FOCUS – Powersports Tool Suppliers 2005
July 28, 2005
Filed under Features
P.O. Box 250
Standard, Calif. 95373
CruzTOOLS was founded in 1996. Since then, the company has grown to offer tools and tool kits for virtually all makes and models of motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and watercraft. The company’s trademarks include CruzTOOLS, EconoKIT, American Teardrop, Compact American, American Lite, Amsport, CruzMetrix, DirtMetrix, DirtPak, DMX, The Pouch, Teardrop Pouch, BrightRider, TirePro, PowerDrive, PackWrench, MaxHook, Outback’r, and the Great American Tool Kit.
Products, including hand tools, electrical and tire tools, can be used by dealers and the consumers they serve. CruzTools’ hand tools have a lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship when used under normal conditions. The remainder of the kits’ contents carry a one-year warranty.
Handy Industries, LLC
702 South 3rd Ave.
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
Handy Industries has been manufacturing professional shop equipment and truck accessory products for more than 40 years and specializes in lifts, lift accessories, wheel balancers, tool benches, fuel containers and diagnostic equipment.
Featuring more than 120 products, the company’s newest offerings include personal on-trail tool kits, universal motorcycle wheel stands, a digital tire pressure gauge, gas analyzer, hand-held gas analyzer and Tool Buddy storage cart.
Park Tool Co. USA
6 Long Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55115
Park Tool has been manufacturing bicycle specific tools since 1963 and is currently the world’s largest bicycle tool manufacturer with more than 200 products ranging from small wrenches to professional repair stands.
The company recently revealed its inaugural line of motorcycle tools. So far, product includes work stands; chrome-vanadium T-handles with holding rack; P-handle hex wrenches; an aluminum vise insert; standard hex wrenches; frame tools; a steering head press; wheel truing stands; and accessories such as tire levers, brush sets, aprons and gloves.
The idea to enter the powersports industry came at the request of a Park Tool distributor in Europe that served serves motorcycle as well as bicycle dealers.
Eric Hawkins, President of Park Tools, told Powersports Business the targeted consumer for his product is the motorcycle dealership service department. “We don’t want to make a special tool for every new model of vehicle or compete with companies that have a long history in this industry,” Hawkins said. “Our goal is to use the knowledge we have in the bicycle industry and translate it into quality niche product for powersports dealerships.”
Park Tool powersports tools are distributed by Western Power Sports, K&L Supply, Motorcycle Stuff, Custom Chrome, Midwest Motorcycle Supply and Honda Tool and Equipment program at 888/424-6857.
Motion Pro, Inc.
867 American St.
San Carlos, Calif. 94070
Among the best-known tool brands in the powersports industry, Motion Pro specialty tools include chain tools, T-handles, service tools, tire tools, suspension tools, flywheel tools, ATV specialty tools, and specialty tools to fit various makes and models. Other product includes levers, throttle kits, cables, replacement hardware and shop accessories.
In its 21st year, the company distributes internationally out of a 60,000 sq ft. facility near San Francisco. U.S. distributors include Bell Industries, Custom Chrome, Flanders Company, Hap Jones, KK Motorcycle Supply, K&L Supply, Lockhart Phillips USA, Marshall Distributing, Mid-USA Cycle, Midwest Motorcycle Supply, Nichol’s Motorcycle Supply, Parts Unlimited, Southern Motorcycle Supply, Tucker Rocky and White Brothers.
Draper Tools Limited
Hursley Road, Chandler Ford
Hampshire, UK S053 1YF
A third generation-run company based in the United Kingdom, Draper Tools was established in 1919 when the founder, Bert Draper, sold government surplus and tools from a wheelbarrow. Draper Tools now boasts a facility of 400,000sq.ft., and specializes in socketry and spanners; general hand-held tools; construction tools; engineering tools; power tools; gardening tools; and lighting and storage products.
Draper product of special interest to the powersports users includes bodywork and windscreen tools; brake tools; clutch tools; electrical and diagnostic tools; engine service specialty tools; workshop equipment; lubrication tools; battery care items; and steering and suspension tools.
Draper tools are available to dealers in the U.S. through Tucker Rocky Distributing.
P.O. Box 1430
Kenosha, Wisc. 53141-1430
With first quarter net sales of $598.7 million, Snap-on Incorporated, Kenosha, Wisc., is a global supplier of hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage, diagnostics software and other solutions for vehicle-service, industrial, government and agricultural customers, and commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchised dealer vans, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the Internet.
Founded in 1920, the company employs approximately 11,600 people worldwide. Snap-on’s business segments include the Snap-on Dealer Group, Commercial and Industrial Group, Diagnostics and Information Group and Financial Services.
The Snap-on Dealer Group consists of Snap-on’s business operations serving the worldwide franchised dealer van channel.
The Commercial and Industrial Group consists of the business operations providing tools and equipment products to a broad range of customers worldwide through direct, distributor and other non-franchised distribution channels.
The Diagnostics and Information Group consists of the business operations providing diagnostics equipment, vehicle-service information, business management systems, equipment repair services and other solutions for vehicle service to customers in the worldwide vehicle service and repair marketplace.
Financial Services consists of the business operations of Snap-on Credit, a consolidated 50%-owned joint venture between Snap-on and CIT, and Snap-on’s wholly owned finance subsidiaries in those international markets where Snap-on has dealer operations.
SK Hand Tool Corporation
9500 W 55th Street, Suite B
McCook, Ill. 60525-3605
SK Hand Tool says its product line has grown from 750 items in 1985 to over 3,000 individual tools and sets. From wrenches, sockets and drive tools to screwdrivers and pliers, SK offers a variety of tool styles and expanded size ranges required by today’s professional tool user.
The company most recently introduced its 52-page 2005 Supplemental Catalog featuring more than 550 new products introduced in the last two years. The catalog features SK’s new Corrosive Resistant High Visibility Impact Sockets; Turbosockets; angle wrenches; angle ratchets; 1/4″ drive SuperSet; and G-Pro Wrenches, which feature a unique 90-tooth ratcheting box end.
America Kowa Seiki, Inc. (Kowa Precision Tools)
3551 Voyager St., Ste 101
Torrance, Calif. 90503
Kowa Seiki Ltd. was founded in Japan in 1952 as a tool supplier for the blossoming auto industry. Serving the motorcycle, marine, power equipment, and automotive markets, America Kowa Seiki has manufactured and distributed OEM specialty tools in the United States and Canada for 25 years. The North American division opened in California in 1980 to serve area OEMs, which include American Honda Motor Co. Ltd., American Suzuki Motor Company, Kawasaki Motor Corp., USA, and Yamaha North America Motor Co. Ltd.
In 1997, America Kowa Seiki introduced its consumer product line of motorcycle tools to North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Called Kowa Precision Tools, the products today are distributed within the U.S. and Canada, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Australia.
While America Kowa Seiki says hand tools formed the foundation for its business, the company says it is in the process of expanding its line-up of diagnostic tools and equipment. The company’s current product line includes common tools such as hammers, ratchets, wrenches, screwdrivers and T-handles; a growing number of diagnostic devices; chain, brake, tire and wheel service tools; clutch/flywheel specialty tools; spring compressors; pullers; lifts, stands and cabinets.
Winona Van Norman
710 E. 17th St.
Wichita, Kan. 67212
WVN supplies more than 40 categories of machines and tools, including Red Line brand hones and boring machines, blasters, washers and shakers designed specifically for the powersports industry.
New products include a cylinder boring machine and universal boring Stand; a power stroke cylinder hone and cylinder hone tank; a cylinder head machining center; and a platen grinder.
More than just a supplier, however, WVN also offers shop planning services to improve work flow, machine installation and on-site training.
P.O. Box 599033
Chicago, Ill. 60659-9033
A manufacturer of hand tools and occupational protective equipment, Klein Tools is a sixth-generation family owned business that employs 1,000 people nationwide and operates five manufacturing facilities located in four Midwestern states: Chicago, Schaumburg and Roselle, Illinois; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Jonesville, Mich.
The company is best-known for its general tools – among them, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, nut drivers, wire strippers, cable tools, storage devices, tapping tools, drill bits and sheet metal tools.
Klein Tools are the “Official Hand Tool of the American Le Mans Series” in 2005.
Hennessy Industries, Inc.
1601 J.P. Hennessy Drive
PO Box 3002
LaVergne, Tenn. 37086
Hennessy Industries, manufacturer of COATS tire changers and wheel balancers, AMMCO brake lathes and lifts, and BADA wheel balancing weights, claims to be the largest full-line wheel-service equipment manufacturer in North America.
Hennessy Industries, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of DH Holding, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Hennessy is part of Danaher’s Transportation Group and is headquartered in LaVergne, Tenn., with manufacturing facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky. Danaher Corporation is listed on the New York and Pacific Stock Exchanges.
Coats’ new RC-200 Tire Changer was designed for motorcycles and ATVs.
Built with extra power to handle today’s stiffer sidewalls, and with protected surfaces to avoid damage to expensive custom rims, the RC-200’s patented Robo-Arm flexes even the stiffest sidewalls on chopper tires, while special three-position motorcycle rim clamps provide clearance for sprockets and brake discs. The clamps can handle motorcycle rims up to 23 inches and ATV rims down to six inches. A custom-designed sculpted motorcycle bead loosener blade is contoured for motorcycle wheels and tires, and can handle both wide and narrow tires with ease
“This is a tool that is a ‘must-have’ for a motorcycle shop that does significant tire business,” said Kevin Keefe, Group Marketing Manager, Tire Service Solutions. “It covers the spectrum of tires for motorcycle applications, and makes what can be a difficult task simple and profitable.”
K&L Supply Co.
1040 Richard Ave.
Santa Clara, Calif. 95050
Founded in 1968, K&L manufactures and distributes at wholesalelift equipment, wheel equipment, shop equipment and specialty tools to independent and franchised dealers in the United States and international marketplace. In fact, K&L says it’s the “Original Equipment Tool” supplier to all Yamaha powersports dealers in the United States. The company does not sell to the general public.
While K&L offers everything from hand tools to specialty engine tools, diagnostic equipment and work stands, the company’s current hot product is the portable MC160 Manual Tire Changer designed for five- to 23-inch rims. There’s nothing to connect or hook up – no air or electricity needed; just place the tire and rim on the machine and start changing.
Land & Sea, Inc.
PO Box 96
North Salem, N.H. 03073-0096
Land & Sea, Inc. is a privately held New Hampshire corporation that has manufactured DYNOmite high performance automotive and marine dynamometer equipment and accessories for race cars, two-cycle outboards, stern-drives, and off-road vehicles for over 28 years.
Land and Sea customers include top NASCAR and NHRA teams, OEM engine manufactures, machine shops, and individual hobbyists.
Holding numerous patents on several products, the company has been a member of organizations like the Specialty Equipment Manufactures Association (SEMA); Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA); and the National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA).
Land & Sea’s latest product is the new wide roll DYNOmite Formula SAE Chassis Dynamometer. Now, not only Formula SAE cars, but wider track karts can take advantage of the DYNOmite Dynamometer system. Features a “Traction Grooved” 16-inch by 64-inch single-roller assembly, dual roll-up ramps, tie downs, casters, eddy current absorber, electronic torque arm transducer, electronic auto-load control, DYNOmite date acquisition computer and inductive RPM pick-up. Use it with Land & Sea’s DYNO-MAX 2000 data acquisition and control software.
Dynojet Research, Inc.
2191 Mendenhall Drive
North Las Vegas, Nev. 89081
1-800-992-4993 (Powersport Products)
Established in 1972, Dynojet Research develops aftermarket performance products and diagnostic tools for the motorcycle and automotive industries. Unable to find a Dynamometer to meet the needs of its research and development staff, Dynojet pioneered the first single roller, inertia, chassis dynamometer for motorcycles in 1989. Shortly thereafter, the company developed a computer interface and software package and began selling the first Model 100 Motorcycle Chassis Dynamometer.
Today, the Dynojet Dynamometer is the most widely recognized chassis dynamometer with more than 3,900 installations in over 37 countries, and the company employs more than 100 people in Montana, Nevada, Holland, Germany and England.
Customers for Dynojet’s dynamometers, carburetor recalibration kits, and fuel injection enhancement systems include OEM motorcycle manufacturers, technician training schools, importers, exhaust manufacturers, tuners, race teams, dealers, service shops, motorcycle and ATV magazines.
2300 Pinnacle Parkway
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
Founded in 1975, Mustang Dynamometer is based in Twinsburg, Ohio, where it operates with 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing floor space and 350 employees.
Mustang Dynamometer specializes in eddy current and electric dynamometer systems with a variety of products including Chassis Dynamometers, Engine Dynamometers, (I/M) Inspection / Maintenance Equipment, exhaust gas analyzers, vehicle safety inspection equipment, Hydraulic Test Systems, Custom Engineered Test Systems and Remote Sensing emissions monitoring systems.
The company says it delivers more than 150 dynamometer systems per week. Customers include automotive manufacturers, tier one suppliers, fleet operators, R&D houses, race teams, and centralized and decentralized emissions and safety inspection programs, among others.
On January 17, Mustang announced that it had been awarded a contract from Honda to supply two automated EOL test systems for Honda’s ATV Production Line in Timmonsville, S.C.
The two systems are designed to handle Honda’s assembly line boasts a vehicle build rate of approximately 38 seconds per unit.
Each of the two testing systems will contain an AWD multi-function chassis dynamometer capable of variable wheelbase adjustment, vehicle load testing, brake and parasitic drag testing, road simulation and functional testing. Tests are performed immediately after production and before shipment.
The Carlson Company
555 Parkcenter Dr., Ste 225
Santa Ana, Calif. 92705
A distributor of shop equipment to powersports retailers and repair companies, The Carlson Company products include DynoJet dynamometers, Coats tire changers, CEMB computer wheel balancers, Handy air lifts/gas caddies, Neway valve seat cutters, Shure workbenches, Trnico bread blasters, Bestway in-ground lifts, Nugier presses, and Deltran battery chargers.