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Monthly Archives: July 2017

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

Replacing an old truck tyre changer – Royal Mail Fleet (Chelmsford)

If Royal-Mail-trucksyou have owned a Hofmann megamount truck tyre changer, you’ll know the benefits:

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

But you’ll also know how invaluable they are in terms of time and cost saving. Sending tyres away to be fitted can be an expensive process and many are now choosing to change their own tyres in onsite workshops. One company to do this, is the Royal Mail Fleet in Chelmsford, who finally saw their truck tyre changer ‘give up the ghost’ this year.  They decided to replace it with Hofmann-Megaplan’s popular megamount 352 Truck tyre changer.image1-1

This machine is ideal for truck tyre specialists and makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour. It also has significant advantages; 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.

This machine is available in both 1ph or 3ph.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your commercial vehicle 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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Successful Alignment Install – Edgefield coachworks (Edinburgh)

Edgefield Coachworks is an award winning body repair centre in Edinburgh.  They wanted to add a flexible, precise alignment system to their busy business and Hofmann Megaplan duly obliged with an Ecoline 88 4 wheel alignment system.

CCD or 4 wheel alignment systems, are 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.

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

Need to know:

  • Results can take as long as 10 minutes
  • An update to the data is required when new cars come onto the market
  • Busy centres can monopolise the aligners time

 

In short if you’re a small / medium sized set up, with multiple technicians with varying abilities, CCD has its benefits. The system automatically instructs the operator through the adjustments and gives feedback to the customer to build your relationship. They are mobile too, so allows flexible working throughout the workshop.

image1-4Edgefield Coachworks is an award winning body repair centre that has been operating in Edinburgh since May 2008 but coachbuilding has been at the centre of the Neish family for 3 generations. Their priority has always been on the quality of the work, which is why they’re one of Edinburgh’s leading Insurance Approved Accident Repair Centres. With a large facility to repair any make and model of car up to 7.5 tonnes including tyres, exhausts, brakes, suspension, servicing clutches, air con and vehicle geometric checks. They often do specialist work on a vast amount of supercars, primarily the TVR coimage3-3mmunity. 

If you’re in need of you wheels aligning, in Edinburugh, they would be more than happy to see you.

Unit 1 Eldin Industrial Estate, Edgefield Road, Loanhead, Edinburgh, EH20 9QX

T: 0131 440 3108

E: edgefield.coachworks@zen.co.uk

http://www.edgefieldcoachworks.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

Save time and money – South Essex Shareholders Ltd

When youmegamount-352‘re the own of a fleet of large commercial vehicles you soon get used to invoices flowing through the door for tyre replacement. South Essex Shareholders Ltd decided it was time to take delivery of their 1st truck tyre changer, to be installed into their busy workshop. The results thus far have been outstanding, saving them time, and more importantly money, normally spent on sending wheels out to be changed. Within a short space of time the machine has already paid for itself.

The megamount 352 is a beast of a machine and is the ideal machine for owner/operators and truck tyre specialists alike, the 352 makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour (not to mention injuries to staff!).

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.

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.)

For more information on the Hofmann Megaplan range of Truck Tyre Changing Equipment please visit our main website hofmann-megaplan.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01480 891011

Give your Bike business a LIFT – Protyre Carterton

With motorcycles accounting for nearly 4% of all vehicles (ref: https://www.gov.uk/) on the UK roads, catering for them makes great business sense. We were approached Protyre in Carterton to install a motor bike lift to be able to deal with their busy tyre shop. The MCL700DLX is a premium quality lift with integral, slide-away run-up ramp, wheel clamp, moveable tie-down brackets, and a hefty 700kg lifting capacity.

Boasting a no-quibble 2 year warranty, the MCL700DLX is designed for intensive use and features our ultra-reliable electro-hydraulic operation.

We’ve been manufacturing what are widely accepted as the best lifts since 1965 (anyone who remembers the ‘Honda’ or ‘Souriau’ lift of the ’80s will appreciate the quality and longevity). With a class leading 5 year warranty, all of the usual luxury features you’d expect, and a unique drop-down front section to allow front wheel removal, this lift is simply unrivaled in terms of build quality or specification.

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Richard and his team pride themselves on providing an exceptional level of customer service. The centre specialises in mechanical repairs including vehicle servicing and MOTs as well as supplying and fitting tyres for cars, vans, 4x4s and agricultural vehicles from all leading manufacturers, including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and Continental, the centre also boasts a laser wheel allignment system. Richard and his team will be pleased to provide advice on the best tyres to meet your driving requirements.

 

If you’re in the Oxford area looking for somewhere to have you bike tyres fitted, why not give Richard and his team a call: 01993 843987

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

The letters of Alignment – Royal Mail fleet (Aberdeen)

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With the Royal Mail having thousands of vehicles out on the road, delivering mail to millions of homes, it is unsurprising that their vehicles clock up considerable mileage. As running costs make up a significant percentage of overheads and having badly aligned vehicles can only escalate this issue further.

With this in mind Royal Mail fleet Aberdeen have taken delivery of their Hofmann Megaplan megaline System 4 laser alignment system. It comes in two options, either wall mounted or on a trolley. At Hofmann Megaplan have many alignment options available, from the very feature driven 3D aligners to this, the most basic laser alignment system. Whilst the system lacks the computerised assistance found on more modern CCD and 3D aligners having a high quality machine and some – but not quality.

Laser alignment was first commercialised in the 1990s, laser wheel alignment is you basic form of alignment. Systems consist of a pair of targets or ‘flags’ mounted to one axle and a pair of laser heads mounted to the other wheels. To find out more about alignment, contact us to arrange a demo by calling 01480 89-10-11

Pros to a LASER alignment system

  • Low cost
  • Simple components
  • No specialist lifting equipment required

Need to know:

  • Need a good knowledge of alignment to get the most from the system
  • Less accurate than a computerised system
  • Harder to use on today’s more complex vehicle suspensions
  • No reference database for accuracy
  • Very little detail for your customer

In short: If this is you first step into alignment and you’re willing to get involved in learning the finer details of alignment this could be for you. It’s reliant on the knowledge of its users and a real passion for alignment. Because it is the most basic, it is typically the cheapest way of getting into alignment.

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

Happy July 4th – From Hofmann Megaplan USA

Hofmann Megaplan USA take another giant leap forward

Following a exceptionally well received launch in Las Vegas back in February, the Hofmann Megaplan trans-Atlantic offering is really starting to take shape. With two impressive premium wheel balancers and  two feature driven tyre (tire) changers in their armory to unleash on the US market.

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The 420 is really special and contains The most advanced technology the industry has seen in a wheel balancer. The combination of revolutionary new technology, incredible simplicity, and typical Hofmann Megaplan reliability make this, in our opinion, the best value wheel balancer on the US market today.

Boasting ‘No Checkspin’ technology and 6 O’clock weight positioning, the megaspin 420 only requires the operator to select the weight position(s) and lower the hood – it’s that simple! There is no possibility for error, no chance of the machine throwing up an extra 5 or 10gms, and absolutely NO CHECKSPIN REQUIRED!

Like its sister model, the 820 shares the accolade of offering the most advanced technology the industry has seen in a wheel balancer. All packaged up with a highly visible LCD screen, which delievers acurate results.

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Click to see the machine in action

As for the tyre changers, we are offering something really special and groundbreaking that should get the American market talking.

The new ‘Twister Evo” tyre changer from Hofmann Megaplan is a ‘game changing’ piece of Italian engineering that makes tyre changing ‘a dream’ for fitters. Its revolutionary design unitises an ‘up and around’, fully-automatic side-swinging motion, unseen in the market until now. One handed operation is here and could change the way a modern tyres are fitted.

Seeing is believing, so give us a call to see just how special this machine is.

 

usafillThe machines featured at the ToolExpo in Orlando, FL last week as part of the ISN groups annual customer tool show. Like everything in America this event is simply massive!

 

 

  • 170 + Vendor Booths
  • New cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, electronics and more given away to lucky winners 40 Training Forums
  • Live Demos, New Products and Exclusive Deals
  • “Nuclear Deals” in every booth
  • ISN’s complimentary SPA – hair, makeup, nails (this one’s for Mick) and massages

We’ll certainly be back for more next year!