Tips to get the best gas mileage

While gas prices haven’t pushed the $5 mark in almost a decade, nobody wants to spend more on gas than they have to. AAA cites the average price of gas was $2.85 September this year. We could limit our trips, car pool, use public transportation, or many other things to lower the amount of money we pay for fuel but, we are famous for our mobility. America is a country of drivers.

Slide4As a nation, Americans love to drive putting an average of 13,474 miles on the roads ever year according to Motley Fool contributor Matthew DiLallo. The U.S. Federal Highway Administration says the average American drives 13,476 miles every year. With Wyoming leading the 50 states in miles driven 22,306 per driver at an annual cost of $1,917.34 (second highest) per year. Those trips to the gas pump really do add up, so how do we keep fuel costs from taking such a large bite out of our wallet?

Trucking companies and others in the transportation industry know one of the keys to maximizing fuel efficiency is to keep the trucks in good top working condition. According to Fleet Hall of Fame inductee and Over The Road Truck blogger, Mike Antich, the 2019 forecast is filled with corporate strategies to procure the most fuel efficient and task specific vehicles to add to their fleets. Aging fleets can seriously impact the bottom line in several ways fuel consumption ranking at the top along with deprecation.

While no one can change deprecation, we can take a hint from the transportation industry. The professionals and well informed “DYI-ers” can use diagnostic tools to help pin-point the perfect ratio of oxygen to fuel, timing lights to adjust the spark plug firing, and aftermarket modifications (mods as those in the know call them), to alter the vehicles default settings. Some states have statutes limiting aftermarket changes to the fuel/oxygen ratio. Be sure you are up to date on your training and states’ emission laws before you make any modifications.

However, there are simple steps professional drivers as well as average commuters can take to improve fuel efficiency. Most of the remedies for poor fuel consumption are basic. Don’t run the A/C at full blast on every trip, cut back on auxiliary items such as navigation systems and refrigerators, ensure your gas cap seals tightly, and most importantly: slow down. Another overlooked fuel saver is the basic tune up. Keeping your vehicle in top shape can boost fuel efficiency.Slide2

You can take your car in to a professional or you can do the job yourself. Be sure you have the basic tools for the job: socket set, screwdrivers, and ratchet are items most people already have on hand. Other, not so common items you may need are a spark plug gap tool, spark plug socket, collapsible magnet, tire gauge, and tread tool (tires are a part of the tune up too). Don’t forget electrical grease and your camera. The electrical grease keeps contacts from rusting and lets the electricity flow. Use your camera to take before and after pictures to be sure you put everything back in the right place the right way. Don’t overlook your cars owners manual. It’s a great resource to guide your tune up.

Another excellent resource is YouTube. Yes, YouTube. This is a great way to brush up on your tune up skills and learn the latest in car maintenance. Try searching for videos using the term ‘Hypermiling’. Hypermiling is the latest slang term denoting all the ways to keep your fuel efficiency up and costs down. However, the same basic rules still apply: keeping it simple is the best way to improve your autos performance. Bear in mind there are plenty of fuel saving myths out there too.

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Some of the myths such as buying gas when it’s cooler so you get more are theoretically correct but don’t work in practice. According to Consumer Reports, most fuel stations store fuel underground which results in only small fluctuations in temperature no matter what the temperature is on the surface. They also have found that Low Rolling Resistance tires may save a small amount on fuel, however, keeping the tires properly inflated will make up the difference. They suggest buying good, all around tires.

To truly maximize efficient fuel consumption, though, improve your driving habits. Reduce your speed, keep your vehicle tuned, and tires properly inflated. These simple steps will keep more money in your pocket without taking away your American love of the open road.

 

Resources:

https://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/budgeting/how-to-drive-economically7.htm

https://www.hmfracing.com/tech/2014/07/how-does-the-optimizer-work

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/energy/2015/11/151114-can-you-hack-your-car-for-better-mileage/

https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2012/0627/Myth-busters-Consumer-Reports-takes-on-alleged-gas-saving-tips

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/6-myths-about-gas-mileage/

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/01/14/heres-how-much-gasoline-the-averageamerican-consu.aspx

http://time.com/5306658/gas-pricescalculator/

https://gasprices.aaa.com/q1-gas-price-report-2018/

https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/25/the-average-american-drives-this-much-each-year-ho.aspx

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm

 

Summer-Proof your vehicle

The dog days of summer are here; have you summer-proofed your car? Yes, summer-proof your car!

Most of us are well aware of the damage the chill of winter can wreak on our SUVs, vans, and trucks but the heat and UV rays of summer can also harm our vehicles.

According to R.L. Polk, Americans keep their cars for an average of six years and most vehicles are resold at that time. Taking the time to summer-proof your vehicle is not only good for your car, it can add dollars to your resale price. Statista – The Statistics Portal, reported people are selling their vehicles at ever increasing rates.

Want top dollar for that car when you are ready to sell it? Make sure it looks good. The most obvious summer-time damage is to the paint and the dashboard. The UV rays of the sun can discolor paint and crack the dashboard until it looks like a model of the Grand Canyon.

BYK Laboratories explained that the UV rays breakdown the organic compounds in the paint like the binders which lead to the paint discoloring and drying out to the cracking point. Also increased dust because of dry, summer conditions can really build up.

Slide1Dust acts like sandpaper on your cars’ clear coat. The clear coat not only makes the car look good but more than that, it is the primary barrier against rust. The scratching effects of accumulated dirt and dust coupled with the drying effects of the suns UV rays, acidic insects from increased summer insect populations, bird droppings, and tree sap all have adverse effects on an otherwise beautiful and beneficial paint job.

Don’t forget, every trip to the beach we not only bring home sand in our shoes but also in our car, on our car and in our air filters. An air filters’ job is to trap sand, dust, and other particles to keep them from mangling our vehicles’ engines. Regular checks and changes of the filters will keep our engines running smoothly and a quick wash will rid the paint of the scratching sand.Slide2

Plastics and vinyl tend to absorb UV radiation more quickly than paint. This leads to crumbling windshield wipers, which do little good in the occasional August rain shower. One place you might not think of when you think of summer damage are the belts and hoses under the hood. Excessive heat from parking in the sun can damage these parts as well. It would be a good idea to check them a few extra times during the summer.

 

Summer Proofing Steps –

  • Park in the shade whenever possible but be careful of parking under trees that might drip sap and be a favorite roosting spot for birds
  • Wash your car often – once a week is recommended. Hand washing is recommended but having the vehicle on a regular washing schedule and hand dry – Don’t let it dry in the sun
  • Protect interior by tinting windows, using a windshield sun screen and using a protectant on the dash
  • Check and maintain all fluid levels
  • Check and change the filters often

 

 

Resource list

https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/06/47-million-americans-new-independence-day-travel-record/

BYK LABORATORIES BLOG

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/08/preserve-car-value-vehicle-depreciation.asp

https://www.wikihow.com/Increase-Your-Car%27s-Resale-Value

https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1090254_the-united-states-of-used-cars

https://www.statista.com/statistics/183713/value-of-us-passenger-cas-sales-and-leases-since-1990/

R.L. Polk

 

 

by: J. K. Luckhurst

How To Check The Oil In Your Car

Have you ever wondered if you were doing something right?  Don’t worry…I wonder that every single day! We’ve decided to take the guesswork out of checking the oil in your car.

Checking the oil in your car is an important maintenance check. This quick and easy check can help keep your car running smoothly. An easy way to remember when to check the oil is every other time you fill your car up with gas. All you need is a paper towel or a rag (which you can get free from most gas stations).

 Follow these steps below to Check the Oil.

  1. Make sure that you have the engine turned off.
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  2. Open the hood and find the dipstick.
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  3. Pull the dipstick out and wipe off any oil from the end.
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  4. Place the dipstick back in the tube and then pull it out again.
  5. Look at both sides of the dipstick and where the oil is on the end.  If the oil is below the minimum mark you will need to add oil, anything above minimum should be good until your next check.
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  6. Once you are done checking the dipstick, put it back into place and make sure that it is secure. Then close the hood.

Performing this simple 2 minute check could save you a ton of dough down the road.  If you prefer not to get your hands dirty and you live in a part of the country that has a full-service gas station…by all means stop there!

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Written by: Guest Blogger Braden Dominic

Source: ConsumerReports.org

Picking The Right Jump Starter For You

In a previous blog post, we talked about the different reasons your car won’t start. Today, I would like to follow up with talking about how to choose the right jump starter for your needs. Like man, all jump starters are not created equal. There are a myriad of different options to choose from. We will be discussing options for your daily driver to your heavy duty towing vehicles.

For your daily driver or family vehicle, we have two favorites. The Jump-N-Carry KKC660 and the TCBES5000 by Booster Pac.  Below I will show you the details and help you chose the right option for you.

The Jump-N-Carry KKC660

KKC660

  • For California CEC-compliant equivalent product, please order KKC-660C
  • The KKC660 delivers 1700 Peak Amps and 425 Cranking Amps of starting power and weighs just 18 lbs.
  • Perfect for a variety of professional starting environments, including automotive service, fleet service, auto dealerships, auto auctions, marinas, implement dealerships and more.
  • 1700 Peak Amps
  • 425 Cranking Amps
  • Clore PROFORMER battery technology
  • 46″ #4 AWG welding cable leads
  • Industrial-grade clamps
  • Built-in charger
  • Automatic charging
  • Voltmeter provides charge status of on board battery
  • 12VDC outlet to power accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Email reminder when the unit needs to be charged

Cost: $136.22

The TCBES5000

TCBES5000

  • For California CEC-compliant equivalent product, please order TCB-ES5000C
  • Multiple jumps between charges and 43″ cables make the ES5000 as convenient as it is powerful.
  • 1500 Peak Amps
  • 400 Cranking Amps
  • ES Series battery designed specifically for vehicle jump-starting
  • Automatic recharging
  • LED battery status indicator
  • 43″ #4 AWG cables
  • Industrial Grade Hot Jaw™ clamps
  • DC outlet to power 12 Volt accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Email reminder when the unit needs to be charged

Cost: $138.89

Mid Range Jump Starters & Chargers

For you drivers of large trucks like an F-250 or above or a vehicle you are using to pull a boat, tractor, or heavy equipment we also have two favorites. They are the SHUPSJ-3612 by Schumacher and KKCJNCXF by Jump-N-Carry.

The SHUPSJ-3612

Schumacher Jump Starter

  • Two, 18-Ah Professional-Grade, High-Output AGM Batteries—especially formulated to jump start vehicles.
  • Non-spillable; stores in any position.
  • 2-Gauge, 55-inch Cables.
  • Heavy-duty clamps have replaceable, copper jaws—fit both top and side-post batteries.
  • ON/OFF Switch
  • 3-Amp Built-in, Automatic Charger
  • Reverse Hook-Up Alarm
  • Two-Function Digital Display
  • 12-Volt DC Power Outlet
  • Durable, Rust & Corrosion Proof, Polypropylene Case with Unique Clamp Storage
    Vented case for added safety
  • Unique, High-Impact Rubber Base—for case protection.

Cost: $280.54

The KKCJNCXF

Jump-N-Carry Jump Starter

  • The new standard in power-to-weight ratio in a handheld jump starter, its exclusive X-Force battery delivers 770 Crank Assist Amps to tackle the toughest automotive, marine and industrial jump starting assignments.
  • Features 68″ extra-long cables to reach the starting points on virtually any vehicle and automatic charging from its built-in charger
  • Made in the USA
  • 770 Crank Assist Amps
  • X-Force battery technology
  • 68″” #4 welding cable leads
  • Industrial Grade Hot Jaw Clamps
  • Built-in charger
  • Automatic charging
  • Voltmeter provides charge status of onboard battery
  • 12VDC outlet to power accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty

Cost: $273.44

Heavy Duty Jump Starters For Large Industrial & Commercial Vehicles

For the big boys (and gals), we have big and powerful toys. Our two favorite heavy duty chargers are the TCBES6000KE by Booster Pac, and the KKCJNCXFE by Jump-N-Carry.

The TCBES6000KE

ES6000KE

 

  • The workhorse of the Booster PAC family, the ES6000 delivers 3000 Peak Amps.
  • 12 Volt, 54” cables, auto charging
  • High performance ES Series battery
  • Battery Capacity: (2) 22 Amp Hour
  • Peak Amps: 3000
  • Cranking Amps: 800
  • Cold Cranking Amps: 650
  • Packaged with two batteries

Cost: $278.65

The KKCJNCFXE

Industrial Strength Jump Starter

  • The ideal unit for the very toughest 12 Volt jump starting tasks and the harshest work environments
  • Its dual X-Force batteries deliver 1540 Crank Assist Amps, making it perfect for a wide range of environments: automotive, marine, fleet, industrial, construction, outdoor power equipment and heavy-duty starting
  • Features 68″ extra-long cables to reach the starting points on virtually any vehicle and automatic charging from its built-in charger
  • Made in the USA
  • 1540 Crank Assist Amps
  • X-Force battery technology
  • 68″” #2 welding cable leads
  • Industrial Grade Hot Jaw Clamps
  • Built-in automatic charger
  • Voltmeter provides charge status of on board battery
  • 12VDC outlet to power accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty

Cost: $402.55

Now, what does all this mean to you? We have broken these jump starters out into three different tiers. Tier one would be your every day jump starters. These are best suited for your home garage and to keep in the trunk of your car, truck or van. They work like a charm and are a great selection for anyone. Tier two jump starters are designated for those of you that have large trucks and SUVs. Finally, tier three are for your big, heavy duty trucks. We’re talking about F-450+ or 4500’s for you GM folks.

If you have any questions about any of these jump starters or just jump starters in general, please leave them in the comments box and we’ll answer them right here for you. Or you can feel free to email us at customerservice@nationaltoolwarehouse.com and we will return your email promptly!

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Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaners

Comparison of the Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaners On The Market Today!

Have you been considering buying a waterborne paint gun cleaner?  It’s a tough decision to make…considering the price of the cleaners on the market.  After researching the top two brands…here is the down and dirty on the waterborne paint gun cleaners offered by Herkules and Uni-Ram.

First up we will look at a couple of Herkules waterborne paint gun cleaners.

G202 Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaner

The G202 Cleans 2 guns & 2 cups automatically in one minute!

The Herkules G202 is fully automatic and Made in the USA!  Herkules is a top brand in the automotive paint gun cleaner industry.  Click here to view their webpage devoted to Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaners.

Next up we will look at the Herkules G375, the Double Tank Paint Gun Washer.

Herkules Waterborne Paint Gun Washer G375

Herkules G375 Double Tank Paint Gun Washer

This waterborne paint gun washer is a beast! You can use both tanks exclusively for solvent cleaning or exclusively for waterborne cleaning, OR the left tank exclusively for waterborne cleaning & the right tank exclusively for solvent cleaning.  This washer has stainless steel tanks and is also Made in the USA!  What more could you ask for??

Moving on to the Uni-Ram washers…which are equally as impressive.

First up we have the Uni-Ram UM120W which is a manual gun cleaner.  This cleaner features the “GREEN” Water Recovery System and corrosion resistant construction.

UniRam Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaner UM120W

Uni-Ram Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaner UM120W

This machine has a powerful dual-diaphragm pump with a one year warranty on parts and labor and two year warranty on the diaphragm pump.  Check out this machine here.

Finally we are going to spotlight the “two-in-one” Uni-Ram waterborne paint gun cleaner.  This bad boy will get your paint guns clean with a capital C.

Uni-Ram Waterborne Paint Gun Cleaner UG5000W

Uni-Ram Combined Waterborne and Solvent Spraygun Cleaner UG5000W

This is a Dual, Two Tank Model, Right Tank equivalent to a UM120W, Left Tank to a UG4000E.  What more could you ask for??  Check it out here.

So, whether you are looking for a single tank or a dual tank, any of these models would work well for your shop.  Herkules and Uni-Ram are both excellent manufacturers of waterborne paint gun cleaners and you really can’t go wrong with either brand.

Do you own one of these already?  Send us your thoughts on the one you own and you could be featured in our next blog!

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Welders…and other welding equipment!

Happy Monday National Tool followers!  We’ve had several questions about welding supplies and the difference between MIG and TIG welders.  We have a huge selection of welding equipment to fit all of your automotive needs!  From Magnetic Induction Heaters all the way to Welding Helmets…we have what you need!

Easy-MIG™ 180 208/230-Volt AC Input Compact Wire Welder (LEW-K2698-1)

Easy-MIG™ 180 208/230-Volt AC Input Compact Wire Welder (LEW-K2698-1)

Stick/Lift TIG Welding System (VCTW1003203)

Stick/Lift TIG Welding System (VCTW1003203)

MIG vs. TIG Welders (courtesy of Lincoln Electric)

GMAW, commonly known as MIG welding, is an arc welding process which produces the coalescence of metals by heating them with an arc between a continuously fed filler metal electrode and the work.

The TIG process derives the heat for welding from an electric arc established between a non-consumable tungsten electrode and the part to be welded. Filler metal, if used, is manually feed into the weld puddle when TIG welding.

For a list of all MIG Welders available from National Tool, click here.
For a list of all TIG Welders available, click here.

National Tool Warehouse has a HUGE selection of welding equipment to fit most (if not all) of your automotive welding needs…be sure to check out our Welding Category page when you have a few free minutes.

We’d love to hear your stories about how you’ve used your welder you purchased from National Tool.  Email and let us know!

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Dealership Must-Have Tools

We have dealerships call daily asking for a list of tools they need to get started.  We never really thought much about being dealership specific but it has been a request we’ve received over and over again.  We’ve put together a list of tools that seem to be the most popular with the new dealerships in all areas of the U.S.

1. Jump Starters – These are a must have for all dealerships, big or small.  You don’t want a potential customer to not be able to start their “dream” car when they are ready for a test drive.  Here are a few of the best selling jump starters on the market today.

 

Dealership Jump Starter KKC660

$131.55 USD
• For California CEC-compliant equivalent product, please order KKC-660C
• The JNC660 delivers 1700 Peak Amps and 425 Cranking Amps of starting power and weighs just 18 lbs.
• Perfect for a variety of professional starting environments, including automotive service, fleet service, auto dealerships, auto auctions, marinas, implement dealerships and more.
• Give it a try and you’ll see why it’s the choice of Pros the world around.
• 1700 Peak Amps
• 425 Cranking Amps
• Clore PROFORMER battery technology
• 46″ #2 AWG welding cable leads
• Industrial-grade clamps
• Built-in charger
• Automatic charging
• Voltmeter provides charge status of onboard battery
• 12VDC outlet to power accessories
• 1 year limited warranty

Dealership Jump Starter  KKC-AIR

$227.66
• 1700 Peak Amps of Jump-Starting Power
• Features a built-in charger with automatic charging.
• Extra-long 68″ heavy-gauge cables.
• Battery Capacity: 22 Amp Hour
• Cranking Amps: 425
• Cold Cranking Amps: 325

Dealership Jump Starter SHU-PSJ-2212

$144.56
• 22-Ah Professional-Grade, High-Output AGM Battery—especially formulated to jump start vehicles.
• Non-spillable; stores in any position.
• 4-Gauge, 50-inch Cables.
• Heavy-duty clamps have replaceable, copper jaws—fit both top and side-post batteries.
• ON/OFF Switch
• 3-Amp Built-in, Automatic Charger
• Reverse Hook-Up Alarm
• Two-Function Digital Display
• 12-Volt DC Power Outlet
• Durable, Rust & Corrosion Proof, Polypropylene Case with Unique Clamp Storage
• Vented case for added safety
• Unique, High-Impact Rubber Base—for case protection.

2.  Jacks & Lifting Equipment – Any dealership needs a good sturdy jack and jack stands for those times when you need to get a car fixed up and back on the lot.  Here are a few of the jacks/jack stands that our customers are currently raving about.

 

Dealership - HWA-HW93642

$318.55
• Low Height: 3 3/4”, High Height: 20”
• Chassis Length: 26 3/4”
• Removable one piece handle
• Sealed pump, reduces risk of damage
• 2 Year Warranty
• Weight 90 lbs.

Dealership - SUU-66037JPK

$255.70
• 12 Strokes or less to high height under load
• Dual piston power unit for rapid lifting
• Dual return springs
• Safety overload system prevents use beyond rated capacity
• Heavy gauge flanged steel frame
• Heavy duty black swivel caster
• 2-1/4″” wide track front wheels
• Round 1″” thick cast steel saddle
• Capacity (Tons): 3.5 tons
• Low Height: 4″”
• Raised Height: 19. 25″”
• Length: 29″”
• Chassis Width: 14.5″”
• Handle Length: 50.5″”
• Saddle Diameter: 5.3″”
• FREE 6-Ton Jack Stands (Pair) (SUU-1006)

Dealership - OTC-1505B

$635.88
• A built-in safety overload prevents using the jack beyond its rated capacity.
• A convenient foot pedal speeds the lifting operation, handle lock and release control are located on top of the 40” spring-loaded handle. Handle can be locked into any position from vertical to horizontal.
• Lifting range: 6” to 22”, reach: 47”
• Frame height: 7-3/4”
• Floor space: 56” x 14-3/4”

3. Detailing items being another of the main items our dealership customers purchase.  It’s much cheaper to hire a student to work for you part time cleaning cars as they come in the dealership than it is to have a full time person or take it to a detail shop.  Having the right detailing items on hand is a must to keep your cars sparkling.  Here are some of the items we sell to dealerships across the country.

Dealership-MGL-DMCKIT6

$83.49
• 2 ea. DA Microfiber Cutting Discs
• 2 ea. DA Microfiber Finishing Discs
• Backing Plate
• DA Microfiber Correction Compound – 16oz.
• DA Microfiber Finishing Wax – 16oz.
• Free Meguiar’s Black Apron

Dealership-WIZ-99004

$49.95
• Free WIZARDS® cap
• Mist-N-Shine™ professional detailer
• Vinyl Shine™ tire dressing & protectant
• Vinyl Shine™ applicator pad
• Power Clean™ all purpose cleaner
• Shine Master™ polish & breathable sealant
• WIZARDS® Wash super concentrate
• WIZARDS® Multi-Fiber™ Cloth
• Assortment of best sellers for detailing
• Full size products with cap promotion
• Great gift pack for the enthusiast

Dealership-MGL-G110V2

$195.75
• Low risk, dual-action, rotation and orbit pattern produces far superior results than mere hand application
• New upgraded v2 with cruise control
• Internal feedback circuit increases torque when downward pressure is applied
•1800 opm 6800 opm, the most versatile speed range in its class
• Easy side-port access for quick brush changes
• New rubber cord
• Convenient Meguiar’s canvas bag
• Includes W68DA Soft Buff 2.0 DA backing plate

So, those are the top dealership “tools” that we currently sell.  I know there are more tools that a dealership will need and I will cover that next time.  We haven’t talked about scan tools, window markers, impact wrenches….oh the list goes on and on.

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Robinair Recycling Machines-The Buying Guide!

Even though it’s still cold in most parts of the US this month, the warmer temps are rapidly approaching. Is your auto repair shop equipped with a Robinair Recycling Machine? We’ve had several customers calling in asking which Robinair AC Recovery machine would best suit their needs. Why pay for more than you need?

Whether it’s the fully-automatic 34988, 34788 or the semi-automatic 34288, these machines will test, recover, and recharge R-134a automotive AC systems quickly and accurately. The question is: Which one should you buy? I’m going to break these machines down for you and give you some facts to chew on before making that big purchase.

Robinair 34988

Robinair Recycling 34988 Premium A/C RRR machine

Robinair Recycling 34988 Premium A/C RRR machine

Let’s start with the best of the best – the Robinair 34988 combines simple operation with superior accuracy. The Robinair Recycling 34988 recovers, recycles, evacuates, leak tests and recharges R-134a quickly and accurately.

What does this unit have that the others don’t?
*Automatic dye inject feature – This gives the user the ability to use the machine to inject UV dye into a vehicle’s AC system.
*Automatic oil measure & inject feature – the machine will automatically determine how much lubrication oil needs to be injected back into the AC system based on how much oil was taken out during recovery.
*AC System Flush – Flushes a vehicle’s AC system with refrigerant eliminating any residual oil or other liquid. (Flushing adapters are not included in the purchase of the machine.)
*Save & Print before and after service data – This allows the user to store before and after service information on the vehicle and print this information to provide to a customer.
*Indicator light and notification alarm – Notifies the user when service is complete or if a problem has occurred.

With this machine, automatic operation means less attention is needed. Set the parameters and watch it work! You can view more information on this machine on the Robinair Recycling website. They have also uploaded a video showing the use of this machine here.

 

Robinair 34788

Robinair Recycling 34788 CoolTech Recovery, Recycling, Recharging Unit

Robinair Recycling 34788 CoolTech Recovery, Recycling, Recharging Unit

Moving on to the middle of the road unit – the Robinair Recycling 34788, like it’s superior the 34988, combines simple operation with superior accuracy. The 34788 also recovers, recycles, evacuates, leak tests and recharges R-134a quickly and accurately.

This machine does not include the items previously noted about the 34988 but it does have a lot of great functions. This is the most popular of the three units I’m discussing today, mainly because it has the automatic function but it’s reasonably priced.

Robinair has a great information section here on their website. Also, there are numerous videos posted about this machine here.

 

Robinair 34288

Robinair Recycling Cool-Tech 34288

Robinair Recycling Cool-Tech 34288

The Robinair 34288 is the simplest of the three main machines. The main functions of this machine are the automatic air purge, refrigerant charging, refrigerant management, vacuum function and the new 4×20 multilingual display.

If low cost and simple is what you are after, this is the machine for you. You can view more information about this machine on the Robinair website here.

All three of these units use the same maintenance kit which makes it easy when restocking. The Robinair maintenance kits include one quick change filter-drier to be used on both R-12 and R-134a stations, and one 16 ounce bottle of Robinair brand premium high vacuum pump oil.

Robinair Recycling 13172 Maintenance Kit

Robinair Recycling 13172 Maintenance Kit

Robinair Recycling 34724 Recycling Filter-Driers

Robinair Recycling 34724 Recycling Filter-Driers

Whether you purchase the 34288, 34788, or 34988 these units can pay for themselves in as little as 2.5 months (based on the Robinair “Investing In The Future” Return on Investment worksheet).

So…after the analysis is complete, which machine is best for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these machines!

Written by: Jay Johnson
Information courtesy of www.robinair.com

2014 Chevrolet Silverado vs. Ford F-150

So the great debate continues; are you a Chevy fan or Ford fan? At every family gathering my father and uncle get into a large discussion about Chevy and Ford and why they think their respective choice is better.  Of course, at the end of the meal we are no closer to a definitive winner.

As I tried telling my feuding family members; comparing these two trucks is not as simple as one would think.  There are so many variations and packages available for each that it’s not necessarily comparing apples to apples.  We can try though!

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Performance

Both trucks have the available V-8 engine with the Silverado represented by 5.3-liters and the F-150 represented by only 5.0-liters(Chalk one up for Chevy!) Although the Silverado’s V-8 produces 355 horsepower while the Ford’s produces 360 horsepower (win for the F-150). But when it comes to fuel efficiency between these two, Silverado holds the title with an EPA estimated 17/22 city/highway mpg (17/21 city/highway mpg for the F-150).

Interior

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Moving on to the interior of these two trucks, the Silverado provides more legroom for front passengers than the F-150 but the F-150 compensates for this with more rear passenger legroom. Both trucks, depending on package purchased, offer a variety of interior comforts.  Some of which include: in-dash screens, storage compartments and charging connections for a variety of electronics.

I’m sure trucks are not the only source of discussion though since Chevrolet has come out with the new Corvette Stingray! When all is said and done, I think the feud between brothers will continue for many years.  Every year these trucks are neck and neck with technology, sleek styles and performance ratings leaving both the Chevy fans and Ford fans saying their truck is the best.

Which are you? Chevy fan or Ford fan?  Why?

Photos courtesy of chevrolet.com, ford.com and cargurus.com









2014 Chevrolet Corvette – return of the Stingray

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Wooo! I am beyond excited for the return of the Corvette Stingray! When I was young, our neighbor had a candy apple red, 76 Corvette Stingray and I fell in love. The vette’ has always held a special place in my heart, but the Stingray, well, the Stingray is my Mona Lisa. Isn’t she lovely.

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The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever. This bad lady posses an estimated 460 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. She can scorch the road too, going from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. Oh and she doesn’t sip too much gas either, the most fuel efficient Corvette ever getting an EPA-estimated 29 MPG.

“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said GM North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”

Here are some notes from Chevrolet.com:

The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. Highlights include:

  • An interior that includes real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
  • Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
  • An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel
  • Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
  • A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
  • Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability

Needless to say again, I am excited. Now, I am on a mission to come up with $62,000 to get the Z51 version. If you would like to learn more about the new Stingray, check out this great video here. You can go on a biometric test drive. It’s a lot of fun!

Until next time friends!


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