Tool & Equipment Notes - March 2017
MAHLE Service Solutions broadens tool and equipment product offering for heavy duty aftermarket
Las Vegas—MAHLE Service Solutions announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), new partnerships with Gray and Noregon to strengthen its product portfolio of tools and equipment for the heavy duty aftermarket.
Under the agreement with Gray, the company will produce a full-line of shop equipment for MAHLE Service Solutions under the banner “MAHLE manufactured by Gray.” MAHLE Service Solutions will offer stands, floor jacks, vehicle lifts, fluid collection systems and other equipment.
MAHLE Service Solutions will also collaborate with Noregon to introduce a new in-shop diagnostic and repair solution called TechPRO HD powered by JPRO.
According to Terry Taylor, head of sales, MAHLE Service Solutions, the two agreements will allow the company to provide medium and heavy duty customers with a greater selection of tool and equipment solutions to meet their needs.
“MAHLE Service Solutions and our new partners recognized significant synergies in our mutual commitment to quality, customer focus and long-term planning,” Taylor said. “These shared organizational characteristics led to partnerships that will deliver the tools and equipment so the modern service provider can effectively address the needs of its customers.”
Hunter Engineering introduces AutoComp Elite brake lathe
St. Louis—AutoComp Elite’s patent pending automatic compensation technology directly determines the position of the internal compensation plates to maximize speed and accuracy without operator intervention.
The new seven-inch touchscreen provides a user-friendly interface that allows technicians to quickly look up required adaptors, operate the lathe including changing cutting direction and speed, and view instructional videos. The interface also includes the BitMinder feature which monitors bit life and recommends replacement to improve cut quality and reduce waste.
AutoComp Elite also includes patented Anti-Chatter Technology (ACT) which eliminates the buildup of vibration (chatter) that can occur when machining rotors at a fixed speed. It provides the smoothest possible rotor finish without the use of chatter bands or other cumbersome devices.
Snap-on introduces JCW77BL, JCW77R Flat-Oval Adjustable Heavy-Duty Creeper
Kenosha, Wis.—When there’s vehicle undercar and lower-body work to be done, comfort is key for technicians. To reduce common stress on the back and joints, Snap-on has introduced new the new JCW77BL, JCW77R Flat-Oval Adjustable Heavy-Duty Creeper. Featuring a new hinge mechanism, the JCW77 allows for one-hand height adjustment that makes changing the creeper position fast and easy. With a four-position headrest for better visual field, the JCW77 features new, flat-oval tubing construction, which eliminates sharp corners on the creeper frame. Four-inch casters on the base offer 1-3/8-inch ground clearance. The JCW77 has a 13-inch wide deck with a solid plywood core, topped with high-density foam padding and a heavy duty vinyl cover to make it strong, long-lasting and easy to clean.
Mohawk Lifts introduces swing arm head guard for safety
Amsterdam, N.Y. - Mohawk Lifts announced a new lift accessory for 10,000 lb. through 30,000 lb. two post lifts. The swing arm head guard prevents technicians from hurting or cutting their heads on hard, steel swing arms while they are working under a vehicle. Easily applied to the lift’s swing arm with a peel and stick application, the head guard decreases workplace injuries and increases worker safety.
OTC announces launch of wireless video scope kit
Warren, Mich.—OTC announced the launch of its 3881 wireless video scope kit. The tool provides technicians with a solution for the challenges experienced while conducting engine work or inspections.
The 3881 wireless video scope kit allows for the inspection of difficult areas to help technicians locate leaks, shorts, or any lost parts or pieces. Ideal in situations where an attached screen would prevent usage, the wireless video scope can be used in conjunction with a technician’s smart phone or tablet. The video scope kit includes a 9mm waterproof camera as well as a miniature 5.8 mm waterproof camera for checking small lines.
New John Bean B2000P Wheel Balancing System provides no touch diagnosis
Conway, Ariz.—The new John Bean B2000P Wheel Balancing System is the only automated diagnostic wheel balancing system that offers touchless measurement and analysis, the company says. Featuring the patented Opti-Line pull correction, the John Bean B2000P improves ride performance and rectifies pull problems that cannot be fixed by wheel alignment alone.
“Featuring all the traditional attributes of a high quality John Bean Wheel Balancing system, the new B2000P also includes laser-based 3D profiling that provides automatic diagnostic analysis,” said Adam Brown, product manager for John Bean. “The automatic data entry by the John Bean 2000P removes the chance for error and inaccurate results. When combined with precise wheel balancing, the Runout Force Vectoring (RFV) diagnostics ensure uniformity based total ride quality.”