ArchivesMay, 2012 | Car Lift Blog

Thermadyne / Firepower Price Increase Coming June 1st

May 27th, 2012

Customers who have been following over the past 15 years know that we have been carrying Thermadyne and Thermal Dynamics products almost from the beginning. They manufacture some of the finest welders and plasma cutters the industry has ever seen.

They manufacture the Thermal Dynamics Plasma Cutters, which are reliable, durable, and packed with features that make them state of the art. Such as the inverter technology they utilize instead of transformers. This allows them to be smaller, more energy efficient, and run less hot, and have greater power.

Then, there’s the Thermal Arc Mig Welders. A great value with features that we would put up against any of the major name brands out there. They are priced affordably as well. You’ll get all of the features and quality of the top brand names, but a more pleasing price.

You only have a few days left to enjoy the current prices, because the manufacturer has a price increase scheduled for June 1st. So don’t wait. If you’ve been considering making a purchase of a top quality but affordable welder or plasma cutter, now is the time to jump.

Thermadyne welders and plasma cuttersThermal Dynamics Welders

Thermal Dynamics plasma cutters

Automotive Battery Technology – Part 2

May 19th, 2012

Part 2 of a 2 part series –

The next type of modern battery is the Gel Acid Battery. These batteries use a gel instead of a water / acid solution or glass mat media. The gel is mixed with a sulfuric acid that again reduces the fatigue of vibration and shock, keeping the plates stable inside the confines of the case. The gel cell battery is better suited to frequent deep cycles and draw-downs. You can expect a greater life span out of the gel cell.

Modern vehicles place a greater demand on the vehicle’s electric system and gel cell batteries can provide the extra power needed. They also operate better under a greater temperature range. As with anything, there are drawbacks to gel cell batteries. Plus, they are dramatically more expensive than traditional lead acid batteries. They also require Smart battery chargers that can charge them at the optimal rate and maintain the perfect voltage in the battery during the process. These chargers utilize a constant charging rate at the ideal rate.

AGM (absorbent glass mat) Batteries are a more modern type of battery that offers several advantages. The lead plates are suspended in a glass mat material and the electrolytes are in the glass mat as well. These batteries are less prone to shock, and hold up better to abuse. There is also no concern about venting and replacing water in the battery. Are there drawbacks to AGM batteries? Yes. High on that list is the price. These batteries are significantly more expensive. This cost will tend to even out over time as the AGM battery tends to last longer than traditional flooded batteries. AGM batteries require specialized battery chargers that can charge them at the optimal rate. These chargers are called Smart Chargers and again and generally more expensive than traditional battery chargers.

Deep Cycle Marine Batteries are another type of battery that is better suited to longer term, deeper draw downs and frequent recharging. These batteries can be constructed of AGM, Glass mat, and traditional flooded batteries. Charging these batteries is more complicated than traditional lead acid batteries and a specialized “Smart” battery charger should be employed to maintain optimum battery health.

We carry many different battery chargers, but the ideal battery charger for any battery type is our Pro-Logix line of battery chargers  by Solar. They are fully automatic chargers that utilize a microprocessor to provide the perfect charging rate for each battery it happens to be hooked up to. You can move from one type of battery to the next in quick succession and not have to worry about the charging rates and conditions. It’s all taken care of for you.

Automotive Battery

Automotive Battery

Automotive Battery Technology Part 1

May 13th, 2012

Part 1 of a 2 part series –

Automotive batteries have changed quite a bit in the last few years. Their construction is vastly different from even just a decade ago. The technology involved in the modern battery is so much more advanced, and auto manufacturers are using these new products in their new autos that are coming off the assembly line. The typical automotive lead acid battery has leaped ahead to become a more reliable commodity, able to compete with other, more advanced battery types.

The most common automotive battery type is the lead acid battery. This type of battery has lead plates submerged in a wet electrolyte acid solution. They are a very reliable method to power a car’s electrical system. They are great for starting and cranking. They tend not to be as good for other applications, like deep cycle applications, where you would be drawing down (discharge) the battery to very low charge, and then recharging. This tends to prematurely deplete the typical automotive lead acid battery.

There are deep cycle lead acid batteries, but they are not as good for starting purposes, which is the most important function for a car battery. The lead acid batteries also have issues with the water to evaporate if it is a vented battery. Vibration and shock could also cause a lead plate to become dislodged and will cause premature battery failure. Modern vehicles place high demand on an automobile’s battery. All of the modern appliances that a car has draw down a battery much faster than in the past. This means batteries will discharge much faster even when the automobile is turned off.


Automotive Battery

New Heavy Truck Engine Hoist By AFF

May 7th, 2012

You’ll find many different engine hoists out there that are rated at 2 tons capacity or less. Probably 90 percent of them are. This one is not like those. The new 3584 shop crane by AFF is the right choice for shops that primarily service trucks. It’s rated at 3 tons capacity. Many shops need a hoist that can handle more weight than the traditional crane can.  Especially when you consider that the typical engine hoist capacity rating is when the boom is fully retracted. So if you consider that a two ton capacity engine hoist is actually only rated at perhaps only 500 lbs. when the boom is fully extended, you see why you need a heavier capacity hoist for those larger trucks. Especially since you need to extend the boom out more to reach farther on them.  So go ahead and take those big jobs. With a shop crane like this, you’ll never have to turn away another job again. And because it’s made my American Forge & Foundry, you know it’s a high quality product, made for every day use. We have been carrying AFF products for over a decade, and we have the utmost confidence in them. They also have over 300 service centers nationwide, so warranty issues are not a problem. Plus, they are totally rebuild-able. Parts are always available.

AFF Engine Hoist