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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.

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

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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in-house brake testing

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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column lift buzzwords

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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uk bus awards

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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vehicle safety checks

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

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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wash bay

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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Renault Trucks dealer chooses Totalkare for brand new workshop

Award-winning Renault Trucks dealer, RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has selected Totalkare to provide a full suite of mobile vehicle lifts for its brand-new Nottingham workshop. The dealer, part of the Renault Trucks UK Network, has four sites covering the East Midlands, which provides new and used sales, service and parts as well as a range …

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diversity of application

Diversity of application keeps Totalkare lifts raising standards

Heavy-duty vehicle lift solutions are being increasingly used across new applications according to one of the industry’s leading authorities. TotalKare, which provides heavy duty workshop equipment including mobile column lifts, fixed post lifts and brake testers, has seen a major rise in the number of requests for its expertise in sectors including modular construction, ground …

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Department of Infrastructure upgrades Crosby depot with Totalkare wash bay lift

The Department of Infrastructure for the Isle of Man has upgraded its wash bay lifting set up at its Ellerslie depot in Crosby with help from Totalkare, the UK’s number one supplier for heavy duty vehicle lifting solutions. The Government Department delivers a range of important services on the Isle of Man including highways maintenance, …

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coach and bus uk

Totalkare demonstrates new products at Coach and Bus UK 2019

Totalkare enjoyed meeting new and existing customers at Coach & Bus UK last week at the NEC in Birmingham. The show ran from 2 – 3 October 2019 and featured displays from over 190 exhibitors in or associated with the coach and bus industry. With two full days of networking, product and vehicle displays and …

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Grayson invests in TotalKare lifts for retrofit project

The UK’s premier supplier of heavy-duty workshop solutions is playing a key role in helping a leading bus and coach operator get ready for Birmingham’s planned Clean Air Zone introduction in July 2020. TotalKare’s industry-leading T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts have been installed by Grayson Thermal Systems as part of its workshop dedicated to delivering …

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Norse Commercials choose two post lifts from Totalkare

Two post lifts add capacity to Norse Commercials workshop

Facilities Management specialists Norse Commercial Services are set to benefit from increased availability of their minibus and service van fleet following the installation of two vehicle lifts from the UK’s premier supplier of heavy-duty workshop solutions. The Company, whose support service operations include planned and reactive building maintenance, cleaning, security and waste management, selected TotalKare …

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Former employee returns to #TeamTotalkare after 18 months

A former Totalkare employee has returned to the company after an 18-month stint in Canada. Jack Webb, who worked for Totalkare as a Service Contract Administrator from 2015 – 2018 has picked up where he left off, albeit with a few new faces and products to familiarise himself with. He spent his time away working …

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CMG Rescue ups workshop capacity with TotalKare column lifts

The UK road network is set to benefit from increased availability of recovery vehicles – particularly in the South East – after CMG Rescue installed a mobile column lift solution from TotalKare. Based in Newport Pagnell, the company operates an extensive range of breakdown light and heavy recovery vehicles, with 75 tracked assistance vehicles available …

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Coach & Bus UK 2019 to see TotalKare showcase new products

The latest in heavy-duty workshop solutions will be on display in October (2nd-3rd), when TotalKare makes one of its largest ever appearances at Coach & Bus UK 2019. TotalKare is the UK’s number one supplier for heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions and aftersales care, providing mobile column lifts, fixed four and two-post lifts, brake testers, training …

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TotalKare provide bespoke lifting solution for Grundfos engineering

Global specialist, Grundfos, has turned to TotalKare for a lifting solution for their large project solutions. The Midlands-based lifting expert has worked with the global supplier of pumps for heating, air conditioning, water and other applications, to create a bespoke modification to their market-leading mobile column lift that will facilitate the safe lifting of packaged …

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TMH improves workshop productivity with TotalKare column lifts

TMH Commercial Vehicles has improved productivity in its Harlow workshop following the installation of mobile column lifts from TotalKare. The family-run business specialises in commercial vehicle repairs and maintenance, servicing Essex, Hertfordshire and North London. And following the introduction of a set of TotalKare cable-free T8DC mobile column lifts, complemented by a set of tall …

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#TeamTotalKare: Factory Apprentice to Technical Manager

When Jack Whitehouse joined TotalKare in 2013, he was starting out in his career as a fresh-faced Factory Apprentice from Dudley College. Six years on, he talks about his progression and how he has made huge strides within the company to become Technical Manager. Recounting his apprentice days, Jack explains his role “consisted of rebuilding …

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mobile vehicle lift training

Mobile vehicle lift training crucial to safe working practice

It almost goes without saying that a person should be competent in the operation of any machinery before using it.  Getting behind the wheel of a car having not received a single driving lesson, for example, is almost certainly not going to end well. This is where mobile vehicle lift training comes in handy In …

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in-house testing

In-house testing a brake through for heavy duty vehicle workshops

The debate around whether to in-house testing or outsource it is one that people in all areas of business find themselves considering from time to time.  Workshops, fleet and bus & coach operators face an interesting decision in relation to brake testing in light of recent changes to DVSA legislation. The Driver and Vehicle Standards …

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Bus Vannin ambulance servicing improved by TotalKare vehicle lifts

Ambulances on the Isle of Man are set to stay on the road for longer following the the installation of two brand new vehicle lifts in Isle of Man Transport’s Bus Vannin workshop. The government-owned and operated bus service on the Isle of Man has expanded its workshop capacity with the installation of two light …

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New products prove a key highlight for visitors to the CV Show 2019

TotalKare’s launch of three new products proved a notable highlight for many visitors to the CV Show this month. In addition to showcasing our market-leading T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts and commercial two post lift with vehicles generously provided by MAN Truck & Bus, TotalKare’s largest ever stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2019 provided …

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Mobile column lifts & brake tester set for Letsrecycle Live exhibition

TotalKare is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at Letsrecycle Live later this month, collaborating with Dennis Eagle in the process. Letsrecycle Live is a two day exhibition and conference addressing waste and recycling, sustainability and the circular economy, taking place at the NAEC Stoneleigh, Coventry on 22-23 May 2019. TotalKare will be showcasing …

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TotalKare and Dennis Eagle team up for Fleet, Waste & Grounds event

TotalKare is pleased to announce a collaboration with global refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle at the Fleet, Waste & Grounds Seminar 2019. The UK’s leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions will be showcasing the latest in its range of mobile column lifts at this year’s event in Aviemore, Scotland on 15-16 May 2019. …

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Baumot UK keeping fleet emissions low with help of TotalKare lifts

TotalKare, the UK’s number one supplier for heavy duty vehicle lifting solutions, are helping Baumot UK with their exhaust after treatment developments following an upgrade to cable-free mobile column lifts at its Silverstone workshop. Baumot UK offers an extensive range of exhaust after treatment systems at OEM quality standards for retrofit to buses, coaches, taxis …

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Brake tester expert Graham Simmons joins the TotalKare team

TotalKare’s move into the brake testing arena has gathered pace this week, with the appointment of one of the sector’s leading brake tester experts. Graham Simmons, who has been working with garage equipment for more than 23 years, has joined the Halesowen-based company as Product Specialist and will be responsible for driving the firm’s in-ground …

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TotalKare joins forces with HARSH for unique display at Tip-Ex 2019

TotalKare is making a long-awaiting return to Tip-Ex 2019 after it revealed an eye-catching joint display with a global manufacturer of hydraulic equipment and truck parts. The UK’s leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions will be teaming up with HARSH to take over the show entrance, which takes place in Harrogate between 30th May …

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Mercedes-Benz dealership S&B Commercials invests in four post lift

S & B Commercials, a South East Mercedes-Benz van dealership, has expanded workshop capacity at its new van centre in West Thurrock with the installation of a light commercial four-post lift from TotalKare. Part of leading automotive group Motus Holdings (UK) Ltd, the dealer also operates 24-hour workshops in Welham Green, Stansted and Hatfield, where …

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TotalKare to debut three new products at Commercial Vehicle Show

The UK’s leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions is launching three new products at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April, expanding its range to capitalise on a sustained period of growth. TotalKare will be showcasing its wash bay mobile column lift, brake tester and a light commercial four-post fixed lift for the first time. …

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Column lift training drives safety & workshop productivity

More and more workshop managers, health & safety managers and HR professionals up and down the UK are taking advantage of the mobile column lift training available from TotalKare. The UK’s leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions launched its online mobile column lift training platform last summer and has since been inundated with interest …

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TotalKare provide profitable solutions to Channel Commercials

One of the UK’s leading DAF dealerships, Channel Commercials, have added to their workshop with a heavy-duty TotalKare four post lift. Channel Commercials is a specialist in both heavy and light commercial vehicles with busy workshops across Kent, selling new and used trucks and vans whilst offering a parts and service back up, along with …

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is TotalKare’s charity of 2019

TotalKare is pleased to announce Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been selected as its charity partner for 2019. Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity aims to raise funds to make a real difference to the young patients at the hospital and to their families, providing the very best experience possible for them during difficult times. Every patient and …

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Monmouthshire County Council raising standards with TotalKare lift

The UK’s premier supplier of heavy-duty workshop solutions is helping Monmouthshire County Council’s highways department keep motorists on the move following the installation of a heavy-duty vehicle lift. TotalKare has installed a four-post lift into the Council’s busy workshop, enabling the highways network management team to maintain its fleet of vehicles effectively and ensure maximum …

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Partnership with Emanuel sees TotalKare enter Rail sector

The UK’s leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions is looking to take its expertise into the rail sector after signing an exciting new deal with Emanuel. TotalKare is looking to tap into the expertise of the Italian-based manufacturer to expand into the sector by introducing rail column lifts to train operators. Available in a range …

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use of support stands

TOOLBOX TALK: Incorrect and dangerous use of support stands

In recent weeks we have received reports from several of our engineers that they have visited sites where support stands are being used unsafely. They have witnessed tall stands being used on a vehicle in conjunction with short stands where the heights are being adjusted to match. This is incorrect use and very dangerous. TotalKare …

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Team TotalKare raises over £300 for Discover U

The TotalKare team has been getting involved in a variety of fun activities within the office throughout 2018 in order to raise money for local charity Discover U. Discover U works to help people with barriers into employment. These include adults with a level of learning or physical disability who are keen to get into …

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Clare Abrey a new creative mind for the Marketing department

TotalKare is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Abrey in the role of Marketing Executive. Clare has worked in marketing roles within financial services and education over the last four years, which followed the completion of two media degrees and a stint in television production. She brings to the role experience in copywriting, project …

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Dennis Eagle renews major service contract with TotalKare

Dennis Eagle, the global manufacturer of refuse collection vehicles, has signed a major deal to renew the national service contract for all of its heavy-duty mobile columns lifts in the UK. The Warwick-based company has agreed to continue its long-standing relationship with Halesowen-based TotalKare, who will be responsible for servicing and maintaining over 50 different …

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TotalKare enjoys sales success at Euro Bus Expo 2018

A series of sales including a ‘first’ order from a Welsh local authority topped off a hugely successful Euro Bus Expo 2018 for TotalKare. The UK’s specialist provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions sold the Four Post lift it was displaying at the 3-day show in Birmingham, with the Council planning to use it to …

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TotalKare helps Rushlift to keep Gatwick Airport moving

The UK’s number one supplier of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions is helping to keep flights on time and holiday makers moving at Gatwick Airport. TotalKare has developed a bespoke modification to its T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts, which Rushlift is using to repair and service vital ground support equipment (GSE), including tugs and tractors and …

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Rosenbauer to use TotalKare column lifts for fire & rescue vehicles

Cable-free mobile column lifts from TotalKare are supporting the UK’s future firefighting efforts, following their introduction at Rosenbauer UK’s Holmfirth premises in Yorkshire. Officially the largest global manufacturer of fleet and equipment options to Fire & Rescue Services, Rosenbauer’s UK division delivers a completely Anglicised range of Fire Service trucks and equipment backed up by the …

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TotalKare announced as sponsor of Commercial Motor Awards

TotalKare has been announced as a category sponsor at this year’s Commercial Motor Awards. The Awards, which welcomes not only dealers, but also bodybuilders, rental, leasing and contract hire providers to celebrate the best in new and used commercial vehicle sales and after sales, will be held at The Vox Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 15 …

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PCL Group upgrades Maidstone service centre with TotalKare investment

New vehicle lifting technology is helping one of the UK’s largest road tankers and haulage fleets to save time and reduce manual labour at its service centre in Maidstone.  PCL Group has purchased an innovative two post lift and additional cable-free mobile column lift from industry-leaders TotalKare in a bid to meet the increased demand …

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TotalKare returning to Euro Bus Expo in 2018

TotalKare is pleased to announce it is set to take one of its largest ever presences at Euro Bus Expo 2018. We have joined forces with Arriva Bus and Coach and Fishwick Minibus Sales to showcase the capabilities of our market-leading Four Post and T8DC cable-free Mobile Column lifts on Stand E88 at the event, …

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Mental health charity benefits from TotalKare manager’s ‘beard-off’

A TotalKare manager is looking considerably more fresh-faced this month after shaving off his beard for charity. Steve Braund, Marketing Manager for TotalKare, had worn a beard for more than 20 years prior to braving the shave, which he did in aid of West Bromwich charity The Kaleidoscope Plus Group. The charity works to promote …

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Solent Commercials adds TotalKare mobile column lifts to workshop

TotalKare has been selected to supply an independent commercial vehicle repair company in the South with a set of mobile column lifts as part of a workshop update. Solent Commercials has been a successfully-run family business for almost 50 years and has ambitious plans to expand in the coming years, following the latest update of …

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TotalKare launches new online mobile column lift training to improve safety

New technology is set to help the commercial vehicle and bus and coach sectors improve the safety of their workers.  TotalKare, the UK’s specialist provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions, has launched its online training platform in July and is already looking to train 5,000 candidates over the first twelve months. The Black Country company has …

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Redfern Travel increases TotalKare column lift presence in workshop

One of the UK’s leading family-run coach transportation specialists has strengthened its relationship with TotalKare, in order to guarantee the availability of its vehicles. Mansfield-based Redfern Travel, which was established over 60 years ago, has purchased an additional set of mobile column lifts to boost the capacity and flexibility of its service centre in Nottinghamshire. …

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Geesinknorba upgrades workshop with TotalKare column lifts

TotalKare is pleased to announce one of the UK’s leading waste management companies, Geesinknorba Group, has chosen to upgrade its St Albans service centre with a set of heavy duty mobile column lifts. Geesinknorba Group, one of Europe’s most dedicated providers for innovative vehicle maintenance and handling services, has been in business since 1875 and …

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asset finance

Asset finance: four things to consider when purchasing your new set of vehicle lifts

Sourcing business finance can give you a headache, with so many options available.  With finance companies, brokers and banks all offering business finance, it’s vital you make the right decision for your organisation. TotalKare recognises that what might suit one customer may be completely unsuitable for another, particularly when it comes to the way they …

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TotalKare lifts Van Hool EX16M to celebrate 30-year Arriva Bus and Coach partnership

A next-generation Van Hool coach was the star of the show at an event to mark a 30-year partnership between the UK’s specialist provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions and Arriva Bus and Coach. The team at TotalKare in Halesowen, West Midlands, wasted no time in lifting the new Van Hool EX16M 1.7 metres off …

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vehicle lift training

Five things about vehicle lift training your boss wants to know

A demanding workshop can be a hazardous place if equipment is not operated safely in accordance with the correct manufacturer instructions. This is where vehicle lift training comes in handy. While TotalKare takes pride in incorporating a variety of safety features into its vehicle lifts and ancillaries as standard, it is crucial operators are effectively …

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Administrator Beth trades training for TotalKare

TotalKare is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Dunn in the role of Aftersales Administrator. Beth joins the TotalKare team after working as an administrator at a training provider for young people in Netherton and brings her experience in managing data and client liaison to her new role. Confident and determined, Beth will support …

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MTC Northwest adds TotalKare two post lift to Merseyside workshop

A leading truck dealer for DAF, MAN and Hino Motors has boosted the efficiency of its workshop following the addition of a new lifting solution. MTC Northwest, which operates a 12-bay service facility in Knowsley, has invested in a Two Post Lift from TotalKare that will make it easier to repair and service long wheel …

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Van Hool showcase marks 30 year partnership of TotalKare & Arriva Bus and Coach

Next generation coach technology will be heading to the Black Country later this month as part of a special TotalKare celebration. The UK’s specialist provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions will be hosting the Van Hool EX16M on 20 June to mark 30 years of working in partnership with Arriva Bus and Coach. Delegates will …

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Barnes Group installs TotalKare lifts for DAF truck servicing

TotalKare is pleased to announce it has been selected by FG Barnes Group to provide heavy duty vehicle lifting solutions for its truck centre in Guildford. The Group’s award-winning Barnes DAF division, which operates two state-of-the-art truck centres in Shoreham and Guildford, recently commissioned TotalKare to install two sets of four T8AC mobile column lifts …

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TotalKare targets 20% growth after Management Buy-Out

One of the UK’s leading providers of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions is targeting significant growth after being bought as part of a Management Buy-out. TotalKare, which sells mobile and fixed lifts to national operators and independent workshops, has been purchased by a team led by ‘lifting’ specialist David Hall, existing Chairman Mike Lord and fellow …

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do's and don'ts of column lifts

The Do’s and Don’ts of mobile column lifts

Whether you’re new to using mobile column lifts or consider yourself a professional there are a few common things lots of users forget to do from time to time when using column lifts. Please see below our sections on the do’s and don’ts of column lifts. The Do’s When raising vehicles on a set of …

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part exchanging vehicle lifts

Everything you need to know about part exchanging vehicle lifts

Unexpected costs are always a pain, especially if it means your workshop faces downtime while something’s being repaired.  Perhaps it’s time to consider upgrading your vehicle lifts through part exchange?  Part exchanging vehicle lifts is a quick and essentially hassle-free way for you to unload an old set of lifts and get themselves in a …

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Kids play as TotalKare helps keep Glasgow Playbus on the road

One of the UK’s leading providers of heavy duty lifting solutions is helping to keep an essential service for children in Scotland on the road. TotalKare, which works with clients across the commercial vehicle, bus and coach and workshop sectors, has come to the aid of Glasgow Playbus by supplying a mobile column lift to …

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cv show 2018

Product showcase pays dividends at CV Show 2018

The doors are now closed on the CV Show 2018 and once again the show did not disappoint delivering a huge interest in TotalKare’s heavy duty lifting solutions within the commercial vehicle sector. With help from suppliers Renault, MAN and Toyota, TotalKare attracted hundreds of visitors to its stand to highlight new products whilst reminding …

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column lift servicing checklist

The 11-point TotalKare world class mobile column lift servicing checklist

TotalKare’s reputation as the UK’s premier supplier of mobile column lifts is built on quality, both in our products and the customer experience we provide. Further below we have provided our 11-point world class mobile column lift servicing checklist. For 35 years our mobile column lifts have been changing the face of workshops throughout the …

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Plant and Machinery Specialist Heavy Haul Ltd invests in first set of column lifts

Heavy Haul Chelmsford Limited, Essex have invested in their first set of column lifts from TotalKare to assist with maintenance and repairs in their ever-busy workshop. Beginning in the early 1970s Heavy Haul Chelmsford Ltd begun with one low loader moving plant and has progressed to become a well-respected plant and machinery transport specialist. Specialising in …

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The Commercial Vehicle Show 2018 opens its doors

It has been an excellent opening morning at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.  There has been plenty of interest in the TotalKare stand (Hall 4, E60) where we are showcasing our Four Post, Two Post and Mobile Column Lifts, along with our new Forklifter System. The Four Post Lift is …

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Record year lifts TotalKare ahead of Commercial Vehicle Show appearance

A specialist provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions has announced it is on course for a record-breaking year. TotalKare, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, has secured a number of new contracts with multi-national operators and independent workshops that will see it pass £8m sales for the first time. The £400,000 annual boost comes …

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Longstanding TotalKare customer upgrades to the latest model

Longmynd Travel have been longstanding customers of TotalKare’s since purchasing their first set of column lifts in 2010, eight years later they have now upgraded to TotalKare’s latest cable free offering the T8DC. Longmynd Travel Ltd has been a family run business for over forty years. Based just outside Shrewsbury, Shropshire, they provide luxury coach …

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New contract marks ten-year anniversary for TotalKare and Dorset County Council

TotalKare, the UK’s number one supplier of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions, is celebrating a decade of working with Dorset County Council. The organisation’s Fleet Services division will continue to use the Halesowen-based company’s range of lifts to service its diverse fleet of vehicles at sites in Charminster and Ferndown, ranging from cars to eight wheeled, …

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Keltruck plays it safe with TotalKare

TotalKare has strengthened its relationship with longstanding customer Keltruck Limited following the renewal of the Scania distributor’s service and maintenance contract. Keltruck is the largest independent Scania distributor in Europe, serving the Midlands and South Wales with over 450 employees in 20 locations. The company provides an all makes insurance-approved accident repair service for cabs, …

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column lifts aren't working

Three common reasons why your mobile column lifts aren’t working

Vehicle lifts can be one of the most important investments you can make for your workshop so if you’re wondering why your mobile column lifts aren’t working or causing you a problem or two, have you thought it might not be the actual lifts causing the issue? Are your staff trained? Training provides operatives with …

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about two post lifts

6 things about two post lifts your boss wants to know

Depending on what vehicles are being lifted in a garage or workshop, there exists a variety of lifting solutions, especially in the heavy-duty space.  We explain 6 things about Two Post Lifts and why one is such a solution that is growing in popularity in workshops up and down the United Kingdom and further afield.  …

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TotalKare champions vocational learning with apprentice appointment

The UK’s number one provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions has reinforced its commitment to developing its own staff by taking on another apprentice. TotalKare, which works with commercial vehicle workshops and bus and coach operators across the UK, has recruited Joe Snipe as its latest employee meaning that over 10% of the firm’s current …

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TotalKare provides solution to ease forklift maintenance for Rushlift Ltd

TotalKare – the UK’s number one provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions – has supplied its updated forklift system to Rushlift Ltd in Slough following a successful trial demonstration. Rushlift Ltd located in Slough, part of the $20+ billion Doosan Group, provides various sized forklifts for rental and sale. Rushlift approached TotalKare to provide them …

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ancillary products

Why we love ancillary products (and you should too!)

Ancillary products are vital elements of a well-equipped workshop.  In the same way that vehicle lifting equipment isn’t much use without the tools to carry out the maintenance work itself, the addition of ancillary products can expand and enhance what tasks are able to be undertaken in the workshop. Here at TotalKare, we specialise in …

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TotalKare teams up with Cucumber PR

TotalKare is delighted to announce a new partnership with Cucumber PR, who will provide public relations services to the UK’s number one supplier of mobile column lifts from March 2018 onwards. Cucumber PR is one of the region’s leading PR agencies, providing a host of public and private sector clients with a range of tailored …

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pre owned column lifts

Buying pre-owned column lifts? A guide to what to look for

Whether a workshop is looking to install mobile column lifts or fixed-post lifts, an alternative to purchasing or leasing new equipment is to buy pre-owned lifts that have a few years under their belt. As well as cost, another reason that companies look to install pre-owned lifts in their workshop is that they can be …

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forklifter system

Blocks of wood, a ramp, or a forklifter system – which is best?

There are three main methods that can be used to carry out maintenance and repairs on forklifts, blocks of wood, fork lifter ramp or a specialised forklifter system such as the one provided by TotalKare. In an industry which prides itself on excellent health and safety procedures, it is surprising that the use of old …

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tri-axle vehicle

Does a tri-axle vehicle need a set of 4 or 6 mobile column lifts?

Why is there a need to use sets of 6 mobile column lifts when a set of 4 can lift a tri-axle vehicle? Before positioning mobile vehicle lifts you must first consider the load distribution and axle loads of the vehicle, the load capacity of the tyres and where the lifts are being positioned to …

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TotalKare to return to Commercial Vehicle show in 2018

TotalKare is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2018 to showcase its industry-leading range of hydraulic and fixed post lifts. On display at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2018 will be TotalKare’s ever popular T8DC cable-free lifts lifting a Volvo FH tractor unit. The cable-free lifts have a capacity of …

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ancillary

The importance of regular ancillary product checks

As a specialist in heavy-duty vehicle lifts, TotalKare has always been an advocate of safety within the workshop through its AfterKare packages, including planned maintenance packages and reports of thorough examination. However, on regular visits to commercial workshops we have found that ancillary products are often an overlooked piece of equipment when it comes to …

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wash bays

Vehicle wash bays and the case for galvanised lifts

Mobile column heavy-duty vehicle lifts offer many advantages that anyone at TotalKare will be happy to demonstrate for you. However, while these are undoubtedly the most advanced and convenient option for someone in a workshop or garage, I’m here to explain why fixed post models still have a vital role to play in vehicle maintenance …

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vehicle pits

The BIG debate: vehicle pits vs mobile vehicle lifts

For many years, in vehicle workshops across the land, a battle has been fought between advocates of traditional vehicle pits and those who favour the flexibility of lifts. Of course, in some cases, there can only be one winner. In VoSA registered workshops a pit is compulsory to comply with inspection regulations but in workplaces …

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Change of personnel as TotalKare employee jets off for Canadian adventures

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service your lifts

Why service your lifts twice a year?

All of our plans include regular six-month visits by a fully qualified lift engineer, to meet our own and industry guidelines. This is reinforced by the BS7980, a code of practice that TotalKare works to, and guidance from the HSE in the form of their operational circular OC803-69 Paragraph 19 in particular. There are also …

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TotalKare names Mary Stevens Hospice as its Charity of the Year

TotalKare is pleased to announce its staff have selected Mary Stevens Hospice as the Company’s chosen charity of the year for 2017. Based in Stourbridge, West Midlands, Mary Stevens Hospice has been providing high quality care for people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses since 1991 to those within the Dudley Borough, the Black …

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