Auto Service World
News   April 1, 2019   by Allan Janssen


Welcome to AutoService World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers and distributors.

Recently released products for tool storage include a portable socket organizer from CAY Industries, new colours for Snap-on’s popular roll cabs, a lockable tool cart from K Tool, and a facelift for Matco’s Jamestown Service Cart.

Welcome to AutoService World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers and distributors.

Service cart

The Jamestown Service Cart 773 from Matco Tools now comes in desert tan with olive trim. According to Matco, the fully wielded unibody double-wall construction provides increased load capacity, strength and rigidity. Its stainless steel flip-up lid is resistant to damage from chemicals while handling up to 200 lbs in six drawers. The cart (part number JSC773-NNV) over offers 22,550 cubic inches of mobile, lockable storage, with features standard ergonomic push handles and four 6″ x 2″ casters, two of which are rigid while the other two swivel. A TuBar lock provides maximum security against forced entry. A bumper system protects vehicles and other objects around the shop


Locking Tool Cart

K Tool is expanding its tool storage line with a new 600-lb capacity shop cart that provides a professional organization system for tools of all types. Maneuver smoothly across shop floors using its 5” heavy duty swivel casters. Bumpers on all four corners provide extra protection to avoid damage to painted surfaces.

Its lockable compartments provide safekeeping and security for your beloved KTI tools. Its deep top storage compartment is topped with a gas strut lid for ease in opening and closing. Two small drawers, one medium drawer, and a bottom steel drawer provide roomy storage and maximum efficiency.

A low-level bottom shelf provides easy access for storage of oversized items such as floodlights and rubber air hose. Available in black (KTI75147), green (KTI75148), or red (KTI75146) this cart provides a clean finished look appropriate for any sized shop or garage. With such a knockout price, this heavyweight cart will keep your tools safe, within reach, and make you a champ in the service bay.


Roll cabs

Snap-on KERP682AO 68” 12-Drawer EPIQ Series Roll Cabs and KMP1022 54” 11-Drawer Masters Series Roll Cabs are now available in new matte green and matte orange color options.

All feature a customizable SpeeDrawer for organizing loose fasteners, parts and tools, and the PowerDrawer, a dedicated drawer for charging power tool batteries and handheld devices.

Unique-to-the-market, the 2” SpeeDrawer in each Cab features built-in, colour matching dividers, while the PowerDrawer offers a staggered powerstrip with five outlets and two USB ports.

Technicians can also take advantage of a convenient drawer layout with two spacious, extra-wide drawers on top to provide easier access to the most often used tools, as well as InPulse (EPIQ) and Lock ‘N Roll (Masters) technology that prevents drawer drift. An ISO-Ride+ System equips these two Cabs for rough surfaces, while providing four-tons of load capacity; they both feature swivel lock mag wheels with compression suspension and a dual brake lever.

“Snap-on continues to innovate its tool storage options to not only maintain the durable, rugged – yet esthetic – layout unique to our brand, but also to provide the convenience of our PowerDrawer and SpeeDrawer features,” said Scott Amundson, a Snap-on Tools product manager. “Roll cabs are truly the centerpiece of any service bay – functional, mobile storage for tools of the trade – and we’re proud to see our hard-working designs continuing to meet technicians’ growing needs.”

The two new eye-catching color options for the KERP682AO and KMP1022 Series were introduced at the recent Snap-on Franchisee Conference. They allow ever greater box customization to match any shop theme of technician preference. Additionally, the KERP682AO features EPIQ strength and style. Its standing seam construction with additional top, bottom and side support makes it the strongest roll cab design in the Snap-on lineup, and its flush fronts and trim reduce snag points and provide a fresh EPIQ look.


Portable socket storage

Developed to be the ultimate solution for portable socket storage, Socket Roll Pro is the first and only portable tool organizer that offers a clearly-labeled and easily stowable container for sockets, wrenches and drives. Made by CAY Industries, Socket Roll Pro rolls out to hold 66 tools of the most common standard and metric sockets and drives (1/4, 3/8 and 1/2), in addition to the universal joint, extension and ratchet for each drive and a standard 5/8 spark plug socket. The back of the tool organizer features six wrench slots for quick access.

The organizer is made to roll into a compact carrying case for easy transport. Made from high grade military spec (MILSPEC) woven elastic with a patented stitching technology which locks each socket firmly in place, the special locking mechanism allows the socket to be inserted into the organizer in any direction, yet only taken out in one. The base fabric is a double layered nylon with PVC backing that features a plastic insert behind each socket row for added strength and protection; doubling as the base layer for the wrench slots. Socket Roll Pro is compact and measures 20” x 4” when loaded and rolled up, and features a convenient handle. The hook and loop straps allow Socket Roll to rollout and hang from virtually any location for easy access.

Socket Roll and Socket Roll Pro was developed by CAY Industries CEO Chris Yoosefi, a working technician who became tired of digging through tool boxes and bags searching for the right tool. Today, Socket Roll Pro solves the common problem of mechanics, hobbyists and DIYers by keeping dozens of sockets, wrenches and accessories organized and easily accessible for work on vehicles, boats, RVs and recreational toys.

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