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Pacific M25: tank wrecker

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We have long been accustomed to tow trucks for parking violators - they can be found on the streets of any city. But the tow truck for tank - the car is more exotic and is used primarily for delivering tanks to places of deployment. M25 was one of the most interesting models in this "genre".




Pacific Car & Foundry Company has changed its name and headquarters many times. Founded as Seattle Car Manufacturing Company in 1905, today it is known as the Paccar Corporation, which owns the famous Kenworth and Peterbilt brands. The company closed its own brand Pacific many years ago. In addition to trucks, the company has built railway equipment at various times and made a lot of money on military contracts, in particular on the production of tanks.



By the beginning of the war, the army monopoly, which produced military trucks, was Diamond T (there were a lot of their cars in the USSR — supplied by Lend-Lease and even partially assembled in the Soviet Union). This included the Diamond T 981 Tank Transporter tank transporter, which was actively produced and put into service in the 1941 year. K T 981 hooked Shelvoke or Drewry semitrailers, and the whole structure could carry tanks weighing up to 30 tons, that is light. Transportation of heavy tanks remained a problem. Here in this niche and decided to squeeze the Pacific.

Pacific M25: tank wrecker


M25 Tank Transporter appeared in 1943. Pacific semi-trailers were ordered on the side, from the Fruehauf Trailer Corporation of Detroit, and the design of the tractor from another firm, Knuckey Truck Company. Installed on the machine 240-strong 6-cylinder engine Hall-Scott 440. The 7 crew man was in an armored cockpit. Interestingly, the M25 designation refers specifically to the combination “tractor + semi-trailer”, separately these two elements were designated as М26 and М15. In wartime, joint production was very common - it was profitable for companies to cooperate for the sake of state order, and not to try to do everything alone.


М26А1 - post-war version without armor

From 1943, the Pacific produced tractors, and Fruehauf - semi-trailers. After the war, a civilian version without reservation was developed - M26A1, which was produced before 1955. The next army contract for a tank tractor was awarded to Mack with the Mack M123 model.

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  1. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 06: 05
    +1
    Pacific M25: tank wrecker
    [quote] [/ quote] what a big name! .... yes any "tow truck with a" saddle "and a" corresponding "trailer will do! laughing one day, on the track, I saw how (in the summer) "nine" ....! "bull" dragged! laughing (who knows, the frenzied hybrid of ZiL and the tractor, .. an auto electrician, would describe it as 12x24 ... (such electrical equipment) laughing
    1. svp67
      svp67 19 February 2017 06: 43
      +7
      Quote: Andrey Yurievich
      A big name! .... yes, any "tow truck with a" saddle "and a" corresponding "trailer will do! Once, on the track, I saw how" in the summer) "nine" ....! A "bull" was dragging! ( who knows, the frantic hybrid of ZiL and the tractor, .. an electrician, would describe it as 12x24 ... (such electrical equipment)

      Yes, no, it doesn’t work, because you’ll have to pull not along a hard-surfaced road, but on primers or generally off-road. But the USSR had its own, similar cars
      1. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 07: 10
        +2
        Quote: svp67
        Quote: Andrey Yurievich
        A big name! .... yes, any "tow truck with a" saddle "and a" corresponding "trailer will do! Once, on the track, I saw how" in the summer) "nine" ....! A "bull" was dragging! ( who knows, the frantic hybrid of ZiL and the tractor, .. an electrician, would describe it as 12x24 ... (such electrical equipment)

        Yes, no, it doesn’t work, because you’ll have to pull not along a hard-surfaced road, but on primers or generally off-road. But the USSR had its own, similar cars

        why were? and now there is, but I’m ready to kill myself that such a KAMAZ will drag any tank away quickly and cheaply ... I just saw ...
        1. svp67
          svp67 19 February 2017 08: 21
          +3
          Quote: Andrey Yurievich
          oh I'm ready to kill that, such a KAMAZ,

          I will say more. I have personal experience in getting the T-62M S BUKSIR tank in when this tank pulled the KAMAZ 4310 along with it. The main thing is that the track, even the dirt one, be smooth, without strong lifts, and have a working chassis. And then a matter of technology and skill. Otherwise, KAMAZ can be left without a frame. This is the main hitch that the design of the car itself could withstand such a load.
        2. DM51
          DM51 19 February 2017 08: 31
          +1
          Quote: Andrew Y.
          Quote: svp67
          Quote: Andrey Yurievich
          A big name! .... yes, any "tow truck with a" saddle "and a" corresponding "trailer will do! Once, on the track, I saw how" in the summer) "nine" ....! A "bull" was dragging! ( who knows, the frantic hybrid of ZiL and the tractor, .. an electrician, would describe it as 12x24 ... (such electrical equipment)

          Yes, no, it doesn’t work, because you’ll have to pull not along a hard-surfaced road, but on primers or generally off-road. But the USSR had its own, similar cars

          why were? and now there is, but I’m ready to kill myself that such a KAMAZ will drag any tank away quickly and cheaply ... I just saw ...

          You have to kill yourself, just promised. A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less. Do not write what you do not understand at all. Why do you think the whole world is designing and building special tractors for heavy armored vehicles? There is no need for a big mind to understand this.
          1. PAM
            PAM 19 February 2017 08: 50
            +4
            You have to kill, once promised

            an article about the tractor produced from 1943-1955, and comparisons were made of those made as far back as the 21st century. Well, we had no analogues for that period.
          2. Andrey Yuryevich
            Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 09: 04
            +3
            Quote: DM51
            You have to kill yourself, just promised. A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less.

            come on! KAMAZ can carry off a half-car easily, the “ten” takes 10 tons into the body, and even in the “right” trailer ... it will drag, for a sweet soul, 30 and 40 tons easily! laughing You are my friend, apparently only on paper saw it all ... but I just saw it. still say that the "gazelle" is able to transport, only 1 ton ... yes they will laugh at you! it would be nice for you to work in the "field" ... when you have an extra "go", I don’t see her, it’s better to take away ALL at a time!laughing
            1. Zaurbek
              Zaurbek 19 February 2017 09: 50
              +1
              Kamaz and carry tanks on p / trailer. Here we are talking about a tow truck, when there is no road. For this purpose, there is MAZ (MKZT) and nothing can be replaced with it. It’s corny 4 axles, wheel size, frame, it’s not even about engine power.
          3. Andrey Yuryevich
            Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 10: 43
            +7
            Quote: DM51
            A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less. Do not write what you do not understand at all.

            exaggerate ...
            1. DM51
              DM51 19 February 2017 11: 39
              +2
              Quote: Andrew Y.
              Quote: DM51
              A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less. Do not write what you do not understand at all.

              exaggerate ...

              I’m saying that you don’t know anything on the topic, here is your quote:
              Big name! .... yes any "tow truck with a" saddle "and a" corresponding "trailer will do

              Of course, Kamaz can drag a tank on smooth asphalt and not far (although it’s an overload for a car and a violation of traffic regulations), but I knowingly wrote that you would think what army tractors are doing for; if you drive such a Kamaz with a tank on a good lift, uneven the primer or even worse off-road, even light, it won’t leave anywhere and the tank will still have to overload the MAZ or something like that, and the military will not wait for them to build good roads to the landfill, so not every tow truck with a saddle and a trailer are suitable (by the way, this is not a trailer, but a semi-trailer, but more precisely trawl), but only specialized. You can start to dry
              1. Amurets
                Amurets 19 February 2017 13: 54
                0
                Andrey Yurievich! No need to juggle. This is not just KAMAZ, but KAMAZ-65225,
                https://topwar.ru/81347-sedelnyy-tyagach-kamaz-65
                225.html
                We have two of these at our company. And here are its characteristics.
                The picture is clickable and you can see the characteristics of this tractor, and a link is given to its military version.
                1. Amurets
                  Amurets 19 February 2017 14: 13
                  +1
                  Quote: Amurets
                  Andrey Yurievich! No need to juggle. This is not just KAMAZ, but KAMAZ-65225,
                  https://topwar.ru/81347-sedelnyy-tyagach-kamaz-65
                  225.html
                  We have two of these at our company. And here are its characteristics.
                  The picture is clickable and you can see the characteristics of this tractor, and a link is given to its military version.

                  KamAZ-65225 is a truck tractor manufactured by the Kama Automobile Plant (KamAZ).
                  TECH SPECS

                  Wheel formula - 6x6
                  Weight parameters and loads, a / m
                  Curb vehicle weight, kg - 11150
                  Fifth wheel load, kg - 11000 (* 22000)
                  Gross weight of the semitrailer, kg - 26700 (* 64000)
                  The total mass of the road train, kg - 38000 (* 75300)

                  (Allowed by the design when driving on roads with an axial load of 100 kN (10 tf).)

                  Engine
                  Model - 740.63-400 (Euro-3)
                  Type - diesel turbocharged, with intercooler charge air
                  Power kW (hp) - 294 (400)
                  Location and number of cylinders - V-shaped, 8
                  Working volume, l - 11,76
                  Transmission
                  Type - mechanical, sixteen-speed
                  Optional - automatic, six-speed Allison Transmission
                  Cabin
                  Type - located above the engine, with a high roof
                  Execution - with a berth
                  Wheels and tires
                  Wheel Type - Disc
                  Type of tires - pneumatic, tube
                  Tire size - 12.00 R20 (320 R508)
                  General characteristics
                  Maximum speed, km / h - 80
                  The angle is overcome. rise, not less than,% - 18 (10)
                  External overall turning radius, m - 11,5
              2. Andrey Yuryevich
                Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 16: 31
                +1
                Quote: DM51
                Of course, Kamaz can drag a tank on smooth asphalt and not far (although this is an overload for the car and a violation of the RPM)

                You contradict yourself. I will not give your words. * (previously dropped), and insults in "incompetence" (I have technical education for the repair and operation of vehicles
                , and army experience) ... now: about the violation of traffic rules ... will anyone remember the traffic rules in emergency situations? more .. "Amurets" .- with all due respect, did you see the photo? and this is a simple "KAMAZ" I can give as an example, when our cars (even with the prototype of the American engine) "dragged" an exorbitant burden! but I'm too lazy. See for yourself in the "network" ... a lot of examples. and from the battlefield, of course, only BREM, without options.
                1. DM51
                  DM51 19 February 2017 17: 32
                  +1
                  Quote: Andrew Y.
                  Quote: DM51
                  Of course, Kamaz can drag a tank on smooth asphalt and not far (although this is an overload for the car and a violation of the RPM)

                  You contradict yourself. I will not give your words. * (previously dropped), and insults in "incompetence" (I have technical education for the repair and operation of vehicles
                  , and army experience) ... now: about the violation of traffic rules ... will anyone remember the traffic rules in emergency situations? more .. "Amurets" .- with all due respect, did you see the photo? and this is a simple "KAMAZ" I can give as an example, when our cars (even with the prototype of the American engine) "dragged" an exorbitant burden! but I'm too lazy. See for yourself in the "network" ... a lot of examples. and from the battlefield, of course, only BREM, without options.

                  The article was about tank towing trucks, and you wrote that any truck tractor can be a tow truck of heavy armored vehicles. Do you understand the difference just by dragging a tank nearby on asphalt or evacuating it from a landfill on a trawl? What KAMAZ can stand it, its frame will burst immediately or after 10 minutes, what will happen to the GP and the razdatka? I don’t know what technical education you have, but you are talking rubbish
                  1. Andrey Yuryevich
                    Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 19: 16
                    +2
                    Quote: DM51
                    , and you wrote that any truck tractor can be a tow truck of heavy armored vehicles. Do you understand the difference just by dragging a tank nearby on asphalt or evacuating it from a landfill on a trawl? What KAMAZ can stand it, its frame will burst immediately or after 10 minutes, what will happen to the GP and the razdatka? I don’t know what technical education you have, but you are talking rubbish

                    you are clinging to nonsense, I argued that any "saddle" will drag the tank away (you objected in every way, and lost) this does not apply to military operations, there are only ARVs, and any other tractors, the same target as KAMAZ. what is not clear? And yes, do not care KAMAZ, from the landfill, not from the landfill ... they will drag away both the trawl and the tank, what are you talking about? about a tank broken into the edge, in the "flaps", at the training ground on the "director"? there of course ARV. shame on your first words yourself:
                    You have to kill yourself, just promised. A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less. Do not write what you do not understand at all.
                    don't know how to admit wrong?
              3. zadorin1974
                zadorin1974 20 February 2017 17: 40
                0
                You’re vainly leaning on DM51. How much does a cube excavator weigh? So on average it weighs from 35 to 50 tons (kamatsu RS-400, hitters ZX). And on the pipe (for repair and construction of pipelines) they are dragged on trams exactly Kamaz (at least least with us). So the asphalt usually ends long before the ditch. Despite the fact that our office works in all regions, it is the Far East and Yamal and in a very "flat" Urals.
            2. Zaurbek
              Zaurbek April 6 2017 22: 05
              0
              now show the same thing on rough terrain or uphill ... the box with the engine will get enough sleep, then the bridges will fall off.
          4. Großer feldherr
            Großer feldherr 19 February 2017 14: 26
            +1
            Quote: DM51
            You have to kill yourself, just promised. A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less. Do not write what you do not understand at all. Why do you think the whole world is designing and building special tractors for heavy armored vehicles? There is no need for a big mind to understand this.

            He is right, it’s not the first freshness that KAMAZ on a smooth road easily takes in tow even the T72, he personally saw it.
            For modern long-range tractors, any tank is generally nothing, moreover, the specifics of their application is such that patency as such is not needed, everything is on the road.
            1. DM51
              DM51 19 February 2017 17: 44
              0
              Quote: Großer Feldherr
              Quote: DM51
              You have to kill yourself, just promised. A tank weighs a minimum of 46 tons + trawl, and such a truck tractor takes a maximum of 26 tons, and then only on smooth asphalt, on the ground 15 tons, off-road total less. Do not write what you do not understand at all. Why do you think the whole world is designing and building special tractors for heavy armored vehicles? There is no need for a big mind to understand this.

              He is right, it’s not the first freshness that KAMAZ on a smooth road easily takes in tow even the T72, he personally saw it.
              For modern long-range tractors, any tank is generally nothing, moreover, the specifics of their application is such that patency as such is not needed, everything is on the road.

              He is not right at all, I will answer you the same thing as he did. Read the article carefully again - these vehicles are designed to deliver tanks to the landfill or vice versa, no civilian vehicle can do this, because in order to carry such a load on the ground, easy off-road use requires a reinforced frame, differentials, razdatka, chassis with a good margin strength, etc. At least take a look at the last photo - KamAZ can certainly drag a tank along such a road, only it will be at its last gasp and not far, and if there is little dirt, then it will stand there forever until the tank is loaded from a trawl onto some special MAZ -tractor.
              The article is not about what tanks roll on asphalt. All the armies of the world where there are armored forces have similar vehicles, tell the military that they are engaged in nonsense - you will hear a lot about yourself
              1. Großer feldherr
                Großer feldherr 19 February 2017 18: 53
                0
                That's it
                Quote: DM51
                for delivery of tanks to the landfill or vice versa

                Nefig them to do even on light terrain, for this there is an ARV.
                What kind of reinforced frame are you pouring in if they have a normal working weight of 15 tons, and at my old job, dump trucks for decades over 20+ (excluding carts) were dragged and even that.
                Machines like the M25 (which is in the subject) were popular until there were commercial heavy tractors and dump trucks. By the way, Urals and KRAZ are also less commonly used here for such purposes than KAMAZ (we began to purchase them in bulk not so long ago). Personally, I have never seen MAZ 537 as a tank tractor, apparently even warriors have the brains not to drag tanks along the roads with a tractor designed for off-road use.
                1. Amurets
                  Amurets 19 February 2017 23: 52
                  0
                  Quote: Großer Feldherr
                  ) Personally, I have never seen MAZ 537 as a tank tractor, apparently even warriors have the brains not to drag tanks along the roads with a tractor designed for off-road use.

                  Well look, really demobilized.
                  1. Amurets
                    Amurets 19 February 2017 23: 55
                    0
                    Or such a military man.
                    1. Amurets
                      Amurets 20 February 2017 00: 01
                      0
                      [quote = Amur] Or such a military man.
                      1. faiver
                        faiver 21 February 2017 19: 07
                        +1
                        Well, the last photo is more likely from the category "because KAMAZ broke"
  2. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 19 February 2017 08: 39
    +1
    Quote: Andrew Y.
    Pacific M25: tank wrecker
    what a big name! .... yes any "tow truck with a" saddle "and a" corresponding "trailer will do! laughing one day, on the track, I saw how (in the summer) "nine" ....! "bull" dragged! laughing (who knows, the frenzied hybrid of ZiL and the tractor, .. an auto electrician, would describe it as 12x24 ... (such electrical equipment) laughing

    And this is how our BREM T16 tow truck works in the hardest battle in Syria. Moreover, you can catch our Russian speech on frames. And this is the best advertisement .https: //youtu.be/TH9PIy60xt4
    1. Großer feldherr
      Großer feldherr 19 February 2017 18: 28
      +1
      1: in the video, the usual BREM-1, t16 - is based on Almaty and will not go into service soon, not to mention Syria.
      2: BREM - a completely different class of technology, and does not apply to the topic.
  3. andrewkor
    andrewkor 19 February 2017 14: 43
    +3
    He served an urgent term near Naro-Fominsk. Somehow, a tank battalion of the Kantemirovsk division on MAZ-545 tractors drove to the firing range in the morning in the morning. Tantschiki sparkle like toys. In the evening, the opposite picture is carried by mud lumps instead of tanks !!
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 19 February 2017 16: 33
      +1
      Quote: andrewkor
      lumps of mud instead of tanks !!

      severe prose of life ... yes
      1. Svarog51
        Svarog51 20 February 2017 03: 29
        +10
        Andrei Yurievich, welcome! I believe that both you and your opponents are right. Of course, there are special tank tractors in our army, but as a rule, they are not there even when they are needed, but the task must be completed, otherwise it can be well digged out. And here we have rich experience in overcoming such situations, we do not sit and wait for special equipment (there is no time), but we use what is available at hand. We also have a trump card, which is not in the Western armies - with the help of "such a mother," even an aircraft carrier will be put up on asphalt. That’s why our experience is rich and savvy developed more. belay
  4. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 20 February 2017 07: 51
    +1
    In order to somehow match the name of the tank tractor, we need such a model. the frame weakness has not been canceled.
  5. nivander
    nivander 21 February 2017 09: 40
    +1
    drove like that on the tanker Oshkosh no comparisons with MAZ-537
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 21 February 2017 10: 16
      +2
      So MAZ-537 is already the last century.
  6. the47th
    the47th 28 February 2017 14: 40
    0
    But this is a conveyor, not a tow truck. He carries equipment only in the semi-trailer. Pull out of the funnel and tow the M48, which exploded on a mine, with a flown track, it will not master.
  7. Zloy-zyb
    Zloy-zyb 7 March 2017 09: 34
    0
    People! Why argue? This article is about a WHEEL tow truck towing on a rigid hitch (judging by the photo, only on dry or hard ground), and not on a tractor-trawler carrier. In the Soviet and Russian army, such equipment was not in service and is not. For towing tanks, we used BREM or BTS, from KET-L wheeled tractors, and then only for BMPs on hard soils (until Zampotech sees it).
  8. Div Divich
    Div Divich 11 May 2017 17: 59
    0
    In Russia, as usual, there is no money for its manufacturers of BAZ and KZKT tractors, and there is money to sponsor the MZKT.
    Kamaz also decided to participate in government procurement, developing its own tractors for tanks.

    It turns out in Russia a shortage of tank tractors due to the lack of funding for these developments.