By Douglas McColloch
Tools might be the aftermarket items most taken for granted, left on a shop floor to gather dust or tossed in a grimy parts bin. Yet they’re certainly among the most important everyday shop components because they allow fabricators and customizers to transform their vehicular visions into reality. Whether they’re cutting, clamping, wrenching, riveting, lifting, measuring, monitoring or performing a thousand other tasks, tools and equipment are the workhorses of any shop, and having the right one at hand is essential for any dedicated builder. They’re also an important element of the annual SEMA Show, with an entire dedicated section in the North Hall. The following pages represent a sampling of that section’s latest innovations, as introduced in the 2018 SEMA Show New Products Showcase.
MaxMoto, the portable motorcycle lift, is designed to handle up to 2,500 lbs./1,136 kg. Lift height of 48 in. Fits into the average home garage. Uses 110 VAC at 60 hertz. Comes with flush-mounted anchors to bolt the lift down when in use. Remove the bolts and roll it away for storage when not needed.
Schley Products/SP Tools
The 11100 manual bushing remove-and-replace tool set from SP Tools offers a more cost-effective alternative to traditional hydraulic press systems. The 22 cups and receivers provide a variety of sizes, ranging from 44mm to 90mm outside diameter and 34mm to 80mm inside diameter. Included are four Acme thread spindles, thrust washers and a hydraulic press ram protector for increased durability.
Strong Hand Tools
Notch tubes and pipes at the accurate angle and length. Accurately align the first and second notches in round pipes or square tubes at any angle. Position the clamp and V-blocks on the modular fixturing block as needed to set up stock for each unique notching application.
TKO Clamping Systems
TKO Clamping Systems manufactures custom-machined aluminum clamps and automotive accessories. The company’s hose clamps, hoods and mount/anchor clamps come in numerous anodized colors and finishes and can be personalized with engraving for one-of-a-kind specialization.
Horizon Tool Inc.
Using a patented anvil with a grease port, the new EZ Grease series adds lubrication to heavy impact points, increasing overall efficiency and giving the user peak power for longer periods. This version is the EZ Grease NC-46255QHB, a 1/2-in.-drive air impact with 1,200 lb.-ft. of torque. Available in three torque ratings. Grease and applicator included.
The new Forged Wirestripper is an exceptionally strong and versatile tool built for precision operation to produce quality work with less fatigue. It is designed for durability with robust, comfortable Channellock blue grips, a spring-loaded handle for easy, one-handed operation, and a lock for safe storage. Made in the U.S.A.
Schley Products/SP Tools
The T1702 exhaust stud drill fixture from Tech Tools (a brand of Schley Products) allows technicians to drill and repair 8mm and 10mm exhaust studs. This tool anchors off two good studs to create a center for drilling a 4mm pilot in broken studs. The kit includes pilots, bushings, spacers, drill stops and everything needed to repair broken studs.
MiG Buddy/GeorgeB Design
MiG Buddy is a welding gun holder designed to fit many MIG welding guns. With its universal mount, the MiG Buddy adapts to any work environment, including a welding table/bench, a welding cart, or directly on the work piece. Easy retrieval and easy docking of a welding gun. MiG Buddy is like having a third hand, saving time and money.
Anglo American Tools
The Hazet angled impact wrench is designed to work in hard-to-reach areas due to its ultra-compact design. It is ideal for operating brake caliper screw connections as well as other difficult-to-access screwing applications. It features one-handed operation for right- and left-handed operators. Maximum loosening torque is 450 Newton-meters (330 lb.-ft.).
Mirror-chrome finish 1/4- and 3/8-in.-drive 12-point SAE and metric standard deep sockets. Torx, hex and screwdriver sockets, 90-tooth ratchets, extensions and accessories. Sparkplug sockets. SAE and metric combination wrench set. Ergonomic-handled screwdriver and pliers plus SAE and metric ball hex key set.
Shark Holdings LLC
Flip-top 304 stainless-steel lid with flush-mounted side shelves. Fully welded construction. Deep top cavity with integrated LED interior light and dual-point locking. Interior drawer lock-out to keep drawers from drifting open, and 150-lb. soft-close slides. Optional power strip with USB; 4-in. stainless-steel Colson casters (optional 5 in.).