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Infrared Curing Lamps -Plug It In & Get To Work

EAG 9MS 7296Infrared curing lamps are a cost effective way to speed up the process of drying or curing most air-dry coatings. Infrared curing technology has been used by auto body repair professionals for a long time. The vast majority of infrared curing lamps are using short-wave infrared lamps to speed up the drying process of putties, fillers, primers, base coats and clear coats.

Why do auto body repair professionals use infrared lights

–          Accelerated drying times of all painting materials
–          No need to use spray booth for smaller jobs
–          Lower energy bills
–          Mobility of infrared lamps allows more efficient exploitation of body shop space

Infrared’s main focuses is exceptional speed, high efficiency, precision control and zero emissions. Infrared heat dries one-quarter to one-tenth the time needed when air-drying finishes. It also requires little to no air-flow reducing the possibility of dust or debris contaminating the finish. The heat is more cost efficient than convection heat since it reduces cycle times, transfers heat directly to your product and doesn’t require an expensive enclosure like an oven to keep and recirculate the heat. These heat lamps generate zero emissions and will not pollute the air.

So…plug in your lamp and speed up your work times!
If you paint and cure full vehicles often, you should consider the benefits of a paint booth.

Collision Repair Technology Degree

Mechanical repairs a tire.Did you know that you could earn an Associate degree in auto body repair?

With so many skilled trades falling by the wayside in our country, it is truly refreshing to know that some things will always be done by the hand of another competent human being. Competent that is, if they are trained properly.  I was pleased recently when I heard that a local community college in our part of the country was expanding its program for auto body repair training.  It has recently changed from Auto Body to Collision Repair Technology, Associate of Applied Science.  Now I know, that sounds kind of fancy, but it is a great program to help young people learn a skill that pays well and provides an immediate self-satisfaction opportunity.  A quick Google search and I was surprised by how many colleges are offering education in this skilled field.

The Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology curriculum provides training in the use of equipment and materials in the auto body repair trade. As a student, you learn structural repair, non-structural repair, mechanical & electrical repair and painting & refinishing.  At the completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Perform structural analysis and damage repairs
  • Perform non-structural analysis and damage repairs
  • Refinish vehicles or vehicle components
  • Read repair estimates
  • Write repair estimates
  • Repair plastics and adhesives
  • Replace vehicle components

These skills set you up for a successful career in a variety of areas:

  • Franchised independent garages
  • Dealerships
  • Race teams
  • Truck companies
  • Glass shops
  • Boat shops
  • Start your own business

If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to take advantage of then look to your local community college for similar opportunities.  Please contact us if we can help equip you with the necessary trade tools and equipment to be successful in this field.

Rotisserie Auto Body Lift/Rotator

Tools USA sells Rotisserie For Car and Truck Frames.

Let’s face it; we are not getting any younger and our bodies tend to ache more than usual. People who work on cars have sore backs, well, all the time. Sure, there are dollies or carts that will slide you in and out… but you’re still on your back. Wouldn’t it be easier if the car’s under-body came to you?

TA-DA! Meet the auto rotisserie. It’s called a rotisserie because it spins the frame of the car around 360 degrees, just like a rotisserie chicken!

It’s a great value for an unbeatable price. For less than $1000, this is a must have for anyone restoring the body or frame of a truck or car. Frame restoration is made easy with this quality car rotator. Once the vehicle is lifted onto the rotisserie, it can be spun around a full 360 degrees for full access. It puts the person working on the vehicle in a comfortable upright or sit-down position to have full access for sanding, welding, and any other body work needed.

It is also much safer than working underneath a car that is on sitting on jack stands. Click here for more detailed information on the rotisserie we sell. 

  • Heavy-Duty balancing system.
  • Securely locks at any angle.
  • Two 6,600lb. capacity jacks to adjust working height.
  • Four 16″ mounting arms.
  • Three piece telescoping center bar adjusts to 25′
  • Six 3″ Phenolic resin swivel casters.
  • Lifting capacity 4,000 lbs.
  • Axle Steel Thickness 1/8″
  • Bracket Steel Thickness 1/4″
  • Adapter Arms are made out of 2 1/2″ square tubing that is 3/16″ thick
  • Height overall 77 1/8″
  • Length overall 258 1/4″
  • Width overall 58 7/8″
  • Lifting height 17 3/4″ – 45 1/4″
  • Net weight 378 lbs.

Tools USA Customer Service Desk

FROM THE DESK OF GINA GILCHRIST: CUSTOMER SERVICE REP

photo 1For any successful company, their customers make them who they are. When problems arrive, the first point of contact is the customer service department. We are like fire fighters on the front line, fighting fires that range from defective equipment returns to making sure the equipment that a customer needs is correct before we send it out to them.

We get happy customers calling to say thank you and we get irate customers calling because something wasn’t what they thought it was. Whatever the situation, I am here to help them become a client of ours for life. That’s my job.

We don’t want to lose any customers because of poor service. I understand that there are customers out there that just can’t be pleased, but we will try everything we can to solve any issue that they have. I believe in being diligent and giving a lot of TLC to our customers.  As a customer service rep at Standard Tools and Equipment, I know that what I say and how I respond to our customers will go a long way and have a huge impact in our customers experience.

There is article after article about great customer services. Tips, tricks, software, pop-up windows and such … but what I believe makes great customer service goes all the way back to my  Kindergarten days, “Treat others as you would like to be treated”. It’s simple. We believe in our customers, and we enjoy them. I truly enjoy my interaction with them each day. Please let me know how I can assist you.

Check out some more about our Customer Service policies here.

Order Shipping and Delivery at Tools USA

WHEN IS MY ORDER SHIPPING & WHEN WILL IT DELIVERED?

I bought something online the other day and was shocked to find that it would take almost airliner with a globe and autoloader with boxes in a containertwo weeks to be delivered…. For a pair of shoes! The well-known company I used shipped it UPS to my local USPS center, where it sat for 2 days until it is was delivered to my local carrier and finally to my house. It would have been easier to just go to a local store and get it… but then I wouldn’t have gotten such a great deal, and in my size.

As we all drive up and down the interstate, it’s hard not to see trucks traveling up and down, carrying products to their final destination. To stay competitive and the spontaneous ability to ship anywhere, most companies use an outside carrier to ship their products all over the country and to international destinations.

Shipping and delivery at Tools USA is quick. In shipping our products to you, we use Estes Express, Road Runner, Wilson Trucking or UPS.  We know how anxious you are to receive your order, so we make every effort to get your equipment out our door in a timely manner. If you place your order in the morning, and it’s in stock, we strive to have it out the next day.

Once it’s on the truck, we have no control over when your equipment will arrive to you. We do meet with the trucking companies often and negotiate on our customer’s behalf for fair shipping prices and suitable shipping times.

One of the services our customer service team offers is a phone call to let you know when your order leaves our warehouse and to give you an estimated time to expect it.  We recommend that once you receive a call from our customer service team, you call the trucking company and setup a time for delivery. We’re happy to give you the trucking company’s contact information. That way, you will be informed of any delays on their end as well as be prepared to accept delivery when they arrive and start enjoying your order!

Extra Tip: Be sure to inspect your order for shipping damage before you sign for it!

Have you ‘Visited’ your auto body shop lately?

Interior of Messy Car Repair ShopImproving Your Auto Body Shop & Increasing Your Profits
by: Tracy Beach

One of the things I like most about my job is that I get to see our products in action.  When I am visiting a shop to see specific products, I also get a perspective of processes and the overall professionalism of the shop. Over the past several months I have made several observations that seem obvious to a visitor but went unnoticed by the shop team that was there every day.  The following notes are not intended as ‘Duh’ comments, but as simple things that can make a shop more professional and profitable.

Warning: some of these are going to make you say, “Isn’t that obvious?” Yes, but in our everyday lives, not seeing what is obvious to a visitor can slow productivity, decrease quality and decrease safety.

Continue reading Have you ‘Visited’ your auto body shop lately?

Canadian Paint Booth Standards

canada flagNFPA-33 spray application for combustible or flammable materials is authored by the National Fire Protection Association and is regarded as the top-level standard for spray booth design, use and maintenance. This booklet is available through various online sites (e.g. www.techstreet.com) for under $50.  It is used by all spray booth manufacturers in the USA and should be owned by anyone using a spray booth.  It is full of information based on past issues.  Standard Tools and Equipment also refers to OSHA 29CFR1910 and IFC codes to influence spray booth design, materials and manufacturing.
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Which air compressor is right for you?

Project2 (8155)For most shops, having an air compressor is a necessity. If you’re in the market for a compressor, make sure the air compressor you choose is the right one for your business and that it will meet all the requirements you need. With dozens of manufacturers to choose from, Tools USA only sells the most reputable and well-known brands. We stand by their products and they all have a 1-year parts warranty.

Whether you are going to use it occasionally or on a daily basis, there are several factors to consider. Tank size, configuration, horsepower and required CFM’s are important to think about.

Should you choose a vertical or horizontal unit? The configuration of the air compressor is important. Air compressor tanks vary widely in size, so it’s important to think about how you will be using it to determine the size you’ll need. Tools that work in short bursts—an impact wrench, for example—work well with a small tank. Tools that continuously use air such as grinders, spray guns and sand blasters will require a larger tank. If you can’t decide, be safe and go with the one with the larger tank.

As tank size increases, so does the overall size of the compressor.  If you want a big tank but have space concerns, consider a vertical tank instead of a horizontal model. To conserve space, a vertical compressor can be a big bonus when compared to a horizontal unit.

How much power do you need? The CFM and PSI ratings indicate which tools a compressor can operate. Make sure the compressor can supply the amount of air and pressure for your tools. Select a compressor that exceeds the CFM requirement of your most powerful air tool. For example, air hammers, die grinders, drills and ratchets require 4.0 CFM and around 90 PSI. High-speed grinders require 8.0 CFM while sanders are around 6- 7.5 CFM.

Air compressor motors range from simple 110-volt, 1/2-horsepower jobs all the way up to three-phase, 220-240-volt with 25+ horsepower. The electrical service available to your shop dictates the largest compressor you can install. The electricity used in industrial settings is generally three-phase power.

Click here to learn more about how to choose the right size compressor from Industrial Gold.

Once you have decided the right compressor for you, maintaining it is extremely important. Just like changing the oil in your car. Daily usage and vibration of compressors can cause the fittings and bolts to loosen and should be checked when your compressor is serviced. Here are some other preventative measures you should take:


Daily:
Drain moisture from the tank
Weekly:  Check the pump oil level and top off if necessary
Quarterly: Change oil and filter, check condition and alignment of belt, flywheel and motor pulley, check operation of the safety valve, check pressure switch unloader to ensure the compressor unloads when the motor shuts down and clean dirt and dust from the pump fins and motor.
Every 2,000 Hours: Lubricate electric motor, Inspect and replace (as necessary) the pump valves, check valves, safety valves, pressure gauge, and belt(s).

Why is Industrial Gold one of the manufacturers we choose to offer our clients? We like that they are family-owned and operated since 1996 and they build all of their products with same level of pride and commitment that they started their business with. They make the simplest to operate, easiest to maintain and most reliable compressors on the market today. Simply put, they make a quality compressor at a great price and Tools USA is happy to offer the full line to our customers.

What Does Your Parking Lot Look Like?

car lotWinter is over and the cars damaged due to icy and snowy driving may have your parking lot in overflow mode.  People are ready to have their vehicles repaired and get ready for the nice cruising weather ahead. When there is plenty of work coming your way, you may think you don’t have time for anything else…. but now is the precise time when you should be investing in your shop for even more work down the road.

Ask yourself these checklist questions to make sure your shop is in optimal working mode:

  1. Is your frame straightening equipment working well, or will it hamper the work to be done?
  2. How about the hydraulic equipment and frame machine pulling clamps devices?
  3. Is your spray booth clean and efficient?
  4. Are you painting without a booth?
  5. Do you need another spray booth?
  6. How about smaller items like air compressors, paint mixing rooms, clamps and chains, frame measuring tools and sanding disks?

The best time to invest in your shop is when it you have plenty of work and cash flow coming through the door.  Make plans to improve the productivity and quality of your work NOW, when you don’t need to get a loan or settle for cheaper equipment.

Improving your shop when your competitor down the street doesn’t has a long-lasting impact on the profitability and survivability of your shop. We want to see you busy and in business for a long time to come. Let us help you today.

Visit our sites: Eagle Equipment, Tools USA, Paint-Booths.com.

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.

 

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