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How Good Are Atlas Lifts?

Atlas Lift Review Ask the manufacturers of Atlas products what their company philosophy is, and they tell you it is simple: To provide products that are the perfect combination of quality and price. Atlas has quickly grown to be one of the most highly-respected names...

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Where Are Bendpak Lifts Made?

BendPak lifts have been the industry leaders for years now, and there is a good reason for this. BendPak started out with the idea of creating a product that conformed to the highest standards of quality and safety. As time passed and technology improved, BendPak...

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How Much Does it Cost to Open a Mechanic Shop?

Opening a mechanic shop has been the dream of many of our customers. During the initial stages of planning many important questions arise. What is the essential equipment that's needed? What will that equipment cost? We have compiled a list of what is considered the...

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Best Car Lift Brands of 2018

There are so many different types and brands of mechanic lifts on the market that it can be difficult to decide which one is worth the investment. Knowing what you want from an auto lift helps narrow your choices, but you want to make sure it's going to be...

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Should you use a 2 post or 4 post car lift?

Buying mechanic shop equipment is often something that is a cut-and-dried situation. Other purchases, however, require a great deal of thought and making the incorrect decision can cost you both time and money. It can also create a lot of frustration. Deciding between...

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How much does a car lift cost?

How much does a car lift cost? This isn't a cut and dry answer because it will depend on the type of lift you are looking for. The common 2-post lift for cars and light trucks is the least expensive and industrial-capable scissor lifts will cost the most. For the...

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How Do You Know When Your Tires Need to be Balanced?

Everyone knows the feeling. You're driving along, and as you start to speed up a little, your steering wheel starts shaking. You wonder if you are facing some major problem and if you are suddenly going to lose control of the steering. The most likely cause is that...

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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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