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

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

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

6 Tips to Hiring(and keeping) Quality Techs

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

A tech walks into your office and hands you his two weeks notice. That’s never been a fun situation. And according to a recent survey, it’s getting a lot less fun with each passing day. Why? Because replacing that tech is harder than it’s been in years.

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Topics: Shop Tools, Training

Product Spotlight: Cam Scan HD

Posted by Chief Automotive on May 18, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Measure, check, pull. Measure, re-measure, pull, check. For those of us in the auto body repair industry, this was a typical day in the life of a technician. Fast forward to the present and we now have electronic measuring systems like Chief’s Laser Lock™. Electronic measuring systems make technician’s lives easier by taking out the guess work; showing exactly where repair is needed. Unfortunately, the guess and check game is still being played in the heavy-duty repair industry. But Chief is changing all that. The Chief Cam Scan HD is an all new photographic imaging and measuring tool for HD shops.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Heavy Duty Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Apr 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How many collision shops can service a Toyota Prius? How many a can do frame pulls on a Ford F-150? We assume the answer is nearly all of them, but how many can make repairs on a school bus or a dump truck? That number drops significantly. Be one of the elite shops, and say “yes” to the heavy duty repairs. Chief Automotive has rolled out a new line of heavy-duty repair tools, which allows your shop to take on those repairs, and be one of the only shops around that can say “yes”.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Measurement

Product Spotlight: MI200T

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 24, 2017 4:35:00 PM

Here at the Collisionology Blog we try to answer some of those burning questions, like “What is the meaning of life,” “What is right and wrong?” or “Are all spot welders made the same?” While we are still pondering the first two, we definitely have the answer to any of your spot welding questions. Chief's new MI200T spot welder proves they're not all the same, because nothing else is a Chief.

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Topics: Shop Tools, Welding

Product Spotlight: Globaljig Super Rotax

Posted by Chief Automotive on Mar 22, 2017 11:49:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools

NADA Turns 100

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Think of what your 100th birthday would be like…Probably a large cake(capable of holding 100 candles), your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren huddled around singing happy birthday. We would all more than likely envision a pretty low key gathering to celebrate such a huge milestone. I doubt however, any of us see ourselves living it up in New Orleans while we ring in our entrance to the century club, but that’s just what NADA is doing.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, MSO

4 Things Your Shop Can Expect in 2017

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 9, 2017 2:15:38 PM

With the still looming deadlines of the 2025 CAFÉ standard, auto manufacturers will be picking up the pace to try and meet the stringent requirements. This means an increase in high strength metals and alloys, smaller motors, and an overall change in vehicle design. Couple the CAFÉ standards with an increased emphasis on safety and the addition of high-end electronics and you can bet that there will be some changes coming to your shop in 2017. Keeping on top of these changes, means preparing not only your shop but your employees. Here are four things you can expect to see in 2017:

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Shop Tools, Welding, Training, Aluminum