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Greg Londrigan Blair Equipment Company Swartz Creek, Mich. www.blairequipment.com PHB: What are Blair Equipment Company's most popular metal fabrica- tion tools for use in hotrod and custom automotive shops? Greg Londrigan: Blair Equipment's most popular tools are the Premium Spotweld Cutter Kits, the Rotabroach Combo kit and the large diameter Holcutter Kit. Guys in the shops love the kits because they cover holes in most any size they need. PHB: Describe some examples of how your equipment is used in a hotrod/ restoration shop. How does it benefit the shop? Londrigan: In the shop, Blair tools are used for removing spotwelds, gauge holes, and almost any place else a hole is made on a car. Blair Equipment hole cutters make precision holes three- times faster and they last 10-times longer than traditional twist drills or hole saws. This helps produce a higher-quality car while saving time and money. PHB: What are your top sug- gestions on how to get the best results from using your equip- ment in a custom hotrod/resto- ration shop? Londrigan: For best perfor- mance and tool life when using Blair tools, always center punch the hole, use lubricant and the correct RPM for the diameter. Blair has a suggested RPM chart on the website. PHB: Is manufacturer training provided? Londrigan: We have a tech- nical support team available for questions and how-to videos posted on our website. February 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 55 Bruce Van Sant Trick Tools (Van Sant Enterprises) Pella, Iowa www.trick-tools.com PHB: What are Trick Tools' most popular metal fabrication tools for use in hotrod and custom automotive shops? Bruce Van Sant: We offer lots of tools for metal shaping and hot rod restoration. Our MetalAce line of English wheels, shrinker/stretchers, and radius brakes are used in many top shops already. These are all USA-made top-quality tools that are meant to last a lifetime. PHB: Have any new metal fabrication tools been introduced recently? Van Sant: Our most recent tool is our Ron Covell Signature Series English Wheel by MetalAce. This machine utilizes a proven design for shaping metal panels, either steel or aluminum, and incorporates input and ideas from master metal shaper Ron Covell to make it even better. A more rigid frame, dropped kick wheel and improved anvil storage are a few of the features of this model. PHB: Describe some examples of how your equipment is used in a hotrod/ restoration shop. How does it benefit the shop? Van Sant: We understand that when you are in business it is a lot different than doing things for yourself in your garage. We try to have a variety of price points for different production require- ments but as most business owners know, time is money and if you can be more productive it is not hard to justify a tool investment. PHB: What are your top suggestions on how to get the best results from using your equipment in a custom hotrod/ restoration shop? Van Sant: Go with a company that can offer good customer service and support. A tool investment can and should include technical support, which can help make that tool more efficient and ensure that it is the right fit for your application. We also feel that it is important to know the origin of a tool and beware of copycat tools. Many tools made offshore are made to look like another tool, but won't necessarily work like that tool. Using customer feedback and constant product development is the fine-tuning that can make a huge difference in the performance of a tool and many imported tools do not have the luxury of that. The Ron Covell Signature Series English Wheel by MetalAce features a more rigid frame, dropped kick wheel and improved anvil storage. (Photo courtesy Trick Tools, Van Sant Enterprises Inc.) Using a Blair Spotweld Cutter to remove spotwelds. (Photo courtesy Blair Equipment Co.)

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