At Eagle Equipment, we feel that one of the most important parts of our job is helping customers make the most informed purchase they can. We often find ourselves as educators; correcting many assumptions in the industry.
“If my vehicle weighs under 9,000 lbs., and I buy a9K lift; I should be able to lift my vehicle all day long.”
People often try this with their full-size pickup trucks; then wonder why we suggest something more stout.
The first thing you need to know is what you’re lifting. Look at the sticker on the door jam for the weight and distribution. Then, take a glance to see what’s inside and where the weight is. Some trucks have toolboxes or other things that add a significant amount of weight to the vehicle.
According to the Editor of BRAKE & FRONT END Magazine, “Knowing the weight is essential in determining the center of gravity behind the front wheels. To find center of gravity, divide the rear wheel weight by the overall weight and multiply by the wheelbase (The wheelbase is the measurement from the wheel center not the overall length). Check in the lift manual where the center of gravity of the vehicle should be placed. The placement of the center of gravity will differ on asymmetrical lifts. A number of lift accidents can be traced to vehicles with unique loads like plumber trucks and vehicles with water or fluid tanks. If in doubt, weigh the vehicle. If you can’t weigh a questionable vehicle, don’t attempt to lift it, or get under it.”
They call him “The King”. He’s a legend. A champion NASCAR driver for his record setting Daytona 500 and NASCAR championship wins. Richard Petty IS NASCAR. He began racing in 1958. In all, Petty accumulated 200 victories, and seven Cup championships, before retiring in 1992. He started more races, won more races, and made more money than any stock-car driver in history. I don’t have to tell you how amazing his career is.
Now, Petty’s name is on a high-performance speed shop in his hometown of Level Cross, NC. Petty’s Garage modifies all sorts of cars, focusing on Mustangs and Jeep Wranglers; through a deal they have with Ford. The engines are louder, the paint job is sleeker and the rims are off the chain. These cars are sweet. What’s even more interesting to us is to see the guys in the shop modifying these cars. How they do it, what equipment they use and the process.
When Petty’s Garage started to modify a lot of cars at once, they found a need for some equipment upgrades in their shop. Standard Tools and Equipment Co., based just 20 minutes apart, had everything they needed.
Over the years we have had customers from all industries and fame-levels. Here in North Carolina, Richard Petty, is the ultimate local icon. It was such an exciting experience to provide ‘The KING’ with equipment to do what he does best, modify cars.
Down the road, still in Level Cross, sits a storage building with eight storage lifts from Eagle Equipment that house racecars from the past. Cars once driven by Richard, Kyle and even Adam. See photos of those lifts on our blog.
We also have some tire equipment and our alignment system over at Petty’s Garage. After all, once they put those big tires on the Jeeps, they need to make sure they go straight.
At Standard Tools, we believe that with the right equipment, you can be the King of your garage. We want to assist you in selecting the equipment that will not only fit your needs, but also be there when you business grows and changes. Give us a call at 800.336.2776. Richard Petty is sport’s most enduring and perhaps endearing figure. Both Petty’s Garage and Standard Tools’ are trusted and established brands in our perspective industries. Petty is an icon in the racing world, but moreover, he is known as a man who is passionate about what he does, works hard and is a perfectionist about his work. That’s someone that we’re proud to have as an advocate for our brand.
If you’ve ever purchased any sort of electronic device for your home, odds are you’ve come across the term “amperage” and “voltage”. What exactly do all these terms mean, and why do they matter?
What’s the difference between Amps and Volts?
Amps – This is the measure of how much electricity is flowing through an electrical line, which is like the amount of water flowing through a hose.
Volts – This is the measure of how strong or the force of electricity flowing through an electrical line, which is like the pressure of the water flowing through a hose.
In short, having an understanding of amps, and volts and can help you save money!
How DoWe Know Which Power Unit IsRight for You?
When determining which power unit is right for you, we look at how much power our lifts need, then we determine what voltage is the most feasible to use. The higher the voltage, the lower the amps draw. A good analogy for understanding what these terms mean is to think of them like water flowing through a hose.
Imagine using 110 volts for all of your large household appliances. That’s like trying to use the same amount of power for a toaster oven as for your washer and dryer. Eventually, you may end up with an overheated power supply. The device itself may not function, or may not do so well.
***Think air conditioners here, the big ones are 240 VAC vs. the smaller 120 VAC units. Plug either into the wrong voltage and see what happens.
One easy way to look at it is this:
Voltage is provided by (or pushed) by the power supply.
Amperage is taken by (or pulled) by the device being powered.
In other words, while the voltage is a constant and should match, the amperage is something that varies based on the device’s need.
Which Power Unit is Compatible to What Lift and Why?
Eagle’s power unit is available as a 110V or a 220V. Basically, the 220V provides twice the amount of power as the 110V. Eagle’s 2-post car lifts come with an Eagle 220 Voltage, and 14.5-16.5 Amperage.
Why? Our 2-post lifts are made for shops, meaning the equipment will be used frequently. They are also built with 2 cylinders. For this type of lift you would need more voltage to get the appropriate power use, and with more power the less amperage you would need.
There is an option for our MS8000–8000XLT. You can choose between the EAGLE 220V or the EAGLE 110V. Why? These particular lifts can be used within a shop, or for homeowner use.
Typically, these lifts are used occasionally which means you wouldn’t need as much power.
What happens when you use a 110V on a lift that needs a 220V?
When someone puts a 110V power unit on an Eagle lift that requires a 220V, a few issues arise. The first being that it will void the 13-month warranty that comes with your Eagle power unit. If it isn’t created for that use…. You shouldn’t use it for that use. The motor will also burn out and you won’t be able to lift anything. It’s best to use the correct power unit for your equipment. If you’re unsure which power unit is right for you, give us a call.
The EAGLE 110V
Large 3 1/2 gallon metal tank with a durable power-coated finish
2.5 hp Motor
The EAGLE 220V
Large 3 1/2 gallon metal tank with a durable power-coated finish
As with every Eagle product, safety and durability are our chief concerns. The MS-8000 storage car lift series comes with a redundant ladder lock system that has an “auto engage” locking bar. The large slider blocks add stability and the cables are aircraft quality, rated at 14,500 lbs.
The MS-8000 offers plenty of muscle for hard-working garages. Plus, we’ll include a premium accessory kit (aluminum ramps, casters, drip trays and jack tray) for free!
Here’s what you need to know about the MS-8000’s.
BOTH THE MS-800 AND THE MS-8000XLT HAVE:
8,000 lbs. capacity
Do not need to be bolted to the ground, can be free standing
Large slider blocks for added stability
Aircraft quality cables rated at 14,500 lbs
18″ wide runways formed with one 3/16″ non-skid diamond plate
Redundant ladder lock safety system with “auto engage” locking bar in the event of cable failure
All of our shipments are sent “Freight on Board” Greensboro and become the property of the customer when they leave our dock. Eagle Equipment uses common carriers, FedEx Ground, UPS, and independent freight haulers for shipping.
When you call and order something from us, our sales folks will ask “Do you have a way to off load the equipment.” We do this because a lot of times our customer needs to make a plan to unload his equipment. (Yes, you need to unload your equipment). Don’t worry—we have some solutions to help you get your equipment to you, unloaded and ready for install. To see all of our shipping and return policies, please visit our Web site.
I’m sure you know that it’s important to wear the right shoes. It can make a world of difference in how your feet, knees, legs and back feel. Harvard Medical School wrote an article that shares 8 Tips for buying shoes that are good for your feet. Who knew that buying the right tire for your car is just like getting the correct shoes for your feet? Let me explain.
Wheel alignment helps ensure your tires are angled correctly, level with the ground, straight ahead and parallel to each other while keeping your car running smooth and true. Misaligned tires can eventually cause expensive damage to your vehicle like problems with your steering system and also suspension which is made up of complicated parts just like our bodies. So make sure you are taking care of both your vehicle and your body. Continue reading WHAT DO TIRES, SHOES + WHEEL ALIGNMENT HAVE IN COMMON?
We have entire sales and customer service staff that would love to assist you in getting the shipping cost for your equipment … but did you know that you can find out how much shipping will cost when you add an item to your virtual cart on our web site? It’s fast, easy and instant!
That’s right…. You can now buy Eagle Equipment on our Website without waiting for a shipping quote. You simply find the item you want and “Add to Cart”. When you view your cart, you’ll see a button for “Estimate Shipping”.
When you click on it, you’ll see where to enter your state and zip.
Once you enter that, you’ll see the estimated shipping cost to your location.
This is an estimate. There MAY be additional costs for residential delivery or if you are going to need a lift-gate to unload your equipment. If there is, you will be advised when our customer service rep gives you a call to confirm your online order.
As always, if you have any problems or questions … or just want to place your order with a friendly voice on the other end, give us a call at 800-336-2776. Happy virtual Shopping!
You’ve finally purchased that paint booth or lift for your business. You’ve decided that since you are close enough to Greensboro, North Carolina …. You will just pick up your order to save on shipping costs (plus, you want that extra $50 off that we’ll give you for picking it up.) We love customer pick ups.
We’re excited that you want to come visit us to pick up your order. We’re already looking forward to meeting you. But, before you come see us, make sure you have everything you’ll need to pickup your order and get on your way back home in a jiffy.
#1: MAKE SURE WE KNOW YOU’RE COMING. You can stop in and see us anytime during regular business hours, but if you are picking up an order, call before you come to allow us to get your equipment order ready for load up. If it’s a paint booth, we’ll need a little more time to verify that the booth will be completed by the date you would like to pick it up.
# 2: IDENTIFICATION. Upon arrival make sure that you have a form of identification, and stop at the front desk where our receptionist can verify your order. You’ll need to sign off on our customer pick-up form.
#3: PAYMENT. You may pay over the phone or you can plan to pay when you pickup your order. We accept cash, money orders and most major credit cards.
#4: SAY HELLO! We always want to put a face with a voice, so make sure that you ask for your sales rep so that we can thank you personally for purchasing from our company.
Our Shipping Department Would love to Load it Up for You! #4: LOAD UP! You’ll be given instructions to pull up to our receiving dock where we will load you up. Make sure you bring the correct vehicle and straps to secure the equipment! If you don’t know what you will need, give us a call.
If you’re coming to pick up a lift, you will need to bring a trailer with straps to secure the equipment. We will be able to tell you how big the trailer needs to be if you call us first. For your safety, our lifts cannot be loaded onto a car, truck or SUV.
For picking up a paint booth, you will need to make sure you have a trailer, flatbed or box truck that will be able to handle the crate size and hold at least 5,000 lbs. Again, we will be happy to assist you in planning your pickup prior to coming.
What is a model number/serial number and do I need to know it?
Wayne Piner, Eagle Equipment Sales
Did you know that your new Eagle Equipment comes with a unique serial number and a model number? On the lifts, it should be visible on a plate on one of the columns. On the tire equipment, it is located on a plate on the back of the machine.
Did you know that you should keep this information handy so that you can use it when you call us for replacement parts or if you have a warranty part that you need? If you can provide us with the model number when you call, we can assist you in a quick manner and get you the correct parts for your machine.
This also tells us if your equipment is from Eagle. We have customers call us all the time because their lift is unbranded, and they don’t know who to call! Your model number will tell us whom you should contact, if it’s not ours.
The serial number is unique to your piece of equipment. It helps us to manage inventory and track it from the manufacturer to your garage. The model is the style or type of equipment. Just like a car … you need to know the make and model for parts and service. When you go to a parts store to order brakes or get new wiper blades, you need your make and model. When you call Eagle, you need to know your model number and style (for example, a MTP-9A or a BRI ETC-550). This information tells us almost everything we need to assist you.
While people think all lifts are made equal and they are all manufactured from the same parts, this isn’t correct. The parts for your machine are not universal. They are unique to the model number.
Over the years, lifts and equipment have changed due to manufacturers and improvements in technology. The model number / serial number is vital to identify the correct part needed.
We are continually striving to improve our parts manuals and guides, so look for more helpful information to come!
Our corporate mission statement is:“Delivering Excellence to the Automotive and Painting Industries. Every Product. Every Customer. Every Day.”
When we get to work and find an unsolicited email waiting in our inbox, our hearts are filled with joy that a customer took the time to take photos and write his thanks to our team. This is why we do what we do…. and do it with passion for our customers. We hope you enjoy your new Eagle lift Mr. Sunner! Thank you for the kind words.
First, I want to thank all of you at Standard Tools for the decals you sent me for my lift. It’s much nicer walking into the shop seeing the Eagle Logo as soon as you come in.
Second, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this MTP-9A lift.
I was able to do the installation myself, with some help from some friends to lift the posts into position. The instructions that came with the unit were clear, simple, and walked me through the process step-by-step. I bought this lift after doing a lot of research on what is available and at what price. No doubt, Eagle offered the best bang for the buck.
The use is primarily for my personal vehicles and as a hobbyist. I installed it in February 2015 and have used it quite extensively since. I worked in a professional garage for eight years as an auto mechanic, so, I’m familiar with two post above ground lifts.
I can say first hand, this Eagle Lift is Superior in Quality, Safety and Performance to the lifts in the garage where I worked. Also, the 8-gallon oil drain is great. It’s so nice being able to see the oil level through the translucent plastic. You know exactly when to empty it, and there will be no accidents of overfill. Bottom line…thanks to you all at Eagle Equipment for making a Quality, Safe and Affordable lift.
Your equipment is First Class, and I tell my mechanic friends that when they come into my shop.
– Mark Sunner, Millsboro, DE
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