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Any recommendations on a light service repair shop.

Currently looking between

Challenger and Rotary Lifts

Coats Tire changer and balancer

Yellowjacket AC machine

American Lubrication oil service equipment

And an upright 7.5hp Industrial air compressor...2 stage, reciprocal, 220v

NAPA misc. eg. Battery chargers, benches, etc.

Looking at a 4 bay shop, no internal repairs just driveability. Oil, belts, hoses, lights, tire repair, starters, alternators, batteries, brakes, ac, etc.

Any input, advice, etc. is welcome.!

(I already know how difficult the people side of business is)
 

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Well first off I'd recommend the rotary lift. I have one in my personal shop and have used them many other times in other shops. Definitely don't skimp on the air compressor if you are buying a new one for a shop. You will never be disappointed that you got a bigger one.

I'd think about buying a decent 110V welder. I know you talking about nothing internal for repairs, but having a little welder would be great for little repair like exhaust leaks etc.
 

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Any recommendations on a light service repair shop.

Currently looking between

Challenger and Rotary Lifts

Coats Tire changer and balancer

Yellowjacket AC machine

American Lubrication oil service equipment

And an upright 7.5hp Industrial air compressor...2 stage, reciprocal, 220v

NAPA misc. eg. Battery chargers, benches, etc.

Looking at a 4 bay shop, no internal repairs just driveability. Oil, belts, hoses, lights, tire repair, starters, alternators, batteries, brakes, ac, etc.

Any input, advice, etc. is welcome.!

(I already know how difficult the people side of business is)

i kinda have the same deal here at home ( in ohio) and just thinking of how to move it when we move !
anyways

get a 10,000 lbs two post asymmetrical car lift , you will be glad you went bigger ,, i have a ' complete lift' bought off ebay for $1800 bucks

By jeepdaddy at 2008-04-06

i also have an old coats 20-20 tire machine .... don't bother with old weak equiptment it you working with jeep tires.. just rent new stuff thru napa .. yep they offer that thru a lease

on the a/c equipment , i know the yellowjacket machine is an all in one deal and real nice but you can buy used stuff from an hvac guy , save alot of dough and do the same thing ( i could help ya with that - got my refg licensees)

if you spend the extra on anything get a good compressor , your going to use alot of air.... tire machines , oil pumps , impacts... etc.. all us a ton of air

do you want to get into just jeeps? ya know lift kits/gear axle swaps?


i'll be in kissimmee in a few weeks if ya want to get together and chit chat about shop stuff / maybe a trail ride :D ( i'll have the xj)

jason
 

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If you are going to do driveability you are also going to need diagnostic tools and a source of information.
Thanks I forgot to mention that one. I am looking at Napa stuff.. They run a pro link software solution that gives me access to one of the major info sources, as well as work orders and live parts inventory and direct ordering from the parts house.



Jeepdaddy. Thank you for the info. It would be great to get together when your in Kissimmee. I kinda owe you lunch anyway! :beer:

The shop is going to be located in the 535/ Lake Buena Vista area, and about 1 mile south of I-4
Jeep stuff might come in down the road, but for now its just a general consumer target audience. I have known the tow company that handles AAA work in the area for a long time, and I will be the prefered shop once I get my AAA certification. (wink) I have worked the tourist area for over 20 years and take the approach of earning local business (read as fair and honest) then the tourist business is gravy.
On the other end of the building I will be in is the gas station I used to be a partner in. So Shell fuel.
 

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Well first off I'd recommend the rotary lift. I have one in my personal shop and have used them many other times in other shops. Definitely don't skimp on the air compressor if you are buying a new one for a shop. You will never be disappointed that you got a bigger one.

I'd think about buying a decent 110V welder. I know you talking about nothing internal for repairs, but having a little welder would be great for little repair like exhaust leaks etc.
Have you ever used Challenger Lifts? I think they are the only two made in the USA even though they both offer overseas alternates.

Air compressor is a:
Curtis 7E2VT8-82A
STANDARD EQUIPMENT
• Start-Stop Control
• ASME Safety Valve
• ASME Air Receiver
• Pressure Gauge
• Intake Filter-Silencers
• Tank Shut Off Valve
• Tank Drain Valve
• Totally Enclosed Beltguard
• Oil Level Sight Indicator
STARTER – NEMA 1
AIR COOLED AFTERCOOLER 7.5HP
LOW OIL GUARD
ELECTRIC DRAIN 115V
VIBRATION PADS 80GAL
 

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Thanks I forgot to mention that one. I am looking at Napa stuff.. They run a ProLink software solution that gives me access to one of the major info sources, as well as work orders and live parts inventory and direct ordering from the parts house.
Just be aware the NAPA solution only provides parts lookup and ordering from NAPA.. no others. If you are going to sourcing parts and want to do it electronically from other sources like CARQUEST, O'RIELLY, ACDelco, Kragen and others you need a different solution.

You may want to join this forum and ask some of the members there what they have experienced. http://www.managerforum.net/
 

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Just be aware the NAPA solution only provides parts lookup and ordering from NAPA.. no others. If you are going to sourcing parts and want to do it electronically from other sources like CARQUEST, O'RIELLY, ACDelco, Kragen and others you need a different solution.

You may want to join this forum and ask some of the members there what they have experienced. http://www.managerforum.net/
Thank you for the link.. going to check it out today.

The new Tracs from Napa has access to Mitchell's OD5.com ... it may not be as big of a deal since I am only offering driveability though, but seems like you can never have enough info available regardless of how minor things seem.
 
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