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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday Weekly Stock: Tools

Every week at W.L. May we have several items we feature as good parts to consider adding to your stock. These parts also have special pricing available. For pricing details, ask your account representative for more information. This week we look into the world of tools.

The first item we feature today is one of the largest and most needed tools a serviceman might have. Every shop should have a hand truck and this is a nice one. It is 59 inces tall, giving leverage for larger items such as refrigerators. It has 2 ratcheting straps to secure the load. The aluminum alloy frame has non marking plastic padding. Please be aware, these do not qualify for prepaid freight.


Another tool that a repairman must have to do the job properly is a multimeter. There are some jobs that can be diagnosed without it,  but there are also a  whole lot of jobs where having a meter is essential. It can prove continuity and save money over throwing parts at a problem hoping one of them will provide a fix. For years, a popular inexpensive, yet rugged meter has been the UEI M110A analog multimeter.


Another multimeter being featured this week is the DM10T. Like the M110A, this meter will serve you well for all of your multimeter needs. Featuring a digital display, you will get readings that are more precise than the older analog units provide. In addition, this meter also can be used for reading temperature. It is marketed as an economy model, so the price is right too.

Last month, we told you about the 4-in-one torx nut driver. The maker of that tool, Sensible Products, has another driver that you also might consider keeping on hand. SD-10 is a slide driver. A slide driver can be adjusted with a simple twist so that it can be a socket driver for 1/4" & 5/16" sockets. With a 10" shaft it can get into many of those hard to reach places.


Another very popular item we carry from Sensible Products is not really a tool per se. It is however, very handy. EMF-1 is pretty nifty flashlight. The head (the part with the light) can be extended and bent to shine light into the tightest of corners. A side feature, but a very useful one is that the head is also magnetized. Imagine that you dropped a screw, it rolls into a shadowy corner, where it is both hard to see and hard to reach. The flashlight can show you where the screw fell. With the magnetic head you can pic the screw up as well. Time saved is money saved which will make this "tool" pay for itself pretty quickly.

Here is a tool that only an appliance guy could love. A spanner wrench is a specialized appliance tool that is used to remove spanner nuts allowing agitators to come free. Supco makes the tool called a spanner wrench that will loosen those nut on machines made by Whirlpool, GE and Maytag. The part number for this beauty is is TB123A.

This next item is more useful for a consumer than a technician. It is a good practice to clean coils behind your refrigerator frequently to make the machine. Moving the refrigerator to get to the coils can be tricky and it easy top damage flooring dragging the appliance out. Glide and guards a re a possible solution. Basically, enterlocking tracks similar those you might remember from a childhood Hot Wheels track. They allow the refrigator to "glide" away from the wall and the "guard" your flooring. They call it a Glide & Guard kit. We stock it with the part number 93001.
Finally, this week, we have a product that every home should have. In or out of the appliance repair trade, everyone has knives and scissors in their homes. Even though it is counter-intuitive, a sharp knife is a much safer tool that a dull knife. The Accusharp knife sharpener can easily keep the blades honed to a fine cutting edge. It also is an easy add on sale for field technicians. Just ask for part 001.
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