Cool Off with a Port A Cool Evaporative Cooler

I know, I know…Many of us are still struggling  through a winter that just won’t seem to let go.  As much as we’d like to put it behind us, we can’t forget that the Dog Days will get here all too soon.  And I don’t know about you but, I’ve never worked in a shop or warehouse that had much in the way of climate control.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be comfortable working through the hot summer months?   Lucky for us, National Tool Warehouse carries the best name in affordable and practical portable coolers!

For any of you who don’t know what an evaporative cooler is, check out the Port A Cool website. Here are the basics:
“Portable, Powerful, Practical.  American-made portable evaporative cooling units.  Cools anywhere using 115 volts and tap water for a dollar a day.  No assembly required.”
Sounds pretty good to me.

Here are some of best deals from National Tool Warehouse. 

For those with a small shop and maybe a small budget, check out the Cyclone 2000.

Port-A-Cool Cyclone® 2000 Evaporative Cooler (PTC-PACCYC02)

Port-A-Cool Cyclone® 2000 Evaporative Cooler (PTC-PACCYC02)

Another popular model, the PTCPAC163SVT  has got a little more cooling power to cool down a bigger shop.

16" EVAP 3 Speed Cooling Fan with Vertical Tank, 42-Gallon (PTC-PAC163SVT)

16″ EVAP 3 Speed Cooling Fan with Vertical Tank, 42-Gallon (PTC-PAC163SVT)

For a bigger shop or warehouse, the way to keep your cool is with the PTCPAC2K36HPVS.

36”, 1/2 h.p. Variable-Speed Motor (PTC-PAC2K36HPVS)

36”, 1/2 h.p. Variable-Speed Motor (PTC-PAC2K36HPVS)

Any of these should help you and your team keep a cooler head, work happier and stay more productive through the hot days to come.   NTW carries a diverse line of Port A Cool units and accessories.

If you have questions or you don’t see what you are looking for, call for more information or a price quote.  Don’t let the Dog Days get the best of you: Stay cool this summer with Port A Cool from National Tool Warehouse!

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Written by our Guest Blogger Mack Hanson.  Thanks Mack!

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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Top DIYer Automotive Tools

Being a DIYer automotive mechanic has its ups and downs.  You get to own some extremely cool tools, which your buddies will be jealous of, but the cost of those tools sometimes outweighs the “cool” factor.  Not to mention some tools take up way too much room in the garage.

Here are a few of the must have tools for the DIYer automotive mechanic.  Prices aren’t terrible and the space needed to keep these much-loved tools will be minimal.

  • First up we have a battery powered impact wrench.  This tool is a must have for any self proclaimed DIYer.  DeWalt put out this great 20 volt impact tool recently and once you use it, you’ll never look at the 12 volt or even the 18 volt versions the same.  The DeWalt DCF889M2 comes in priced at $308.75 (a bit pricey but well worth it).
DeWalt DCF889M2 - 20V MAX Lithium Ion Impact Wrench, 1/2"

DeWalt DCF889M2 – 20V MAX Lithium Ion Impact Wrench, 1/2″

  • Moving on to the next coolest DIYer automotive tool – a Steelman brand ChassisEar.  This tool will let you listen to six different under chassis locations in one road test and hear noises that cannot be duplicated in the stall.  How cool is that?!?!  Seriously, with this tool priced at $121.55 you will be the envy of everyone at work.
Steelman ChassisEAR® (stethoscope for your car) Model 06600

Steelman ChassisEAR® (stethoscope for your car) Model 06600

  • Next up comes the underhood light.  Every DIYer knows that car troubles don’t always happen in the daytime and when it’s pitch black outside and your garage lights aren’t doing the job,  you need an underhood light to brighten up your work space.  Check out this light made by ATD Tools and priced at only $99.95, it’s not only affordable but a definite must have in your garage.
ATD Tools 80050 The Saber Light 30-Watt Underhood Light

ATD Tools 80050 The Saber Light 30-Watt Underhood Light

  • Another DIYer garage must-have would be a good flex head ratchet.  GearWrench makes some of the best and this set is reasonably priced and you really get the bang for your buck.  Priced at $103.59, you not only get the three piece set of cushion grip ratchets but you get a FREE flex head ratchet too!
GearWrench 81203FD Mix Cushion Grip Ratchet Set, 3 pc w/FREE 3/8" Dr Offset Flex Head Cushion Grip Ratchet

GearWrench 81203FD Mix Cushion Grip Ratchet Set, 3 pc w/FREE 3/8″ Dr Offset Flex Head Cushion Grip Ratchet

  • Rounding out these DIYer automotive tools is a good brake bleeder.  Most DIYer mechanics change their own brake pads and having a good solid brake bleeder on hand for such a job is a must.  MityVac is a top name in brake bleeding tools.  They have the MV6870 priced well at $81.99.
MityVac MV6870 Vacuum Brake Bleeder

MityVac MV6870 Vacuum Brake Bleeder

We received a great response from last weeks blog (found here) and we’d love to hear your thoughts about any or all of the tools in this weeks blog!  We’ll be sure to include your thoughts in future posts (unless you tell us not to, of course).  

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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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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.


• 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


• 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


• 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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Brake Issues 101

We all know brakes are important; probably the most important safety feature on any vehicle. But they can also be pretty annoying. Today we’re going to discuss the top brake issues and how to fix the problems.

1. Loud Screeching Sound

Screeching, squealing, brake noise, is the most common complaint drivers walk into the shop with. When the different components of your brakes have unwanted movements you hear that loud screeching sound. So, how do we fix this? It’s really pretty simple; keep your brake components in place per the factory specifications. The surfaces of the brakes need to be maintained during service as well.

According to Chuck Kennedy, Bendix Technical Training Manager, “Today’s brake systems are very sensitive to rust and corrosion and should receive a thorough cleaning in preparation for fresh lubricant, hardware, and friction material. Residual rust or corrosion left in critical areas can begin to cause brake issues almost immediately.“

Here are a few places you can start: You’ll want to clean the caliper’s moving parts and retaining hardware as well as clean your pin bores with a round wire brush and cleaner to remove old lubricant and corrosion.

Brake Caliper

Caliper pins can cause binding. Clean the caliper moving parts and retention hardware of dirt, corrosion and rust. Clean pin bores with a round wire brush and cleaner to remove old lubricant and corrosion.

2. Pulsation

Pulsation is probably the second most common issue. Check for rotor lateral run out and thickness variations that point to pulsation issues, check the hubs. Checking for rotor thickness variations will help diagnose pulsation issues.

Use a polishing pad to clean as much rust as possible from the hub face and next to the studs. Leaving corrosion in these areas is one of the top causes of pulsation. An often overlooked area is the wheel hub mounting pad. If there is rust or debris in this area, it can lead to rotor distortion and pulsation just as easily as if debris were left on the hub.

Cleaning Brakes

Another common cause of pulsation is uneven tightness of wheel lugs. The best way to tighten these components is to lightly wrench them into place and then use a impact wrench to tighten them to the factory specifications

3. Dust

When applying braking force, small amounts of material gradually abrade from the brake pads. This material, known as “brake dust,” usually deposits on the braking system and the surrounding wheel.

Brake dust can be more than just a visual nuisance; it can badly damage the finish of most wheels if not washed off. Removing brake dust can eliminate other problems and avoid customer complaints.

Overall Brakes

Some technicians tape off the brake shoes to prevent contamination during service.

4. Excessive Wear

Lack of maintenance or aggressive driving, this is how you cause this. I am hard on my brakes, due to the amount of city driving I do. Those of you that do more highway driving or don’t like to pretend you are Mario Andretti, your brakes will last much longer than mine.

Brake Wear

Residual pressure trapped in the hydraulic system can cause excessive wear and premature failure of friction materials and surfaces.

Now, what will you need in order to maintain your brakes? Just a few simple tools. How Stuff Works Gives us the Run Down:

A C-Clamp – This will press on the caliper assembly and push the piston all the way in, resetting the brake once the new pads are in place. Note: Some vehicles will require the use of a special ­brake caliper tool to retract the brake caliper piston. Remember, prior to beginning any repair job, it’s always a good idea to thoroughly investigate what will be required in order to determine any special tools you may need — like a brake caliper tool

A wrench to remove the caliper bolts – You may need an Allen wrench or impact tool for this job, depending on the vehicle.

A lug wrench – To remove the wheel nuts; although, you’ve most likely already used this tool prior to raising the vehicle.

Gloves – These are to protect your hands from the chemicals and dirt that you’ll encounter during the procedure.

A dust mask and safety glasses – The mask is to prevent breathing in brake dust, and the glasses are to protect your eyes from flying metal pieces and/or fluids during the actual brake work.