Vehicle Recovery Tool (VRT) - Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.
Our Beloved Pat Hagenbuch 1942 - 2021

Vehicle Recovery Tool (VRT)

Safest Method for Pulling Disabled Vehicles

PHIL's patent pending Vehicle Recovery Tool (VRT®) is the safest, most stable way of towing a disabled vehicle within a mine site enivronemnt. The VRT can be used in conjunction with a PHIL Lowboy Trailer, or used independently. When used with a Lowboy Trailer, it acts as a "jeep" or intermediate between the prime mover and the Lowboy Trailer. By utilizing the VRT in this way, it provides additional loading capacity to a Lowboy Trailer, spreading out the weight being carried by the prime mover and the trailer tires, while allowing a greater load to be hauled by the Lowboy Trailer.

When being used as a towing device, the VRT pivots upwards and attaches to the front tow bumper of the disabled vehicle, lifting the vehicles front tires off the ground. Because the VRT has four tires of its own, the weight of the disabled vehicle is being handled by both the prime mover as well as the VRT without the need of a counterweight on the prime mover. With the wheelbase of the VRT similar to that of the prime mover, the unmatched added stability helps to keep the prime mover firmly planted on the ground.

  • Evenly distributed load between VRT and Prime Mover
  • No Counterweight
  • Quick, Safe & Easy to hook up and disconnect
  • Uses standard Caterpillar brakes
  • Constructed of high-strength steel
  • No load on hydraulic system when in "transport" mode
  • Can be pulled with a haul truck or a track type tractor or wheel loader
Haul Truck Maximum Capacity Pulled
Cat 775 100,000 pounds
Cat 777 150,000 pounds
Cat 785 225,000 pounds
Cat 789 300,000 pounds
Cat 793 410,000 pounds
Cat 797 560,000 pounds
Track Type Tractors Capacity 
Cat D9  
Cat D10  
Cat D11  
Wheel Loaders  Capacity
Cat 990H  
Cat 992K  
Cat 993K  
Cat 994H  

Designed for towing of off-highway trucks and other tired off-highway equipment within a mine

Eliminates the need for a counter weight on the truck chassis

Interfaces with a PHIL Lowboy Trailer quickly and easily

Wide stance provides great stability

Provides additional load capacity of PHIL Lowboy Trailers

Custom Sized & Configured

All PHIL Lowboy Trailers are custom sized to our clients requirements based on the hauling capacity of the prime mover arrangement and whether or not a Vehicle Recovery Tool (VRT) is used in conjunction with the trailer. Below is an example of typical size ranges of our trailers, however just about any configuration and capacity is available.

Lowboy Trailer Size

Equipment 300 - 400 Ton 450 - 600 Ton 600 -750 Ton 800 - 1500 Ton 1,600 - 2000 Ton
Atlas Copco PV351        
Cat / Bucyrus 59R        
P&H 320XPC        
Caterpillar 994F        
Komatsu WA1200/3        
P&H Loader / LeTourno L1850 L2350      
Haul Trucks          
Caterpillar 785 793   797  
Hitachi   EH3500 EH5000    
Komatsu HD1500-7 830 930 960  
Liebherr       T282B  
Unit Rig MT 3600B MT 4400 MT 5500 MT 6300AC  
Hydraulic Shovels          
Caterpillar 6018 6030, 6040  6050, 6060 6090   
Hitachi EX2500 EX3600  EX5500 EX8000   
Komatsu PC3000 PC4000  PC5500  PC8000  
Liebherr R9250, R994 R9350, R9400  R995  R996, R9800  
O&K / Terex RH120C RH120E, RH170  RH200, RH340 RH400   
Electric Shovels          
Bucyrus 15M 182M, 195   295 395, 495
Caterpillar   7182    7295 7395, 7495
P&H 1600CL 1900AL   2300XPB, 2800XPB 4100XPB/C