Rack vs. Bench: What's Best for Your Shop?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 11, 2017 10:44:38 AM

There are certain questions where everyone’s opinion falls on one side or the other. Coke or Pepsi? Chevy or Ford? PC or Mac? And right up there, repair bench or rack? Since the creation of racks and benches, technicians and shop owners alike have been bickering back and forth about what is the best piece of equipment for their shop. There is no black and white response when it comes to your or any other shop out there.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Frame Rack 101

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 31, 2017 4:14:00 PM

So you are in the market for a frame rack. Let’s first review a couple terms, and ensure we are on the same page when discussing options. Some may think that a “frame rack” is a general term for all machines used to hold vehicles during repair, that is only partly true. A frame rack is primarily used while performing repairs on framed vehicles, such as trucks and large SUVs. Benches however, are designed more for unibody vehicles such as compact SUVs, sedans and sports cars.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

Power Behind the Pull: Fernando Rubio

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 28, 2017 4:25:08 PM

Staying on the leading edge of collision repair is a major part of Chief’s business.  Keeping our network of distributors and customers in contact with these innovations is all part of the daily job for Fernando Rubio.  Fernando (Chief Customer Service Supervisor) leads a team of very talented individuals who ensure customers get the best level of service. When you call in and get Fernando or his team, tell them we sent you for some first class attention. 


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Topics: Power Behind the Pull

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Nace | Automechanika

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 24, 2017 3:11:28 PM

So it’s Monday and NACE | Automechanika starts on Wednesday. You’re cutting it close, but there is still time to get registered and make plans to see one of the industry’s biggest shows. With more than 600 exhibiting companies and 10,000 attendees, NACE Automechanika Chicago is set to lead the industry in a showcase of the latest technology covering the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket industry. The explosion of new technology in today’s vehicles means shops and technicians must keep pace. NACE Automechanika Chicago will be the venue for shop-level training in North America.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, MSO

3 Reasons Your Heavy Duty Shop Needs a Frame Rack

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 18, 2017 3:17:00 PM

Managing a fleet can be a tough job. Aside from normal business aspects like profit margin, staffing and customer satisfaction, you must also concern yourself with things like logistics and planned maintenance. This makes an already stressful job almost seem unfair. That’s why, as a shop manager, you should always be looking for ways to streamline procedures and make your life a little easier.

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Topics: Shop Tools, Heavy Duty

Sneak Peek: Heavy Duty Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 12, 2017 4:30:00 PM

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Heavy Duty

Power Behind the Pull: Jeff Caddell

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 30, 2017 4:40:00 PM

What makes for a strong company? Reliable products, good marketing, a solid sales team; all of those for sure, but what about after the sale? Many say how a company takes care of their customers, may be the truest measure of strength. If that holds true, then Chief has some serious power. Our customer service team is second to none, and you encounter it with every call.

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Topics: Power Behind the Pull

While you wait for HDT repair standards, here’s a few things that can help

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 29, 2017 4:40:00 PM

Let’s dream for a second. Let’s say you drive a new Ferrari 488 Spider. (If you’re going to dream, dream big.) Now, let’s say you have an accident in that Ferrari. (If you’re going to dream big, there’s a chance for big nightmares.) When you take your Spider into a shop, how does the shop know how to make repairs?

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Topics: Heavy Duty

Product Spotlight: Globaljig Motojig

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 27, 2017 4:50:00 PM

If you ride a motorcycle or better yet race one, then what besides tires is the most important thing to good handling? That’s easy and the same goes for most all vehicles, wheel alignment. But what controls alignment on a motorcycle? Again, it’s the same on most vehicles, the structure and suspension parts. Changing bolt on suspension parts such as fork tubes and swing arms is pretty standard, but how can you check and make adjustments to the “structure” of a motorcycle? Another easy question, and the answer is the Globaljig Motojig Universal Repair System.

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Topics: Shop Tools

Welding Aluminum? Protect Yourself From the Fumes

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jun 23, 2017 4:30:00 PM

If you’re a welding aluminum you suit up before you get started. Helmet, gloves, boots … you protect yourself from the light and heat generated from welding. Just as important? Protecting yourself from welding fumes. Fumes are formed when a metal is heated past its boiling point, and they contain a variety of substances, depending on the material you’re working with. With the increase in aluminum usage among vehicle designs, it makes sense to take a closer look at the fumes this metal generates, plus the potential hazards.

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Topics: Welding