Winter is hopefully coming to an end and spring is around the corner! I could not be happier to see this miserable Winter on it’s way out. As I get ready for Spring, there are a few spring cleaning checklists that I am working on. I want to share with you some tips for your Auto Shop Spring Cleaning.
The first step I do in my spring cleaning efforts is to get rid of items that are obsolete or have not been used in years.That’s right…. this is where the hoarder in me goes through the stuff and gets rid of all the junk that is taking up space. Hard at first to toss (I might need this), but trust me …. it get’s easier and feels really good at the end. Continue reading Your Auto Shop Spring Cleaning Checklist
As the summer of 2013 ends and we begin to see the leaves changing for the Fall, Eagle Equipment is also changing. We have begun the transition of updating all of our wheel service equipment line. As the old saying goes, “out with the old, in with the new.” Over the next few weeks, everyone here at Eagle is excited to begin to introduce you to our new wheel service line.
Meet the new ETC-550 Eagle tire changer.
This changer will handle up to a 37” tire diameter and a max rim diameter of 24”. The ETC-550 turntable operates off a 110 volt, to give it a little more strength for the hard to remove tires. The rest of the ETC-550 is air operated – that includes the bead breaker, inflation box and bead blast. Continue reading NEW ETC-550 Eagle Tire Changer
In order to keep your business flowing like a well-oiled machine…. you need to have a well-oiled machine. As shops get busy and we tend to focus on customer repairs such as radiators and batteries, we often forget that our own tire equipment, lifts, air compressors and equipment need maintenance as well.
Tire Equipment Maintenance
We get a lot of phone calls from customers about their tire changers not working properly. Leaking water from hoses, cylinders working slow or getting stuck, bead breaker cylinder leaking air or the foot pedal spool valves stick or are leaking. The cause of most of these problems is from water getting into the air lines and into the internal machine components causing seals to dry up or parts to fail.
All of our tire changers come with a regulator assembly that includes a water separator and oiler. If the oiler is low or the water separator is full, the machine will not get proper lubrication.
On average an 80-gallon air compressor used to run a shop for 8-hours a-day can produce 3 gallons of water from condensation as a result of compressing air. This water makes it into the air lines and into our air tools and equipment.
Three simple steps to help keep your equipment up and running properly:
Drain your air compressor daily or you can install a timed-release valve that will drain your tank hourly.
Use a good quality air dryer setup installed after your compressor to keep moisture out of your air lines.
Check your oiler assemblies weekly and fill when needed. Most use standard air tool oil. (check your equipment manual).
Like the cars we drive, Shop Equipment has recommended maintenance schedules and recommended fluids. Consult your manual for the recommended maintenance or contact your equipment dealer.
Our service department has gotten a few calls lately asking how to calibrate their Eagle wheel balancer. It is important to read the operation manual before you start using any of Eagle Equipment’s service equipment. Eagle’s wheel balancers do not to be calibrated when you receive them. To allow our customers the ability to begin using their machine right away, our balancers are calibrated before they are shipped.
The main reason a balancer needs to be re-calibrated is because it begins to “chase weight”. “Chasing weight” means the balancer continues to ask for more weight once the first weight is applied. At this point, the machine needs to be calibrated.
Eagle Equipment attends automotive shows because they offer us an opportunity to do business face to face with our customers instead of over the phone or through e-mail. Our team enjoys discussing car lifts, motorcycle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, and other automotive repair equipment. Eagle has been in the automotive equipment business for almost 40 years and would love to share our product expertise with you. Please be sure visit the Eagle Equipment booth to learn about our special show pricing.
Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral Show Schedule: September 29 – October 3, 2010
Carlisle Fairgrounds – Carlisle, PA
Look for us on Manufacturer’s Midway www.carsatcarlisle.com
Eagle Equipment’s products are designed to be shipped via common carrier freight lines and we recommend that customers pick up their products at a freight terminal. Having a product shipped to a business address or freight terminal is also less expensive than shipping to a residential address because of carrier restrictions on residential delivery. Freight companies have terminals located throughout the USA and our sales team will help find the one closest to you. Eagle does everything possible to ensure the timely arrival of your automotive shop equipment. Customer service will call you after your order has shipped with an estimate as to when you should receive your equipment, but we cannot guarantee it will be delivered on this date. After a product leaves the warehouse, the delivery process becomes the responsibility of the freight carrier.
Once the product arrives at the freight terminal, the dispatcher will contact you to arrange a pick up time. Any and all products should be picked up within 48 hours of this notice. One of the benefits of receiving freight at a terminal is having their staff to load the product onto your trailer or truck. When freight is received at a business or residential address it is always the customer’s responsibility to unload the product from the back of the truck. Sometimes two people can unload the equipment by themselves. However, lift gates, forklifts, roll back trucks, or similar equipment will often be needed in order to complete this task. Lift gates can be used for unloading products such as tire equipment and motorcycle lifts. Larger equipment such as two post and four post car lifts require a forklift to offload from the truck. Lifts will also require a trailer to be transported to their final destination.
For convenience, we will allow customers to pick up their equipment from our warehouse within the following guidelines.
Customer Pick-Up Guide Lines
All orders picked up will be subject to applicable North Carolina sales tax unless buyer has provided a NC Sales Tax Exemption Certificate.
Customers are not allowed in the warehouse area without a salesperson. Customers may not assist or interfere with the loading of the equipment.
Customer is responsible for any damages to the equipment and/or their vehicle resulting from the loading and transporting of the equipment.
Vehicle weight restrictions will be strictly observed. Customers may be asked to provide weight restriction information on trailers.
Eagle recommends side loading of lifts onto vehicles. When this is not possible, the equipment will be rear loaded. Eagle will make its best effort to center the load weight. However, customers will be responsible for any shifting or falling of equipment or off-centered load that results in damage.
Equipment will only be loaded right side up.
Customers are responsible for strapping down their equipment on the vehicle. No load will be allowed to leave the premises without being strapped down.
Pick up vehicles must have sufficient width and length to insure that the equipment does not protrude illegally from the vehicle. Trucks with tailgates must be able to fully close the tailgate with the equipment inside.
Lifts will not be loaded onto pick-up trucks.
Equipment will not be loaded onto vehicles that appear to be unsafe or lack proper equipment. This will be determined at the sole discretion of the Eagle warehouse supervisor.
These requirements have been established to help insure the safety of you, your vehicle, and your equipment. If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, we suggest that you let our logistics department obtain the best shipping quote possible for your equipment.
Please call Eagle Equipment at 1-800-336-2776 for more information on receiving freight.
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