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Change your own Truck Tyres like PTS Skip Hire

If you own or work in a business with a number of large commercial vehicles in your fleet, the tyre changing bill can leave a significant dent in the budget. So why not change your own?

PTS Skip Hire have taken the giant step towards doing this by having their first truck tyre changer installed by Hofmann Megaplan. With a rim clamping capability up to 27” and a 1600mm O.D. (63”), the megamount 352 is extremely versatile, whilst the 2 speed hydraulic chuck makes fast work of any job, plus its available in 1ph or 3ph.

  • Heavy duty construction
  • Proven design over many years
  • Relatively compact design and simple to use
  • Can handle rims up to 27” (63” O.D.)

The famous Megamount 352 (AKA the beast) …

megamount-352To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Getting Aligned with the Market – LG AUTOS – Tamworth

LG Autos in Tamworth can now add ‘alignment’ to their list of services, after taking delivery and installation of their new Ecoline 88, 4 wheel alignment system. Designed to be quick and accurate and importantly customer friendly!

Ecoline 88 – 4 wheel alignment system

The ecoline series was introduced with a simple design brief, to bridge the gap between laser alignment and fully computerised systems with printout. The ecoline 88  is supplied with a comprehensive vehicle database from recognised industry name,  Autodata, and offer a before and after printout.

The ecoline series is the logical choice for anybody wanting to move into advanced vehicle geometry without the cost traditionally associated with computerised systems.

Benefits

  • Supplied with PC, 19” monitor & printer
  • Comprehensive Vehicle Database by Autodata
  • Simple to use
  • Even faster operation
  • 3-point ‘GrabClamps’
  • Cameras Front and Rear

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your little workshop operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Tyres Commercial gets a BEAST

When you have this many commercial rims and tyres to change, it makes sense to get something big and robust enough to handle them all. Queue – ‘The Beast’

Tyres Commercial have taken delivery and installation of their new megamount 352 truck tyre changer.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

SMART Tyre centre – Ilkeston

Smart Tyre CentreWe have another great install to tell you about! This time in Ilkeston, Derbyshire where SMART Tyre centre has taken delivery and installation of their new, all singing and dancing, Hofamnn Megaplan megaline SSence 600 3D alignment machine. It now only takes them a matter of minutes to diagnose any alignment problems a vehicle might have, that ultimately could cost the the customer hundreds of pounds in the long run.

The optional megatab.

megatab - additional information for your customer or greater flexibility for the workshop

megatab – additional information for your customer or greater flexibility for the workshop

As an added option for the Ssence 600 the megatab gives a live view of the vehicles alignment, without having to look up at the screen positioned to the crucifix (where the camera is positioned). This great for workshops where vision is restricted or to hand to the customer as a live view.

Benefits of the Ssence system

  • 19” or 32” monitor versions
  • Semi-Automatic or Fully-Automatic camera boom options
  • Includes Autodata database
  • Includes mechanical turnplates
  • Latest in alignment technology

or Nottingham area, call SMART on 0115 837 7273.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your little workshop operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

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Installing a new ATL or MOT bay? – HMP now have that covered!

Renowned for our quality wheel and Tyre products, Hofmann Megaplan needs little introduction to the local garage. We’ve supplied a range of feature-filled machines for the automotive workshop for many years, making car maintenance effortless for the technician and consistently great for the customer. But its not just our products that have given us the reputation we hold today – it’s the great, approachable people we have working for us that really makes the difference.IMG_0444

It’s with great pleasure…

We can now officially tell you that the number of excellent people working at Hofmann has increased further still, with the acquisition on Scorpion Garage equipment in Birmingham. They bring with them a real wealth of experience in providing first class MOT / ATL bays, from start to finish.

Our experienced specialists will work with you during the project planning, execution and post-installation phases to deliver a reliable test lane which generates consistent results and dependable income.

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When it comes to the equipment we use in our MOT / ATL set ups, we have selected the machines representative of our high quality approach. All of them have a proven history for longevity and precise results thanks to established manufacturing and careful eye for detail. From Brake testers to ATL lifts, to headlamp and emissions testers we can now cover every aspect for  a VOSA approved test lane.

From concept to reality, Hofmann Megaplan supports you through each stage of the ATL/MOT process.

If you’re looking to set up an MOT / ATL test lane you should call our MOT division and let us talk you through the process, in our simple, yet efficient style, we’re known for.

To request a call back from the Hofmann Megaplan MOT/ATL  team click here or call us on 0121 351 6329.

Brochure download – Alternatively download a PDF of our new brochure HERE

 

Not just MOT bays

We can now offer air conditioning servicing on a range of old and new machines including: Bosch, Boston, Biessbarth, CTR, Crypton, Ecotechnics, Kendon, Sun Kool Kare, Tecalemit, Tronic, Autoclimate CoolTech, Robinair, Protech KK1 KK2, Air Solutions, Texa Konfort Autocraft Smart Charge, Dunlop, Bradbury. … Plus we now also have the qualified staff to provide F-Gas training 

A 5 star approach to making alignment work for your business

Wheel alignment is not overly complicated. In most instances modern alignment equipment can ‘prompt’ a technician through the process, to achieve swift and precise readings. But how do you make it work and develop into a consistent revenue stream for your workshop? Well, it could be down to how you communicate and market it to your customers.

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Working Proof
Literature placed in the waiting room talked the customer through all the available options

A excellent example of this is FIVESTAR AUTOCENTER – Huddersfield.  They realised very early on that they needed to take the mystery out of alignment and start a conversation with their customers about the benefits to a perfectly aligned vehicle, that ultimately could save them hundreds of pounds in the long term.

To do this they offered a FREE complimentary alignment for a promotional period, on each vehicle that came through their doors. This enabled FIVESTAR to assess and diagnose any severe cases of misalignment and discuss the options available to the owner.

FIVESTAR decided they wanted to at the forefront of alignment technology by purchasing a Hofmann Megaplan Ssence 600 3D aligner. The  Ssence 600 system represents the very latest 3D wheel alignment technology. Utilising the ‘reflective target’ type measuring head and camera system, the Ssence is fast, simple, and ideal for those customers looking to get swift and accurate results. The software has been designed to make life as easy for the operator as possible, minimising unnecessary procedures commonly found on other, similar systems.SSENCE-600

Talking them through

Every customer was handed a print out of their vehicle’s current alignment values and talked through the options available, making sure they had all the information on their vehicle to make an informed decision. If they decided work was necessary, FIVESTAR  happily carried out the work and provided proof of the work carried out.

… needless to say this was successful. With their equipment paid off in less than 12 months and influx of new and existing alignment customers.

Great service FIVESTAR!

Check them out for yourself …

fivestar-autocentre-logoIf you’re based in the Huddersfield area and would like to talk about alignment with FIVE STAR call them now on (01484) 54 54 22.

How far are ‘they’ willing to go? – I bet we go further!

Going the extra mile

We like to think we are dedicated to every installation we carry out. Quite often you’ll see posts on this very blog about installations in most remote of places. This one is no exception! With the products checked and PDI at our Huntington base, the products were loaded ready for our engineer to install at the most northerly tip of the British Isles, Shetland. The customer required a complete tyre changing and alignment setup including, lifting equipment, wheel aligner, tyre changers and finally balancers.

shetland1The Shetland island is the UK most northerly group of islands and putting that into perspective their nearest neighbour is Orkney, 50 miles (80km) to the south-west. In fact it’s only 200 miles (320km) away from Norway.  It’s a 12 hour ferry ride, something our engineers know all about!

In such remote locations services can be expensive and  the customer need to know that their equipment would be well made and stand the test of time, so not to incur any costly call outs.

 What was installed?

TSX3200 Min Height LRScissor lift – TSX3000

At the heart of the installation are the two new TSX3000 scissors lifts, recently added to Hofmann Megaplan range. Boasting a lifting capacity of 3 tonnes and minimum height of just 110mm making it great for installations directly to the floor. Their strength and versatility make them ideal in a situation like this.

Tyre changer – 503 Racing

megamount 503 Angled 2The fully-automatic megamount 503 Racing is simply fantastic value for money; providing the typical build quality customers have come to expect from a ‘megamount’ model, combined with a versatile specification and highly competitive price tag. A best seller and common sight amongst tyre shops, garages and main dealers across the globe!

Laser Aligner – megaline

Representing great value for money and incredible return on investment, the megaline system 4 is a must for any garage or tyre shop; even those with existing computerised systems would value the megaline as a way of getting measurements quickly for customer checks.

Lifts – megalift 4000-2 

A fairly recent addition to the Hofmann Megaplan range, the megalift 4000-2 lift as a an electro-hydraulic 2 Post lift represents excellent value for money, combining an economic design typical of entry-level lifts, but with the added peace of mind of being a Hofmann Megaplan product with all its associated qualities such as build, reliability, long-term spares availability and reputation.

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Finally the megaspin 200-3 was added is just makes perfect sense! Small, and loaded with features normally only associated with ‘top end’ machines. The megaspin 200 is a motorised wheel balancer utilising low speed technology to eliminate the need for a wheel guard, making it an excellent solution for workshops where space is at a premium.

This particular install was sold by Andrew Page where you can get a range of Hofmann Megaplan products.

Out with the OLD, in with the NEW

Royal Mail Fleet upgrade from their old truck tyre changer for one of our most popular machines…

The megamount 352….

The Old…

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The New…

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Rim after rim of commercial tyres changed … thanks to Hofmann Megaplan

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Small and beautiful in London – Hillfield garage (North London)

image1-2When space is at a premium, a good 2-post lift will get everything up in the air for you to work on. Hillfield Garage in Hornsley, London took this very approach to set up their tidy little workshop. (Also the colour-scheme looks great!)

The megalift 4000-2 builds on the success of it’s hugely popular predecessor, the megalift 4000, this new model includes additional luxury features such as automatic, electronic safety release, medium and high reach pads as standard fitment, and sill-protectors on the upper part of the lifting arms.

This well priced model is manufactured in the Far East, we feel people should know this. However, unlike most of the lifts at this end of the market, this product is subjected to a European standard for quality control and specification. In basic terms, the megalift 4000-2 cannot be compared to other budget 2 post lifts of dubious brand and origin!

  • 4000kg Lifting Capacity
  • Designed and developed in Germany
  • European design qualities – specified for our vehicles
  • Low profile cover plate
  • Convenient, efficient Single Phase operation

Hillfield Garage would love to see you. Give them a call on 020 8341 2580 or visit their instagram page 

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To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your little workshop operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

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