Lift Height 101: Low vs. Mid Rise Lifts
March 17th, 2020
When searching for a car lift, it is important to keep in mind that some are designed more for storage whereas others are made for performing vehicle maintenance. Additionally, there are two main types of car lifts — low and mid rise — that you can choose from depending on the types of vehicles you plan to work on, what services you plan to do and the size of your garage or shop.
Buyer Guide to Tire Changers
April 19th, 2019
We all know that manually changing tires can be a challenge. From bending over and lifting heavy wheels to placing unnecessary exertion on the body, it makes technicians tired and relates to the possible inefficiencies within a tire workshop.
How to Increase Paint Spray Booth Efficiency
March 20th, 2019
To ensure a perfect paint job on a vehicle, boat or appliance, it is critical to have a clean working environment where the paint can dry. This environment should be free of dust, dirt, humidity, oily mist and other air-bound particulates that could degrade the texture and consistency of the paint job. If even one speck of dirt lands on a fresh, wet coat of paint, it could ruin the whole coat and force the painters to start the whole process over again.
The History of the Auto Lift
February 20th, 2019
To most professional automotive mechanics, and even many home mechanics with a basic floor jack, the thought of car maintenance without hydraulic assistance is almost unimaginable. Astonishingly, more than 150 years elapsed between the invention of the first steam-powered automobiles and the first hydraulic lift patent in 1925 — a revolutionary concept in its own time that continues change with scientific and mechanical innovations.
Why Your Auto Garage Needs a Waste Oil Heater
January 15th, 2019
If your business creates used oil throughout the day, it can be a challenge to keep up with regulations, heating costs and proper disposal. However, you also have the opportunity to implement waste oil heaters, which are machines that burn used motor oil as well as transmission fluid, hydraulic, brake or any other petroleum liquids. The heaters can generate safe, clean and free heat for your business.
Ultimate Buyer Guide: Best Motorcycle Lifts
December 21st, 2018
When you need to conduct regular maintenance on your motorcycle, it can be tricky to reach every nook and cranny while your bike is on the ground. Instead of hassling with making repairs with no support, rely on a motorcycle jack lift. It raises your bike from its resting height and elevates it so you can work on your motorcycle from any angle. While some are designed for particular makes and models, most can accommodate any engine.
Car Storage Lifts vs. Garage Expansion
November 27th, 2018
A one-car garage is for a single vehicle, a two-car space is for two, a three is for three, and so and so on, right? However, it’s not always the case! If your garage is overcrowded with clutter or you can only park one vehicle in at a time, it’s time to make some changes. But should you go for a storage lift or a bigger garage?
The Importance of Wheel and Tire Balancing
October 26th, 2018
It’s a vital part of maintaining your vehicle that can prevent excessive tire wear and other factors. If you want your new set of tires to last as long as possible, make sure your truck or car is adequately balanced.
How to Choose the Right Alignment Lift for Your Shop
September 26th, 2018
Investing in machines and equipment for your garage is a vital component when improving the abilities of your company. Some purchases are quick and easy, but when it comes to choosing an alignment lift, you must consider several aspects, ranging from software to safety features. Buying the best alignment lift is an essential decision for the efficiency and safety of your auto shop.
Top Auto Lift Safety Tips
August 30th, 2018
Vehicle lifts assist technicians while they perform repairs and regular maintenance, but improper use can result in damaged cars and put you at risk for injuries or even death. Several reasons related to lifting accidents include insufficient training, operator errors, rushing the process, and neglecting maintenance.
If you want to establish an incident-free shop, refer to our auto lift safety tips to keep yourself and your workers protected.
How to Jack Up a Car Properly
July 26th, 2018
Performing maintenance on your truck or car sometimes calls for simple repairs, while others require you to lift up your vehicle. If you need to perform various tasks like rotating tires, changing oil or replacing brake pads, you can work with a jack to get under your car. Jacks are simple to use with the proper knowledge. However, failure to follow safety precautions and adequate techniques could result in damage to your vehicle as well as put you at risk for injuries or even death.
Take a look at these floor jack safety tips and procedures to ensure a hazard-free maintenance check.
5 Advantages of Using Air-Powered Tools
June 25th, 2018
Air tools, a.k.a. power pneumatic tools, are an ideal solution to use in industries across the board. From using air-powered equipment for industrial purposes like conveyor belts, plastic manufacturing, or pharmaceutical production to personal use like inflating tires, painting cars, and supporting a variety of other jobs, air tool benefits outweigh the initial upfront cost of an air compressor.
Ramps vs. Jack Stands: Which Are Better for Your Home Garage?
May 30th, 2018
If you’re a DIY car owner, you know how to change your oil, work on the suspension, fix the transmission and perform regular maintenance duties. But unless you have a full hydraulic system in your garage, you’ll need to invest in ramps or jack stands to lift your vehicle to see the undercarriage and work on different components.
9 Must-Tools for Any Home Garage
April 25th, 2018
Instead of focusing on those obvious items, we thought we’d make a list of some other important things you might not have thought of for your home garage. You too can work like an auto body professional if you equip your home garage the right way!
10 Must-Haves for Any Dream Home Garage
April 3rd, 2018
Are you building a new home garage from scratch and are working from a clean sheet of paper? If so, you’re very lucky! That means you can incorporate everything you need to be equipped like a pro. Even if you aren’t completely redoing your garage, though, that doesn’t mean this list of must-haves for a dream garage isn’t for you. We have many great tips and ideas, so check out our list, and there might be a few ideas that inspire you!
Ultimate Buyer Guide: Best-Rated Classic Car Storage Lifts
March 14th, 2018
When you own any classic automobile, it is crucial to keep it in the same condition as when you first purchased it, whether it's a box car from the 1920s or a muscle car from the 1950s. Cars like these are highly valuable and command big bucks among collectors of classic automobiles.
Ultimate Buyer Guide: Best-Rated 4-Post Auto Lifts
March 7th, 2018
Looking for a new 4-post car lift? Whether it is for a home garage or an auto shop don't settle for just any auto lift. Choose from the top rated 4-post lifts available today. Explore our in-depth buyer guide for top-rated four-post lists
Ultimate Buyer Guide: Best-Rated 2-Post Auto Lifts
March 1st, 2018
Looking for a new 2-post car lift? Whether it is for a home garage or an auto shop don't settle for just any auto lift. Choose from the top rated 2-post lifts available today. Explore our in-depth buyer guide for top-rated two-post lists
How to Store a Classic Car at Home
February 13th, 2018
Some owners of classic cars like to have their cars stored by a professional. In many cases, however, those services aren’t locally available or are too costly to consider. It can also be nice to have frequent access to your classic car while it’s stored, in case you want to do some work on it from time to time or simply to know that your valuable investment is safe in your own garage.
Tips & Tricks to Care for Classic Cars
January 24th, 2018
Classic car enthusiasts are a different breed. They sweat every detail and do everything to keep their vehicle in like-new pristine condition. If that sounds like you, and you have a gorgeous old classic you want to store away for the off-season, we have a few tips for you.
Must-Need Tools & Equipment for Any Auto Body Garage
January 2nd, 2018
There are some tools you simply can’t live without when you run an auto body garage. These are the tools and equipment you use every day for a wide range of jobs or those specific tools that save you a huge amount of time. Here at North American Auto Equipment, we’re not just a supplier of professional auto body tools. We’re an experienced family owned and operated business that knows the ins and outs of the auto body business and the challenges you meet.
Adequate Spacing for an Auto Lift
July 19th, 2017
Adding an auto lift to your professional or personal garage is a big plus. It allows you to lift vehicles whenever you want to have easier access for engine, transmission, wheel, chassis or bodywork. If you have a large garage with ample space, you can install your lift wherever you like. In most cases, however, you want to maximize your space and install your lift in the most convenient location.
Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Two-Post Lifts: What’s the Difference?
July 5th, 2017
When you browse our online catalog of auto lifts, you’ll run across the terms “symmetric” and “asymmetric.” These two types of lifts each have their own advantages and ideal uses. To help you understand the difference and determine which type of auto lift suits your garage and the types of vehicles you service and repair, we wanted to put together this guide.
What Is an ETL-ALI Certified Lift — and Why Is It Important?
June 6th, 2017
We’ve certainly all seen online videos of garage lift mishaps. They can seem funny at first glance, but as auto industry professionals and amateurs, we know that when an auto lift fails because of misuse or lack of service, the results can be extremely serious. Keeping your auto lift in good working order is critical for several reasons:
Best Car Lifts for a Home Garage
May 24th, 2017
The ultimate for a car repair enthusiast is a home garage car lift. Being able to get your car up off the ground for wheel, body, engine or undercarriage work is a big timesaver and makes it easier on you. Instead of crawling around on your knees or straining your back, you can hoist your vehicle to the perfect position and work at a comfortable height.
2 Post Car Lifts: Baseplate vs. Overhead
May 10th, 2017
One question many of our customers have is which type of two-post lift is better — the baseplate type or the overhead type? The answer is: It depends! Both types offer their own advantages as well as their own constraints. It’s also important to know how they work and in what way’s they’re similar. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand why both types of auto lifts are available on the market and how to choose the best model for your garage.
Maintenance Checklist for your Auto Lift
April 28th, 2017
A reliable auto lift you can count on is an important part of your garage or auto repair shop. If your lift breaks down, you’re either stuck unable to lift a car for service or, worse, stuck with a car up on the lift that you can’t get down for a customer! To ensure your lift is always ready to use, our team here at North American Auto Equipment have put together this helpful auto lift maintenance guide.
How to Choose the Right Auto Lift
February 8th, 2017
When the underside of a vehicle needs to be accessed for maintenance, an automotive lift is the most important part of the process. A vehicle lift allows the service specialist to access the wheel assembly and suspension system on a car, van or truck. Whether the work is performed at a large or small facility, auto lifts of one design or another make it possible to perform maintenance that would otherwise be next to impossible.