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Friday, May 1, 2009

Maintenance Tools

Wiha Tools Easytorque Features Comfort Grip, Replaceable Blades

Monticello, Minn.-based Wiha Quality Tools is offering its easyTorque line of drivers. With nine preset values from 4.4 to 26.6 inch/lbs, the torque drivers meet ASME, EN ISO and BS EN standards. They feature replaceable blades, plus or minus 10 percent repeatability and torque accuracy up to 5,000 cycles. Wiha Quality Tools, 800-494-6104 or visit www.wihatools.com.

Robotow Designed for Single-Person Use

Sporty’s of Batavia, Ohio has unveiled its Robotow, which is an electric towbar designed to move small aircraft in and out of a hangar. The new heavy duty model (10782A) comes with a 28-volt battery with the ability for a single person to move heavy twins, such as a Beechcraft Baron, Cessna 421 or Piper Aztec. With a cordless design and weight under 30 lbs, the Robotow works well for T-hangars, community hangars or tie-down spaces, according to Sporty’s. Price is just under $1,200. Sporty’s, 800-776-7897 or visit www.sportys.com.

Boom Lift Safe in Hazardous Locations

Man & Material Lift Engineering, Cudahy, Wis., has introduced its Model A80EX boom lift, which can be used in aircraft maintenance applications. The lift, which complies with NFPA 70 standards for hazardous environments, features an 80-foot platform height, a horizontal reach of 53 feet and an "up and over" height of 51 feet 10 inches. Three-way bump protection, a movement alarm and a fall arrest anchorage system are available as options. Man & Material Lift Engineering, 414-486-1760 or visit www.manliftengineering.com.

Danatronics Offers Articulating Borescopes

Danatronics of Danvers, Mass. has launched its BoresEye DC series of articulating borescopes. Battery operated units, the borescopes come in two or four-way articulation in 5.5, 6, 8 and 11-mm diameters from 10 inches to 16 feet. The BoresEye electronics package weighs 1.5 lbs with a VGA display and video and USB outputs. Danatronics, 978-777-0081 or visit www.danatronics.com.

Zebra Skimmers Improves Fill-Station

Cleveland, Ohio-based Zebra Skimmers Corp. has upgraded its Fill-Station fluid mixing and delivery system. Among the improvements are a proportioning pump, which mixes and delivers the fluid to a central tank or machine sumps, lower concentrate waste and labor costs, and an optional level switch in machine sumps. Customized options are also available. Zebra Skimmers, 888-249-4855 or visit www.zebraskimmers.com.

VSM Bolsters Line of Abrasives

A new long-lasting coated abrasive — KK712F — is available from VSM Abrasives Corp. The company, which is based in O’Fallon, Mo., is adding the abrasive to its CompactGrain line of surface finishes. It allows the user to perform multiple finishing steps faster than with a single-layer abrasive. Designed to supply a uniform finish, the KK712F has flexible cotton backing for both mechanical pressure and hand polishing. It comes in a grit range from P120 to P600 in belt and disc forms. VSM Abrasives, 800-737-0176 or visit www.vsmabrasives.com.

Battery Tester Applies to Various Aircraft Types

Concorde Battery Corp. has released its BC-5000 battery capacity tester. Applicable to commercial, military, business and GA aircraft, the BC-5000 is designed to test airworthiness and capacity for 12- and 24-volt lead acid aircraft batteries. The unit features a portable metal case that measures 12 x 10 x 9 inches with a handle on top. Weighing around 10 lbs, the BC-5000 can be used at the shop or in the field. It can accommodate a range of batteries with capacities from 10 to 50 amp hours. Capacity tests are based on FAA TSO-C173 and Intl Electrochemical Commission (IEC) standards. Concorde Battery, 626-813-1234 or visit www.concordebattery.com.

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