Rotary Lift has developed a new Scissor Lift designed primarily for alignment work that offers drive-on convenience and a compact footprint, the company said.
The lift is similar to a four-post lift, except it does not have any columns because the lifting mechanism is under the runways. As a result, the lift will fit into a smaller space than a typical four-post design, Rotary Lift said.
The new Scissor Lift is available in 9,000-pound capacity, with units with higher capacity planned for late 2003, the company said.
Similar to the company's other lifts, the Scissor Lift comes with the inbay electronic technology. The runways can be ordered with radius gauges, and it accepts Rotary's hydraulic rolling jacks or new swing air jacks.
Contact: John Rylee, Rotary Lift. Phone: (800) 445-5438. Internet: www.rotarylift.com.
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Hunter Engineering Co. has introduced its Hunter L421 four-post alignment lift, designed to service a wide range of vehicles, including crew-cab style pickups, the company said.
The lift has a 14,000-pound capacity, an open front crossmember and a 22.5-inch runway width. It offers a maximum general service wheelbase of 188.5 inches, a maximum two-wheel alignment wheelbase of 172.5 inches and a maximum four-wheel alignment wheelbase of 158 inches. An optional extension kit is available to extend those maximums to 226.5 inches, 210.5 inches and 196 inches, respectively.
Hunter said the lift allows for access along the length of the car while having no floor obstructions around the lift. It can be elevated to any of 20 heights up to 70 inches. Optional 8,000-pound capacity swing jacks also are available.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. Phone: (314) 731-3020 ext. 375. Internet: www.hunter.com.
TCS Software L.L.C. has released the latest version of its Tire Company Solution accounting and point-of-sale software for tire dealerships and automotive service shops.
Version 6.0 was designed in collaboration between TCS and its sister company, TCS Technologies. The company said the software is designed to be compatible with off-the-shelf computers without specialized hardware or third-party software.
The new version includes features such as enhanced multi-site capabilities, which eliminates the need for complicated database products that can carry high licensing costs, extensive training and dependency on tech support, TCS said.
The software requires at least a 266mhz PC running Windows 98 or higher. With a standard Microsoft Windows server and an Internet connection, the company said tire dealers can run the same inventory list and database among various stores.
Contact: TCS Technologies. Phone: (888) 449-8473.
Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd. has introduced its IR2135Ti 1/2'' Ultra-Duty Impact Wrench, built with titanium for strength and weight savings, the company said.
The 3.95-pound wrench can deliver 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque that can loosen a nut tightened to 1,000 ft.-lbs. in six seconds, the company said. The device also has 700 ft.-lbs. of traditional torque output.
The wrench features forward/ reverse pushbuttons for one-handed control and a touch trigger for smooth power delivery, Ingersoll-Rand said. The device also has an ergonomically designed handle with a textured grip for comfort.
The model has an optional two-inch extended anvil for wheel and tire service.
Contact: Ingersoll-Rand. Phone: (908) 238-7297. Internet: www.irco.com.
Spec Tools has unveiled a new twin-action box wrench with a half-inch profile that allows technicians to work where other box wrenches lack room to move, the company said.
The wrench turns 45 degrees with each squeeze on the rubber handle, turning at up to three times hand strength, Spec said. The squeeze handle cuts the need for swing space. The wrench also can be used as a box ratchet.
The wrench set comes with 10 metric/SAE inserts, three low-profile metric/SAE sockets, four screwdriver bits and a 3/8-inch adapter.
Contact: Spec Tools. Phone: (800) 385-9695. Internet: www.spectools.com.
A single-use tool designed by Brake Tru Inc. can resurface a car's rotors in less than a half hour, the company claimed.
The company's On-The-Car RotorResurfacers are designed to eliminate the time and cost of removing rotors from the vehicle as well as cutting out the use of brake lathes. The single-use pad has rugged tool-grade ceramic abrasives bonded to a fiberboard backing that machines 360-degree grooves into the brake rotor, Brake Tru said. One size fits all brake pads.
The RotorResurfacer pads are placed on the face of each old brake pad after removal of the peel-off backing. The pad can be trimmed with scissors. With one wheel raised and removed, the worn brake pads and the RotorResurfacers are inserted into the calipers while the vehicle is accelerated to about 3,000 rpm or 30 mph. The resurfacing occurs when the brake pedal is applied in two cycles of two seconds each, the company said.
Brake Tru said the resurfacer creates tiny V- and U-shaped grooves instead of the mirror finish of a brake lathe.
The company claims those grooves increase the pad-to-rotor working surface area by up to 29 percent for an increase in stopping power. The company said studies show the process can reduce stopping distance by 27.9 feet at 60 mph.
Contact: Brake Tru. Phone: (651) 484-4555. Internet: www.braketru.com.
Dismar Corp. has issued a new catalog offering what it said are creative, cost-effective ways to in-crease sales and customer traffic.
The 64-page color guide, titled ``Promotions to Attract Shoppers and Increase Sales,'' offers numerous promotional ideas for retailers. The guide includes promotional sign kits, sign holders, banners, tags and contest boxes.
Dismar will provide a free copy of the product guide to retailers.
Contact: Dismar Corp. Phone: (800) 347-6271 or (856) 488-0100.
S-K Hand Tool Corp. has launched a new five-drawer ProBox mobile work station, which the company said features mobility, style and versatility.
The station has 100-percent drawer opening and roller bearing slides on all drawers. The unit also features a centralized latching system that is designed to prevent drawers from opening accidentally. The unit is available in red, blue or green.
Contact: S-K Hand Tool Corp. Phone: (800) U-CALL-SK or (708) 485-4574. Internet: www.skhandtool.com.
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Snap-On Tools Co. has introduced three tool storage units as part of its ``Decade of Dedication,'' a commemoration of 10 seasons partnering with Richard Childress Racing and its NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Busch Series and Truck Series teams.
The limited-edition workstations and tool box feature custom paint and Snap-On racing graphics. The workstation has a stainless-steel surface, riser and overhead compartments and three- and five-inch deep drawers.
Another special edition workstation also is available with less storage capacity.
Other service tools also sport the racing logos. Snap-On is offering an abrasive blast cabinet, a parts washer and a low-profile padded creeper.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Snap-On Inc., also is offering limited-edition collectibles and apparel as part of the commemoration. Those items are available through the purchase of Snap-On tools and equipment. Collectibles include a 1/10-scale radio-controlled car, die-cast race car replicas, a die-case car hauler and a die-cast pit wagon.
Contact: Snap-On Tools Co. Phone: (877) SNAPON2.
Protoworks Inc. has launched the Schred Max 56 SD (severe duty) tire shredder.
The Schred Max 56 SD can work in some of the worst tire dump cleanups regardless of dirt, mud, rock or tramp iron, the company claimed.
The machine can excavate buried tire dumps as the open cutter deck allows aggregate, dirt, sand and other abrasives to fall through without undue wear and tear on the cutters.
The machine's hopper opening measures 5 feet by 6 feet with a volume of 4 cubic yards and is powered by a 50 horsepower Caterpillar diesel.
Contact: Protoworks Inc. Phone: (519) 882-3700. Internet: www. schredmax.com.
American Racing Equipment has launched 26 new custom wheels, including nine designed for sport-utility vehicles and trucks.
The SUV and truck wheels come in various finishes and in sizes from 15 to 24 inches.
The new Titan wheel is American Racing's first 24-inch wheel, the company said.
Also new is a chrome-plated 17-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel developed for the new Z50 Corvette and licensed by General Motors Corp.
For its Epic label, the company added a 26-inch Icon wheel and a forged wheel, the Legend, for luxury SUV/truck applications, including the H2 Hummer. The luxury Epic line includes sizes ranging from 18 to 26 inches.
Motegi Racing, the company's import performance wheel line designed for ``tuners,'' debuted six wheels for sizes 14 to 19 inches in various finishes.
RO_JA, the high-end import performance wheel line, also unveiled five wheels with sizes ranging from 17 to 20 inches and various finishes.
Contact: American Racing Equipment. Internet: www.americanracing.com.