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Ford has made quite a stir recently with their new aluminum frame F150 pick-up truck. And why not? It’s an innovative idea that has origins in sound logic. Aluminum is much lighter than steel. It’s actually about half the weight of an equivalent quantity of steel. So if an automobile is manufactured with an aluminum frame, instead of steel, you should see much greater fuel efficiency. While the benefits to an aluminum frame vehicle are quite obvious, many people wonder what are the possible drawbacks.
One company interested in the drawbacks to an aluminum frame vehicle is General Motors. In fact, they recently introduced several commercials that are airing on-line and other locations that delve into the downside of aluminum vs their traditional steel frame Chevrolet Silverado trucks. GM’s argument is that while steel weighs more, it is more durable, tugged and reliable.
Their new commercials featuring former NFL great, and current broadcaster Howie Long points to a study that was conducted showing that when a low speed crash occurs, the time frame and costs involved are exponentially greater on the Ford aluminum body truck. GM hired an independent firm to perform the tests. GM says that repairs took 34 days longer and cost $1700 more because of the complexity of servicing aluminum frame vehicles vs steel. Their argument is that because aluminum repairs require specialized tools and equipment, most auto body shops are not qualified to service aluminum body autos. This leaves you with only one option, the dealership. And then once you do get those repairs done, it is significantly more costly because of the expense of this specialized equipment, materials, along with the training required of the technician, as well as the complexity of these repairs. when you factor in that a typical contractor needs his truck fast, these extra 34 days could cost him much more than $1700 if he’s out of his valued truck for a month. They also mention that it could possibly increase the costs to insure these trucks, because of the higher repair costs.
This debate is sure to go on from here, as technicians from all over are weighing in on this matter. We also hear that GM is actually planning on coming out with an aluminum body truck as well, so if there are so many problems with it, why would they come out with one as well. Perhaps, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em? As the government mandates more strict fuel efficiency standards every year, there may be no choice at some point. Yet another example of well intentioned government regulations costing tax payers more dollars.
Another more humorous video shows GM unleashing a Grizzly bear in a room with people, and they have to choose which cage they want to escape to, a steel frame cage, or an aluminum cage. Guess which cage they chose?
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Brand New! We never stop searching for the best products from across the globe. Tool boxes, cabinets and chests are always a staple in any automotive garage. We already carry boxes from 3 premium brands, including Waterloo, SPG International, and Ranger. So when we were approached by the folks at Extreme Tools asking us to carry their tool boxes, we must admit, we didn’t feel a sense of urgency to get them up on our web site. But after doing further research on them, we found that they have a well deserved reputation for quality and durability. So it made perfect sense to add them to our already star-studded line-up.
If you’re not familiar with Extreme Tools tool boxes, you soon will be. They are growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. And why not? They have all the premium features you would find in a true professional quality tool cabinet, including a premium powder coated finish, ball bearing drawer slides, durable steel construction, and ball bearing caster wheels for smooth rolling across cluttered garage floors.
We currently have only a few of their cabinets and tool chests on on web site, but will be adding more soon. The most popular boxes they manufacture are road boxes and pit box. The road boxes are true to the manufacturer’s name – made for extreme conditions. They will hold up to the constant daily abuse that a professional will dish out. And they won’t fail you. The pit box is a portable tool cabinet on wheels that offers an entirely mobile feature to one of the most rugged boxes on the market.
And of course, they offer the usual assortment of traditional auto shop tool boxes, both bottom and top boxes, made for the serious professional, who appreciates value, and quality. And sure, they’re also appropriate for the serious DIY customer who demands quality and reliability as well. The industrial quality models boast only the finest quality components, along with extreme load bearing capabilities, and a reliability factor that is second to none.
The high gloss powder coat finish will stand up to harsh automotive garage environments, and chemicals, and the beefy drawer capacities are 200 pounds per drawer on double glide drawers and 100 pounds per drawer on single glide drawers. Also featured are full width brushed aluminum drawer pulls. Available colors are traditional black and blue.
So check out our commercial quality tool boxes from Extreme tools now. Because you will be pleasantly surprised at the value they offer.