Derale Cooling Products is offering Tornado Electric Fans in seven sizes.
The units include high-output electric motors, lightweight blade assemblies and one-piece mineral/nylon shrouds. The company said its curved blade design is meant to flow more air at lower rpms while the fan blade ring maximizes airflow at high speeds.
The fully reversible fans come with installation and wiring kits in four-color retail packaging. Custom mounting brackets and thermal switch kits are sold separately.
Contact: Derale Cooling Products. Phone: (800) 421-6288. Internet: www.derale.com.
Pines Manufacturing Inc. plans to display its CNC100 precision tube bender at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in November.
The 4-inch bender offers repeatable bending and high production capacity of multiple bend tube and pipe parts-including exhaust pipes, the company said. The design of the unit allows for precision bending with no scrap or trim.
The CNC100 is operated by Pines' Windows-based TS2000 control and equipped with the Pines Vision System, which provides a direct link between the TS2000 control and the Pines service department. With a digital video camera and modem interface, the TS2000 control and bender can be monitored, serviced and upgraded from any location, according to the company.
Contact: Pines Manufacturing Inc. Phone: (440) 835-5553. Fax: (440) 835-5556. Internet: www.pines-mfg.com.
Aisle-Master Ltd. has introduced the Aisle-Master 44S model fork lift for the North American market.
The fork lift has a capacity of 4,400 pounds and features a 67 horsepower LP gas engine and hydrostatic drive. The vehicle can lift to heights of 30 feet and can operate in aisles as narrow as 78 inches. The company claimed its narrow aisle configuration can result in aisle savings of 50 percent with typical increases in storage capacity of 30 percent compared with vehicles designed to operate in aisles of 9 to 14 feet.
The Aisle-Master's design allows the mast, forks and front wheels to turn through 180 degrees so loads can be placed in rack openings on either side of the vehicle, the company said.
A side-shifter is standard, and the truck can be outfitted with hydraulic fork spreaders allowing the operator to accommodate a variety of load lengths and pallet sizes.
The company said the unit can be used in manufacturing operations, distribution centers and retail outlets.
Contact: Aisle-Master Ltd. Phone: (877) 280-4910. Internet: www.aisle-master.com.
Maxell Corp. of America has unveiled two new heat-resistant battery types for use in onboard tire pressure monitoring systems.
Maxell's batteries, about the size of a quarter, are lithium manganese dioxide coin cells that power the pressure-sensing tags that mount on a vehicle's wheel rims.
The cells, CR2450-HR and CR2450HR-EX-weighing 6.8 grams and 6.7 grams, respectively-are designed to operate in the high-temperature environment of rotating auto and light truck wheels, the company said.
Contact: Maxell Corp. of America. Phone: (201) 794-5900. Internet: www.maxell.com.
B&B International Inc. recently debuted its FilterMAG magnetic oil filtration system for high-performance engines.
The reusable filter magnet system snaps to the outside of any disposable oil filter canister. It is designed to remove steel particles as small as two microns from circulating back into the engine's oil without restricting oil flow, the company claimed. These particles can cause unnecessary wear, it added.
Contact: B&B International Inc. Phone: (800) 345-8376. Internet: www.filtermag.com.
Hunter Engineering Co. has introduced its TC3500-SS tire changer to service a wide range of wheel and tire designs.
The tire changer is equipped with a side shovel bead loosener that Hunter said is essential for niche applications, such as motorcycle and ATV wheel assemblies.
The side shovel features an extra-wide, 15-inch travel that eliminates the need to readjust with each use. The company claimed the unit's air motor drive is designed to eliminate violent forces commonly associated with air cylinder operation.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. Phone: (314) 731-3020. Internet: www.hunter.com.
Mitchell Repair Information Co. L.L.C. has launched Version 5.5 of its OnDemand 5 software.
The company, which does business as Mitchell 1, said the new version is designed to decrease diagnostic time while gaining easier access to electrical components. The software includes comprehensive, searchable color wiring diagrams for domestic and import vehicles on the road since 1985, Mitchell 1 said.
The software also offers easier installation, streamlined quarterly updates, simplified search functionality and enhanced toolbar icons, the company said.
Contact: Mitchell 1. Phone: (888) 724-6742. Fax: (858) 391-5266. Internet: www.mitchell1.com.
Pegasus Products Co. is offering its new ``Bone-ster'' mechanic's creeper as a more affordable alternative to its ``Bone'' auto creeper.
The new creeper features a patented dog-bone shape meant to cradle the user between the wheels about an inch above the ground. The company claimed the design is durable, comfortable and easy to work on, with deep structural ribs-as opposed to a flat vinyl sheet-for better ventilation.
The unit, which retails for about $89.95 and carries a one-year warranty, has a single-piece body molded from a special co-polymer to resist gasoline, oil and other common solvents. It also features custom-molded wheels guaranteed for as long as a customer owns the unit.
The ``Bone-ster's'' body is 43 inches long, 23 3/8 inches wide and has about an inch of ground clearance. It weighs 16 pounds and can carry up to 300 pounds.
Contact: Pegasus Products Co. Phone: (330) 677-4030. Internet: www.bonecreeper.com.
Steck Manufacturing Co. Inc. has developed the Illuminator for its BigEasy line of vehicle lockout tools.
The tip of the unlocking device has an LED light that illuminates the entire lock button area for easier use at night or through a vehicle's tinted windows.
The company said the LED won't burn out and is virtually indestructible. It is powered by two AA batteries located in the handle of the unit and has a push-button on/off switch.
The kit has a non-marring plastic wedge-used to prop open a vehicle door for inserting the unlocking device-and Lock Knob Lifter. It sells for $99.95 and carries a one-year guarantee, the company said.
The company said its lockout kits are only sold to registered locksmiths, police and legitimate automotive repair professionals.
Contact: Steck Manufacturing Co. Inc. Phone: (800) 227-8325. Internet: www.steckmfg.com.
Truck bed grips
Pilot Automotive recently launched Bed Bugs-plastic grips designed to stop gear from sliding at the floor level of a pickup truck.
The units, designed to accommodate multiple cargo shapes and sizes, work with most aftermarket and original equipment bedliners, the company said.
The Bed Bugs' textured material creates a grip on truck beds, according to Pilot, while the waffle base locks into the bedliner at multiple angles.
Contact: Pilot Automotive. Phone: (800) 237-7560. Internet: www.pilotautomotive.com.
Kaeser Compressors Inc. has released its redesigned ``At A Glance'' brochure offering a mini-catalog of compressors and compressed air equipment suitable for use in tire dealerships and automotive service shops.
The company said its full color, six-page brochure lists size ranges for rotary screw and piston compressors, aftercoolers and dryers.
The catalog also describes various types of filters and drain traps available for compressed air systems and includes information about the company and its market.
Contact: Kaeser Compressors Inc. Phone: (800) 777-7873. Internet: www.kaeser.com.
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Wallace W. Wade Specialty Tires recently released its 2003/2004 catalog for distribution in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and other countries.
The catalog contains products in three different areas, including antique/vintage tires for cars, trucks, tractors and military vehicles; advertising and point-of-sale materials; and miscellaneous items such as wheel weights, tubes, flaps, tire repair materials and tire tools.
Contact: Wallace W. Wade Specialty Tires. Phone: (214) 688-0091. Fax: (214) 634-8465. Internet: www.wallacewade.com.
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TRW Automotive has released its 2004 Power Stop catalog that covers 2004 applications and extended year coverage for brake-related products.
The company's Power Stop Extreme Performance product line includes cross-drilled and slotted rotors, calipers, brake pads and brake shoes designed for performance enthusiasts, according to TRW.
The rotors in the product line are designed to help eliminate brake fade and rotor warpage, the company said.
Most are either gold or silver plated to military quality specifications. The company claimed the rotors will outperform original brake components through several stops in street driving or emergency situations.
Contact: TRW Automotive. Phone: (310) 513-2060. Internet: www.trw.com.
Arnco's SuperFlex polyurethane flatproofing tire fill has been approved for use by tire track manufacturers Grouser Products and Loegering as well as Bobcat for skid steer loaders that use over-the-tire tracks.
The fill is designed to provide the flexibility of pneumatic tires and will allow shedding of foreign materials between the tracks and tires during operation. The company said the softness of SuperFlex protects both the operator and machine from vibration and jolting.
Arnco claims the product also increases tire life and performance while adding ballast and maintaining proper tire pressure and footprint. Use of SuperFlex, according to Arnco, will eliminate flats, thus reducing operator downtime.
Contact: Arnco. Phone: (800) 821-4147. Internet: www.arnconet.com.