Rotary Lift introduces Flex Max powered by RedFire, the only wireless mobile column lift that technicians can operate via remote control or on-column controls, the company says.

Tool & Equipment Notes - February 2019

Rotary Lift Flex Max Wireless Mobile Column Lift offers either remote or column control

Madison, Ind.—Rotary Lift has expanded the industry’s only remote-controlled lift product line to make it more versatile and convenient. Rotary Flex Max, powered by RedFire, is a new wireless mobile column lift that can be operated by an exclusive remote control or via controls located on every column.

It is available in configurations of two, four, six or eight columns. It also offers lifting capacities of 14,000 or 18,800 pounds per column. It can be used to lift most cars, trucks, buses, RVs and other vehicles.

The Flex remote control system reduces setup time by guiding the technician through the process and eliminating the need to stay at each column to sync it before moving to the next. Flex and Flex Max are battery-operated vehicle lifts with an onboard charger, eliminating the clutter of cords in the bay. Software updates can be completed without cords, keys, chips or even opening the lift panel.

Flex Max is equipped with Rotary Lift’s patent-pending LockLight technology that shows technicians and shop managers at a glance whether the lift is resting on its mechanical load-holding locks. If a vehicle is in the air and the Flex Max lift’s locks are engaged, the built-in green light on top of the columns will illuminate, indicating that it is OK to work on the vehicle.

Flex Max lifts include several features that increase ease-of-use while minimizing maintenance costs, including wireless operation and software updates, easy-to-move adjustable forks, protected hydraulic cylinder, automatic spring-loaded braking system with integrated steering, and a lower-to-locks button.


Hunter Engineering releases performance-driven tool for inspection equipment

St. Louis—Hunter’s new performance-driven tool, Push Reports, is now available for shops with Hunter inspection equipment. Push Reports boost shop performance by automatically providing managers with actionable data from their Hunter inspection technology.

Hunter’s new autonomous inspection system is able to automatically measure alignment and tire tread in seconds - no labor or stopping required, allowing shops to check every vehicle that comes through their doors.

With Push Reports, shops can take greater advantage of their Hunter inspection systems by setting daily performance goals and better identifying presented, achieved and missed opportunities to sell alignments and tires. Custom, easy-to-understand reports can be automatically pushed via text or email, allowing managers and owners to easily see shop performance and ensure the utmost utilization in their Hunter inspection systems.

“Shops are investing in inspection equipment that provides the best return on investment,” said Alan Hagerty, Hunter product manager. “Now supercharged with Push Reports, Hunter inspection equipment is more valuable and profitable.”


Driveroo Inspector replaces handwritten vehicle inspection forms

Burlingame, Calif.—Driveroo has introduced Driveroo Inspector, a mobile application that enables auto repair shops to facilitate better communications with customers by quickly capturing data about the condition of a vehicle and identifying potential issues.

Driveroo Inspector facilitates the inspection through a series of images and multiple choice questions available on any smartphone or tablet. The technician taps on the image of the item to be inspected, walks through a series of easy-to-answer questions, and adds relevant photos and voice-to-text comments.  Repair recommendations are quickly communicated to the service advisor, and shared with the customer for review via text or email. 

Driveroo uses machine learning to determine the likelihood of specific maintenance issues, based on the type of car and its specific history. The company partners with a network of local BAR licensed, ASE-certified auto service shops to provide mechanical inspections and all necessary maintenance and repairs.

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