Have You Seen the Two New Ingersoll Rand Impact Wrenches?

As most mechanics, and even most car enthusiasts, know Ingersoll Rand is a brand you can trust.  Now, Ingersoll Rand has come out with TWO impact wrenches for the Nascar® fans of the mechanics world.

First Up: The 1/2” Green NASCAR® Impactool™!  This classic tool with a new paint scheme comes equipped with the reliable Twin Hammer impact mechanism, and it boasts an average air consumption of 4.2 CFM delivering 590 ft-lbs of torque.

IRC-231R-G

Next:  The 1/2” Red NASCAR® Impactool™ with 1/2″ Extended Anvil!  Now, if you need a little extra anvil length…this is the tool for you!

IRC-231R-R-2

Whether you’re a vehicle hobbyist or professional mechanic, this NASCAR® themed 231R air impact wrench from Ingersoll Rand delivers the power and performance to tackle tough jobs with ease, including tire rotation, brake jobs, crank pulley bolt removal, and more.

Do you already own one of these beasts?  If so, let me know how you like it.

Until next time…Jay

Ingersoll Rand’s Newest 1/2″ Drive Impact Wrench

Ingersoll Rand has done it again!  They’ve released a new ½” drive impact wrench that has everyone talking.  Have you seen the 35MAX yet?  It’s a mechanics dream tool.

What is Ingersoll Rand saying about this new impact?  “Built on Ingersoll Rand’s 100 year legacy developing industry leading tools, you can always rely on the 35MAX. This stubby impact wrench has been rigorously tested and pushed to the limits to make sure it lasts twice as long as the competition so you can get REAL WORK done time and time again.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Ingersoll Rand 35MAX Front View

Ingersoll Rand 35MAX Back View

 

“What about the torque?” you ask…

“Delivering 450 ft.-lb. of max reverse torque at only 2.4 pounds, no other compact impact wrench on the market can match the combined power and light weight of the 35MAX. With less added weight, you can power through those tough stretches of work in no time.”

Ingersoll Rand 35MAX Flyer

This impact is so new that we couldn’t even find a video of anyone using it yet…so if you have one, shoot a video and send it to us!  We’d love to upload more videos of our customers using the actual tool!

Source: www.irtools.com

When is the Best Time to Buy a Car?

By: Cheri Shue

So, it’s time to buy yourself (or your spouse) a new car, but are you choosing the right time to buy that new car?  Here are some tricks/tips that will help you decide when to take the plunge and buy that car!

The Best time of Year?
Best Time of Year

  • Spring/Summer – Demand goes down on SUV’s and all-wheel drive vehicles during the summer because people aren’t purchasing them for extreme weather conditions and gas prices have typically increased.
  • Winter – Prices will be much cheaper for convertibles and sports cars during the winter months, especially on used vehicles.
  • Autumn- During the months of September and October dealers want to get rid of their prior year models to make room for the new ones. September and October is generally when you will see the “End of Model Year” Sales Events for many different dealers.

Happy Holidays

During the holidays dealerships are empty and budgets are tight. Dealers are eager to get rid of the prior year’s inventory and are trying to get sales to earn their year-end bonuses. Christmas and New Years are good days to find some awesome discounts!

Best time of Month?
Best Time of Month?

Since most people believe it is smart to go to the dealerships at the end of the month, salesmen are swamped with buyers. If you go the first couple days of the month the dealerships are dead and salesmen are waiting around for sales and willing to make a deal.

With that said, the last couple days of the month can also be good days to go. Salesman are trying to reach their targets for the month to get bonuses.  Just remember that there are a ton of other people who think like you so you may have to wait to find a salesman free.

Hot Tip: The last week of December is the best time to go. People are low on funds, busy with holidays, it’s the end of the month, AND the end of the year!

Best Time of Week and Day?
Best Time of Week & Day

The beginning of the week is the best time to go to dealerships because salesmen are flooded with customers on the weekends. The best time to go is early in the morning; you will have a fresh start with your salesman and most people are at work leaving you with undivided attention.

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Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous

By: Cheri Shue

Distracted driving is anything that may take your attention away from the road. Eating, drinking, talking to a passenger, texting, changing the radio station or using a navigation system are just a few examples.

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justthefacts

  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012.
  • As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text messages were sent in the US (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam) every month.
  • 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  • Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.
  • A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

remember

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Keep your hands on the wheel…

eyesonroad

Your eyes on the road…

And focus on driving!

And focus on driving!

 

Stay Safe!

 

Facts from http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html

The Deluxe Aluminum Kit

Part 3 of the “Pre-Packed Kits” Series!
By: Cheri Shue

Take your shop to the next level with this deluxe aluminum kit. If your shop plans on doing aluminum repair on all vehicle makes and models then this is the kit for you! Every tool you are sure to use on aluminum intense vehicles is sure to be in this kit. Unlike the other two kits, this one is an expansion of the already Ford Approved Dent-Fix Aluspot Repair Station. You will get a total of 22 hand tools and the station, which has a 3rd row drawer for storage. Shops considering an Aluspot or equivalent work station can save a step in preparation by getting this!

PPK-AL-KIT-3

The deluxe aluminum kit includes:

DTF-DF-900DX – Aluspot Aluminum Repair Station(1)
• DTF-DF-LP21 – 3Pc Anchor Bite Locking Pliers(2)
• AHN-63916 – 1/4” Titanium Drill Bit(3)
• AHN-63920 – 5/16” Titanium Drill Bit(3)
• AHN-63924 – 3/8” Titanium Drill Bit(3)
• ANG-GR11205BK – Straight Jaw Locking Pliers 5”(2)
• ANG-GR11210BK – Straight Jaw Locking Pliers 10”(2)
• DYN-21039 – 6” 3/16” Orbit Vacuum Da(1)
DYN-18100P – 3/4” File Belt Sander W/30 Belts(1)
• FOW-72-483-003 – Deburring Tool(1)
• MAR-39058 – 3/32-1/4” Blind Rivet Gun(1)
• NOR-98023 – 80 Grit 3/4” Blaze File Belt(50)
• STK-20015 – Straight Hand Seam Splitter(1)
STK-21892 – Aluminum Skin Zipper(1)
• STK-21896 – Aluminum Skin Zipper 2(1)

That wraps up the series on the pre-packed aluminum kits we have to offer. Buying the kit that works best for your shop can save you time and money. So, check em’ out!

The Basic Aluminum Kit

Part 1 of the “Pre-Packed Kits” Series!
By: Cheri Shue

This basic kit is great for any shop not wanting to spend much money on preparing for aluminum repairs. This kit includes almost every hand tool you would commonly need to get the job done. You can repair and replace body panels and structural supports with the 19 different hand tools it has to offer. Plus, you can put all your new hand tools in the tool cart to keep it all self-contained and isolated from steel.

The Basic Aluminum Kit / PPK-AL-KIT-1

The Basic Aluminum Kit / PPK-AL-KIT-1

This basic aluminum kit contains the following products and quantities of each.

Kit Includes:(QTY)

SUU-8057 – 6 Drawer Tool Cart(1)
• AHN-63916 – 1/4” Titanium Drill Bit(3)
AHN-63920 – 5/16” Titanium Drill Bit(3)
• AHN-63924 – 3/8” Titanium Drill Bit(3)
• ANG-GR11205BK – Straight Jaw Locking Pliers 5”(2)
• ANG-GR11210BK – Straight Jaw Locking Pliers 10”(2)
• DTF-DF-AH714 – 3Pc Aluminum Hammer Set(1)
• DTF-DF-AB711 – 7Pc Rubberized Dolly Set(1)
DYN-18100P – 3/4” File Belt Sander w/30 Belts(1)
FOW-72-483-003 – Deburring Tool(1)
• KEY-77348 – Body File Holder(1)
• KEY-77347 – Round Body File(1)
• KEY-77472 – Flat Body File(1)
• MAR-39058 – 3/32-1/4” Blind Rivet Gun(1)
MSC-52224A – Infrared Temperature Gun(1)
• MTA-PH1400 – Digital Set Heat Gun(1)
• NOR-98023 – 80 grit 3/4” Blaze File Belt(50)
• STK-20015 – Straight Hand Seam Splitter(1)
• STK-21892 – Aluminum Skin Zipper(1)
STK-21896 – Aluminum Skin Zipper 2(1)

 

Coming up next: The detail on the The OEM aluminum Kit.

Introducing Pre-Packed Kits

Taking the guesswork out of buying tools!
By: Cheri Shue

Search no longer! National Tool Warehouse is now offering pre-packed aluminum kits that have most everything you will need to properly repair aluminum intense vehicles. There are 3 kits currently available; starting off with the basic kit and going up to the deluxe kit for the pros. In my next few blogs I will be highlighting each kit with more details. Stay tuned and see which one best fits your needs!

PPK-AL-KIT-1

The Basic Aluminum Kit

PPK-AL-KIT-2

The OEM Aluminum Kit

 

The Deluxe Aluminum Kit

The Deluxe Aluminum Kit

Coming up Next: The details on the Basic Aluminum Kit PPKAL-KIT-1!

Spotlight on Ingersoll Rand 1/2″ Impacttools

Ingersoll Rand is a well-known name around the industry.  From air tools to air compressors to cordless tools, Ingersoll Rand manufacturers an excellent product used worldwide by mechanics.  This spotlight article is about the IR impacttool line, specifically the ½” version as that seems to be a highly popular size of impacttool.

2135TiMAX
Let’s start off with one of the most popular ½” impacttools on the market, the 2135TiMAX.  This tool “sets the standard for performance with the best power to weight ratio on the market in its class.”, according to the experts at Ingersoll Rand.  With 780 ft-lbs of MAX reverse torque and weighing less than 4 lbs, it’s the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.  This tool also comes with a free two-year limited warranty with the tool registration at www.irtools.com.

Ingersoll Rand 2135TiMAX

Perfect for both industrial and vehicle service work, the new 2135TiMAX delivers maximum power and control, along with unmatched reliability.

 

2235TiMAX
Next up is a “powerful, durable and reliable workhorse whose reputation is built on helping you build yours, because you don’t do a job halfway, and neither do our tools”. This impact has an amazing 1,350 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque and 930 ft-lbs of max reverse torque.  Again, Ingersoll Rand has outdone itself by making this hard working impact only 4.6 lbs.  The manufacturer states, “Born from the legendary durability of the Ingersoll Rand 2135 Series, the 2235 pushes toughness to the next level.  It’s built with a titanium hammercase, steel-wear plate and composite housing that protects the tool from the harshest environments.”

Also available in a Quiet version: 2235QTiMAX

The 2235 Series is a finely tuned workhorse, from its components to its technology, to be the impact wrench you can always count on to get real work done.

The 2235 Series is a finely tuned workhorse, from its components to its technology, to be the impact wrench you can always count on to get real work done.

As always, Ingersoll Rand has delivered two of the best impacttools on the market today.  After using both of these tools, I can safely say that I’m dually impressed.  If you are looking for a great brand, great product, and reliability…Ingersoll Rand 1/2” impacttools are the way to go!

 

Have a testimonial on this product or another Ingersoll Rand product?  Send it over and you could be featured on the next National Tool Warehouse blog!

Source: www.irtools.com

 

What is a Feeler Gauge?

What is a Feeler Gauge?
By: J. Dillinger

I have seen a few of these around but never knew the purpose of them. Let’s break down what a feeler gauge is.

Feeler gauges are used to measure the gaps in widths between 2 objects. Feeler gauges are made of different thicknesses and lengths. There are two types of units that the feeler gauge uses to measure, the imperial (thousandths of an inch) and metric (millimeter). Feeler gauges are made out of either blades or wire. The wire feeler gauges are used to measure spark plugs.

The most common Feeler gauges are made from high-quality carbon steel and have a very smooth finish. Blade Feeler gauges can also come in an assortment of stainless steel, brass and plastic. However, metal feeler gauges are easier to maintain and have a better wear resistance.

To use a feeler gauge make sure you examine them before each use. Do this by spreading them out making sure they rust-free, but slightly oiled for easy movement. Select one of the smaller blades or wires and try inserting it into the space. If it slips out easy choose the next side up. When both sides of the gauge touch the gap and it moves with gentle pressure, then you’ve found the correct feeler gauge for that gap.

Blade Feeler Gauge

A blade feeler gauge can also be called a flat feeler gauge. A set generally comes in a holder and contains a series of blades with different thicknesses that are stamped for easy identification. A blade feeler gauge is generally flexible and can be used to reach hard places.

Blade Feeler Gauge Example (KDT161)

Blade Feeler Gauge Example (KDT161)

Wire Feeler Gauge

The wire feeler gauge is a series of round wires with different thicknesses in a holder usually bent into a U shape and are less flexible than the Blade Feeler Gauge. These wire feeler gauges are more frequently used in the automotive industry.

Wire Feeler Gauge Example (KDT2327)

Wire Feeler Gauge Example (KDT2327)

In case you need a combo unit, there are a few manufacturers that make blade/wire feeler gauge sets. Sometimes having one tool is better than having to keep track of two!

Combo Feeler Gauge Example (KDT164)

Combo Feeler Gauge Example (KDT164)

To see the entire feeler gauge category, click HERE!

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Sources: Wikipedia, Cdxtextbook.com, Wisegeek.com

Pig Mat Customer Review

Here at National Tool, we receive “fan mail” from our customers on a regular basis.  We pass on the comments and helpful tips to our employees as training tools to make our business better.  But, we’ve received a rave review on a fairly new product line and we decided to share it with our customers.

We would love to hear your feedback on a product you’ve purchased, good or bad! Send us an email with your review and you may be featured on a future blog!
customerservice@nationaltoolwarehouse.com

Hi National Tool,

 

I wanted to share a story with you about a product that we recently purchased from you all, The Pig Mat roll. My family and I attend car shows all of the time and if we have a leak, it is a mess to clean up! We have been looking for something that was light-weight and easy to use. This new pig mat towel was so easy to use and we didn’t have to clean up a mess after using them. We placed a couple sheets under the engine compartment while we were at an indoor show and WOW does it work! The oil decided to leak out and it could have gotten everywhere. It was so nice to be able to pick up the mats and just throw them away. A neighbor of ours at the show was so impressed that we gave them a couple to use and they are in love with them also. I would recommend these to anybody out there and you’ll definitely be getting more of our business soon!

P.S. I’ve included a picture of two of our cars that you can share with your employees and your customers.

 

Thank You,

Jerry D.

J. Dillinger Show Cars 2015

We would like to thank Jerry and his family for sharing their story and their product review!

 

Photo Credit: Jerry D., 2015