The American Retreaders' Association has issued two publications covering tire repair. Opportunities in Tire Repair is the second printing of a 24-page booklet that details what it takes to start a tire repair business. Topics in the booklet include: ``The tire repair process,'' ``Space and equipment needed'' and ``How much money do I need?''
Copies of the booklet are available at a cost of $1.50 for ARA members and $2 for non-members.
The Professional Tire Repair Technician brochure is intended to help tire repair businesses promote themselves. The two-color brochure describes the vital role tire repair technicians play in today's transportation and briefly explains the technican's activities, tools and professional standards.
Copies are available for 35 cents each for ARA members and 50 cents for non members.
To order either brochure, call the ARA at (800) 426-8835 or (502) 968-8900. Fax (502) 964-7859.
Iowa Mold Tooling has introduced what it claims is the largest tirehand for changing tires on off-highway equipment.
The Tirehand 3565 is designed to handle 18,000-pound, 154-inch 53.5/85x57 tires and can be permanently adapted to either a 55,000-pound forklift or 988 Caterpillar-sized, front-end loader for heavy work, the company said.
Anticipating that tires will grow in size, IMT said the new Tirehand has a maximum lifting capability of 25,000 pounds and a 164-inch clamping span.
Contact: Iowa Mold Tooling, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 189, Garner, Iowa 50438-0189; (515) 923-3711. Fax (515) 923-2424.
Akron Tire Supply Inc. has begun offering the Matteuzzi RAS 90 DC computer-controlled buffing machine in the U.S.
The machine provides a fully compterized template buffing system with a capacity of about 998 programs that can be used in both precure and mold cure retreading.
Akron Tire Supply will display the unit at the 1994 American Retreaders' Association convention in Louisville, Ky., in April.
Contact: Akron Tire Supply Inc., Dept.TB, P.O. 4568, Akron, Ohio 44310-0568; (216) 633-8467. Fax (216) 633-6591.
Tire work station
Equipment Supply Co. (ESCO) has developed a work station for servicing heavy-duty truck tires and wheels.
The TWS-1 work station puts everything needed for servicing the tire/wheel assembly at the fingertips of the tire technician, the company said.
Among the station's features is an air tool suspended on a weightless counter balancer, to eliminate potential back strain.
Contact: ESCO, Dept. TB, 15450 Flight Path Drive, Suite 2, Brooksville, Fla. 34609; (904) 754-1117. Fax: (904) 754-4508.
Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. has introduced a 1/2-inch, long-shank impact tire wrench, designed for comfort and balance.
The CP748-2 PremiumBlack is 20 percent lighter than conventional tire tools, the company said, and sits in the saddle of the hand.
To remove stubborn lug nuts, the impact wrench provides extra power in reverse, with an ultimate torque of 400 foot-pounds at 90 psi.
Contact: Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co., Automotive Division, Dept. TB, 2200 Bleecker St., Utica, N.Y. 13501; (800) 367-2442.
Clutch system guide
BWD Automotive Corp. has published the Clutch System Diagnostic & Troubleshooting Guide to help installers diagnose and correct problems properly.
The guide troubleshoots 12 potential problems associated with clutch systems covers and plates. Problems are identified in photographs, accompanied by a list of related symptoms and repair solutions.
Contact: BWD Automotive Corp., Dept. TB, 11045, Gage Ave., Franklin Park, Ill. 60131; (800) 323-0239.