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Our voice, keeping you in the loop

Welcome to our news and blog section. This is where we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the exiting things happening at Totalkare. We look forward to sharing current and exciting news and information about Totalkare. Please make sure you come back soon and check out what we are up to.

How in-house testing can bring your fleet closer to carbon neutrality

How In-House Testing Can Reduce Your Fleet’s Carbon Footprint

There’s no getting away from it: when you’re running a fleet of vehicles, your impact on the environment is huge. With dozens of heavy vehicles out on the road all day and night, your carbon emissions are serious business – and the activities of just one fleet operator could have a significant impact on the …

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Summer Is Coming – Is Your Fleet Air Con-ready?

Although the UK isn’t known for its blinding hot summers, your air con system is usually used more often than think! Whether it’s cold in the morning and you need warming up, or it’s a hot summers day and you need cooling down. The unpredictability of the weather means you need certainty in your air …

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James Radford stepping back from Totalkare after nearly 30 years' service

James Radford exits Totalkare after nearly 30 years’ service

The board of Directors of Totalkare Heavy Duty Workshop Solutions Ltd announces that James Radford is stepping back from his role as Sales & Marketing Director after almost three decades with the Company. James joined the business in 1992 in the capacity of Internal Salesperson and after displaying a flair for sales and a passion …

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Does Your Workshop Need Specialised Torque Tools?

Nuts and bolts might be small in size – but that doesn’t make them any less important when it comes to safety. When you’re dealing with vehicle parts, there’s simply no room for error. One loose screw or an overtightened bolt could pose a huge risk for your customers and their vehicles – and that …

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Totalkare introduces torque products through Norbar partnership

Totalkare introduces torque products through Norbar partnership

UK lifting and testing experts Totalkare have unveiled a comprehensive new range of torque products after announcing a strategic partnership with Norbar Torque Tools Ltd. Widely considered to be gold standard in torque products, Norbar was the first company to commercially produce torque wrenches in the UK and continues to manufacture a full range of …

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Totalkare to exhibit at ITT Hub 2021

Totalkare ready to reconnect at cross-industry ITT Hub event

Totalkare is pleased to confirm its involvement at ITT Hub next month in what will be the first live exhibition for the UK transport industries in over a year. ITT Hub is a brand-new event aimed at creating fresh thinking and collaboration between industries as freight and passenger transport across road, rail, marine and air …

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National Express West Midlands lifts Wolverhampton depot with Totalkare

National Express West Midlands has upgraded its mobile lifting solution at its Wolverhampton depot with assistance from lifting and testing experts Totalkare. National Express West Midlands is the largest bus operator in the West Midlands – and one of the biggest in the UK as part of the wider global National Express Group. With a …

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ballards removals


Long established household removal company, Ballards Removals is set to benefit from significant cost savings and workshop efficiency with the introduction of a Totalkare mobile brake tester and extension ramps. The East Midlands-based company provides a comprehensive range of secure storage and logistics services, including removals, self-storage, van hire and haulage. Their fleet of vehicles …

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The main franchised dealer for MAN Truck & Bus across South Wales has upgraded its vehicle lifting equipment at its Swansea depot with mobile column lifts from Totalkare. Operating from three regional network centres in Cardiff, Tenby and Swansea, W G Davies has been offering a complete support service to commercial vehicle operators of trucks, …

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VIDEO: TK Q&A: Mobile Brake Tester

TK Q&A: Mobile Brake Tester We sat down with Jack Longstaff, one of our knowledgeable Area Sales Managers, to learn all about our Mobile Brake Tester, and answer some key questions. Check out Jack’s answers in our video below. If you’d like more information on our mobile brake tester or any other product, please get …

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Tight on space? Here's how mobile equipment can help

Tight on Space? How Mobile Equipment Can Help Unlock Your Potential

When you’re working with vehicles, space is at a premium. And unless you’re running a workshop in an expansive warehouse premises, you need to squeeze the most value out of every precious square metre you have. So how can you make sure that every inch of your workshop is being put to good use on …

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Birmingham Busworks retrofitting with Totalkare column lifts

Birmingham Busworks retrofitting with Totalkare column lifts

Bus operators from across the UK are set to benefit from new technical and safety innovations provided by seatbelting expert Birmingham Busworks, underpinned by Totalkare vehicle lifting equipment. Birmingham Busworks, which grew out of the bodywork division of The Green Bus, are experts at installing fully certified retrofitted seatbelts to help operators to comply with …

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Lifting in a wash bay? How to choose the right lift for wet work

Lifting in a Wash Bay? Here’s How to Choose the Right Lift for Wet Work

If you’re running a fleet of coaches, buses, or commercial vehicles, you need your vehicles to be MOT-ready.  In most cases, that means a thorough cleaning – which means lifting the vehicle to wash the chassis underneath, normally in a wash bay. But there’s a problem here: Most standard vehicle lifts can’t handle the moisture …

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S Cooper & Sons renews lease on Totalkare column lifts

S Cooper & Sons renews lease on sets of Totalkare column lifts

Cheshire-based haulage company S Cooper & Sons has introduced two brand new sets of mobile column lift from Totalkare to its four-bay workshop. The Winsford transport company operates a fleet of 95 HGVs and offers a variety services including full and part loads, hazardous goods, lorry mounted fork lifts, undercover loading and more. To support …

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P T Hire introduces in-house brake testing with Totalkare equipment

P T Hire brake testing in-house with Totalkare equipment

A Derbyshire heavy duty vehicle rental firm has boosted fleet availability while achieving significant long term cost savings after investing in a brake testing solution from UK experts Totalkare. Swadlincote-based P T Hire is a leading provider of flexible truck rental, HGV contract hire and repair and maintenance solutions, operating a fleet of 400 trucks …

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Special Recognition For Dedicated Colleagues

Two highly valued Totalkare employees have received special recognition, and been presented with a reward from the company after each achieving 20 years’ service. Field Service Engineer, David Georgiou, and Parts Controller, Carl Woodhouse, joined Somers Vehicle Lifts, as the company was then known, in March 2001. Over the years, David and Carl have witnessed …

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Lifting light commercial vehicles - what solution is best

Lifting Light Commercial Vehicles? Which Lift to Choose…

Between the lorries and coaches and the six-wheel drives, it’s easy to forget about the lighter side of life in the workshop – the everyday work of lifting light commercial vehicles – and how to choose the right kind of lift for the right kind of job. If your business is looking to expand, you’ll …

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Easter opening hours!

We are wishing everyone a happy Easter bank holiday! Please see our opening times below.   Office opening hours Thursday 1st April: 8am – 5pm Friday 2nd April: Closed Saturday 3rd April: Closed Sunday 4th April: Closed Monday 5th April: Closed Tuesday 6th April: 8am – 5pm   Engineer support Thursday 1st April: 8am – …

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sunhill transport


Sunhill Transport Ltd, a Gold FORS and CLOCS Champion has upgraded its in-house brake testing capabilities with an in-ground brake tester from Totalkare. With a large and varied fleet, Sunhill Transport specialises in steel, building products and bulk horticultural transportation across the UK, managing vehicle maintenance in-house. With its existing in-ground brake tester reaching the …

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What is Super Deduction - and how much could you save?

What Is ‘Super Deduction’ – and How Much Could You Save?

No company wants a huge tax bill – especially when it’s the hefty flat rate of Corporation Tax.  But this year’s Government Budget was met with a warm welcome from every company that pays corporation tax – and it’s all to do with the new rules around ‘Super Deduction’. So what does that mean? Let’s …

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VIDEO: Mobile Brake Tester Demo

Did you know that we can facilitate live demos of our equipment at the Totalkare warehouse at a time to suit you? Just like the Mobile Brake Tester demo in our video below. 💬Enquire today to set up yours!   If you’d like more information, or to set up a demo, please get in touch …

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Totalkare to participate in EuroRail Hub 2021

Totalkare on board for inaugural EuroRail Hub 2021 event

Totalkare is looking forward to connecting with the railway industry this week at the digital launch of EuroRail Hub 2021, ahead of taking a physical presence at Railtex/Infrarail in September. EuroRail Hub 2021 brings together a series of established rail events – the aforementioned Railtex/Infrarail along with EXPO Ferroviaria and SIFER – in a virtual …

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The 6 Essential Lifting Tools That Every Workshop Needs

Every workshop knows it needs a strong and reliable vehicle lift. But with so much focus on the heavy-duty equipment, it’s easy to forget about all the essential extras – the invaluable supporting tools that make working on vehicles safer and faster. So we’ve put together this essential list of the most important secondary lifting …

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Hills waste


One of the UK’s largest family-owned waste management companies has increased their workshop efficiency following the introduction of mobile column lifts from Totalkare. Hills Waste Solutions has been providing waste management and recycling services to private and public sector customers for over half a century. A pioneer in using waste as a resource, Hills Waste …

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Phoenix Coaches


Phoenix Coaches is saving considerable time and money after introducing in-house brake testing at its Northumberland depot with equipment from lifting and testing experts Totalkare. Operating across the North East of England and providing a range of services including executive travel, COVID-secure transport, airport transfers, day trips and more, Phoenix Coaches’ modern fleet is at …

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VIDEO: TK Q&A: Heavy Duty Four Post Lift

We sat down with one of our knowledgeable Area Sales Managers, Jack Longstaff to learn all about our heavy duty four post lift, and answer some key questions. Check out Jack’s answers in our video below.     If you’d like more information on our heavy duty four post lift or any other product, please …

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9 Questions You Need to Ask Before Investing in a Brake Tester

9 Questions You Need to Ask Before Investing in a Brake Tester

When your workshop was young and your fleet was small, it probably made sense to outsource your brake testing to a test centre with its own brake tester. Equipment can be costly, with an up-front investment that takes time to recover – and it’s not always clear how long you’ll have to wait to start …

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City West Commercials leases Totalkare mobile brake testers

City West Commercials brake testing in-house with Totalkare leasing options

South West Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van dealership group City West Commercials has established in-house brake testing at all their locations, recently extending the facility at two of its workshops after taking advantage of lease hire options from UK lifting and testing experts Totalkare. As part of strategic growth under Dealer Principal, Darren Sweet, the Truck …

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National Express West Midlands chooses Totalkare G8AC wash bay column lifts

National Express West Midlands picks Totalkare wash bay mobile column lifts

National Express West Midlands has installed a mobile lifting solution for vehicle washing at its West Bromwich depot with assistance from lifting and testing experts Totalkare. Part of the wider global National Express Group, National Express West Midlands is the largest bus operator in the West Midlands – and one of the biggest in the …

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Connected equipment by Totalkare

What is ‘Connected Equipment’ – and What Does It Mean for Your Workshop?

From 1 March 2021, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is clamping down on MOT stations that aren’t using connected equipment. And while the rules have been in place for some time, there are still plenty of workshops that haven’t caught up to the regulations. So to help you get ready (and make some …

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VIDEO: TK Q&A: Diesel Smoke Meter

We sat down with Jack Longstaff, one of our knowledgeable Area Sales Managers, to learn all about our diesel smoke meter, and answer some key questions. Check out Jack’s answers in our video below. If you’d like more information on our diesel smoke meter or any other product, please get in touch with our friendly …

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FREE headlamp tester with all in-ground brake tester orders in March 2021

FREE headlamp tester with all in-ground brake tester orders in March!

Totalkare is giving away a FREE headlamp tester with every order received for an in-ground brake tester in March 2021. Our in-ground brake testers are DVSA-approved and can be installed as a standalone application, across a pit or as part of an ATF lane. Maximum axle loads range between 13,000kg and 20,000kg depending on model, …

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safety checks for mobile column lift use

5 Critical Safety Checks for Using Mobile Column Lifts

No matter how you go about it, lifting a 10-tonne (or heavier) vehicle is serious business. And despite all the rigorous testing and meticulous design that comes with 40 years of supplying our flagship Mobile Column Lifts, there’s one universal truth that applies to every workplace in the country: A tool is only as safe …

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Telescopic Haulage chooses Totalkare mobile brake tester

Mobile brake tester a game changer for Telescopic Haulage

A Cambridgeshire heavy haulage & recovery specialist is set to save time and money while opening up a possible new revenue stream following an investment in brake testing equipment from Totalkare. Huntingdon-based Telescopic Haulage, which operates a 24 hour breakdown and recovery service alongside a variety of haulage contracts across the UK and further afield, …

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Totalkare smoke meter accredited to Euro 6 standards

What are the Euro 6 standards – and how can a smoke meter help?

If you’re running a vehicle-based business, we’ve got some bad news for you: your fleet might not be up to scratch. For the last 30 years, the EU has been clamping down on engine emissions with its series of Euro standards – tightening the limits on harmful chemicals in a gradual move towards more eco-friendly …

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VIDEO: TK Q&A: All About Mobile Column Lifts

We sat down with Jack Longstaff, one of our knowledgeable Area Sales Managers, to learn all about our flagship mobile column lifts, and answer some key questions. Check out Jack’s answers in our video, or full transcript, below.     Q. Can you kick us off with an overview of Totalkare mobile column lifts? A. …

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Dennis Eagle uses Totalkare mobile column lifts

Dennis Eagle workshops add capacity with help from Totalkare

Totalkare is pleased to announce it has partnered with Dennis Eagle for the supply of mobile lifting and testing equipment at multiple sites across the UK. The refuse collection vehicle manufacturer, which produces more than 1,000 units every year for local authorities and private sector contractors in the UK, has expanded its vehicle lifting capacity …

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Workshop equipment finance options explained

In tough times like these, investing in new big-ticket workshop items might feel like a financial hardship. Often though, it is a necessity in order to keep your business moving, and to continue to provide your customers with exceptional and timely service. Luckily, there are flexible options available to make financing your equipment much more …

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Monmouthshire County Council chooses Totalkare mobile brake tester

Monmouthshire County Council returns for Totalkare test equipment

The highways department at Monmouthshire County Council has returned to Totalkare for commercial vehicle workshop testing equipment. The highways department, which maintains the Council’s fleet of municipal waste and passenger transport vehicles, has introduced both a mobile brake tester and headlamp tester from the UK’s lifting and testing experts in order to fully test vehicles …

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Stagefreight's wheel play detector from Totalkare

Wheel Play Detector from Totalkare helps the show go on for Stagefreight

Nationwide music, theatre and exhibition transport specialists Stagefreight has expanded its in-house vehicle maintenance capabilities with the introduction of testing equipment from Totalkare. The Yorkshire-based company specialises in event transportation and runs a number of trucks and trailers across the UK, with clients including the BBC, Sky, Northern Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Totalkare statement

This statement will be reviewed and amended regularly with any further updates. Totalkare’s coronavirus (COVID-19) statement – updated 04 January 2021 In light of the latest guidance from the Government with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), like many other businesses we are reviewing our business practices to ensure we are taking the right precautions to …

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Merry Christmas from Totalkare

Wishing a Merry Christmas, from all of us at Totalkare

We would like to wish you, your colleagues and loved ones a very merry Christmas. After what has been a challenging year for all, we hope you find some well earned relaxation and enjoyment over the coming days, ready for a brighter 2021! The Totalkare offices will be closed from 16.00 on 23 December 2020 …

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blakes coaches


Coach holiday provider Blakes Coaches is set to benefit from significant cost savings and workshop flexibility with the introduction of a Totalkare mobile brake tester. The Devon-based family business provides a range of holiday tours across the UK and Europe. Their fleet of coaches is regularly maintained and tested to ensure an excellent holiday experience …

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Independent DAF Service Partner A Herring Ltd has introduced flexible vehicle lifting to its Derbyshire workshop with the investment in indoor and outdoor mobile column lifts from UK experts Totalkare. The family-owned commercial vehicle repairer initially purchased a set of Totalkare’s state-of-the-art T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts in late 2019 in order to add a …

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D E Talbot bring Brake Testing in-house with Bespoke Solution from Totalkare

Worcestershire-based D E Talbot Transport Limited (D E Talbot) is set for increased productivity following an investment in bespoke brake testing equipment from Totalkare. The family business offers transport, recycling, and landfill services across Worcestershire, aiming to reduce the rate of aggregates and soils ending up in landfill sites unnecessarily. With a fleet of heavy …

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Totalkare sponsors ITT Hub's Lunch with Leon podcast

Totalkare signs up as main sponsor of ‘Lunch with Leon’ podcast

Totalkare is proud to announce it has agreed a one-year deal with ITT Hub to become to the sole sponsor of two of its flagship transport industry podcast series.  Hosted by former Transport for London Managing Director Leon Daniels OBE, ‘Lunch with Leon‘ is a weekly podcast featuring expert opinions and interviews with leading figures from the transport …

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Pelican Engineering Group scales up with Totalkare column lifts & training

Yorkshire-based Pelican Engineering Group has boosted its workshop capacity with a brand new set of Totalkare mobile column lifts. The Castleford company, which celebrated its centenary last year, provides sales & service of coaches and trucks, partnering with some of the biggest and best manufacturers in the world including Yutong, DAF and MAN. After investing …

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ilke Homes uses Totalkare mobile column lift solution

ilke Homes boosts factory efficiencies with Totalkare lifting solution

Leading modular housing company ilke Homes has reduced factory overheads and boosted output following the introduction of a bespoke solution from lifting specialists Totalkare. The company, which has bases across the UK, including Yorkshire, London, Bristol and Birmingham, manufactures up to 2,000 steel framed homes a year from its 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, …

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Totalkare sponsors Logistics UK virtual event

Totalkare to feature at virtual event from Logistics UK

Totalkare is pleased to announce its involvement in an exciting virtual event being hosted by Logistics UK this month. Logistics UK’s popular Transport Manager event is taking place virtually across two days (19 November and 2 December 2020) and is a must-attend event for Transport Managers seeking the latest information and guidance on industry legislation …

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All about fixed lifts!

When selecting vehicle lifts for your workshop, one consideration you have is mobile or fixed. We can help you to consider the benefits of each here. But now you have made the decision that fixed lifts are the way forward for your business, what next? What options are there, and what are the key differences? …

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Refuse Vehicle Solutions launches eOne electric refuse vehicle, with Totalkare in attendance

Totalkare support for Refuse Vehicle Solutions’ electric vehicle launch

Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd launched a brand new electric refuse vehicle this month and Totalkare was on hand to support. The invite-only event, held across two days at Refuse Vehicle Solutions’ Dursley premises in Gloucestershire, introduced key individuals from the waste and recycling industry and local authorities to the e-One – a 26,000kg Dennis Eagle …

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Totalkare relocate to Kingswinford

Growth sees Totalkare relocate to support larger product range

On the back of several years of sustained growth, Totalkare will relocate to a new, purpose-built facility on Monday 21 September 2020. The modern facility, located at Pensnett Trading Estate in Kingswinford, near Dudley, will enable Totalkare to optimise the workflow on the shop floor and increase capacity for holding stock of mobile column lifts, …

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Highland Council mobile brake tester from Totalkare

Highland Council switches to in-house brake testing

The fleet of municipal vehicles at Highland Council is set for increased availability following an investment in state-of-the-art brake testing equipment from Totalkare. Highland Council operates a large fleet of vehicles which are vital in supporting local infrastructure, from waste and recycling vehicles to road sweepers, gritter trucks, snow ploughs and public transport. In response …

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Tyrers Coaches takes Totalkare column lifts & mobile brake tester

Prominent North West bus and coach operator Tyrers Coaches has upgraded its Farnworth workshop with state of the art lifting and testing equipment from heavy duty workshop experts Totalkare. Covering Greater Manchester and South Lancashire, Tyrers Coaches has been offering group travel services – including day excursions, private hires and home-to-school transport solutions – for …

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Totalkare Launches New Brake Test Savings Calculator

The decision to bring brake testing in-house is an important one, and businesses have to weigh up the cost of the equipment against the benefits of increased efficiency, productivity and potential long term savings. These costs v benefits will look different to each organisation, and that is why we have introduced our brake test savings …

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SUEZ upgrades Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea depot with galvanised four post lift from Totalkare

Suez upgrades Kensington & Chelsea depot with Totalkare wash bay lift

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK (SUEZ) have facilitated an upgrade to Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s wash bay lifting solutions through the purchase of a Totalkare heavy duty lift. Part of the global SUEZ group, SUEZ delivers innovative and environmentally responsible solutions for waste from households and businesses. They handle over 10 million tonnes …

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Commercial Motor Show

Join Totalkare at Commercial Motor Show virtual exhibition

We are pleased to announce that Totalkare will be playing a major part in the inaugural Commercial Motor Show – a virtual exhibition and conference for the road transport industry created by the team behind the Motor Transport, Transport News and Commercial Motor magazines. In a format that negates the need for social distancing, the …

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Totalkare to launch testing equipment at CV Show 2020

NO-BRAINER: The case for in-house testing in workshops

Businesses across the globe have been facing to the same challenges in response to the COVID-19 crisis: how can we do the same – if not more – with less?  Taking steps to improve productivity and process efficiencies is not a new concept, but the motivation to do so now is being felt perhaps more …

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LC Vehicle Hire

LC Vehicle Hire upgrades workshop with new set of Totalkare mobile column lifts

Industry leading commercial vehicle supplier, LC Vehicle Hire, further increased productivity with an additional set of heavy-duty mobile column lifts from the UK’s leading supplier, Totalkare. After benefiting from Totalkare’s mobile column lifts at several of their depots across the country, LC Vehicle Hire decided to extend this to their Barnsley depot to fulfil additional …

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Vehicle Lifts – Fixed v Mobile

There are wide variety of vehicle lifts around, which can be a bit of a minefield when choosing the best solution for your workshop. It can be tempting to go for what you are used to, but many vehicle lifts come with different features and benefits, which may be more or less suitable depending on …

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load simulation

Beginners guide to load simulation on brake testing

Load simulation is the process of putting demand on a system or device and measuring its response. It ensures your application can perform as expected in real life scenarios and is important because even though your application may pass a functional test, it doesn’t necessarily mean it can perform the same under a load. In …

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FCC Environment Upgrades Workshop With Totalkare Column Lifts

One of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies has increased their efficiency following the introduction of three sets of heavy duty mobile column lifts from Totalkare. FCC Environment provides a range of valuable services including collecting corporate and public waste, and processing and recycling that waste. FCC Environment’s approach is to minimise the …

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Five reasons a smoke meter should be the next addition to your workshop

Increasingly stringent emission regulations for combustion engines are the main reason for the drive towards high-performance emission measurement tools. Most vehicles have their exhaust emissions tested as part of the MOT – this is usually achieved by using a smoke meter to test the efficiency of combustion within the diesel engine and determine the level …

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Totalkare extends Geesinknorba relationship with mobile brake tester install

One of the UK’s leading waste management specialists is extending its relationship with Totalkare by investing in the latest mobile brake testing technology. Geesinknorba Group, which operates workshops across the UK, has been working with the lifting specialist for more than a decade, primarily sourcing all of its mobile column lifts from the Halesowen-based firm. …

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Six ancillary items you need in your heavy duty workshop

If you’re maintaining heavy duty vehicles in your workshop you may want to consider the addition of the below ancillary items which complement the larger lifting and testing equipment and add efficiency to day-to-day operations. Each has been designed to provide additional flexibility and safety when it comes to the maintenance of vehicles in a …

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Orwell Truck & Van Norwich enhance workshop with Totalkare wash bay solution

South East Mercedes-Benz van dealership Orwell Truck & Van Norwich has enhanced its workshop by introducing a mobile wash bay lifting solution from Totalkare. The dealership, part of the Motus Holdings automotive group, repairs and maintains a mix of light commercial and heavy goods vehicles across multiple sites in the South East. Now productivity is …

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GT Commercials introduces in-house brake testing with Totalkare equipment

One of the UK’s leading specialists in heavy duty workshop equipment, Totalkare, has supplied commercial vehicle repair company, GT Commercials with a state-of-the-art mobile brake tester. Northamptonshire based GT Commercials provides full commercial vehicle repair and maintenance services including trailer repairs, diagnostics, breakdown, and vehicle servicing. The introduction of the mobile brake tester will enable …

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Safety first for Dennis Eagle with Totalkare’s mobile column lift training

Refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle is putting workshop safety at the top of the agenda after investing in mobile column lift training from Totalkare. Dennis Eagle manufactures over 1,000 units each year for local UK authorities and private sector contractors, underpinned by the largest aftersales and support structure in the waste and recycling industry. …

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Six benefits of heavy duty Mobile Column Lifts

Options for working underneath a heavy duty vehicle include mobile column lifts, fixed post lifts and pits. There are reasons for and against each option, and it will often depend on your personal workshop set-up and requirements. Below we highlight some of the main benefits of selecting mobile column lifts over other choices. 1. Manoeuvrability …

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AC Refrigeration and RLA increase productivity with Totalkare brake tester

A specialist in the hire, repair and maintenance of refrigerated and commercial vehicles, AC Refrigeration and new sister company RLA Commercials are set to benefit from significant cost savings and workshop flexibility with the introduction of a Totalkare mobile brake tester. Formed in 2003, the East Anglian based company, which prides itself on its high …

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How to Improve workshop safety with online mobile column lift training

A busy workshop can be a dangerous place if equipment is not operated safely in accordance with manufacturer instructions.  Whilst we build a number of failsafe measures into our mobile column lifts and ancillary products as standard, it is vital operatives are properly trained to mitigate the risk of personal injury to themselves or others …

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Totalkare mobile brake tester

Exploring the flexibility of mobile brake testers

Mobile brake testers are a great addition to any workshop and can bring many benefits to help in the maintenance of heavy duty vehicles. Given the flexibility and advantageous features of mobile brake testers, there is no surprise as to why this piece of equipment is the most popular amongst our testing range. Being robust …

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John Sutch Cranes - Totalkare brake tester

John Sutch Cranes deliver brake safety with Totalkare brake tester

John Sutch Cranes Ltd has introduced in-house brake testing for additional best practice maintenance for mobile cranes at its Liverpool and Manchester workshops with the addition of a Totalkare mobile brake tester. The contract lifting specialist provides a range of mobile cranes for country wide hire and has major projects spanning the length of the …

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Rosenbauer returns to Totalkare for additional column lifts

The UK division of the largest global manufacturer of fleet and equipment options to Fire & Rescue Services has bolstered its workshop capabilities with additional mobile column lifts from Totalkare. Based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, Rosenbauer UK supplies to and supports the British and Irish municipal, aviation and industrial fire services with its firefighting vehicles …

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Totalkare to exhibit at TipEx and TankEx 2020

TipEx and TankEx 2020 sees Totalkare ramp up presence

Totalkare is pleased to announce its return to TipEx and TankEx in 2020, following a successful outing last year in collaboration with hydraulics experts HARSH UK. This year sees Totalkare increase its presence at the event, with its market-leading range of lifting and testing equipment being showcased to visitors. Harrogate Convention Centre from 28-30 May …

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trac engineering

TRAC Engineering upgrades workshop with Totalkare column lifts

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of infrastructure engineering services has increased efficiency in its Chesterfield rail depot following the introduction of mobile column lifts from Totalkare. TRAC Engineering operates a variety of specialist vehicles to service, maintain and repair railway lines – and with the introduction of six Totalkare cable-free T8DC mobile column lifts …

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Nova Express invests in Totalkare mobile brake tester

Nova Express brings brake testing in-house with Totalkare

Birmingham-based transport and logistics firm Nova Express is looking forward to significant time and cost savings after investing in a mobile brake tester from Totalkare. With a large and varied fleet from light commercial vans to 44,000kg articulated trucks, Nova Express operates across the UK and Europe from its base in central Birmingham.  But by …

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emissions testing

Benefits of Emissions Testing

What is an emission test? An emission test determines the level of air pollutants emitted from the exhaust of a motor vehicle. The goal of an emission test is to help reduce the amount of pollutants that are harmful to the environment. Most vehicles have their exhaust emissions tested as part of an MOT and …

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Hitachi Rail invests in railway lifting jacks from Totalkare

Hitachi Rail looks to Totalkare for lifting jacks

A Hitachi Rail vehicle manufacturing facility in the North East has recently been boosted by the installation of railway lifting jacks from Totalkare. Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling services and turnkey. Its manufacturing and assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, employs 700 people currently …

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Transam Trucking invests in Totalkare in-ground brake tester with load simulation

Brake tester becomes star attraction for Transam Trucking

A specialist East Anglia transport company that is responsible for making sure music and stage equipment is on time has been given a workshop boost by Totalkare. Transam Trucking, which works with global stars including Elton John, Jess Glynne and the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, has invested in a brake tester that can automatically …

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Mobility as a service

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – how does it affect the coach and bus industry?

What is Mobility as a Service? Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a broad range of ideas that aim to make transportation – be it public or private – more simple, efficient, and convenient via digital solutions. It allows users to pay for and get real-time information on a range of public and private transport options. …

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Totalkare to launch testing equipment at CV Show 2020

CV Show set for launch of Totalkare testing equipment

Commercial vehicle operators and workshops will soon have access to ‘mobile’ products for three critical tests thanks to Totalkare, who have announced their return to the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show in 2020. The UK’s leading provider of lifting and testing solutions is set to increase its product range even further when it showcases its new …

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B&M Waste Services installed a Totalkare mobile brake tester

B&M Waste Services brings brake testing in-house with Totalkare

Waste management specialists B&M Waste Services are set to benefit from considerable time and cost savings following the introduction of a Totalkare brake testing solution at its Wirral head office. The North-West based, family-owned business which employs over 200 people was previously outsourcing the brake testing of their Wirral fleet of 30 vehicles to a …

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WS Coachworks saves time and money with Totalkare brake tester

Hatfield-based commercial vehicle repairer WS Coachworks is set to benefit from significant time and cost savings following the installation of a new in-ground brake tester from the UK’s premier supplier of heavy-duty workshop solutions. The family-owned business, which carries out mechanical repairs and body works for vehicles up to 45,000kg – including those from DAF, …

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Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – the next big idea in transport

What is Mobility as a Service (MaaS)? Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a term used to describe digital transport platforms, that enables users to access a more integrated (or connected) mobility experience, from the moment people their front doors, until they reach their destinations. It allows users to pay for and get real-time information …

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Gardner Denver upgrades to latest Totalkare mobile column lifts

Gardner Denver, the leading global provider of industrial compressors, blowers and vacuum pumps, is on track for improved workshop efficiencies after upgrading to the latest mobile column lift technology from Totalkare. The manufacturing specialist’s Bradford premises, which primarily produces compressors, blowers, vacuums and rotary vanes for Gardner Denver’s Transport Solutions division, has replaced two existing …

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Totalkare to Support Ronald McDonald Houses in 2020

Totalkare is pleased to announce Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as its charity partner for 2020. RMHC provides homes for families to stay nearby whilst their child is being treated in hospital. The RMHC organisation has been supporting families globally since 1974, with the first UK house being constructed in 1989. They have 11 houses …

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Endeavour Coaches adds Totalkare mobile brake tester to workshop

A family-run Birmingham coach business has invested in Totalkare’s lifting and testing equipment to help it service its expanding fleet. Endeavour Coaches, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, offers a range of vehicles to suit day trips, educational transport, airport transfers and accessible travel for disabled people. The firm’s skilled in-house mechanics maintain its …

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Totalkare celebrates 40 years of supplying column lifts

The UK’s leading provider of lifting and testing solutions reveals why the milestone of 40 years supplying column lifts in the UK is the perfect time to embark on a five-year expansion plan. 2020 is set to be a big year for Totalkare. The UK’s number one supplier of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions will be …

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40 years

TIMELINE: A 40-year history in mobile column lifts for Totalkare

This year sees Totalkare celebrate 40 years of leading the UK in the supply of mobile column lifts. We’ve got some really cool things planned for the year so watch this space. In the meantime, take a look at the timeline below which charts the history of our mobile column lifts since 1980!

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Tony Boyce celebrates 20 years' service with Totalkare

Engineer Tony Boyce clocks up 20 years with Totalkare

A Totalkare employee has been presented with a reward from the company after achieving 20 years’ service. Tony Boyce joined Somers Vehicle Lifts, as the company was then known, in November 1999. Since then he has worked as a field service engineer, testing and maintaining lifts at customer sites across the north and west of …

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TeamTotalkare raise £1000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

Totalkare have had a busy and exciting year of fundraising throughout 2019 in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. The charity was selected to be Totalkare’s charity partner of the year by way of a company-wide vote. Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity raises vital funds in order to provide the best experience possible for the children …

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8 compelling reasons to invest in in-house brake testing

Since launching mobile and in-ground brake testers at the Commercial Vehicle Show earlier in 2019, Totalkare has been inundated with interest as garage owners and workshop managers alike realised the many benefits an investment in in-house brake testing and other equipment can bring. If you’re still weighing up your options, here’s a run through of …

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Five column lift buzzwords de-buzzed!

Column lifts, Vehicle lifts or Jacks? The very name of this equipment can be the source of some debate, but essentially all can mean the same. Although jacks most commonly refer to the smaller everyday car jacks, some people do still use this terminology for the heavy-duty lifts. Some may also refer to a set …

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Totalkare clients win big at glitzy UK Bus Awards ceremony

Totalkare celebrated the success of numerous clients last week as they won bronze, silver and gold prizes at the annual UK Bus Awards. The event, held at The Troxy in London and compered by BBC News’ Jane Hill, welcomed the great and the good of the bus industry who were gathered to celebrate the excellent …

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Fantastic Black Friday offer on brand new mobile column lifts!

Have you been thinking about upgrading your mobile column lifts, or introducing an additional set to your workshop? There has never been a better time to do it – take advantage of our brilliant Black Friday offer now! Place an order for a set of brand new mobile column lifts before the end of Black …

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DVSA’s updated guidance ensures thorough vehicle safety checks

If you read our last blog ‘DVSA annual test data: regular checks reduce fail rates‘, you will understand the importance of the daily walkaround of vehicle safety checks for maintaining the health of your heavy-duty vehicles. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has recently updated their guidance on heavy goods vehicle (HGV) daily walkaround checks …

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DVSA annual test data: regular checks reduce fail rates

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has recently published its findings from the heavy-duty vehicles ‘annual test’ for quarter 2 of 2019. With thousands of vehicles taking the test, data highlights the main causes for test failure, which in many cases can be avoided by regular, simple checks of the vehicle. The chart below demonstrates the …

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Five Reasons to Choose Mobile Column Lifts for Your Wash Bay

It is important to thoroughly clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, due to the build-up of substances from the road that can lead to faster rust and deterioration. But it can be a tricky job when that area of the vehicle is so inaccessible, and the answer is to elevate it.  Traditionally, this has been …

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Endurance chooses Totalkare to kit out new workshop

A new force in contract hire and rental solutions for specialist commercial vehicles has invested more than £400,000 into a new headquarters to include a dedicated workshop to support its growing fleet. Endurance Vehicle Solutions (EVS), which was started by industry experts James Mulligan, Neil Jeremiah and Alan Ockenden, has seen demand for its fleet …

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