About us

Company overview

Bristow Truck and Equipment Specialists, Inc. is a claims adjusting and heavy equipment appraisal service with experience in virtually every type of heavy equipment seen in the construction market today. From lattice boom crawler and mobile cranes, to locomotives, to tractors and trailers and barges, there aren’t too many pieces of equipment in the construction industry that we haven’t seen and appraised over the last three decades.

Our roots stretch back to 1978, and in the time that has passed since then, we’ve evolved into a full-service claims adjusting and appraisal resource that operates across a number of industries—forestry, oilfield, mining, manufacturing, industrial, steel, crane and rigging, heavy hauling, energy (wind and power plant), and maritime.

We work with insurance companies, policyholders, and owners to ensure that each piece of equipment—regardless of how large or small, how expensive or inexpensive—is appraised, investigated, and assigned the correct value. We take into consideration things like age, availability, wear and tear—among other seldom-considered market factors like region and environment—and we allocate values that are current, accurate, and precise.

In the construction industry, safety is paramount—and it’s safe to say that we know heavy equipment.


Our values

Here at Truck and Equipment Specialists, Inc., we’re driven by three core values:


our mission

“Truck and Equipment Specialists is committed to providing accurate heavy equipment appraisals, investigations, and claims adjusting services honestly, fairly, and urgently.”



Howard (JR) Bristow, president and CEO, founded Truck & Equipment Specialists in 1978 after cutting his teeth by working in his father’s auto body shop. JR grew up the proverbial “grease monkey,” learning about engines and axles while lying on the dirty cement floor of a garage and changing oil. From those early experiences, JR moved on to other categories of equipment, eventually becoming specialized in most categories of construction and marine equipment.

Over the years, JR has provided expert witness testimony in numerous cases involving heavy construction accidents. He has acted as the heavy equipment consultant to the New York City Department of Design and Construction and holds active memberships to the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA), the Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association (SC&RA), and the Truck Axle & Frame Repair Association (TARA).

JR brings expertise, a strong work ethic, and a relentless commitment to do what’s right to heavy construction equipment appraisal and claim adjudication.


With over thirty years of experience, we've had the chance to travel the United States, Canada, and back again. If we haven't been in your area yet, chances are we will be soon.