Stellar Industries Inc. has introduced a canister dry-type heavy duty filter system for models SHD-43 and SHD-60 Stellar compressors to replace foam filter systems.
A compressor with the new filter system—standard equipment on the above models and available as an add-on for other Stellar compressors—provides cleaner air intake, needs less maintenance and runs quieter with an improved cubic-feet-per-minute capacity, the firm said.
Contact: Stellar Industries Inc. Phone: (515) 923-3741.
Permatex Inc. has introduced a screw and socket gripper compound to aid in loosening or fastening screws and bolts.
The compound contains friction particles that improve grip and increase torque transfer to ease removal of screws, bolts and nuts, the firm said. Application of a small amount to the contact surface prevents tool slippage and fastener stripping.
Contact: Permatex Inc. Phone: (877) 376-2839.
Permatex Inc. has introduced a line of six fuel additives and automotive fluid products including: super heavy duty brake fluid, power steering fluid, concentrated fuel injector cleaner, fuel injector and carburetor cleaner, fuel system cleaner and gas treatment.
Contact: Permatex Inc. Phone: (877) 376-2839. Internet: www.permatex.com.
S-K Hand Tool Corp. has introduced a 23-piece, one-half-inch- drive fractional socket set (model 4123) with a molded plastic carrying case.
The set includes six- and 12-point sockets, deep sockets, a 16-inch flex handle and an extension.
S-K said the drive sockets are made of premium alloy steel and incorporate the SureGrip hex design to drive the side of the hex fastener and not the hex.
Contact: S-K Hand Tool Corp. Phone: (773) 523-1300. Fax: (773) 523-2103. Internet: www.skhandtool.com.
Accu Industries Inc. has introduced the fully-computerized Accu-turn Model 2200 alignment system.
Designed to handle two- and four-wheel- drive vehicles, the unit operates via Windows 98 and includes Mitchell Under-Car software, a color ink-jet printer and self-centering wheel clamps.
The Model 2200 allows precise viewing of caster, camber and toe-in for all four wheels of a vehicle, as well as other critical measurements, the firm said. The unit is contained in a cabinet with heavy-duty casters and requires minimal floor space.
Contact: Accu Industries Inc. Phone: (800) 551-2228. Fax: (800) 950-4911. Internet: www.accu-turn.com.
Challenger Lifts Inc. has introduced an open-front alignment rack designed without obstructions or cross members, improving access to the front of a vehicle, including engine compartment and drive train.
The rack—available in 12,000-and 15,000-pound lifting capacities and in three lengths—is equipped with a complete alignment package including radius gauges, rear slip plates and rolling jacks, according to the company.
An optional air/electric work station, which mounts to either lift column, provides convenient access to air and electrical outlets for tools.
Contact: Challenger Lifts Inc. Phone: (800) 648-Lift (5438). Fax: (502) 625-0711. E-mail: [email protected] Internet: www.challengerlifts.com.
Tool storage sets
Snap-on Tools Co., a subsidiary of Snap-on Inc., has introduced a limited-edition series of tool storage sets honoring three NASCAR drivers—Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr.—and pro stock motorcycle driver Steve Johnson.
Each tool storage set features custom paint and graphics similar to those used by each of the drivers on the vehicles they race. Snap-on also is offering six exclusive miniature three-drawer tool chests—measuring 8 inches by 4.5 inches—featuring the three NASCAR drivers mentioned above along with NASCAR drivers Steve Park, Dale Earnhardt and Jeremy Mayfield.
Contact: Snap-on Tools Co. Phone: (414) 656-5200.
GNB Technologies Inc. has published a brochure detailing its lines of Champion-brand maintenance-free batteries for lift trucks.
It covers batteries for each of the three classes of lift trucks: Class I (sitdown, counterbalanced and stand-up rider trucks); Class II (narrow aisle trucks); and Class III (low lift walkie pallet trucks).
The brochure also lists charging units for each battery along with other information about the products and the company.
Contact: GNB Technologies Inc. Phone: (630) 932-2119. Fax: (630) 691-7869. E-mail: [email protected] Internet: www.gnb.com.
The Automotive Lift Institute has published a safety handbook for all types of automotive lifts.
Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the booklet provides standards for operation, inspection and maintenance of installed automotive lifts.
It also covers required qualifications, training, reporting and documentation for operators, inspectors and maintenance personnel, and includes sample forms and checklists for owners and operators who want to comply with the standards.
The handbook sells for $5.00 each. Quantity discounts are available.
Contact: Automotive Lift Institute. Phone: (321) 722-9993. Internet: www.autolift.org.
Plastic Oil Products is offering the "Bottom of the Bottle" (BOB) oil recovery system for collecting unused oil from plastic quart motor oil bottles.
The company said about 4 percent of the oil from a quart remains in a bottle after it is poured out.
One BOB tray holds up to five quart bottles upside down while the oil drains into another container for later use. Multiple units may be interconnected, the company said, and each unit may be hung from a wall or placed on a table top.
Contact: Plastic Oil Products. Phone: (888) 728-3439. Internet: www. bob2000.com.
Goodtool Automotive Service Tooling and Supplies has introduced Sturdy-Step (order no. SS-200-A32), which provides a 24-inch-square platform 15.5 inches above ground, allowing a mechanic better access to the engine compartment on larger trucks and sport-utility vehicles.
Sturdy-Step has a capacity of 350 pounds and can be used at an eight-inch height. Both of its steps have perforated tread areas to prevent slippage. The top step can be moved out of the way with one foot.
A Side-Kick tool tray that attaches to the Sturdy-Step holds tools, parts and technical manuals. Side-Kick's wheels make it easier to move Sturdy-Step without dragging or lifting, the company said.
The units are sold separately and require some assembly.
Contact: Goodtool. Phone: (800) 880-7121. Fax: (507) 454-1471. Internet: www.goodtool-online.com.
Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. now offers six additional models in its series of Quick-Set cranes manufactured by HMF Group.
These cranes provide long reach and precise positioning of long-reach loads through the use of hydraulic jibs and an optimized hook approach, the company said.
IMT service vehicles can now be equipped with a crane that has a horizontal reach of nearly 74 feet and a vertical hydraulic reach of over 82 feet. The cranes also feature: standard electric/hydraulic shutdown systems; adjustable wear pads; extension boom sequencing; standard extra-wide outriggers with full hydraulic deployment; and top-seat or radio controls.
Contact: Iowa Mold Tooling Inc. Phone: (515) 923-3711. Fax: (515) 923-2424. Internet: www.imt.com.
Aimco, a unit of Dana Brake and Chassis, is offering ceramic disc brake pads with a new friction formulation it claims provides ultra-quiet braking and very low dusting.
The pads feature a new blend made from ceramic ingredients, Aimco said, and are 100-percent shimmed, slotted and chamfered for increased performance, durability, resistance to fade and rapid recovery. They are available in 50 part numbers covering late model domestic and import cars and sport-utility vehicles.
Contact: Aimco. Phone: (815) 363-9000.
Eagle One is offering Tire Swipes for truck and sport-utility vehicle tires.
The company claims its foam applicators eliminate the need for heavy, full-coverage spraying and prevent the "slinging" of excess dressing onto painted surfaces. Available two to a pack, Tire Swipes are washable and reuseable.
Contact: Eagle One. Phone: (800) 432-4531. Internet: www.eagleone.com.