Tools & Equipment

Bosch offers sub-$10K DC Fast Charger for North America

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Expanding on its position as a market leader in providing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions has announced the Power DCPlus DC fast charger in North America, starting at under $10,000. Using the SAE J1772 DC Combo connector, the 24kW Bosch Power DCPlus will charge compatible EVs to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes. The station has been approved by General Motors and can be ordered through GM’s Dealer Equipment Program.

By offering a 24kW DC Fast Charger, Bosch has positioned its Power DCPlus as a high-value, physically smaller alternative to larger, more ex-pensive 50kW options while still dramatically improving charging times versus Level 2 AC charging stations. By complying with the SAE J1772 DC Combo standard, Bosch has aligned with most major automakers of-fering EV’s with DC fast-charging capabilities.

Actron launches upgraded scan tool line alongside its first-ever e-commerce website with responsive design

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Actron has launched a redesigned and upgraded North American line of DIY scan tools along with a new, responsive design website with integrated e-commerce. In addition to being the brand’s first e-commerce responsive design website, Actron will be selling older inventory direct to consumers, offering steep discounts on popular DIY test & tune items.

The new scan line, featuring larger screens, updated vehicle coverage through model year 2013, OBD II and OEM-specific codes and definitions, brings near-professional coverage to the retail market. All Actron scanners include updated model year coverage through 2013; global OBD II read/erase codes; and ABS codes and definitions for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai vehicles.

Robinair announces more efficient and accurate diagnostic-capable AC recovery machine lines in North America

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With an improvement to 98.5 percent efficiency, Robinair announces two new more efficient, accurate and faster AC recovery machines in the North American market. The new machines feature the same enclosure currently being used in Robinair’s new AC1234-6 YF recovery machine, allows for a tighter packaging of all interior components to reduce the machine’s footprint in the shop while adding new features, more memory and flash storage for vehicle info.

“Already the most efficient in the industry at 95 percent, we’re focused on improving our machines in any way possible,” said Tim Wagaman, Robinair Product Manager. “Our improvements include allowing communication with optional refrigerant identifiers, USB data sharing and a larger display designed to make the machine easier to use and faster while in use.”

OTC announces synthetic body tools for specialized aluminum repair in North America

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OTC has released a set of synthetic body tools, designed especially for use on aluminum panels. In order to reduce weight and achieve higher fuel economy, many high-volume vehicles are using aluminum in body components. This creates a potential challenge and opportunity for collision repair shops to be prepared with the necessary tools and equipment for aluminum panel removal and replacement. Special hand tools made from synthetic material have great shock absorption qualities, greatly reducing the risk of marring, scratching or gouging panels.

OTC announces Technician Challenge national tour in North America

The OTC Technician Challenge is going on tour with dates in six states, showcasing the Encore with new Bravo 2.0 software. Technicians nationwide will compete to win one of three Ultimate Diagnostics for Life packages. Ultimate Diagnostics for Life winners will receive an OTC Encore kit with a lifetime hardware warranty and lifetime diagnostics subscription from OTC.

Co-hosted by OTC and distribution partners, technicians will be challenged with random vehicle diagnostic issues and tasked with identifying the problem using the OTC Encore. The technician with the fastest time at select events will receive a $150 cash card from OTC. Any technician who pre-registers and attends an event will receive a free pair of OTC technician gloves. The three fastest times nationwide will win the Ultimate Diagnostics for Life package.

OTC announces ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program with lifetime warranty and support for Encore in North America

OTC announced today its ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program and new Bravo 2.0 software in North America for the Encore diagnostic tool. Providing a lifetime warranty on hardware, expanded technical service hours and a software overhaul, efforts were based on direct Encore owner feedback. This critical update, Bravo 2.0, is provided for every Encore owner with or without an active diagnostics subscription. Technicians will see a faster, more stable tool with additional vehicle coverage and a reduction in screen-to-screen waiting times.

Bravo 2.0 focuses on making the tool faster and easier to use while expanding coverage and capabilities. Major improvements can be found at, and include:
- The first OTC scan tool with Bosch’s coverage database for European vehicles, focusing on Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo
- Reduced wait on screen-to-screen time
- Faster, more stable operating system with expanded vehicle coverage and support

OTC launches industry-first wireless OBD- II dongle tire pressure monitoring system device in North America

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OTC has released the industry’s first all-in-one tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) tool with wireless OBDII dongle, activation and relearn capabilities. The OTC 3838 features an exclusive wireless OBD-II module for TPMS registration and includes three years of software updates.

“The OTC 3838 is one of the most intuitive and easy to navigate TPMS reset tools on the market, providing an extensive list of relevant features for today’s technician,” said Debo Sadare, OTC product manager. “Our standalone, next-generation TPMS tool will save automotive repair shops valuable time by combining steps and offering near-universal vehicle coverage for most OEM’s. The 3838 also allows for cloning of universal sensors.”

OTC 3838 tool features include:
- Large 3.5’’ high- resolution display featuring easy- to -read icons
- Wireless OBD-II module to initiate and perform relearn procedures
- Read diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) DTC’s from the TPMS module

The Innovative TruStack Tire Dolly by Chariot Concepts will be introduced at the 2015 SEMA show

The TruStack Tire Dolly from Chariot Concepts is a round high capacity platform dolly that offers a stable way to fetch, stow, or display barrel-stacked tires. Reduces back strain and labor costs by eliminating repetitive re-stacking. Reduces personal and property risk from tipsy indoor/outdoor displays. Features easy-guide mobility, fetch-handle, innovative anchor system.

Kleinn 24-Volt Air Compressor

Introducing Kleinn Air Horns’ newest air compressor offering, available in 24-volt! Kleinn model 6354RC is a 100% duty cycle air compressor rated for 150 PSI maximum working pressure. Model 6354RC pushes plenty of air volume as well by creating 1.98 CFM at 0 PSI. This makes the unit perfect for onboard air system use, as well as turning any existing ProBlaster™ HK system into a fully capable 24-volt system. For use with up to a five gallon tank, every Kleinn 6000 series air compressor is equipped with a thermal overload protection circuit to keep it functioning flawlessly, despite the punishment it may receive in the real world. All Kleinn air compressors are equipped with a remote mount air filter kit, installation hardware and complete instructions. For more information, please contact Kleinn Automotive Accessories, 2094 N Dragoon St., Tucson, AZ 85745 or visit online at

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