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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.”
Automotive big wigs gather every year for one of the biggest events in industry. Yes the SEMA show in Las Vegas. It takes place at the end of October into the first few days of November every year. On display are all kinds of cool new concept cars, automotive related products as well as informational booths.
One such informational feature was The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift inspector Certification program. This program aims to teach industry technicians and other professionals the points of inspecting automotive lifts. Auto lifts are required to be inspected at least once a year according to ANSI lift standards. This is the first program of it’s kind that addresses this need. Prior to this, there was no program to reference as a standard. Of course, there could be no better candidate to choose to run a program of this nature, since ALI is the authority on all things pertaining to vehicle lifts.
The program goes through critical aspects of lift inspection, including operational functions, maintenance, as well as repair. It will go over all types of features relating to lifts, like electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, structural and mechanical features. There has been a lack of certified lift inspectors, so this could not have come at a better time. Most inspections have been performed by technicians who may not be qualified to assess the condition of the lift. This program assures that technicians will be qualified in the future to inspect any vehicle lift. ALI will also issue a directory which will list all of the certified technicians.
If you haven’t been inspecting your lifts on a frequent basis, now is the time to start. Check in with ALI to locate a qualified inspector near you.
The headline should be enough to get your interest. Who wouldn’t want a free four post car lift for their home garage? You could use it for all kinds of services for your cars, and you can also use it to store one car over another to help you save on your garage floor space. It’s amazing to us how many people purchase our car lifts for their own use in their home garages.
Well now you don’t have to purchase one. Now you can win one for free! BendPak is giving away a chance to win a free car lift just for posting a comment on their Facebook page or Twitter account. Each weekday, Bend Pak will post an article and all you have to do is respond with a funny, or witty comment. If BendPak chooses your comment for that day, you are entered for a chance to win.
Then, on September 30th, they will have a drawing and choose a winner. That’s 86 chances to win. Winning lift options include the BendPak MD6XP Mid rise scissor lift, one of the BendPak XPR10 two post lifts, or one of the BendPak lifts. It’s that simple.
So get going. You’ve got a couple of months to post a comment that gets chosen bringing you closer to obtaining your very own automotive lift.
The title of this post says it all. Choosing an Automotive Lift just got easier. If you click on that link embedded in the previous phrase “Automotive Lift” you’ll find a captivating article about the facts to use to choose between a two post lift or a four post lift.
The article appears on the Squidoo network, which is a well known network of articles that are placed by all kinds of different authors about a myriad of different subject categories. The automotive lift article we placed there is appropriately placed in the Automotive category.
It goes into great detail about the many considerations required for making the proper choice on your lift. It is a must read for anybody on the market for an Automotive Lift.
Take a look at it, and give us your feedback.
What better time of year than the Easter holiday to donate to Homes For Our Troops? We’ve told you about this very worthy charity before. And we’re going to continue to tell people about it for as long as there’s a need for it. We’ve been supporting them for many years now because the cause is right and they are one of the best rated charities by the major rating agencies. Charity Navigator gives Homes For Our Troops a Four Star rating.
Homes For Our Troops builds specially adapted homes for our disabled veterans coming home with severe injuries. They’ve just finished making their 100th home, and their next goal is 200. With your help, we hope to help them reach that goal in half the time it took them to get to their first 100.
Many of our customers make a comfortable living, and are able to afford to put an Automotive Lift in their home garage. If you can afford to purchase this type of equipment to store all your extra cars then you certainly have a few extra dollars for such a worthy cause like Homes For Our Troops. Please find it in your heart to make a small donation.
The hazards of highway driving are evident on many freeways here in the USA. Last year there was a massive wreck on a California freeway brought on by fog and poor visibility. Last Friday, there was a huge 80 car pile-up on a highway in Germany that claimed the lives of over 80 people that was caused by a freak sand storm. You can view some video for coverage from NBC of the incident below. All it takes is one inattentive driver during low visibility situations to cause a chain reaction crash.
What can we do do prevent these tragic and costly events from occurring? Probably the most important thing is pay attention. Drivers are so distracted by modern electronic appliances. Increase time and space between you and the driver in front of you. And slow down, especially when encountering low visibility conditions. Otherwise you may find yourself in a situation where you car is up on an Automotive Lift, getting some body work done. Consider yourself lucky if that’s all that happens too.
We frequently get asked by our customers, “I’m starting my own auto shop and I don’t know what equipment I need”. There is no definitive list of garage equipment, because every shop is different and has different needs. And budget will always be a factor. But there are some basic essentials that should be part of any auto shop comprehensive lift of must-have tools and equipment. Below is part 1 of our suggested list of essentials –
Automotive Lift –
This is a no brainer of course. Every auto shop needs a lift. But what kind? Should you get a two post lift, a four post lift, or some other kind of automotive hoist? There are many factors that should influence your decision. Each type of lift has it’s benefits and shortcomings. No one type of lift is perfect for every application. Of course, if your budget allows for it, you get get several different lifts to allow you to meet any application.
A Two post Lift will give you the greatest ability to access the vehicle for servicing. They give you a full rise lift and allow you to get at every inch of the underside of the vehicle, along with the wheels as well.
But sometimes, you may prefer the stability and speed of a four post lift. You can just drive on and off quickly, for oil changes, plus you have more stability when performing major jobs like removing a transmission. And with rolling jacks, you’ll be able to access the wheels for tire rotations as well.
Then there are a variety of other types of lifts for specialty applications. Will you be performing alignments? There are four post alignment lifts and scissor alignment rack.
Maybe you’ll have a lube shop with a pit and you’ll need a pit lift. For brake shops or tire shops, you may want to get a low rise pad lift that allows you to remove wheels quickly.
If you are a larger garage with multiple bays, you may have the luxury of obtaining several types of lifts to meet every application. Just make sure you purchase a reliable lift from a major brand name manufacturer. There are many inferior quality auto lifts on the market today and we’ve heard many stories from our customers about the bad experiences they’ve had when they tried to cut corners and purchase one of those “bargain” no name lifts out there.
What do you get when you cross a pallet jack with a forklift? No that’s not an opening line of some lame old joke. That’s the question you ask right before someone answers, ” The model MSC-6K portable lift“.
It combines the features of a pallet jack and a forklift. It can be rolled around and transported like a pallet jack, and can be rolled under the side of a disabled vehicle, and then the arms positioned under the car’s jacking points, and then raised all the way up to a full lifting height.
It is rare to have an Automotive Lift that is portable, also raise a car to a full lifting height of 69 inches. That’s what makes this lift so popular. It has features that most other lifts don’t have. You can even drive one side of the vehicle over the arms, so it isn’t always necessary to roll the lift under the car. It’s rated at 6000 lbs. capacity and is powered by 110 volts AC. The lowered pad height is 5 inches and can spin up to 9” to adjust for taller vehicle jacking points.
While any lift requires care and vigilance when it comes to safety, portable lifts require extra care, especially when it raises to a full height like this one. Common sense should tell you that something that is mounted to a concrete floor will be more stable than something that is not.
This one is extremely popular with the salvage yards, and we get great feedback on it. Let us know if you have any questions.
Auto shop owners and individuals who own an Automotive Lift should inspect their lifts on a regular basis. There are monthly maintenance checks as well as daily safety checks you should inspect for each day.
Most reputable car lift manufacturers include an owner’s manual which should outline a recommended checklist of routine inspection points.
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) also issues literature with every ALI Certified lift which advises proper safety procedures, inspection and maintenance for all the various types of lifts.
Daily inspection checklists should include, but are not limited to the following –
Cracking of the concrete floor around the base of the columns.
Look for mounting anchors pulling up at the base of the columns.
Look for wear at any part of the lift, paying particular attention the moving parts, (ie: cables, pulleys etc..).
Ensure that all locks and safeties are functioning properly.
Confirm that arms, runways, posts are not sagging or deformed in any way.
Inspect hydraulic cylinders for any leaking hydraulic oil.
Make sure all electronic components are functioning as necessary.
Listen for any tell-tall noises that might indicate the potential for trouble.
Watch for stuttering, or uneven lifting.
Watch for signs of wear near moving components, such as metal shavings or dust.
If any of these concerns are present, contact a qualified professional to inspect your lift further. You might be tempted to troubleshoot and diagnose the problem yourself, but take our advise and seek a professional technician who knows what he’s doing. Safety is too important.
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has warned that they have received specific reports that certain lift manufacturers are making false claims that their lifts are ALI Certified. Reports have surfaced in several areas, including England as well as the USA of lift distributors making these misleading claims. ALI has a special page on their web site dedicated to pointing out these offenders and shining the light of truth on the situation. They point out numerous circumstances of manufacturers and distributors from across the globe of similar circumstances under the heading – “Buyer Beware”.
It is vitally important that all instances of fraudulent Certification claims be vetted out and shown to the buying public. If allowed to go unchallenged, false certification claims would lead to consumers purchasing potentially inferior lifts, all the while assuming that their lift meets all the various safety and quality standards that ALI is so well known for.
If a distributor tells you their Car Lift is indeed ALI Certified, but you’re not certain, you can confirm it by going to the ALI web site. They have a section there that lists every manufacturer and every single model lift that is ALI Certified. Don’t get taken by an unscrupulous salesman. Verify what they are telling you is true. It’s unfortunate that consumers still cannot trust everything a company tells them these days.