What can make the New Year even happier? Getting some sweet new equipment in your shop to increase your productivity and your revenue. But here’s the thing: Without the proper preparation and budgeting, new equipment purchases can easily become a burden both financially and in terms of your physical space.
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.
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.
Whether you choose to weld, use adhesive or rivet, there are numerous ways to join metal. Chief offers a full line of tools to help any shop with materials you would encounter in the auto body repair industry. One of the most common practices in shops today is using rivets to join sheet metal when repairing damage to various non frame parts of a vehicle. Though the practice of using rivet guns may be simple, the guns themselves are anything but. Chief’s full line of rivet guns are some of the most advanced on the market, yet still user friendly.
Vehicles are getting lighter and more efficient all the time. That’s thanks in part to changes made in the types of materials used to build cars and trucks. This efficiency is great news for consumers and environmental advocates alike, but it also brings some unique challenges when it comes to repairs. New materials like aluminum require different considerations and tools.
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Protecting your technicians is a big responsibility. You make sure they have the right welding uniform, work with top-of-the-line equipment, and adhere to your well-thought-out safety procedures. Protecting them from welding fumes, which can be a serious hazard, should be high on your list, too. Once you’ve chosen the right fume extractor to do the job, it’s important to maintain it properly. Here’s a summary of how to keep your Chief Fume Extractor in tip-top shape. (You can find the full users guide on our Product Manuals page.)
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Today’s vehicles are very different than those produced even a few years ago. As car manufacturers work feverishly to meet the needs and standards of both consumers and the government, they are looking at every opportunity to reduce vehicle weight without compromising safety. With lofty goals ahead, like the CAFÉ standards for 2025, the vehicles your shop will service are changing almost daily.
From computerized measuring systems to aluminum welders, our lineup of body shop equipment helps you perform the best repairs for your customers, and as vehicle designs continue to change, we’re always looking for more ways to help you stay ahead of the curve. Our new partnership with Globaljig does just that.
Chief and Globaljig both have a long history of serving the collision market with quality products, so it makes a lot of sense to partner with them. The new alliance helps round out the product options for North American customers with simple, fast and easy-to-use bench and fixture system that have a long list of OEM approvals.
Today, everyone wants something yesterday and the word “express” has become a staple in many industries. Great ideas are made better by making them faster. The ability to send a letter to your cousin in the Wild West was a great idea. But it took three months and your cousin may or may not still be alive when the letter arrived. Then came the Pony Express; strap a rider to the back of a thoroughbred, and boom, the letter about your ox having babies got there in a fraction of the time. Speeding up the process to benefit the customer is a priority for businesses, and the auto body repair business is no exception.
As today’s vehicles become more advanced, with improved metals, cutting edge electronics, and seemingly NASA style engines, they also become vastly different. You don’t work on the engine of a Maserati GranTurismo the same way you do a Ford F-250. The same can be said for the body work as well.