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Renown Transport Services Ltd (E Sussex)

Following another successful year at the Commercial Vehicle show where we had lots of fun demonstrating our latest commercial vehicle equipment. On product on show was ‘the beast’ – megamount 352 tyre changer for large wheels.

Renown Transport Services Ltd is one of the premier bus service and coach hire companies in the South East, operating our fleet of modern buses and luxury coaches from Bexhill on Sea. Having seen the machine they have now taken delivery and installation of a brand new truck tyre changer to service their busy garage.

The CV Show is the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain, providing truck and van operators with far greater choice than any other exhibition serving this vital industry. The Show attracts close to 21,000 business visitors and its central location at the NEC Birmingham, ensures a truly nationwide attendance.

Finnies Garage (Isle of Lewis)

Getting your vehicle serviced and tyres changed on the on the Island of Lewis has long been limited but thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Finnies Garage is now open for business.

This is a brand new company aiming to offer the highest quality of service and hence choose Hofmann-megaplan’s machines to kit out their workshop.  For those not familiar with Lewis, it is the southern part of the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris. It’s known for sandy beaches like Luskentyre and Scarista on the west coast, and for rugged mountains in the north. Getting there is ‘no mean feat’, however it was a pleasure for our Service engineer to visit and get them all set up

They are now the proud owner of The megamount 713 ‘leverless’ evolution, megaspin 200-3s wheel balancer and the wall mounted laser alignment system.



If you find yourself on the Island of Lewis and you car develops a fault, make sure to drop by:

Finnie’s Tyre Services (Isle of Harris)- 01851 701113

17 Inaclete Rd, Stornoway HS1 2RB

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

Feel Illuminated by Alignment – The Garage (Blackpool)

 

The Garage Blackpool by their own admission:

“are dedicated to providing superior value in all parts installed and services performed.  Quality and our desire for excellence are at the heart of this commitment. We use advanced technology and the quality products we offer create a positive car care experience.”

With that in mind, adding alignment to their list of services seemed to be the natural step. Once installed and the training complete on their Hofamnn Megaplan Ecoline 88 system, the ‘The Garage Blackpoool’ were then able to provide their customers with a service that gives an accurate reading of a vehicle’s wheel geometry and solve any issues caused by misalignment.

The Ecoline 88 is a CCD system (Close Coupled Device) and a popular mobile system, consisting of sensors mounted to each wheel. CCD aligner communicates with a PC via Bluetooth and compares the results to a database. The results are easy to see and once the alignment is complete a print off the data can be produced for you customers benefit. They require little specialist knowledge from the workshop as the interaction with the PC talks the technician through the process.

Pros:

  • More accurate than lasers
  • Less alignment knowledge is required for the technician than laser
  • Mobile so you can switch bays with a single aligner

 

Customer service is key for The Garage Blackpool;

“We strive to develop long-term relationships with customers, to provide the best customer service and the most appropriate solutions for your auto care needs. In addition, we always try to answer your questions and explain our work to you so you feel comfortable every step of the way.”

Customer feedback is key to maintaining their trust and communicating your work. A print out provided after every alignment on the Ecoline 88 provides a helpful colour coded adjustment charts instantly show the problem areas, and where the adjustments were made.

To get you car’s wheel geometry checked in the Blackpool area contact The Garage Balckpool for more information about their services. Their experienced customer service team can help you find just what you need and can advise you on the additional options.

98/100 Dickson Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2BU

T:01253 620180/2

E:: sales@thegarageblackpool.co.uk

https://www.thegarageblackpool.co.uk/

 

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

Have I got room for a 3D aligner?

The common assumption is if you have a small garage 3D alignment might not be for you. Not true.

If you have a four post lift or a pit, you still can have a 3D alignment system installed.

Hofmann Megaplan Ssence 400

 

The latest technology 3-D aligners work with a pair of static cameras mounted in front of, or laterally to the lift.  These take multiple images of the targets which fix to the vehicle’s wheels.  They are suited to higher-volume users such as fast-fit centres and tyre bays due to their greater speed.

Pros:

  • High speed
  • Unmatched accuracy
  • Easy and fast to operate

Need to know:

  • Requires a certain amount of space with a fixed set up in the workshop
  • Will need the database updating
  • Most expensive of the systems

In short: For established or aspiring alignment centres where speed and customer information is the priority. They do require the right amount of space and set up. HD systems will bring the size of the targets down but it is worth checking with your supplier exactly what your requirements are.

Telephone: 01480 8-9-10-11

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Fitting tyres of all sizes – Drayton Tyre & Battery Ltd, Norwich

Drayton Tyre are a Norwich based Company that specialize in the supply and fitting of a diverse range of tyres. Their friendly mechanics are at home fitting wheels from wheelbarrows to tractors, even boasting a specialist commercial vehicle tyre fitting division for the more niche applications.

To help fit a wide range of tyre Hofmann Megaplan help specificity the Junior balancer that sits beside their Megamount 701XL tyre changer for the ‘simple’ car and van applications. In the other corner is the the affectionately known “big boy” the Megamount 352 truck tyre changer. The 352 is the ideal machine for owner/operators of large commmercial vehicles and truck tyre specialists alike, the 352 makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour (not to mention the health and safety element!).

A rim clamping capability up to 27” and a 1600mm O.D. (63”) makes the megamount 352 extremely versatile, whilst the 2 speed hydraulic chuck makes fast work of any job.

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Feel free to contact Dayton and find out more about their specialist tyre operation.

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

Commercial Vehicle Show

This year we are attending the CV Show at the NEC, come find us at stand 4E90.

The 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on April 25th – 27th where we will be featuring our incredible Commercial Vehicle equipment.

Please click on the button to register for your free tickets.

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Hofmann Megaplan tyre changers which are renowned for their unrivalled build quality, and balancers which are likewise for their versatility and unique features.

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If you were unable to attend the CV show this year, but would like to discuss our Truck Tyre Changing equipment please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Crossleys body shop (Liverpool)

Crossleys body shop have taken delivery and installation of their new car alignment system.

The ecoline 88….

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

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Ecoline 88 – complete system, with ‘grab clamps’ and cabinet

Find out more about our full range of Tyre Changing Equipment on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Condercum fast track – Newcastle

It’s not just cars that need alignment…

… Vans do too

Condercum Fast Track Garage in Newcastle have their new equipment installed into their busy workshop.

Our HMP specialists install all over the UK and this time the Ecoline 88 finds its new home in the North East.

1.  Increase Fuel Efficiency. Correct alignment means your commercial vehicle’s wheels are working together and not against each other, so all the engine’s efforts go into propelling the van and its contents forward. Larger pay load emphasize the friction caused by unaligned tyres.

2.  Reduce Expensive Repairs and down time on a commercial vehicle. Driving with a bad alignment causes the parts in your van to wear unevenly and prematurely. Each time you hit a pothole with large amounts of weight in back, your steering and suspension “feel it”. When your tyres aren’t evenly helping with the impact, certain areas of these systems take the hit harder than others, causing them to fail sooner. Failure = more downtime and greater cost.

3.  Experience Smoother Driving. When your vans’s wheel alignment is not right you will usually notice that your it drifting particularly on long straight roads like motorways, even though your steering wheel is pointing straight ahead.

4.  Increase Tyre Life. Tyres are an expensive running cost for a busy Company and for a business it is important to get the most from them.

Find out more about our full range of Wheel Changing machines on the main company website or contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

It’s no Joke – a Long-Term Upgrade for Northgate Vehicle Rental (Norwich)

For fleet and rental companies, the number of sets of tyres that need changing may not be significant, in comparison to some full time garages, but the requirement can make significant savings. Northgate Vehicle Rental in Norwich had a requirement to change the tyres of returning vehicles but wanted a tyre changer with great functionality but with a price tag that justified the investment – The Ecomount 22 plus fitted that bill to the letter.

To help with the range of tyres Northgate needed change Hofmann Megaplan installed the simple but very effective Ecomount 22 plus with assist arms. The Ecomount is cost effective, fully-automatic tyre changer designed for use in garages usually that deal with lower volume situations – like rental  or anybody looking for a well-priced unit capable of handling difficult tyres such as run-flat and ultra-low-profile.

Unlike other ‘budget’ models, the eco series from Hofmann Megaplan is designed to meet the price of those customers whose low volume dictates the need for a realistically priced unit, without compromising on reliability and long term support.

In with the new…..

Out with the old…. Much used and loved but it’s time for something newer and better

WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF HANDS IN A small SPACE – Discount tyres (Kent)

No building is to big or trailer to small, we will always be able to do the install….

With a limited amount of space and just one operator, dancing around a tyre changer was not the ideal solution for Discount Tyres (Kent). So a Megamount 303R seemed like just the ideal solution.

The megamount 303 Racing is a semi-automatic, space saving, high performance tyre changer designed for extreme/intensive use. Which it most certainly gets from Discount Tyres. Unlike discount ‘swing-arm’ machines, which are generally designed to meet a price point and not a quality standard, the megamount 303 is built for those customers who need a machine capable of handling the toughest rim & tyre combinations, but who don’t have the space for a typical high-performance machine.

Boasting 10” to 24” clamping (22” external) and extra-tall turret to cater for wide rims, the megamount 303 incorporates our unique ‘megafit pro-duo Lite’ robotic arm system to handle run-flats and low-profile tyres all from a 12v format, ideal for a mobile operation like this.

Find out more about our 303 Racing on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

 

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