Davin Wheel Co. has introduced a 22-inch spinning wheel to handle the massive size and weight of the Hummer H2, the company said.
The Revolution H2 has a 3,000-pound load rating, the highest for any spinning wheel, the company claimed. Davin said the wheel can handle the Hummer's load because of the one-piece, rotary-forged construction of the base wheel. A seven-spoke design is applied to both the base wheel and spinner for a rugged look. The wheel also has full chrome plating to resist corrosion, the company said.
For Hummer drivers who go off-road, the spinner can be removed from the base wheel to prevent damage. Winter caps also will be available in coming months to cover the lug nuts.
Contact: Davin Wheel Co. Phone: (401) 273-8041. Internet: www.davinwheels.com.
Hunter Engineering Co. unveiled a new feature of its GSP9700 Vibration Control System that detects lateral forces in tires that cause pulls and drifts.
The StraightTrak LFM feature calculates a tire arrangement plan to best correct the problem, Hunter said.
Tire-related pulls caused by lateral forces most often are the result of conicity, Hunter said. But correcting the problem was generally a guessing game.
The latest feature on the vibration control system measures the amount and direction of conicity of each tire relative to the other tires in order to create a plan for fixing the problem. The information can be integrated into tire mounting and balancing processes, tire rotations and alignment service, Hunter said.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. Phone: (314) 731-3020. Internet: www.hunter.com.
Swing air jack
Rotary Lift has introduced a swing air jack designed to work smoother, quieter and faster, the company said.
The air-actuated jack can be locked in the vertical position when in use and swung to a flat horizontal position when not needed. The equipment has fewer moving parts providing a longer, more trouble-free service life, Rotary Lift said.
The jack is available for all Rotary Lift models that use a runway design.
The jack moves on urethane wheels; its air line rides in a keeper rail. The jack comes in two models, with lifting capacities of 4,500 pounds with a 48-inch maximum width and 6,000 pounds with a 55-inch width.
Contact: Rotary Lift. Phone: (800) 445-5438. Internet: www.ro-tarylift.com.
Castrol Consumer North America has developed Castrol Syntec Blend 5W-20 for high-performance engines in Ford and Honda vehicles, 2001 model year and later.
Claiming Syntec Blend is the first major oil brand to offer a synthetic 5W-20, Castrol said it meets stringent fuel economy requirements and also offers cold weather protection.
Syntec Blend 5W-20 as well as Castrol's low-viscosity GTX 5W-20-for use only in vehicles with low-emission engines where SAE 5W-20 grade is recommended by the manufacturer-are available in bulk, cases and quarts.
Contact: Castrol Consumer North America. Phone: (888) CASTROL. Internet: www.castrolusa.com.
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76 Lubricants, a brand of ConocoPhillips Co., launched 76 High Performance Motor Oil and Gear Oil.
The company said the products are designed for high-performance, high-temperature uses, but also are suitable for every-day service or other specialty service, such as for short trips or stop-and-go driving.
Engine oil grades SAE 10W-30, 10W-40 and 20W-50 are available. Gear oil is available in grade SAE 80W-90.
The 76 High Performance line replaces the 76 NASCAR Motor Oils and Gear Oils line. The same package sizes from the old label will be available with the new, according to the company.
Contact: ConocoPhillips Co. Internet: www.conocophillips.com.
Amp load tester
SPX Corp. has introduced a new 100-amp load tester, released under the company's Stinger brand and made by OTC, a member of the Service Solutions unit of SPX.
The portable tester allows technicians to quickly measure the battery, cranking and charging voltage for carbon pile-type batteries, the company said. The unit also has a color-coded meter for a quick ``good/bad'' assessment.
Heavy-duty cables and clamps are included with the unit, which retails for $45.
Contact: OTC. Phone: (800) 533-6127. Internet: www.otctools.com.
Mac Tools has debuted its Mac Zero Ratchet, designed to prevent any catches or lashes that may occur when using a ratchet in tight spaces.
The tool features the company's patented Quick Change cam and precision ground roller bearing system, which replaces traditional gear ratcheting mechanisms or teeth for contacting the gear. Mac claims this system creates a smooth action and a great amount of torque.
The ratchet-available in 1/2-inch, 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch drives-uses a sealed bearing mechanism to keep dirt and grease from slowing the action. Mac said the tool's ergonomic design reduces user fatigue and slippage.
Contact: Mac Tools. Phone: (800) 622-8665. Internet: www.mactools.com.
Service truck unit
Stellar Industries Inc. unveiled an interchange module designed for its 1184 tire service truck body to increase tool storage.
Stellar said the module-which fits behind the cab of the chassis in place of a crane unit-can later be replaced by a crane. Also with the module, the compressor can be placed above the deck, Stellar said.
The module has a length of 94 inches and a 22-inch width and features 23 cubic feet of tool compartment storage. It can accommodate either a gas-powered or hydraulic-driven compressor.
Contact: Stellar Industries. Phone: (800) 321-3741. Internet: www.stellar-industries.com.
B&J Manufacturing Co. has introduced a new rasp blade design that allows retreaders to select either in-line or alternating cutting configuration.
The new Rocket Switchblade rasp blade can be switched between the two configurations by moving the position of a figure-eight hole. For the alternating configuration, the blades are set in alternating holes; for in-line use the blades are all set on the same hole.
The blade is available in R-115-20SB and R-115-25SB switchblades for 111/2-diameter, five-segment rasps and R-4-20SB switchblades for 9-inch diameter, four-segment rasps.
Contact: B&J Manufacturing. Phone: (888) 577-9528.
Snap-on Tools Co. said it aims to reduce physical stress with its new AT360 Blue-Point brand 3/8-inch square drive composite impact wrench.
The impact wrench features the Blue-Point brand's patented one-hand operation, which Snap-on claimed is focused on easy and comfortable use.
The three-pound wrench also features a molded, ergonomic handle grip, Snap-on said.
The tool has a working torque rating of 200 ft.-lbs with a 6.6-inch design. The twin hammer mechanism delivers up to 1,420 blows per minute. It has a torque range of 50-250 ft.-lbs.
The maximum forward speed of the air motor is 9,000 rpm, with a reverse speed maximum of 9,500 rpm, according to the company.
Contact: Snap-on Tools Co. Phone: (877) 762-7662. Internet: www.snapon.com.
Hunter Engineering Co. has unveiled its DSP600 digital imaging alignment sensors, designed to speed up alignment jobs and thereby reduce downtime and increase revenue.
Using four high-resolution digital cameras, the sensors provide the same high-speed screen updates as conventional sensors, Hunter claimed.
The sensors are mounted on a pedestal; the four-camera system projects a wide field of view to continuously monitor the wheel target position and orientation over a range of alignment lift heights, Hunter said. With this feature, Hunter said technicians do not have to move the cameras as they adjust the lift to a comfortable height.
The sensors do not have moving parts, and they run no cables or electronic signals between the targets and the console, so they do not need to be calibrated or maintained, Hunter claimed.
Technicians can choose either a live plane mode, which uses the targets as a reference plane, or the traditional alignment mode, which uses the rack runways for reference.
The DSP600 sensors can be used with any Hunter Series 811 aligners running WinAlign 7.0 or more recent alignment software.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. Phone: (314) 731-3020. Internet: www.hunter.com.
Durakon Industries has rolled out the next generation of its flagship Duraliner bed liner product line.
The company said the new liners feature a thermobonded polyethylene top coating providing a smooth gloss finish that keeps its deep black color for the life of the product.
The liners also include designs meant to conform to the contours of the bed, absorb shock on the liner's floor to disperse the energy of cargo impact and protect against denting. Other features include built-in storage units, rounded front corners, UV protection and a skid-resistant surface.
Contact: Durakon Industries. Phone: (800) 933-4200. Internet: www.durakon.com
Robert Bosch Corp. has unveiled 14 new part numbers covering more than 250 million units of its universal heated oxygen sensors.
The sensors are designed to perform for tens of thousands of miles, the company said. They use a platinum electrode imprinted on a zirconia ceramic element that is shielded from the exhaust gases by a slotted tube. The sensor element produces a voltage signal that switches from low to higher voltage as the air/fuel mix changes, the company said.
Oxygen sensors operate between 625-650 degrees Fahrenheit, and heated sensors feature a small heating element that brings the sensor up to operating temperature more quickly, Bosch explained. The sensor then can send readings to the vehicle engine management system before the engine is fully warmed up.
The company said its sensors feature a connection system that protects them against water and uses connectors designed to make installation easier.
Contact: Robert Bosch Corp. Phone: (708) 865-5585. Internet: www.boschusa.com.
Shure-Step has launched its latest scaffold to help technicians work on a truck's or sport-utility vehicle's engine compartment.
The ``L'' Shure-Step creates a scaffold 10 inches tall, allowing technicians to move about the vehicle, the company said. It weighs 39 pounds and measures 49 inches on the outside corner and 36 inches on the inside corner.
The steps are sold in sets of two for $395 per set.
Contact: Shure-Step. Phone: (800) 273-7866. Internet: www. shure-step.com.