1-12. MEDIUM WRECKER TRUCK W/W: M816
a. Purpose of the Vehicle. The medium wrecker (M816) is used to return disabled
vehicles for repair, and to free mired vehicles. The vehicle crane is used for lifting
operations of up to 20,000 pounds (9,080 kilograms). Examples of M816 crane
(1) Removing and replacing engines, power packs, and gun tubes.
(2) Loading and unloading munitions.
b. Performance. The medium wrecker (M816) has a hydraulically-powered, engine-
driven crane, and drive shaft-driven front winch, and rear winch. The front winch is used
mainly for freeing the medium wrecker when it becomes mired, or for assisting rear
winch by acting as an anchor point. The rear winch is used as a heavy-duty apparatus
because of its heavy pulling capability. The crane, which can extend from 10 to 18 feet
(3.05 to 5.49 meters), is used for lifting loads up to 20,000 pounds (9,080 kilograms).
c. Load Test. The crane must be load-tested on an annual basis in accordance with