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It’s Fix-a-Dent Season!

Car-in-ditchVehicular accidents increase in the winter.  Snow and ice make driving tricky.   Holiday shopping and travel mean extra miles.  Shorter days mean more nighttime driving.   Body shops get busy, and Standard Tools sells more collision repair equipment, including frame pulling systems.  It might help to know your options before you start shopping.

Portable pulling systems are useful as mobile devices for spot-work.  They work by pulling one part of the car against another and can only be used for small jobs, unless a user really is an artist at this kind of work.

Pulling posts are used with anchor pots in the shop floor.  This process dates to the 1920’s and is still used by some shops.  The systems are very robust but can be slow to operate.  Pulls are generally simple and uni-directional.

The Dozer is a rolling main tube with a pivoting vertical tube that pulls a secured chain.  This equipment is very useful on straight pulls on the side or end of a vehicle.  The vertical post rotates for more adjusting, but complex or pulls at an angle to the vehicle must be done in stages.

Our Floor System is a full system with four clamping stands and a rolling vertical pulling post.   The bed is made of six heavy-duty sections that anchor to the shop floor to create a machine bed that is larger than some frame machines.  The system comes with one rolling round pulling tower, but Standard Tools can provide a second tower.  This system is useful for other repair tasks and only sits 4.5” above the floor when not in use.

Standard Tools offers three different frame machines.   The 3003-17 is our entry-level machine that comes ready for any job.  It comes with two 10-ton square towers, four clamp stands and an infinite range of tower locations.  This machine is easy to use and should perform well on most autos and light trucks.  The 3002-18T and 3002-20T frame machines are heavy-duty frame machines designed to repair auto and most pickup trucks.  Rounds towers allow pulls at an angle to the bed, and the ½” bed thickness provides a stable pulling platform.  All three frame machines are tilt-style to allow easy loading of most vehicles.  All three machines work with a wide range of measuring equipment and machine accessories.

If your body shop parking lot is filling with collision work or if it just time to replace a tired frame machine, give us a call.  Our website has plenty of photos and videos to show the quality and features of our systems.  Standard Tools started in business in 1979 supplying collision repair equipment and continues to supply real value to shops who profit by repairing all types of collision damage.

 

Sure, you can go with the cheapest deal you find online.

Frame Machine, Chassis Machine, Frame Straightener or whatever you want to call them!  In recent years, frame machine choices, prices and quality have changed immensely due to the ever-growing Internet.

The Internet has changed the frame machine market, with one- and two-man operations giving the impression that they are bigger than they are. They want the customer to think that they are viable, multi-location, well-staffed companies.  How can you tell when you’re shopping online, anyway?

With lower-priced import machines flooding the market, who you purchase from is as important, if not more, than what you buy.  You need to research the company that you are planning to purchase from to find out how long the company has been in business, how many employees they have, what type of facility they are operating from, and what level of customer service you can expect.

Sure, you can go with the cheapest deal you find online. But what you will get is very poor quality from an unreliable company. These companies don’t last long, and when they shut down how will you find replacement parts, contact customer service or get product support?

Remember the golden rule, you get what you pay for! Pay the little bit more to get a good machine from a quality company that will stand the test of time in your shop.

Tools USA has been a leader in the industry since 1979, you can trust that we will sell you a quality machine and be here for the many years that it will last you! Read More about Us!

Measuring; Before & After

Allvis in UseCollision repair shops both large and small need accurate measuring capabilities in order to return a customer’s vehicle to pre-crash condition.

The Allvis Computerized Measuring System offers simple, technician-friendly measuring with the capability to print before and after repair reports.The system saves the work orders as JPEG files, making it easy to pull them up in the future. At a price that is affordable to the smaller shop and attractive to the large multi-tech shop, this system offers you a simple, speedy operation.

With the Allvis System shops can meet the print out requirements of many insurance companies to qualify for DRP status, without the $35000 investment.  The Allvis Systems are the most practical , technician friendly systems available.  Any technician regardless of experience can measure, register and print using the Allvis systems.

COMPUTERIZED MEASURING SYSTEMS

Vehicles are fighting to become the best in their feature offerings. Technology is bringing more and more “hands-free” this and “touch-screen” that…. It seems that we will soon have cars that can even think on their own! With all of these techy gadgets and time-saving devices comes a higher chance of damaging something in just a minor collision. Gone are the days where it was just a “fender bender” … a little bump affects the car’s core and all of these modern devices.

Many times, the extent of the damages is not discovered until the repairs have begun…. dragging out the repair time, raising the repair costs and causing frustration in customers.

In a world full of technology, customers and insurance companies expect more than repairs based on strings, tape measures or basic old fashioned measuring systems.  So, what is the solution? Computerized electronic measuring systems offer tremendous accuracy and will detect damage that visual inspections miss. With this technology, shops are able to compare each measurement to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications and display any difference, enabling the technician to make needed adjustments. As an added bonus, they provide the proper repair documentation required by most insurance companies.

Until recently, these systems were out of reach for the small and mid-size shops due to the high price tag ($25,000 to $40,000).  Not only where they pricey, but so complicated that it required extensive training, limiting the number of technicians that could actually use the system. With this added training and the regular software updates, thousands of dollars were added to the lifetime cost of these system.
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FABTECH 2010

Tools USA and Paint-Booths will be attending FABTECH 2010.  FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event with over 1,000 exhibiting companies.

FABTECH
FABTECH Location

FABTECH 2010
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia
November 2-4, 2010
www.fabtechexpo.com

Be Advised – The New NESHAP rules could affect your business!!

New NESHAP 6-H RULE – Paint Stripping and Various Spraying Operations
The National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) is the air quality division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  NESHAP defined new air quality requirements for surface coating and paint stripping operations in 2008. It becomes enforceable at the end of 2010.  This new rule defines a form that has to be submitted for new or modified spray and stripping operations for vehicles and mobile equipment.  The forms and requirements are available on-line through your local EPA office at www.epa.gov. Continue reading Be Advised – The New NESHAP rules could affect your business!!

Going “GREEN” – Our History and Getting Started in Your Shop

Have you every built a deck, a table or a fence only to find out that you wasted 30, 40, or even 50% of the material purchased due to poor planning and design?

Standard Tools and Equipment Co. has been making collision repair equipment, spray booths and dust collectors since 1979. We have refined our processes and equipment to result in a waste level of only 7%.  Scrap steel is sent back to the mill to be processed into new steel; scrap wood is ground up by a recycler for use in chipboard products; and hazardous wastes are processed by federal government-approved waste handlers.
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Autobody Equipment Financing

Tools USA now offers financing on a paint booth, frame machine or multi item purchases!  To take advantage of our new program, please call 800-451-2425.

To be approved for the financing, qualified customers must meet the following criteria:  1. located in EST zone, 2. acceptable credit, 3. agree to ACH monthly drafts,  4. minimum of 40% down payment, and 5. must finance $3000 which would require an order of $5000.

Financing rates will be between 10-14% with 24, 36, and 48 month lease options with a $1 buy-out.

Customer Feedback

In response to new materials, processes and requirements, Standard Tools & Equipment is constantly working on new products including: spray booths, frame machines, dust collectors, and all types of accessories.  We are a lean, direct supplier with the ability to respond quickly to new demands and we always welcome any type of input from our product users.

At Standard Tools & Equipment our business is based on fulfilling the needs of our customers.  Our customers work hands-on in the world of collision repair, painting, powder coating, and other industries.  They are some of the most creative and knowledgeable people in their fields.  Everyday they experience new materials, processes, and challenges.

If you are in need of a special product or have any suggestions, please contact our sales or engineering staff.  Standard Tools & Equipment greatly appreciates your input and we look forward to exceeding your expectations.

Standard Tools & Equipment
800.451.2425

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