augustine,Texas 75972

Serving The Pineywoods Of East Texas Since 1974
Fitzgerald's Auto Service & Towing
San Augustine,Texas 75972

Serving The Pineywoods Of East Texas Since 1974
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