By Douglas McColloch
Tools & Equipment New Products
New Parts From the 2019 SEMA Show to Help Enthusiasts Do the Job Right
As the automotive parts aftermarket diversifies into the digital realm, so too does the market for various tools and equipment. A “tool” nowadays could be anything from a basic impact wrench to an ultra-sophisticated digital sensor-recalibration station. In today’s shop environment, a laptop loaded with diagnostic software can be as much a tool as a welder or a clamp. As a market segment, tool and equipment manufacturers are substantial players comprising hundreds of companies. As with other sectors of the aftermarket, many of them have made changes in their workplaces in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. What follows are tools and equipment products that were showcased in the New Products Showcase displays at the 2019 SEMA Show.
Harbor Freight Tools
This heavy-duty 3-ton car jack gets vehicles almost 2 ft. off the ground. Extra-low profile reaches under most show cars. Dual-piston rapid-pump technology lifts most workloads in just three and half pumps.
Lincoln Electric Co.
Lincoln Electric says that the Viking 2450 all-American welding helmet offers industry-leading 4C lens optics, all-day comfort X6 headgear and a low-profile external grind control button to provide the ultimate blend of comfort and versatility.
This lightweight helmet has a large 9.3-sq.-in. auto-darkening viewing area and a perfect 1/1/1/1 optical clarity rating.
A new, made-in-America smoke machine, the award-winning compact design fits inside a locking toolbox drawer. A top-quality tool at a great price, ReadySmoke quickly pinpoints EVAP and intake leaks in just minutes, saving hours and confirming that a repair is done right the first time.
Free from accelerator and sulfur, which can cause allergic reactions. Five-mil fingertip thickness. Improved elasticity for reduced hand fatigue. Protection against Fentanyl equals 240 min. Extremely low chemical residual and latex-free. More comfortable than regular nitrile. Extended cuff 10.5 in. Textured fingertips for great tactile sensitivity.
In8 Motion-Shadow Staging Systems
Patented shadow staging systems display and stage tools for rapid visual/physical access, tool selection/return and seamless tool inventory control. Mobility is ergonomic with large 8-in. wheels. Power (110, USB, 12V, LED) included. Electronics/tools are controlled for use at point of work. Accessories allow full customization. Tool Pro 5.2 fits under lift.
Switch from SAE to Nm with pushbutton controls. Switch from in.-lb. to ft.-lb. with a click of a button. Battery power and backlight display.
Schley Products/SP Tools
The SP Tools 17200 Dodge Cummins injector puller kit removes diesel injectors from ’03–later 5.9L to 6.7L engines using the common rail fuel system. The complicated factory tool requires removal of mid-valve-cover center bolts. The 17200 does the job quickly by slipping the puller cup on the injector, levering it out against a mid-cover bolt.
Harbor Freight Tools
The 12V Hercules lithium-ion compact 3/8-in. impact wrench delivers 1,200 in.-lb. of bolt-breakaway torque at speeds of 0–2,500 rpm to power off nuts and bolts fast. A built-in LED light with delay after trigger release gives a clear view in dark spaces. The compact, lightweight design makes this impact wrench easy to use.
Legacy Manufacturing Co.
Flexzilla Pro heavy-duty safety couplers and plugs feature Zero Valve Restriction technology that provides the maximum cfm possible. Paired with quick, safe and easy connections, Flexzilla Pro heavy-duty couplers and plugs are said to be the best choice for maximum performance from air tools.
Black nitrile powder-free. Examination-grade 9-mil-thick fingertip thickness. One of the thickest black-color nitrile gloves on the market. Protect against paint thinners, paints, brake cleaner and chemicals. Due to the unique formulation, these gloves are softer and stretchier than other nitrile gloves. All pricing is per box.
Vampliers 9-in. linesman side-cutting pliers with unique screw removal jaws. Cable cutter, ideal for a three-core flat cable. Crimper for bare terminals (AWG16~12). High leverage structure for powerful cutting and gripping. Side jaws to remove nuts easily. Vertical serrations to grip screw heads securely. Horizontal serrations for pulling cable ties.
Schley Products/SP Tools
The SP Tools 15400 quick-change pneumatic hammers feature three different shaft lengths and a quick-change head design, and they are made from different materials that are each suited for impacting various components on a vehicle. Technicians can choose between a nylon (soft), brass (medium) or steel head to ensure that they do not damage the surface.