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Who wouldn’t want to have an automotive shop in the Bahamas? As long as there is air conditioning in the garage! We recently sold a laundry list of automotive shop equipment to a customer in Nassau, in New Providence in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas.
This new customer purchased many different pieces of automotive equipment, including transmission jacks, bearing presses, car battery jump starters, floor jacks and many other items. Most notably, two pieces that any auto shop worth it’s salt could not do without – a couple of 2 post lifts and an air compressor.
The two post lifts were an easy choice for the shop owner. They chose the BendPak XPR-10A automotive lift for it’s features, versatility, quality, and value. It is our most popular model. It offers a wide range of features, such as the ability to be set up at a wide, or a narrow configuration, and also has a rare ability to position the auto symmetrically, if it won’t balance out properly in an asymmetric setting. Add the quality of construction, such as taller lift carriages, superior arm restraints, along with double diameter equalizer cable pulley sheaves, and you’ve got a premium car lift at a very reasonable price. All this, and it’s even certified by the highly respected Automotive Lift Institute.
You’re going to need an air compressor in any professional garage. and who better to supply your automotive shop air compressor than BelAire? These guys are the best at it, and that’s why we recommended the model 218V. This is a 5 HP compressor with an 80 gallon tank. It’s made in America while so many others aren’t. Plus, there is a 2 year warranty on every component. Along with that, they have over 350 service centers across the country.
The customer is a new auto shop that specializes in servicing European cars. European automobiles are very popular there. The shop is called Automotechs Parts & Service on Wulff Rd. The owner has a long and prosperous history of servicing the people of the Caribbean islands of the Bahamas. Here’s what the owner, Chris Lowe had to say about his experience with ASE Deals –
“I’ve known of Automotive Service Equipment for several years now as other places across Nassau have recommended you. When we needed to outfit our new shop, it was an easy decision as you offer most of what I needed and your reputation is outstanding. Everything arrived in a timely manner and at a reasonable price.”
In case you’re new to this blog, we have been having a drawing each month recently that awards a free hand-held jump starter to a lucky customer who submits a picture or two of their new car lift, tire changer or air compressor to us. The rules are pretty simple; just submit a picture, and you are entered. Then, we have a random drawing that chooses the winner.
Our favorite pictures are those that show our customer’s home garages with their brand new auto lift along with their favorite vehicle perched up on top. Very cool stuff. There are lots of nice garages and “man-caves” out there.
This month’s winner of our monthly drawing is Walt Reid from Branson, MO. Here is what he said –
“The BendPak Lift is working great! I have been working on my friends’ 1961 Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite vintage racer. The car is so narrow, the arms were almost too short! But it fit. I will send you a photo of my 66 Jaguar E-type when I get that up in the air. Today I put a friends 7,000 lb Dodge Ram 2500 dual cab on the lift to help him change shocks. No problem! It didn’t even sound like it was straining. I was at a buddys shop last week; his (Other brand) lift looked like a wimp compared to the BendPak. The cylinders on the the outside of the columns; the arms looked thinner and smaller; he has to pull a release cable
on each side to unlock the latch, etc. Thanks for helping with a great decision.”
We’ve shown you plenty of videos of our of our customers with their BendPak Lift. We’ve also shown you some videos that BendPak put out to promote their wide variety of products. This video is a production put out by BendPak with the popular professional wrestling personality, Bill Goldberg. He has the ultimate garage workshop setup, with all of the latest toys from BendPak, including a four post lift and a single post parking lift for storing his many vehicles. He also has a two post lift for servicing his many cars. He compliments his auto shop with many other pieces of Bend Pak / Ranger equipment. He’s got a BendPak air compressor, Ranger tool box, Ranger motorcycle lift, and much more. Most folks can only dream of having their personal garage outfitted like this.
After that, they take you to the famous Surf City Garage, a truly impressive shop, and pleasing to the eyes too. Next, they show clips from other notables who have BendPak lifts, like Jay Leno, Jessie James and West Coast Customs.
Go ahead, watch the video and look on with envy. We did.
You may have seen our previous post of another Bahamas connection earlier. We recently stopped by another one of our loyal customer’s auto shop on the beautiful Island of Nassau in the Bahamas. Rene Telle from Telle Auto has been servicing vehicles for decades and opened his specialty auto shop about four years ago. He specializes in German cars, especially Mercedes – Benz cars. In those four years, he has purchased quite a lot of equipment from us, including two of our BendPak XPR-10 Two Post Lift, a BelAire air compressor, and some pieces of Ranger shop equipment, like a press and oil drain. Rene says, “I am more than satisfied with my relationship with ASEdeals. I’m very happy with every purchase I’ve made. I will continue to go to ASEdeals.com for all my shop equipment needs”.
Be sure to stop by and see Rene if you’re on the island.
This is part 3 of this series. Previous posts dealt with car lifts, tire changers, and floor jacks. This post deals with air compressors. No automotive garage is complete without an Air Compressor of some kind. Most shop owners will spring for a 7.5 HP with an 80 gallon tank. But size should be dictated by the amount of air you require. The more technicians and bays you have, the more air you need, and the larger your compressor you will need to be. Don’t skimp when it comes to choosing a compressor for your shop. We’ve dealt with many people over the course of the past 15 years, and we’ve encountered many customers who were looking to save a buck, so they purchased a compressor smaller than they needed. After you get a compressor that is too small is not the time you want too find out that you chose a compressor that is large enough. The only true way to determine the size compressor to get is to take a good look at all of the tools that you will be powering and look at the air requirements of those tools. Add up the CFM requirements of all the tools that may be running at the same time and get a compressor that supplies more air than that.
As a guideline, A typical auto shop with a couple of bays will usually get a 7.5 HP reciprocating air compressor, while larger shops will dictate a larger model. Rotary screw air compressors are a better option for garage owners who desire a compressor with less noise and greater longevity, but you’ll need to have a larger budget because they are more expensive.
Air compressors are probably one of the most important purchases you can make for your shop.
We carry several different manufacturers when it comes to air compressors. And they’re all great, solid and reliable commercial quality compressors. But when it comes to Rotary Screw Air Compressors, nobody has a greater selection of top quality models to choose from than CAS.
CAS (Compressed Air Systems) is one of the premier Air Compressor manufacturers in the industry. They’ve been manufacturing quality compressors for decades and we have been carrying them for several years now with overwhelming positive reviews. And for good reason. They’re packed with features, the finest quality components, and workmanship second to none. Plus their prices are extremely competitively priced. You will not find a comparable model when it comes to quality, features and price. Especially right now. All CAS rotary screw air compressors are on sale until the end of March.
The benefits of rotary screw compressors over reciprocating air compressors is compelling. The run at lower rpms, with less heat and less moisture buildup, and you can expect greater longevity. They have a higher price than their reciprocating counterparts, but the operating costs more than make up for that.
They have a huge selection of models to choose from. They have models ranging from 5 HP all the way up to 50 HP. They are assembled in the USA and they have elite models available with all the bells and whistles, including vibration pads, air / oil cooler, auto tank drain, timed shut down, and much more. Call us today for more information and we’ll set you up with a model that’s right for you.
A very popular product with ASEdeals.com customers over the past 5 years or so is the Ranger RML750HD Motorcycle Lift. This can be attributed to several reasons.
First, The manufacturer is Ranger Products, a division of BendPak, Inc. They are one of the top names in the automotive lift business. They’ve been around for over 40 years and have a great reputation for quality and reliability.
Next, the RML750HD Motorcycle lift has many great features that are not typically found on most motorcycle lifts / ATV lifts on the market these days.
For instance, it lifts significantly higher, up to 43 inches. Most lifts only raise to approximately 36 inches.
It also has a greater lifting capacity of 1650 lbs. Most lifts have a lifting capacity of 1000 lbs.
It also has two different approach ramps. A wider, steeper ATV approach ramp, and a longer, narrower motorcycle approach ramp.
It can be powered by air, or hydraulics alone. So if your air compressor is down, you can still power this thing.
It also has retractable casters, so you can roll it around even while it’s loaded. This is a handy feature.
It also has a unique feature in it’s rear support poles. You can run straps down from the hooks on the poles down to the bike’s frame, so that you can free-wheel the rear wheel.
Included as standard with the lift are the side extensions, the wheel vise, the rear support poles, the drop-out panel in the rear, and the two different approach ramps.
Pretty cool, Huh?
This is part two of a three part series –
WHAT ABOUT MOISTURE?
Compressed air gets hot and then cools. When it cools, it creates condensation. The harder your compressor works, the hotter it will get and the more moisture you will have. There are two moisture problems that can cause problems. The first is moisture that goes through the air lines that eventually lead to your Air Tools. Next, the second is air that accumulates in the bottom of the tank which can cause rust and eventually ruin your tank. The idea is to keep the air as cool as possible. Copper pipe works best as it won’t rust and it also dissipates heat well. Our BendPak TRI-MAX air compressors feature an extreme duty three cylinder pump that has been designed to operate with maximum cooling efficiency under all load conditions. The 100% cast-iron pump utilizes a “W-3” configuration that
provides 360° cooling efficiency and splash lubrication for total reliability. A cooling fan helps to provides maximum forced air-cooling for ultimate efficiency. A large pump that puts out little noise and a lot of power is due to the slower RPM speed and efficient two-stage design. Because they operate at slower speeds than other compressors and feature large-diameter finned copper tubing between stages, they have a lower operating temperature, which achieves maximum efficiency.
WHAT IS CUBIC FEET PER MINUTE (CFM)?
Any piece of equipment that runs from air power, (such as air tools) require a certain volume of air to operate them. The volume of air that a compressor produces is rated in CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute). You usually see several CFM ratings at different pressures on a compressor. CFM ratings can be exaggerated just like HP ratings, but you should get around 3½ – 4 CFM per real HP at 90 PSI.
DOES TANK SIZE MATTER?
An Air Compressor tank doesn’t produce air, it stores the air. It is more important to have a big enough pump and motor, because if you are
producing as much air as you want to use, you’ll never run out of air no matter how small the tank is. A smaller tank is more portable and gets up to pressure quicker, while a compressor with a large tank doesn’t start and stop as often and cools the air better. Having a larger tank doesn’t mean the compressor runs less, it starts and stops less frequently but the running time is the same as if it had a smaller tank.
HORSE POWER – TRUE OR EXAGERATED?
Many air compressor manufacturers “exaggerate” their horsepower ratings to sell more compressors. Industrial compressors like our BendPak TRI-MAX™ Series are rated accurately, which is why you’ll notice the 5 and 7.5 HP motors are noticeably physically larger (nearly 40% larger) than one of those overrated “Chain Store” one. A good way to tell if you are looking at real or overrated HP is to look at how much electrical power it takes to run the motor. A good rule of thumb for TRUE horsepower ratings are as shown below –
1-Phase 115V – 9½ -10 Amps per HP
1-Phase 230V – 4½ – 5 Amps per HP
3-Phase 230V – 2 – 2½ Amps per HP
3-Phase 460V – 1-1¼ Amps per HP
A true 5 HP motor will draw 22-25 amps on a 220 volt circuit, (single phase power), while most overrated “Chain Store” compressors run on a normal 15 amp 110 volt circuit. A normal 15 amp 110 volt circuit is actually only capable of running about 2-3 real HP.
WHAT MOTORS ARE BEST?
BendPak TRI-MAX™ air compressors feature the best electric motor money can buy. For the past 80 years, Baldor Electric has led the industry in developing motors that deliver the best performance and reliability all while using less electricity. Premium grade copper wire, thinner laminations, superior bearings, premium grade steel, larger end rings, low-loss fans allow these energy efficient motors run cooler and longer. In October of 2006, Baldor again received 1st place ranking for motors in several trade publication surveys. Baldor continually ranks better than any other motor manufacturer in their category.
DOES IT HAVE 100% CAST IRON CONSTRUCTION?
A true industrial grade Air Compressor like our BendPak TRI-MAX™ Series models will have 100% cast iron pump, block and heads. An air compressor pump is just like a car engine and almost all car engines are made from cast iron. Cast iron is the most durable material that can be used on a high temperature, high use application. Race cars engines may use aluminum for weight reduction but these engines last for one or two races then have to be rebuilt.
This is a three part series. Part 2 will post tomorrow.
Customers are always asking us, “Do you have an air compressor that’s quiet”? Now normally, we would have to steer them toward an expensive Rotary Screw Air Compressor. But not anymore, thanks to the new BelAire Air Compressors QP Series Quiet Reciprocating Compressors.
BelAire hit the ball out of the park with this one. an affordable reciprocating piston air compressor that is hush quiet. Only 66db. Now you can hear yourself think.
These compressors are perfect for smaller shops that don’t have a spare room to store their compressor and desire a reasonable noise level. In fact, they have half the noise of a traditional compressor.
It accomplishes the lower noise level by mounting an ABS housing with heat resistance foam that really reduces the noise level. Don’t worry, there’s a fan in the housing to keep air flow to the motor to keep things cool. There’s low oil shut off, and overheat protection.
And of course you get BelAire’s comprehensive 2 year warranty that includes on-site service. The have over 300 service centers nationwide, so you’re covered no matter where you are.
There are 5 HP and 7.5 HP models available.