ContiTech Power Transmission Group has introduced a full line of serpentine belts for the North American automotive aftermarket.
The company said the belt line complements its existing full line of timing belts. The new line is aimed at supplying a range of cars, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles.
The product line is dubbed Conti-V Multirib.
ContiTech also has released a manual, ``Practical Tips,'' aimed at giving installers, jobbers and distributors practical tips on storing, handling and mounting various belts.
Contact: ContiTech Power Transmission Group. Phone: (800) 654-0974. Internet: www.contitech-usa.com.
Snap-on Tools Co. has introduced a combination rotor and brake lathe for high-volume repair shops that recondition brake drums and disc brake rotors.
The lathe provides the correct finish for composite brake materials to comply with original equipment manufacturers' specifications for both drums and discs for passenger cars through medium duty trucks, the company claimed.
The device is powered by a one-horsepower motor mated to a variable-speed gear box and features hand wheel controls for easy adjustment. The lathe, designed to service rotors and drums without lengthy changeover procedures, has a twin cutter tool that can recondition both brake rotor surfaces simultaneously.
Two packages are available: the EEBR310ABP for passenger cars and light trucks up to a half ton, and the EEBR310ADP for the same types of vehicles weighing up to one ton.
Contact: Snap-on Tools Co. Phone: (877) 762-7662. Internet: www.snapon.com.
Putnam Hitch Products USA has introduced its Freedom Towing System that allows truck owners to make full use of their pickup beds when not towing.
The system keeps fifth-wheel hardware out of the truck bed, the company said, so owners can still use the bed. The fifth wheel stays on the trailer pinbox in an inverted position. The user pulls the pickup away from the fifth wheel and pulls the handle to remove the kingpin from the bed. When the user needs to tow again, the head couples to a kingpin adapter located in the ``lock and load'' under-bed mounting assembly.
The company claimed testing showed no overloading of the pin box assembly.
Contact: Putnam Hitch Products USA. Phone: (800) 336-4271. Internet: www.putnamhitch.com.
Kaeser Compressors Inc. has launched its AS series of rotary screw compressors.
The compressors come in 20-, 25- and 30-horsepower versions to deliver flows from 59 to 124 cfm and pressures from 80 to 217 psig.
The company said the compressors feature a ``split cooling'' air flow design that improves cooling and reduces noise levels. A cabinet design reduces overall footprint and provides easy access to service points.
Contact: Kaeser Compressors. Phone: (800) 777-7873. Internet: www.kaeser.com.
American Eagle Accessories Group has unveiled its American Eagle Genesis HPB-37, a hydraulically driven power source for use in service trucks.
The system has a 250-amp DC welder with 100-percent duty cycle, a compressor that operates at 37 cfm at 100 psi and a 10 kva alternator. The unit, which weighs about 1,050 pounds, is self-contained with a weather-resistant remote control panel.
The Genesis system mounts in the bed of a service truck and is powered by the truck's engine. The company said the unit takes up less space than three separate units, allowing for more payload. The control panel has hookups for welding, air tools and electrical tools, while the unit also is capable of running multiple tools simultaneously.
Contact: American Eagle Accessories Group. Phone: (800) 392-3015. Internet: www.americaneagleacc.com.
Cooling fan, strut bars
Hoffman Group is offering the new Ultra Series 16-inch ``S'' blade electric radiator cooling fan.
Produced under Hoffman's Zirgo brand, the fan can blow up to 3,630 cfm, the company said. The high-torque fan motors feature sealed ball bearings and reversible blades, allowing them to operate as pushers or pullers. A four-point mounting bracket insures easy placement on a vehicle's cooling system, the company claimed.
Hoffman also has introduced a line of billet aluminum front and rear strut tower bars by Protocol that are available for most popular vehicles.
The company said the products are CAD designed and triple tested for quality to guarantee proper fit. The Protocol units, backed by a limited lifetime warranty, are strong and light, Hoffman said, and feature a fully adjustable design to make simple bolt-on installation possible.
Contact: Hoffman Group. Phone: (503) 693-6608. Internet: www.thehoffmangroup.com.
Akebono Corp. has released its expanded 2004 ProACT Application Catalog.
The catalog features ProACT Ultra-Premium Ceramic Disc Brake Pads and Precision Remanufactured Loaded Calipers. More than 100 ProACT part numbers have been released since July 2003, the company said, adding coverage to hundreds of vehicles, including early release 2005 models.
The new catalog features 253 ProAct brake pad and 434 ProAct caliper part numbers, covering domestic Japanese and European vehicles. Additions include the 2005 Chrysler 300C and 2005 Dodge Magnum, among others.
Contact: Akebono Corp. Phone: (248) 489-7400. Internet: www.akebonobrakes.com.
Automotive Resources Inc. has introduced the ARI-Hetra Safety Inflation Cage Model WS-35026 for large tires and wheels.
The OSHA-compliant unit is designed to increase safety, productivity and reduce physical strain, the company claimed. The cage fully encloses up to 50-inch tires and also features a safety locking mechanism. A ``walk away'' automatic preset inflator reduces over- or under-inflation.
Contact: ARI-Hetra. Phone: (800) 562-3250. Internet: www.ari-hetra.com.
Head gasket kit
Edelbrock Corp. has launched a new line of head gasket kits, designed to make cylinder head installation easier.
Designed for Edelbrock parts, they are matched to Edelbrock cylinder heads and manifolds for optimum seal and performance.
The gaskets are made of a high-density, non-asbestos fiber/metal reinforced composite material; a silicon bead for improved sealing surrounds the intake port openings. The kits include head, intake, exhaust, water neck, distributor and valve cover gaskets.
Contact: Edelbrock Corp. Phone: (310) 781-2222. Internet: www.edelbrock.com.
Massload Technologies has introduced an ultraslim weighpad that uses 20 independent micro load cells for accuracy.
The company claimed its pad's accuracy is better than one-quarter of 1 percent full scale.
The device is machined from lightweight, high-strength aluminum for a weight of 42 pounds without the ramps or 52 pounds with the ramps.
The company said it also is developing a wireless ultra-slim weighpad to eliminate all cabling and connectors.
Contact: Massload Technologies. Phone: (800) 667-3825. Internet: www.massload.com.
Cardone Industries Inc. has unveiled its line of Friction Choice Calipers packaged with hardware components.
The package ensures that vehicles won't have to wait for missing parts, the company claimed. The calipers use steel or phenolic pistons based on original equipment specifications, rubber seals and new bleeder screws.
Contact: Cardone Industries Inc. Phone: (215) 912-3000. Internet: www.cardone.com.
Equipment Supply Co. (ESCO) has introduced the Slide Hammer, model 70150.
The heavy-duty tool is designed to break stubborn beads with ease, the company claimed.
The tool is meant to reduce user fatigue with the slide hammers spring-action design, which aids in slide hammer kick back.
Contact: Equipment Supply Co. Phone: (800) 352-9852. Internet: www.esco.net.
Snap-on Tools Co. has introduced the Black Lights Roll Cab and Top Chest.
The storage units feature a powder-coated gloss black outer cabinet with bright hues of hand-buffed drawer fronts. Available color schemes include headlight silver, mars red and deep blue purple.
The extruded drawer fronts are made of an alloy aluminum for extra durability, according to Snap-on.
The 40-inch roll cab and top chest offer seven and four drawers, respectively, with ball-bearing slides. The roll cab's top drawer provides a 250-pound capacity for heavier tools and equipment.
The company also is offering a tool wagon with extended cab system that has nearly twice as much capacity in the unit's top two drawers. The new model (KRLP7022) features a redesigned top-drawer system, expanding the two 50-inch-wide top drawers to five-inch and three-inch depths, allowing for taller socket sets to be used. Snap-on said the three-inch-deep drawer can house an entire wrench collection.
The roll cab and lockers, with more than 90,000 cubic inches of storage space, feature 11 drawers, a variety of shelves, compartments and other storage options, including non-slip drawer liners, two sliding part trays, tote tray and a sliding work/writing surface.
Contact: Snap-on Tools Co. Phone: (877) 762-7662. Internet: www.snapon.com.