Precision Instruments

Nov 6, 2012

If you hosted surprise visitors to your shop today, would you be proud of what they saw on a tour of your work bay?

Not necessarily the cleanliness (heaven knows we all could use some help there!), but in regards to the tools you use every day?

A professional business demands professional shop tools and equipment-for their precision performance, long-term durability and the faith they instill in customers and employees alike.

An organized toolbox stocked with quality, versatile tools makes a shop more efficient and better-able to handle unexpected tasks. And even if you have to pay a little more for them up-front, tool suppliers explain that high ROI is enough to make quality shop equipment a wise long-term investment.

Some performance outlets also choose to offer tools to their DIY customers, finding added profits retailing equipment trusted and recommended by the pros.

Here’s a roundup of some of the hottest shop tools now available to performance shops nationwide, and tips on how a well-stocked toolbox can increase your productivity and bottom line.

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PROFORM
Warren, Mich.
Lou Lobsinger Jr.
National Sales Manager

Our hottest shop tool product is…

our 66765 Electric Piston Ring Filer.

Its best features include…

an electric motor, adjustable table, 0.001-inch precision dial indicator, rechargeable battery and quality grinding wheels.

Quality shop tools are important to speed shops and engine builders because…

not only can you save time, but you can now have repeatability and accuracy, which saves on comebacks.

The biggest misconception surrounding professional shop tools is…

a good, quality tool has to cost a lot. There are many manufacturers out there with quality affordable tools.

An unexpected benefit for shops investing in quality tools is…

many tools are not as complex as they used to be, allowing more shop delegation since tools are easier to use.

Shops can immediately begin making more money with shop tools by…

first by doing the job quicker, and second by not having the job come back.

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Longacre Racing Products
Monroe, Wash.
Tom Glithero
VP of Sales

Our hottest shop tool product is…

one of Longacre Racing Products’ hottest pit tools is our 24-volt cordless impact gun.

The top seller is the unit with two batteries plus a lug nut socket, two extensions and carrying case.

Its best features include…

this unit comes with two NiCd batteries that provide long use time, which allows you to complete even the toughest project with true portability as you have no air hoses to tangle or trip over.

The gun puts out 330 foot-pounds of torque, which will allow you to pop-off lugs nuts easily.

The molded rubber grip provides comfort, while the variable-speed trigger allows you to complete tasks with great control.

You’ll come to appreciate the LED work lights when under the car or in a dark pit area.

Quality shop tools are important to speed shops and engine builders because…

since that old adage “Time is Money” still applies, it remains important to not only get the job done timely, but also correctly.

Good tools are a must for speed and accuracy, plus you need to look professional if a customer is watching!

An unexpected benefit for shops investing in quality tools is…

both the customer and employee are happier. Not only will they get the job done quicker and with professionalism, but people like to be associated with winners and those who take pride in the job.

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Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Appleton, Wis.
Ben Romenesko
Product Manager

Our hottest shop tool product is…

…the new lightweight and extremely portable Multimatic 200 welder.

Its best features include…

…the extreme versatility of the unit. The Multimatic 200 features MIG, TIG, and stick capability in a very portable and rugged package weighing only 29 pounds.

Additional features include Miller’s exclusive Auto-Set Elite to get your machine to the correct parameters faster and easier. Miller’s Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP) allows users to switch between 120- and 230-volt power by simply changing out plug adapters.

Quality shop tools are important to speed shops and engine builders because…

…the quality of the work being done is extremely important. The Multimatic 200 offers one of the highest-quality arcs in the welding industry. It is on the leading-edge of inverter technology that delivers a crisp arc in all three welding processes.

The biggest misconception surrounding professional shop tools is…

…that tools that serve the same function are all the same. The quality of the tool can easily reflect on the quality of the work that the shop produces.

In the case of welding, arc quality varies greatly from the low-cost units to the higher-cost equipment. There isn’t an amount of time, special technique or preparation that the user can do to make up for the finished quality of a piece welded with a low-quality arc.

Most of the time, the money saved by a lower-cost machine ends up costing more through finishing time and rework.

An unexpected benefit for shops investing in quality tools is…

…the efficiency they will see when using the equipment. The Multimatic 200 has the versatility of MIG, TIG and stick, and on top of the versatility, it is simple.

The machine can be converted from one process to the next in minutes. Setting the parameters is also simple with the LCD screen. The user simply chooses the electrode diameter (TIG tungsten/MIG wire/ STICK electrode) for the process they are using. Then they use the push-buttons to select the material thickness they intend to weld. The machine will give the user the correct amperage or wire feed speed and voltage.

Shops can immediately begin making more money with shop tools by…

…reducing the time it takes to set up, weld and finish a project. The high-quality arc will produce a crisp arc that makes it easy to control the heat, and produces little to no spatter for less post-weld clean up.

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Graham Tool Co. Inc.
Orange, Calif.
Brian Graham

Our hottest shop tool product is…

…our tap and die vise block.

Its best features include…

…it’s a new tool concept, engineered with the idea that it is useful to hold a tap or die stationary in a standard bench vise. It is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and utilizes super-strong rare earth neodymium magnets for superior magnetic strength.

For convenience, the vise block can be used in a horizontal or vertical position. A wide range of taps and dies can be used, and one of the primary purposes of the vise block is to clean-up threads on nuts and bolts. Nevertheless, the vise block is engineered with a universal feature that allows multiple locations to be used for the same tap or die.

Furthermore, it holds other tools such as a tapered reamer or file. Or, use the tool block as a universal aluminum soft jaw.

Quality shop tools are important to speed shops and engine builders because…

…the tools can serve an integral part in one’s livelihood. If we can offer a single piece of advice it would be to buy quality tools, store them in a well-organized toolbox and keep them the rest of your life.

The biggest misconception surrounding professional shop tools is …

…that an individual should buy inexpensive tools due to the poor economy. The opposite is true. It is better to think long-term and invest in quality tools that last a lifetime.

If a person buys cheap tools, they tend to repurchase tools a second or third time. In the long run, they spend more money than if they had bought a quality piece to begin with.

An unexpected benefit for shops investing in quality tools is…

…that the quality of their work becomes better. It’s the simple concept of attention to detail. If people are attentive to the means (tools), they are likely to be attentive to the ends (the final product).

Shops can immediately begin making more money with shop tools by…

…providing new services such as tube beading. We manufacture a tube beading tool that has helped many shops provide intercooler and radiator parts to customers.

The world economy is tough. If you can’t afford a tool, don’t buy one. If you can’t make money with a tool, don’t buy one. Especially don’t buy one that isn’t upgradeable. In the case of our tube beading tool, it’s easy to make more with as few as 12 beads and has the ability of being upgraded.

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CTECH
Weston, Wis.
Kasey Taube
Marketing Director

Our hottest shop tool product is…

…our new Caster Cart, the Engine Caster, is an exclusive CTECH-designed cart that has four swivel caster wheels, allowing for a smoother, quieter ride over any terrain. There are two banks of drawers that have a 250-pound capacity at full extension and contain CTECH’s exclusive MotionLatch drawers, along with a flip-top lid with a combination lock. It features an all-aluminum construction and can also be outfitted with dividers, bins and/or liners.

Its best features include…

…the MotionLatch technology. The MotionLatch drawer can be easily accessed with one smooth motion, even allowing just the use of a finger, meaning you can access with a handful of tools.

Also, CTECH’s industrial caster wheels offer an exclusive design that allows them to roll smoothly over rough surfaces including gravel, grass and dirt. The pneumatic wheels with billet aluminum rims can rotate a full 360 degrees.

Quality shop tools are important to speed shops and engine builders because…

…you need to trust what you are using. You need to trust that it can get the job done efficiently and effectively, and essentially that it can be something that you can stand behind. CTECH’s carts are used by the top race teams in the industry. They know it is something they can stand behind.

The biggest misconception surrounding professional shop tools is…

…that premium quality tools are too expensive. Contrary to popular belief, premium tools are competitively priced. CTECH can provide a quality, customizable product that doesn’t come with the custom price.

An unexpected benefit for shops investing in quality tools is…

…organization! Knowing exactly where your tools are and having them right at your workstation will keep you from having to spend all day searching for tools. Saving time equals saving money.

Also professionalism. A professional-looking shop will attract more customers, gain more business and create happier employees.

Shops can immediately begin making more money with shop tools by…

…same as above-having employees working rather than searching for tools will make an immediate return on investment.