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Meet The Team – Stephen Snr Clifford

Genesis Equipment only exists because of our incredible team. Today we would like to introduce to you our Care Taker, Stephen Snr Clifford. Stephen Snr was one of the founders of Genesis when created back in 2017.

We asked Stephen Snr a few quick and quirky questions so you can get to know the man who drives us (pun intended!).

Introducing Stephen Snr Clifford – Care Taker, Genesis Equipment.

What is your favourite thing about being part of the Genesis Equipment team?

Everyone’s care for each other and the can-do attitude. The confidence I have in everyone. Very proud of the team and our growth together.

How does a typical day in the office begin for you?

My typical day starts in the car, where I spend the time catching up on the phone with our exceptional overseas partners. When in the office, my first port of call is a walk around and have a brief G’day (chat) with everyone. Then down to work!

When it comes to your role, what is your biggest pet peeve?

How COVID has affected the world. Most challenging being; overseas supply chain, shipping, and national freight.

Do you have a favourite quote and if so, what is it?

“Only stress if it is in your control, do everything possible that you can within your control”

What book are you reading now?

Scaling up

What makes you smile?

My Grand Kids!

What was the first concert you ever went to?

Simple Minds

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Soldier

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Sheep Brain!

What is your most used emoji?

Not really got into the emoji thing, must be too old fashioned. I do like using the ….. and !!!

And there you have it! Next time you call the office and have the opportunity to chat with Stephen Snr, be sure to ask him why an earth didn’t you become a soldier?

We look forward to introducing you to more of the faces behind Genesis Equipment in coming months. Be sure to check back to see who we will chat with next.

Jack Me Up, Scotty! What is a Jacking Beam Used For?

Jack Me Up, Scotty! What is a Jacking Beam Used For?

If you’re the owner of a four-post hoist, you may have learned that there is one purpose they are not suitable for – wheel service.  It may seem obvious, but if your vehicle is driven onto a hoist platform, it instantly makes the wheels inaccessible.  A jacking beam (aka rolling bridge jack) overcomes this issue.

With the simple addition of this genius piece of equipment, your four-post hoist instantly becomes a full-service car hoist, significantly increasing its versatility and your workshop service offerings.  You can now store AND service vehicles with a single hoist.

4-Post Jacking Beams for Full Wheel Service

A jacking beam works by sliding between the runways of your hoist and elevating the frame of the vehicle, allowing the wheels to spin freely for servicing.

Across the BendPak rolling bridge jack range, there are models that can accommodate vehicles weighing between 2041kg and 11340kg, each allowing you to service almost every vehicle configuration available, providing it can drive on the four-post hoist.

With the addition of a rolling bridge jack, you can now easily access wheels to provide wheel balancing, wheel alignment and wheel and tyre maintenance services quickly and efficiently.

Versatility to Accommodate a Huge Variety of Vehicles

With two jacking beams, you can raise all four wheels of a vehicle off the hoist runways, or you can use one jack to lift just two wheels (front or back).  So, although a single jacking beam is an effective tool in your workspace, investing in two (a “full set”) effectively replaces the need for a two-post hoist or scissor lift.

Additionally, the roller design is telescopic, so it adjusts to different widths of tyre treads easily.  As such, you can accommodate a large variety of vehicles with just one piece of equipment.

Using an airline kit, both jacks can share one air compressor enabling effortless usage and no need to unplug, move or reconnect hoses.

Jacking Beam vs Rolling Bridge Jack

Across countries and industries, the “Jacking Beam” is often referred to synonymously as a “Rolling Bridge Jack”.  Don’t be confused by the terminology! They are indeed the one and same product.

Bendpak Australia and Bendpak USA generally refer to them as Jacking Beams, and here at Genesis, we list them on our site under Rolling Bridge Jacks.

Regardless of what you choose to call it, this little gem is an essential piece of equipment for anybody with a four-post hoist, expanding and elevating (pun intended!) your capacity to offer a full suite of services to your clients.

With seven different models available across the Bendpak jacking beam range, we invite you to contact us before placing your order so we can discuss your needs and ensure that your investment is 100% fit for your purpose.

How To Dispose of Engine Oil (and create extra income too!)

How to Dispose of Engine Oil

In a workshop environment, one thing is inevitable – there will be hazardous material and waste liquids to dispose of.  In Australia, used oils are classified as Prescribed Industrial Wastes and include:

  • Engine oil / Sump oil
  • Machine oil
  • Hydraulic oil
  • Turbine oil
  • Coolant oils
  • Quenching oils
  • Oily water
  • Oil filters
  • Oily sludge
  • Blackjack grease

It is illegal to dump these materials into landfills or waterways.

Today, more than ever, considering the environmental impact of disposing of such materials is paramount. Gone are the days of pouring things down the drain and forgetting about them!  Environmental pollution is a growing issue that industry cannot afford to ignore.

Business owners are more accountable than ever for the waste they produce, and compliance with local laws and regulations can be an expensive process.

According to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, around 500 million litres of lubricating oil are sold annually in Australia, generating at least 250 million litres of waste oil.

Used Oil Recycling Facilities

Of course, the many types of hazardous fluids, liquids and oils vary significantly from industry to industry.  The common thread is that all of them must be disposed of ethically and legally.

A little-known fact is that used engine oil, aka sump oil, can actually be cleaned and reused – as an industrial burner oil or hydraulic oil, as an ingredient for other products or even re-refined and used again as lubricating oil. It makes sense then to collect and store the oil you drain from machinery and engines in your workshop. 

Local councils offer used oil recycling at refuse stations and government facilities, where you deliver the used oil to them yourself.  A thorough list of recycling plants in Brisbane can be found here.

Well-known automotive retailer Supercheap Auto also has an in-store oil recycling program for consumers and small-scale mechanics workshops.

Oil Storage and Collection Services

One option that many businesses choose is to have their oil collected by a professional service that specialises in storing and disposing of the waste.  This offers the added convenience of picking up directly from your business at regular intervals, removing the need for large storage areas and time for staff to transport the hazardous liquid. 

The Australian Government Product Stewardship for Oil (PSO) Scheme provides financial incentives to encourage industries to manage their oil waste in an environmentally sustainable way.

The introduction of this scheme in 2001 has seen oil recycling in Australia increase to a level where more than half of the oil sold each year is now collected and recycled. 

Some oil collection services and oil refuse stations also accept/collect oil filters, oily rags, and plastic oil containers. 

Here is a list of specialised oil and storage and collection services that can visit your business to assist in recycling your waste oil:

The Cleanaway automotive waste oil and recycling collection service also includes engine oil filter recycling, leading us to a discussion about Oil Filter Crushers.

Oil Filter Crushers

Is your business “crushing it”? Disposing of engine oil and oil filters becomes easy with an oil filter crusher in your workshop.  This underrated piece of equipment allows you to crush used oil filters and squeeze out and collect 95% of residual oil.

Upon crushing, used oil filters are reduced to just 20% of their original size, vastly increasing your storage capacity and productivity and satisfying environmental considerations.

In under 20 seconds, you have a no-mess solution for oil collection, ethical disposal of used oil filters and an opportunity to make additional income from selling the used oil and filters.

The Ranger RP-20FC, with its included stand, can house collection tanks that can store up to 250 litres of oil before changing.

Ethical, Legal Waste Oil Disposal Made Easy

The team at Genesis takes the issue of how to dispose of engine oil very seriously.  We have chosen to stock the Ranger brand of oil filter crushers backed by premium features, unbeatable quality and an industry-leading warranty.

We invite you to contact Steve or Levi today to discuss your needs and have your workshop operate ethically and sustainably today.

Workshop and Engine Cranes for Every Job (Drop and Swap with Ease!)

Engine cranes – the little hoist that could!

The old saying “work smarter, not harder” couldn’t be more relevant when it comes to the needs of a mechanics shop.  It goes with the territory that, on a daily basis, there are heavy things that need to be lifted, dropped and swapped! Enter the engine crane (aka engine hoist).

This versatile piece of kit will improve your productivity and reduce injuries.  Gone are the days of launching chains over the rafters of the shed and manual pully systems requiring five staff to activate them.

Engine cranes and hoists use a hydraulic cylinder filled with hydraulic fluid to lift and lower heavy items, usually engines, in and out of engine bays.

Ranger RSC-2TF Engine Crane

Genesis Equipment is the exclusive distributor of the BendPak and Ranger brands here in Australia, and this was not a decision we took lightly.  We strongly believe in all of our brands and require that everything we stock exceeds industry standards in terms of quality, features and safety benchmarks. The Ranger brand embodies this across its range, with premium attributes not found commonly in competitor products.

Let’s take the Ranger RSC-2TF Engine Crane, for example – it is one of the only engine hoists on the market today that features six 360-degree casters for optimal manoeuvrability.  When you’re working in a tight space, making incremental movements to adjust your equipment in any direction can be the difference between hours of work and a few seconds!

Here are some more premium features of this little hoist that could:

  • Designed for shops with limited space
  • Folds for easy storage
  • Heavy steel construction for maximum durability
  • Boom is reinforced to increase strength and eliminate flex
  • Rugged hydraulic cylinder
  • Heavy-duty steel casters for easy positioning
  • Front casters include a safety brake to prevent movement
  • Telescoping boom provides four positions
  • Includes heavy steel hook with safety latch
  • Wide base for maximum stability

Here is an excellent review of the RSC-2TF that looks at the hoist practically within a workshop environment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAcEUitaikg

What can you do with an engine crane?

Although often referred to as a “hoist”, an engine crane should not be confused with a vehicle or car hoist designed to lift the entire vehicle.

The primary function of an engine hoist is to extract engines from vehicle engine bays. But with a bit of ingenuity, this piece of kit can be utilised for so much more. 

Once attached to the crane, the hydraulic cylinder makes light work of lifting and lowering heavy and oversized objects.  The stability of their wide legs and the addition of castors allows objects to be moved for storage, transporting and relocating.

Different models vary in the weight that they can carry, lift and lower, their portability and stability, but in general, you can use a workshop engine hoist to:

  • Swap engines between vehicles
  • Lift engines from vehicles
  • Drop and lower engines
  • Swap, lift, drop and lower all kinds of heavy objects in a mechanics workshop, car repair shop, or even home garage.

When to replace your engine crane?

You may have found this article because you are looking to replace or upgrade your current engine crane. Like most workshop equipment, engine cranes are built to last; however, after many years of use, you may have noticed a decline in performance, leading you to consider a replacement.

To ensure that your engine crane is continuously operating safely and efficiently, it is crucial to monitor its performance constantly.  These are the things to take note of and indicate a need for replacement:

  • Stiffness in the shaft
  • Hydraulic cylinder becoming soft or exhibiting reduced pressure
  • Wheels locked up or unable to roll
  • Damage or dints to the frame that can cause weakness and instability

These are all indicators that your trusty engine hoist may be on its last legs and in need of replacement. You mustn’t ignore these issues as they can lead to safety hazards and injury to yourself or your staff.

Naturally, the life of your equipment is extended by ensuring that your purchase is always fit for purpose and backed with adequate warranties. Here at Genesis, we specialise in offering advice that makes your dollar go further, your equipment last longer and launches staff productivity through the roof.

Check out our range of Ranger workshop equipment here and contact the team today to discuss your needs.

Meet The Team – Mackenzie Blake

Continuing our series of articles connecting you to the faces behind the people of Genesis Equipment, today we would like to introduce to you our Logistics and Warehouse Manager, Mackenzie Blake.  

Mackenzie has been with Genesis for just over a year now, and has been instrumental in integrating a new WMS system.  She has also initiated huge changes that drive the efficiency of our new, bigger and better warehouse. 

We asked Mackenzie a few questions to learn more about her. 

Introducing Mackenzie Blake, Warehouse and Logistics Manager for Genesis Equipment.  

What is your favourite thing about being part of the Genesis Equipment team?   

The atmosphere and passion of our entire team. We all get excited when it comes to new challenges or ideas, and we all have each other’s backs when push comes to shove. The amount of trust management has in their employees is phenomenal, and the support to help each other grow really makes this business stand above the rest.  

How does a typical day in the office begin for you? 

Hitting the warehouse early, catching up on my emails, chasing up freight, then proceeding to smash out orders.  

When it comes to your role, what is your biggest pet peeve?  

Freight providers….. especially since covid, the confidence I have in them getting our stock from A to B has significantly dropped. This causes a headache for pretty well everyone involved in each sale, as it takes so much time to chase up any issues once it leaves our warehouse.  

Do you have a favourite quote and if so, what is it? 

“Are we living? Or merely killing time?” – I am Giant (Kiwi band), this lyric has always stuck with me, and I try to live by it as much as possible by camping, travel (pre Covid) and doing the things I love. It’s all about a work – life balance.  

What book are you reading now? 

Our new 5 Tonne forklift manual…. Riveting.  

What makes you smile?  

Outside of work –Spending time with friends and family, board games, adventures, food, dad jokes, my cats, camping, fishing, music, the list goes on and on.  

Within work – seeing any new process I’ve implement in action, and the impact it’s had on the efficiency of our warehouse. Especially when it benefits everyone and not just the warehouse.   

What was the first concert you ever went to?  

 The Killers, closely followed by the Foo Fighters, Paramore, music festivals and many more. I used to be a bit of a concert junky.  

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

An Entomologist, yes, my weird mini me wanted to study bugs.  

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? 

 Chicken feet, love them! Yum Cha anyone? 

What is your most used emoji?  

– Laughter is one of my main languages. 

What Can You Do With a Hydraulic Press?

What Can You Do With A Hydraulic Press?

The more appropriate question might be, “what can’t you do with a hydraulic press?”  There are so many uses for hydraulic presses that there is even a Youtube channel dedicated to them.  Here are some great hydraulic press life hacks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Bf0pyjIGw

Or perhaps you’ve pondered the age-old question, “How many soda cans can you fit in a Pringles can with a Hydraulic Press?”. You’ll find the answer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KxuxRAGN-c

Of course, all of these things are just a bit of lighthearted fun, so let’s get serious for a moment.  A good quality hydraulic press is an indispensable tool in every workshop and can improve productivity, efficiency, sustainability and even provide an additional source of revenue for your business.

Let’s look at how a hydraulic press can improve and grow your business opportunities…

What is a Hydraulic Press?

A hydraulic press is a device that uses hydraulic pressure (via a hydraulic cylinder) to generate an extreme force on materials to compress, straighten, crush, bend, shape, flatten, pull, lift and pierce them.  Usually, this material is some kind of metal, but the versatility of this machine is nothing short of amazing and resourceful users will find it useful for many applications.

The critical component of a hydraulic press is its hydraulic pump. A heavy-duty shop press will ideally feature a two-stage mechanism that provides even greater control and extra muscle.

Stability, precision, accuracy and safety are also essential, and when researching which hydraulic press to invest in, be sure to consider these things:

  • Suitability for pressing bearings, U-joints, etc.
  • Lateral movement of the Hydraulic cylinder for better versatility
  • Integrated, high-quality pressure gauge
  • Build quality and features of the hydraulic pump for maximum performance
  • Table height, adjustability, and build
  • Materials used (heavy steel construction preferred)
  • Included press plates (should be heavy-duty and include more than one)
  • Availability of replacement components
  • Warranty and backup service

Hot tip: The Ranger by Bendpak range of hydraulic workshop presses ticks all the boxes!

It Can Flatten, Press and Crush Things

Let’s return to the question of what you can do with a hydraulic press. The most obvious and frequent use is to flatten, crush and squash things.

The immense force exerted by a workshop press makes light work of flattening and crushing objects (as seen in the videos above).  This benefits from assisting waste disposal in a workshop by using them to crush used oil filters and squeeze out traces of oil ready for recycling.

This can create an additional source of income for your workshop as crushed oil filters can be sold to scrap metal traders.  Waste oil can also be sold to recycling companies.

Hydraulic pumps are also a key component in dedicated oil-filter crushers too.

A Hydraulic Press Can Bend and Fold Things

A hydraulic press is an invaluable tool to bend, fold, and shape materials quickly and precisely when working with sheet metal.

Spread and Straighten Things Out

Bent components can be a nightmare to repair and straighten in the workshop.  But with correct attachments and fittings, a hydraulic press can apply even pressure to bent shafts, control arms, steering linkages and more.  The ability to control the force with precision adjustments avoids further damage or ineffective repair of components.

Use Your Hydraulic Press to Remove, Separate and Install Things

When replacing bushings, bearings, pulleys and universal joints, the force required to remove and separate them is immense.  A hydraulic press can use reverse pressure to complete these tasks easily and efficiently by utilising the right fittings.  Thus, increasing your workshop productivity and efficiency.

Call on your hydraulic press to remove and install gears too.

Separating vehicle parts such as wheel hubs and exhausts that have been fused by rust is where a hydraulic press shines.  Where a spray of WD-40 fails, a hydraulic press will rise to the challenge.

Punch, Pierce and Cut Things Out

With the addition of dies, stamps and accessories, a hydraulic press provides a great solution when needing to punch, pierce and cut through difficult materials.

Outside of the automotive workshop, hydraulic presses have many applications and are used for:

  • Packing and manufacturing food and pharmaceuticals
  • Assembling parts in appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators
  • Manufacturing electrical components such as thermostats
  • Loading shells in military applications
  • Compacting cosmetics and powders
  • Large scale manufacturing of pulp, paper and wood products
  • Compressing ceramics to avoid the use of heat-kilns
  • Manufacturing vehicle and aircraft components
  • Crushing cars (this kind of hydraulic press is far larger than the workshop presses discussed in this article!).

By now, you should be convinced of the versatility and indispensable of hydraulic presses both domestically and commercially. 

Genesis Equipment stocks a great range of professional quality hydraulic presses suitable for home or workshop use, and all are backed by Australia’s best warranty.

We are the exclusive Australian distributor of Ranger (made by Bendpak) workshop, auto care and tyre service equipment, and we invite you to reach out today to discuss your needs.

Wheel Balancing – Everything You Need to Know

What is Wheel Balancing?

When new tyres are mounted onto wheels or rims, the mechanic should add small weights to equalise the weight of the assembly. It ensures that they spin smoothly, without wobbling or vibration when the wheel operates.

Adding small weights to the individual wheels counterbalances the heavy parts of the wheel and tyre assembly. This process is known as wheel balancing or tyre balancing.

For noticeable vibration to occur, only 15 grams difference in weight across the wheel assembly is needed. Even slight manufacturing imperfections can lead to significant wobbling or steering issues if not corrected with effective wheel weight placement.

Over time, general driving and bumps can cause wheels to become imbalanced as the weights can become loose, incorrectly placed or fall off entirely. So, it is good practice to include wheel balancing as part of your regular vehicle maintenance.

Note – wheel balancing and wheel alignment are two different services, but both are essential steps in wheel and tyre maintenance. It is also super important to regularly check tyre tread to keep your tyres safe.

Types of Wheel Imbalance

There are two types of tyre imbalance, but both are corrected by the same method of wheel balancing; the attachment of counterweights on the wheel’s outer surface (rim).

Static Wheel Imbalance

When there is a “heavy” or “light” place in a tyre, it creates a vertical vibration or a bumpy, up-and-down motion (hop) that prevents the wheel from rolling evenly. 

Dynamic Wheel Imbalance

An effect called “wheel shimmy” is created when both sides of the tyre and wheel assembly are unequally weighted. The symptom of this is a vibration that wobbles side-to-side when driving.

Effects of Tyre Imbalance

Wheel balancing is usually needed when a driver notices bumpy up-and-down vibrations and/or side-to-side wheel wobbling. These, in turn, affect the ability to control steering and becomes an obvious safety issue. 

As well as safety concerns, imbalanced tyres and wheels can cause uneven tyre wear and undue stress on steering components. Over time, this increases your maintenance requirements and adds to upkeep costs on your vehicle. It could also result in the need to replace tyres and vehicle assembly prematurely, proving costly and inconvenient.

Modern Vehicles and Wheel Balancing

In smaller, light vehicles, vibrations and wobbling are felt significantly more than in larger cars as they don’t have the advantage of weight to dampen the effect. Additionally, modern cars bearing low profile tyres tend to feel the effects of even the slightest imbalance. 

In this modern age, where smaller cars are favoured by many, wheel balancing has become even more critical. Therefore, it is paramount that all tyre and wheel servicing workshops prioritise the ability to offer this service in a fast, accurate, and efficient manner.

Here are 5 Reasons Your Automotive Shop Needs a Wheel Balancer for further reading.

Not All Wheel Balancers were Created Equal

Like all vehicle maintenance services, the accuracy and efficiency of wheel balancing depend heavily upon the equipment used.

Whether you are selecting equipment for your workshop or a service provider for your car, proven equipment with features such as a direct-axis drive system will ensure accuracy within milligrams.

Genesis Equipment offers two brands of wheel balancing equipment, which offer premium features, precision-engineered components and an industry-leading warranty. We are the exclusive Australian distributor of Ranger and Italian made Sicam auto care and tyre service equipment. We welcome the opportunity to provide advice for the most suitable set-up in your workshop.

MTA Queensland – Don’t Get Taken for a Ride

Trust – in an overly commercialised world where we are continually exposed to marketing tactics, and people often struggle to make purchasing decisions, trust can be the deciding factor.

In particular, when you are making large purchases such as your home, family holidays, car, or vehicle servicing equipment, finding a credible vendor that you can trust will give you faith and assurance in your investment choice.

These days though, with the market saturated by scammers, the old “handshake” deal and approach of “going with your gut” are simply not wise.

So how can you make sure that your purchases will provide you with maximum benefits?

Every industry has its own ways of regulating suppliers to be accountable for upholding safety and quality standards in their products.  Several organisations do this nationally and statewide when it comes to the automotive industry. We have the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) here in Queensland.  As a consumer, here is what you need to know…

What is the Motor Trades Association of Queensland?

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) is an organisation that represents the interests of employers in the retail, service and repair sectors of Queensland’s automotive industry.

MTA Queensland member businesses operate in many different automotive industry sectors, including:

In addition, the MTA Institute is the largest private provider of automotive apprenticeships and training in Queensland.

WHY MTAQ?

To be accepted as an MTAQ member, businesses must satisfy several criteria designed to uphold industry benchmarks in safety, quality, service, integrity and accountability.

The organisation works to support automotive businesses and their customers through training, information and advice.  Members and clients also have access to free education on new and emerging technologies and products.

Although MTAQ is not a regulatory authority, they represent its member businesses handling complaints.

In short, you can trust a business that displays the MTA Queensland logo.

As a supplier to the automotive industry, Genesis Equipment is a long-standing MTA Queensland Member.  We work hard to instil a sense of assurance and trust at every touchpoint in our customer journeys.

MTA Queensland requires that its members are committed to ten Member Values, and Genesis Equipment is conscientious about upholding them. They are:

  1. Honest
  2. Professional
  3. Transparent
  4. Courteous
  5. Integrous
  6. Caring
  7. Innovative
  8. Proactive
  9. Accountable
  10. Compliant

Image Source: MTA Queensland

Don’t Get Caught Out.

By always “looking for the logo” and selecting suppliers who display their membership status with MTA Queensland, you can rest easy knowing your investment is wise.

Image Source: MTA Queensland

Along with industry memberships such as MTAQ, Genesis Equipment is very selective in the brands we offer, ensuring that they are industry-leading in their products, features and benefits, quality, and safety standards.  Many of our products are CE and ALI Certified and backed by world-class warranties, offering further assurances that you are in safe hands.

Meet The Team – Levi Gilmer

Continuing our series introducing you to each of our team members here at Genesis Equipment, today we meet Levi Gilmer.

Levi is our Heavy Industry and Project Sales Professional, and he has been with the team for over four years now. Levi should be a familiar face to anyone who has interacted with Genesis as he is one of the “OGs”!

Let’s get to know Levi…

Introducing Levi Gilmer, Heavy Industry and Projects Sales Professional, Genesis Equipment. 

What is your favourite thing about being part of the Genesis Equipment team?  

My favourite thing about being a part of the Genesis Equipment team is the close-knit team, having started with them from the beginning and assisting in there growth we see today. 

When it comes to your role, what is your biggest pet peeve?  

 
Having to manage customer expectations when issues arise that are out of our control.

Do you have a favourite quote, and what is it? 

“A man has two lives; the second one begins once he realises he only has one” – Naval  

Levi Gilmer

What book are you reading now? 

The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

What makes you smile?  

Catching a sunrise.

What was the first concert you ever went to?  

Stereo Sonic 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Eating out too much!

What is your hidden talent that may surprise people who don’t know you?

I enjoy photography. 

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? 

Ox tongue. 

Who is your hero, and why?

My Father & Grandfather, as I wouldn’t be the man I am today without both their influence in my life.   

This series seems to be proving that the team at Genesis are more than just pretty faces!

Keep watching as we continue to introduce our staff over the coming months.

Wheels and Tyres Maintenance – In 6 Easy Steps

Wheels and tyres – Whether running a busy vehicle service workshop or just maintaining your own car, there are many steps to ensure everything is in tip-top shape.

In this blog, we have done the thinking for you and created an easy to follow checklist of the six steps that are key to keeping your wheels and tyres safe and performing at their best.

6 Easy Steps for Maintaining Your Wheels and Tyres

1. Check & Inspect

Wear and tear on our tyres can certainly “creep up on you” if not checked regularly. It is important to visually check the condition of your tyres regularly for signs of damage and tread wear.

Remember to inspect the surface of your tyres for cracks, debris, and foreign bodies such as embedded nails and stones.

Bulging, cuts and cracks in the side walls of your tyres can lead to tyre failure, which can be very dangerous. Should your visual inspections uncover any of these issues, you should seek the assistance of a professional to repair or replace them immediately.

The tyre tread depth is of utmost importance and should never fall below 1.6mm. This article discusses the best way to check tyre tread so that you’re always satisfying safety standards and Australian laws.

2. Clean Wheels and Tyres

Keeping your tyres clean is more important than you may realise! By ensuring debris such as mud and leaves are not lodged in your tyre tread, you guarantee the best possible traction on the road. Additionally, removing built-up mud and dirt means you have a clear view to inspect your tyres and notice when things have deteriorated, or damage has occurred.

Of course, we all know how important it is for aesthetics to have gleaming shiny rims too!

Each time you wash your car, clean your wheels, rims and tyres using a soft brush and finish off with a shiny black tyre dressing. The tyre dressing not only looks good but protects the rubber too.

3. Inflate

Ensuring each of your tyres has the correct and appropriate air pressure will extend the life of your tyre. It will also improve your fuel efficiency and assist you in difficult to navigate situations (such as when four-wheel-driving on soft sand).

Your owner’s manual will outline the most appropriate tyre pressure for your vehicle. On some models, there may also be a label attached to the inside of your front doors.

The NRMA recommends checking your tyre pressure each time you refuel your car to maintain good habits and avoid unexpected surprises.

4. Balance & Align

Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are critical to getting the most out of your tyres and maintaining safe operation.

Wheel Balancing

The balance of a tyre refers to the weight distribution across the tyre. Uneven weight distribution or imbalance results in uncomfortable vibrations both up and down or side to side, depending on the type of imbalance. Occupants travelling in the vehicle can feel the uncomfortable vibrations, and they can cause your tyres to wear unevenly and to wear out prematurely.

Wheel Alignment

When your wheels fall out of alignment, it can result in significant safety issues (as steering and control are affected) and increased tyre wear and wobble.

Specialist equipment is required to balance and align your wheels accurately. It should always be carried out by a qualified professional.

You should conduct wheel balancing and wheel alignments with every regular car service and every tyre change. It is also good practice to have them done when an obstacle such as a gutter or speed bump has been hit with force.

5. Rotate

Yes, we know your wheels rotate every day! But their position should be rotated too!

We recommend that you rotate the wheels after every 10,000kms travelled. It involves swapping the positions of each tyre on the vehicle so that they move around the vehicle – for example, moving the front wheels to the back and vice versa. This assists in creating even wear across all tyres and lengthens their life.

Each car has different tyre wear rates, and your owner’s manual will explain the best process to rotate them.

6. Repair & Replace

During your regular visual inspections of your wheels and tyres, if you notice that there is damage, deterioration and low tread, you should act immediately to rectify this. Do not wait until a dangerous situation occurs. Be proactive in your tyre and wheel maintenance to ensure occupants’ safety and keep it performing well.

Even if your tyres do not exhibit the typical signs of age or tread wear, exposed rubber can become weak and brittle over time. When put under load, this can cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the tyre. Therefore, if your tyres are nearing ten years of age, you should replace them.

Professional Service for Wheels and Tyres

If you’re already an automotive professional, your workshop will have its own checks and balances to ensure no detail is overlooked. You may not need our handy checklist, but your customers will!

Feel free to print it out and share it with your customers – they will know you have their best interests at heart and that they’re in safe hands!

And, of course, the key to productivity is having the right tool for the job! We stock a full range of wheel service equipment and workshop accessories designed to increase your workshop’s efficiency, versatility and safety here at Genesis Equipment.

Reach out today, and our team will provide you with advice and products that set the benchmarks for quality and safety standards globally.


Wheel Alignment – What is it and Why does it Matter?

Wheel Alignment aka Tyre Alignment

As a wheel spins on its axis, it is important that it does so freely and evenly.  There are several things that impact this, and wheel alignment is one of those. Not to be confused with wheel balancing, correct wheel alignment is fundamental to getting the most out of your tyres, and is an essential step in wheel and tyre care and maintenance.

All of the wheels of your vehicle should be operating at the same angle when compared. With frequent use, this angle can skew aka they become unaligned. 

General driving wear and tear, driving on uneven surfaces, and hitting potholes, speedbumps and gutters (kerbs) can all affect the alignment of your wheels.  When a tyre impacts an obstacle with force it can immediately cause your tyre to become misaligned.

Poor wheel alignment can have safety and performance consequences.

Implications of Improper Wheel Alignment

When wheels fall out of alignment, the safety of your vehicle is affected. It can cause your vehicle to pull to the left or right and also present as off-centre steering.  Additionally, the tread of your tyres can wear unevenly.  All of these issues affect your ability to properly control your vehicle, particularly in emergency situations where fast reaction time is essential for safety.

Poor wheel alignment can also result in extra stress on your steering, suspension and brakes reducing their life and increasing safety issues.

Unnecessary stress on vehicle components can also affect performance and therefore fuel economy.

Signs and Symptoms

There are some clear signs that will alert you to poor wheel alignment, as we touched on above.  Generally speaking, you can diagnose incorrect wheel alignment if your vehicle if displays the following signs:

  • Vehicle pulling to one side
  • Vibration of steering wheel
  • Steering wheel appearing to sit off-centre
  • Steering that feels “loose”
  • Uneven wear on tyres – particularly on individual tyres or on the sides of tyres
  • A steering wheel that does not return to centre when grip is released

Correcting Poor Wheel Alignment

When you have your wheel alignment professionally measured and corrected, the technician will be looking at the following:

Caster – measures the angle of a car’s steering axis – forward and backwards. A positive caster indicates that the steering axis is tilted backwards.  A negative caster indicates that the steering axis is tilted forwards.

Camber – When viewed from the vehicle’s front, this measures the inward or outward tilt/lean of your tyres. If they tilt inwards, it is called a “negative camber”.  If they lean outwards it is referred to as a “positive camber”.

Toe – when viewed from above the vehicle, the toe alignment indicates how far your tyres are pointing outward or inward. Toe settings vary depending upon if a vehicle is powered by front or rear wheel drive.

Thrust – the angle of the car’s rear wheels relative to the centre of the vehicle.

Ride Height – the distance between the bottom of the vehicle’s body and the road it is travelling on.

With so many precise measurements required to calculate and correct your car’s wheel alignment, it is essential that your equipment is up to the task.  By fitting out your workshop with the most appropriate tools and equipment, you increase efficiency, safety and productivity resulting in maximised ROI and more vehicles in the door!

Ranger (by Bendpak) offers premium CRT Wireless Wheel Aligners that are highly accurate, fast and simple to use.

Using advanced 8-CCD cameras and infrared light sources, the Ranger CRT Wireless Wheel Aligners (such as the 3DP4100R listed here)  set the benchmark when it comes to precision and accuracy.

Visit the product range section of our website to learn more about the wheel alignment machines on offer through Genesis Equipment.

Wheel alignment services go hand in hand with all wheel and tyre products, and services.  Of course it is essential to be able to check tyre tread too. Adding a wheel alignment machine or wheel service equipment to your workshop will elevate your business and encourage growth and customer loyalty.

Call us today to discuss your needs.

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Meet The Team – Stephen Clifford

As Genesis Equipment continues to grow and evolve, we thought it might be a great time to put some faces behind the names, and introduce you to our team.  

We believe in our team and the diverse range of individual talents that each person contributes to Genesis Equipment. We are all interconnected links in one very robust and flexible chain – a chain that turns the cogs to bring you the best automotive and heavy vehicle products, advice and back up service Australia has to offer. 
 
Today we would like to introduce to you our National Sales and Marketing Manager, Stephen Clifford. Stephen has been with the company for almost 4 years and is a source of motivation and inspiration to all of us here at Genesis. 

We asked Stephen a few quick and quirky questions so you can get to know the man who drives us (pun intended!). 

Introducing Stephen Clifford – National Sales and Marketing Manager, Genesis Equipment. 

What is your favourite thing about being part of the Genesis Equipment team?  
 My favourite thing about being a part of the Genesis Equipment team is the dynamic and the culture of the team. Everyone’s values align exceptionally well which helps with the day-to-day operations. We all encourage each other to push and achieve that little bit more, while ensuring the end goal of satisfied customers. 

How does a typical day in the office begin for you? 

My typical day always starts with a coffee. That’s a non-negotiable. From there, I catch up with the team to make sure everyone is starting the day in a positive headspace with a daily plan.  

When it comes to your role, what is your biggest pet peeve?  

 Currently it is Covid making travel more difficult. I can’t wait to be able to get on a plane and visit our interstate partners. 

Do you have a favourite quote and if so, what is it? 

Yes, I do. It is: “ If it is to be, it’s up to me.” 

What book are you reading now? 
Business Statistics: Australia and New Zealand 

What makes you smile?  
 During work, seeing my team overcome challenges or achieve their goals. At home, getting to spend time with my kids and listen to their days. 

What was the first concert you ever went to?  

 Green Day, 2005 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
 A computer game designer. 

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? 
 Grasshoppers in Thailand! 

What is your most used emoji?  

‍♂️♂️. I often forget to do things for my wife, and this is my standard response. 

And there you have it! Next time you call the office and have the opportunity to chat with Stephen, be sure to ask him how those grasshoppers tasted on his trip to Thailand. 

We look forward to introducing you to more of the faces behind Genesis Equipment in coming months. Be sure to check back to see who we will chat with next.