Our Top 4 Training Tips for Mobile Lifts

When someone first sees a mobile column lift, they usually think one of two things:

  • There’s no way I’m standing under that!
  • How hard can it be?

The truth is, both lines of thought are valid. Mobile lifts are easy to maneuver and set up, but safety should always be top of mind. And the key to safety is training (and reminding and retraining). Here are four tips for making sure your techs learn – and remember – how to use this handy piece of equipment correctly.

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The Real Cost of Fleet Downtime

Every time your fleet needs repairs, the repair itself is only part of the total cost. Time off the road increases driver downtime and can lead to customer delays, towing expenses and more. The good news is, some repairs can be done faster with the right equipment, or detected early and prevented all together.

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When it comes to lifts, a multitasker might be perfect for your fleet.

Do you have more types of vehicles to service than you have techs? Are you just as likely to have a 5 ton truck waiting for a bay as you are a 4 cylinder passenger vehicle? Waiting behind those, do you have someone wanting to know when you could check out a strange noise coming from a tractor or a dump truck? 

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How Much Can Your Rotary...Lift? Olympic Edition

As the world gears up for the Winter Olympics, we here at Rotary have been asking ourselves some very serious questions. Who will emerge as the standout athlete? Will the USA win the winter medal count? And, how many gold medals can my SPOA10 pick up? (The answer, btw is 7,745 which would be worth about $4.1 million) 

We did the math on a few other Olympic related items and athletes. You're welcome.

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Product Spotlight: R501N Speedchanger HD

Flipping tires may sound like a good workout for some people, but force those same people to do it for a living, and their views may change. However, that’s a daily occurrence in the life of a HD tire technician. With some tires, like the new super singles, tipping the scales at 300lbs.+, you can see why trying to man handle that all day would get old. So why not make your tech’s life and your bottom line better? Enter Rotary’s R501N Speedchanger HD.

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OEMs Are Showcasing Their 2018 Class 8 Models. And They’re Amazing.

Big rig manufacturers are starting to roll out their new 2018 Class 8 trucks. That means it’s time to understand what’s different about the new models, so you’ll know what to look for as they start to roll into your fleet. Heavy Duty Trucking—a.k.a. TruckingInfo.com—recently published a preview of all major manufacturers’ 2018 lineups. We highly recommend you click that link and take an in-depth look for yourself, but let us provide a few of the highlights for you:

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Let’s get it straight: Alignment for heavy duty rigs saves money.

Your supervisor probably understands the challenges of running a service shop. That doesn’t mean he’s going to give you a bigger budget or reset his expectations for fleet performance—so you still need to meet those challenges.

If you’re like many fleet managers, there’s one thing you might be overlooking that could save wear and tear on your vehicles and their drivers, not to mention save a lot of money on fuel costs—alignment.

Wait. Don’t go yet. If you think of alignment as a waste of time and money instead of a service that could save both, stick with us for a second. We understand.

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2017 APTA Guide

Christmas, Thanksgiving and your birthday are big events but they happen every year. That means you are never more than some 365 days away. However, events like the Summer Olympics, solar eclipses and the American Public Transportation Association Expo are fewer and farther between, making them worth the trip.

The APTA Expo takes place every 3 years and is the public transit industries largest show. With more than 800 global exhibitors there is plenty to see and do. So the big question, “Are you going?” And the answer should be, “Yes!”

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Don’t let Old Man Winter knock out your fleet.

Pack up the beach balls. Put away your lawn mower. Say ‘goodbye’ to your patio. Because here comes Old Man Winter.

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5 tips for recruiting heavy duty mechanics

Staffing is a pain point for many businesses across a variety of industries, but it’s particularly challenging in the heavy duty repair business. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates the industry will average 7,500 job openings annually through 2022. That’s a lot of positions to fill. If you’ve been tasked with hiring quality heavy duty mechanics, you may already be seeing the widening gap between the number of positions that need to be filled and the number of people in line for them. So how do you make the most of the pool that is available? Follow these tips for recruiting the best heavy duty mechanics.

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