Tom Curl

Tom Curl’s Patch Rig

The drawers of this cabinet holds all the tools Curl needs for patching. The cooler above the cabinet helps keeps glue materials at a ready-to-use temperature.

About half of Florida farrier Tom Curl’s work is patching quarter cracks, which doesn’t require a large rig and a full stock of shoes. And since he put about 48,000 miles on his last truck (a Chevrolet Suburban) last year, weight savings and gas mileage are significant concerns.

So he keeps it simple, working out of a top-of-the-line new GMC Denali SUV that to outer appearances is a pure stock vehicle (that gets 7 more miles to the gallon with more horsepower than his old Suburban).

Inside, however, is a different story. Up front, a shiny black Toshiba laptop mounted on a Jotto Desk frame fits in nicely with the black leather interior. It provides X-ray viewing capability, invoicing and anything else Tom needs out of a computer. It’s wired to a power supply and printer mounted over a paperwork cabinet in the back seat, so on-the-spot invoices are no problem.

Open the powered liftgate, and behind the back seats lies a Stonewell five-drawer cabinet with a slide-out work shelf at the bottom, holding all the tools he needs. It’s graced the last three trucks Tom has driven — including two Suburbans — before being installed in the current Denali. A Styrofoam cooler keeps glue for shoes and patches in good shape, and a portable box with a Dremel, drill and other patch supplies…

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