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8 Essential Tools for any Mechanic Shop

Running a mechanic shop can seem like a daunting endeavor when you are just starting out. There are thousands of items you would love to have available, but it isn't possible to start out with everything, nor is it necessary. We have compiled a list of some of the...

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How Does a Wheel Balancing Machine Work?

Ever wonder how a wheel balancing machine works? A somewhat foreign concept to non-car enthusiasts, these units are absolutely crucial at a full-service shop. We, at Mechanic Outlet, are here to walk you through the basics of wheel balancing, and even share some good...

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Safety Tips: Keep Mechanic Lift Operators Safe

Each day we are surrounding ourselves with dangerous equipment that could cause serious injures and damages if not used properly. Fortunately, the Automotive Lift Institute provides us with a safety tips card which constantly reminds operators of the key safety...

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What is a Cross Flow Paint Booth?

If you own a body shop or are looking to grow your service business, adding a cross flow paint booth is a great investment. In fact, today they're an affordable option for the restoration hobbyist as well. Adding a cross flow paint booth to your shop will give it a...

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How Does a Paint Spray Booth Work?

Your paint spray booth is a valuable component of your shop. While it's not complicated to operate, proper use is crucial to achieving the best results. Spray booths use a combination of air intake and extraction for removing fumes, keeping the user safe. Airflow also...

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How High Does the Ceiling Need to Be for a Car Lift?

A professional car lift can completely change the way you use your workspace, making difficult storage and maintenance issues a breeze, but how do you know if your shop can fit the lift that you're interested in? Ceiling height is generally the first consideration,...

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How does a waste oil heater work?

The winter months present a unique challenge for many shops as the cost to keep a busy shop sufficiently warm can seriously cut into your profits. This can often lead to a chilly shop or a grumpy shop owner, and here at Mechanic Outlet, we know that neither of those...

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5 Best Car Magazines to Have in Your Auto Shop for 2018

As the owner of an auto shop in today's competitive environment, every action you take can provide your business with an edge. Inbound marketing, creating useful content, your website, the way your team treats customers – even the reading material you keep in your...

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10 Tips to Keeping a Clean and Tidy Auto Shop

Keeping your auto shop tidy begins with understanding the big picture. From garage layout ideas that acknowledge the areas that might get greasy and oily to carving out spots to stay spotless, we know auto shop organization is not only productive, it helps employees...

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Meet Mo!

Meet Mo! We would like to introduce our new mascot, Mo. He is the newest addition to our team here at Mechanic Outlet.

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The Importance of Wheel Alignment

The Importance of Wheel Alignment Improperly aligned wheel can cause excessive wear on your tires and reduce your gas mileage “Improper alignment can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10% – about 31 cents per gallon”. When your tires are not perfectly...

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How to Properly Shim Automotive Lifts

https://youtu.be/fZd3FnR5EM0 Making sure your automotive lift is plumb is crucial to proper operation. If your automotive lift is out of plumb can create a hazardous situation and increase wear and tear on the internal operating components. This video will show you...

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How to Anchor an Automotive Lift

https://youtu.be/fXGZU8MOEs0 Once you have verified your concrete depth, cleaned the hole and squared your posts you can proceed with anchoring the posts. We want to show you how to properly anchor an automotive lift. Anchor an Automotive Lift Place the anchor in by...

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How to Check Depth of a Concrete Slab

Concrete depth is crucial for a safe and properly functioning lift install. We want to show you how to check the depth of your concrete and make sure your lift install is safe. Using a hammer drill with at least an 8" concrete/masonry bit, drill a hole through the...

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Reciprocating Compressor vs Screw Compressor

Compressed air has become a vital utility in the day-to-day operations of most companies. Businesses are well aware of the need for compressors, but there is considerable debate as to which of the two most popular types -- Reciprocating Compressor vs Screw Compressor...

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