CV boot program
Mighty Distributing has introduced a replacement CV boot program designed to maximize profitability by minimizing inventory investment and installation time.
Using the Quik-Shot boot installation tool, technicians can install Mighty Multi-Fit CV boots over the joint in a fraction of the time it normally takes, without having to remove the axle from the vehicle, the company said.
Mighty's line of CV boots features multiple clamping surfaces on the large end of the boot to provide a wide range of coverage. The line has only four parts numbers to replace more than 350 original equipment-style CV boots, Mighty said.
The Quik-Shot Tool Kit comes in a heavy-duty case and includes everything necessary for professional CV boot installation, the company added.
Contact: Mighty Distributing. Phone: (800) 829-3900. Internet: www. mightyautoparts.com.
Rim storage system
Equipment Supply Co. (ESCO) has introduced a Rim Ring Storage System that reduces floor storage space by as much as 75 percent, the company said.
The system can stack nine rims vertically without fear of falling. Stacking 100 rims in this manner requires 8 square feet of space vs. 150 feet of rack space, ESCO said.
The rings-made of high density polyethylene-are available in 13- to 24.5-inch diameters for heavy duty rims and are color coded for identification.
Contact: ESCO. Phone: (800) 352-9852. Fax: (352) 754-4508. Internet: www.esco.net.
Snap-on Tools Co. has introduced the JKAFM series of cushioned, anti-fatigue, chemical-resistant floor mats.
The mats are designed to ease lower back stress and reduce foot and lower leg discomfort that come from working on hard surfaces, the company said. They feature thick, resilient underpadding, a slip-resistant underside, and also employ a skid-resistant top side for sure footing, according to Snap-on.
The mats come in eight sizes from 24 inches by 36 inches to 36 inches by 72 inches and in three colors-black, red and gray, all featuring the Snap-on logo.
Contact: Snap-on Tool Co. Phone: (262) 656-5200. Fax: (262) 656-5088.
Hunter Engineering Co. has added a computer automatic compensation feature to its Model OCL360 on-car brake lathe.
With the push of a button, the adapter and lathe are automatically compensated to within original equipment manufacturer specs in less than a minute, Hunter said. No dial indicators or tools are required.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. Phone: (314) 731-3020. Internet: www.hunter.com.
Tire changing tools
Ken-Tool has introduced two tools said to take the struggle out of mounting and demounting truck tires.
The T2001 (model no. 35449) tool demounts both beads on most truck tires, eliminating the need for lifting the tire and wheel assembly off the ground, the company said.
The T2002 (model no. 35450) mounting tool features a wing shape designed to stop against the rim and remove itself from between the rim and bead.
The tools are portable and lightweight, Ken-Tool said, and are forged from high-alloy steel and heat-treated for strength and durability.
Contact: Scott Jedinak at Ken-Tool. Phone: (330) 252-1942. E-mail: [email protected]
Bruno Wessel Inc. is distributing the 3T-1B, a new hydraulic service jack manufactured by Compac Hydraulik of Denmark.
The 3-ton jack features the quick lift foot-pedal and has one of the longest chassis in the industry, the firm said.
Contact: Bruno Wessel Inc. Phone: (800) 869-1908 in the U.S.; (800) 465-3464 in Canada.
Tire survey system
International Marketing Inc. has expanded its Snapshot Fleet Tire Survey System with three new software modules.
All versions-Snapshot 2.0, Snapshot 2.0 Plus and Snapsot 2.0 Advanced-combine high-tech electronic tire inspection tools with Windows-based software to speed the tire inspection process with no manual data entry required following the inspection, the company said.
Snapshot 2.0 includes Quikshot reports that detail vehicle ID number, odometer reading, four tread-depth measurements, air pressure readings as well as corrected air pressure readings if the system is attached to an air line.
Snapshot 2.0 Plus, in addition to offering Quikshot reports, includes scrap tire analysis and a query task that ends in a formatted or customized report. It also sends and receives codes and parameters to and from other Snapshot systems.
Snapshot 2.0 Advanced offers the same features as the other two modules but can create its own codes and parameters. It also features a documented air pressure maintenance module enabling the tire inspector to bypass all other routine functions and computer screens to focus on air pressure.
Contact: International Marketing Inc. Phone: (800) 233-7086. Fax: (717) 264-5483. Internet: www.imiproducts. com or www.equalauto.com.
Tire pressure monitor
Kent-Moore Special Service Tools, a division of SPX Corp., has introduced the J-41760 Tire Pressure Monitor Tool for servicing the General Motors Corp. tire pressure monitor (TPM) system.
When tires equipped with GM's tire pressure monitoring system are rotated or get a new sensor, the TPM system must be reprogrammed. To correctly reprogram the vehicle's TPM system, technicians can use the Kent-Moore Tire Pressure Monitor Tool in conjunction with the step-by-step GM procedures.
The work can be done in a few minutes using the vehicle's remote control door lock receiver, Kent-Moore said.
Contact: Kent-Moore Special Service Tools. Phone: (800) 345-2233. Internet: www.kent-moore.spx.com.
Eagle Equipment has introduced a line of two-post lifts for cars and trucks capable of lifting up to 10,000 pounds while allowing full undercarriage access.
The Eagle TPO-10A lifts feature an asymmetrical design that allows users to open front doors without banging the columns. Lifts come equipped with low-profile automatic arm restraints for safety and dual three-inch cylinders with low-friction chain rollers.
The lifts feature two 20 1/2-inch by 23 3/4- inch steel base plates (5/8-inch thick), with six anchor bolts each, and 3/16-inch steel legs with oversized gussets for stability, the company said. The lifts are 102 inches wide between the posts.
Available in 12-, 13- and 15-foot high models, the lifts include a 2 h.p. 220/230-volt power pack and provide a 45-second lifting speed to six feet, four inches of undercar clearance (six feet, 10 inches with adapters).
Contact Eagle Equipment: Phone: (800) 336-2776. Fax: (800) 590-9814. E-mail: [email protected] Internet: www.eagleequip.com.
Tire and wheel caddie
Safe Shop Tools Inc. has introduced a medium-duty version of its Clever Lever tire and wheel caddie.
Model MD-22 is designed for use on mid-size tires with rim diameters from 24 to 36 inches.
Unlike the heavier-duty Clever Lever caddies, the MD-22 has a slightly smaller cradle for use on walk-in and step vans such as those used by Federal Express and United Parcel Service, Safe Shop said.
The tire and wheel caddie has a 10- to-1 lifting advantage and has a floor-hugging cradle to fit under more sizes of tires, the company said.
Rollers and heavy-duty die-formed brackets allow tires and wheels to be tilted and rotated so they can be lined up with the wheel studs.
Contact: Safe Shop Tools: Phone: (406) 721-2518. Fax: (406) 721-3545. Internet: www.shafeshop.com.
SK Hand Tool Corp. is offering a new four-piece stud extractor set for the installation and removal of studs.
Made of chromed steel, the Facom-brand extractor set houses three sets of rollers to provide a positive grip on studs in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
The extractors are turned using a 1/2-inch square drive and can accommodate an open-end wrench for stability and control, SK said.
The extractor set, model no. 76014, includes four sizes of extractors-6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm and 12 mm.
Contact: SK Hand Tool Corp. Phone: (708) 485-6658.
Ingersoll-Rand Co.'s Tool & Hoist Division has introduced a limited-edition impact wrench that it said delivers increased speed, power and reliability, all in a compact design.
The IR Street Legal ThunderGun 1/2-inch impact wrench- modeled after a racing tool used by many NASCAR pit crews-generates 10,000 rpm-free speed and a torque range of 625 foot pounds in reverse. It has a black-coated handle, non-slip grip and protective yellow boot and features the IR symbol on the nose.
Contact: Ingersoll-Rand Tool & Hoist Division. Phone: (908) 238-7000. Fax: (908) 238-7901. Internet: www.irtools.com.
Mac Tools has introduced a ratchet tool set with a small head for working in tight places.
The 1/4-inch drive ratchet (part of a three-piece set that includes a 3/8-inch and a 1/2-inch ratchet) has a head diameter smaller than a penny, according to the company.
Despite their small size, the Micro-Tough ratchets produce torque equal to standard-sized ratchets and exceed American National Standards specifications by 50 percent, the company said. A 72-tooth ratchet gear allows the ratchets to swing 5 degrees letting technicians turn the tool in spaces where other ratchets can't.
Mac Tools backs the ratchets with a lifetime warranty.
Contact: Mac Tools. Phone (978) 468-8953. Fax: (978) 468-1133.
Tire & rubber directory
Recycling Research Institute has published the 10th edition of the Scrap Tire & Rubber Users Directory.
Updated annually, the directory lists more than 2,200 companies in the tire and rubber recycling industry, providing name and mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail and Internet addresses, contact persons and a summary of the main activities or services offered.
The directory also provides current pricing data for tire-derived materials as well as U.S. tipping fees for whole tires and includes an expanded section on rubber re-processors and materials suppliers.
Copies are $49 in the U.S. and $59 in Canada, including shipping and handling.
Contact: Recycling Research Institute: (860) 668-5422 or (703) 280-9112. Fax: (860) 668-5651.
National-Spencer Inc. has introduced the Model 1517 Zee Line Digital Preset Meter for dispensing and measuring oils and glycol in quick lube and automotive service operations and in plant maintenance.
The meter features an automatic cut-off when a preset volume is reached, the company said. It can register volumes in quarts, liters, pints and gallons.
The meter has a non-drip tip, a trigger to prevent accidental opening and operates using a standard 9-volt battery. To prevent memory loss, the meter comes with a backup battery and a low-battery warning light.
Contact: National-Spencer Inc. Phone: (316) 265-5601. Fax: (316) 267-2722. Internet: www.zeeline.com.