Towing and recovery equipment specialist Jerr-Dan reports that the Jerr-Dan XLP Autogrid automatic wheel grid option, introduced in 2022, recently received a patent for both design and operation. The XLP Carrier Autogrid, a wheel grid used on carriers and other tow vehicles, allows an operator to hook to a car quickly and easily without manually installing L-Arms, according to the Oshkosh Corporation company.
“We knew that the Autogrid would be a game-changer when we applied for the patent last year,” said Todd Werner, Chief Engineer. “The bar anyone must meet to obtain a U.S. Patent is that the product is ‘new and useful.’ Our Autogrid has been on the market for more than half a year, and users agree that it is both.”
Engineered with the operator in mind, the grid design offers a 3,500 lb. rating and a crossbar that can rotate 90 degrees either side of center. The grid pivot has a center detent bar that prevents excessive crossbar swing during set-up. The grid center drop area is designed to provide better support for tires as well as less sidewall push.
The long-term cost of ownership and product longevity are addressed with replaceable wear items that include crossbar ends, L-arm tips, and plates at strategic locations. In addition to these standard elements, Autogrid customers may choose from several add-on options including wireless remote control, a dual-camera system, and boom level stop.