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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 exciting 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.

Better Oil Management Can Save You Time and Money – Here’s How

Better Oil Management Can Save You Time and Money – Here’s How

Any tycoon will tell you that oil is pricey.  But there’s a lot more to saving money than just how and where you buy it.  At every stage of the journey your oil takes, good oil management can help your workshop save money – and the right equipment can help you make sure that every …

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Headlamp tester video

VIDEO: Headlamp Tester

Check out our video below to learn more about our headlamp testers.     If you’d like more information on our headlamp testers, or any of our other products, please get in touch with our friendly team, or fill out a quote request form here.

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Smoke meter

How Does a Diesel Smoke Meter Work?

Testing for emissions isn’t just about hitting environmental targets – it’s an essential health check of your vehicles’ engines that can help your business to save money on fuel and maintenance. But while the smoke meters themselves are built to be user-friendly, understanding the readings isn’t as simple as it seems. Here’s everything you need …

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T8 mobile column lifts

VIDEO: T8 Mobile Column Lifts

Check out our video below to learn more about our T8DC and T8AC mobile column lifts.     If you’d like more information on our heavy duty vehicle lifts, or any of our other products, please get in touch with our friendly team, or fill out a quote request form here.

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GRIST ENVIRONMENTAL

TOTALKARE SUPPLIES GRIST ENVIRONMENTAL WITH TESTING EQUIPMENT

Waste management company Grist Environmental is set to benefit from major cost savings and increased workshop flexibility after introducing Totalkare test equipment at its base in the South West. One of the leading waste management businesses in the UK, Grist Environmental operates a large fleet of specialist vehicles. Due to the demands of vehicle repair …

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BUY A SET OF COLUMN LIFTS OR A BRAKE TESTER AND GET £500 TO SPEND ON WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT!

As the Christmas season draws near, Totalkare is bringing the festive cheer to you early with a Black Friday offer you will not want to miss! Place an order for a set of T8DC mobile column lifts, G8AC mobile column lifts, a mobile brake tester or in-ground brake tester, and we’ll give you a £500 …

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Totalkare Mobile Brake Tester Video

VIDEO: Mobile Brake Tester

Check out our video below to learn more about our mobile brake tester.     If you’d like more information on our mobile brake tester or any of our other products, please get in touch with our friendly team, or fill out a quote request form here.

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2-post or 4-post lift

Should I Buy a 2-Post or 4-Post Lift?

So you’re in the market for a new vehicle lift for your commercial workshop. You’ve seen all the options and boiled it down to two (a 2-post or 4-post lift) – but you’re still not sure which is the best fit for your business. If that sounds like you, we’ve got a little secret for …

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alan firmin ltd

ALAN FIRMIN ENHANCES WORKSHOP WITH IN-GROUND BRAKE TESTER

Kent-based family run business, Alan Firmin, has expanded over the years, providing haulage and transport needs across five divisions and sectors. As the business has been growing over the last nine decades, the need for upgraded workshop equipment and in-house testing was realised. Alan Firmin has updated their Kent workshop with a Totalkare 7000 in-ground …

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RH COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

RH COMMERCIAL VEHICLES RETURNS TO TOTALKARE FOR TESTING EQUIPMENT

RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has strengthened its relationship with Totalkare after introducing in-house brake testing equipment at its new Newark site allowing them to save considerable time and money. Leading East Midlands independent Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) opened its new site in May this year. The new 20,000 sq ft facility features …

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VIDEO: Mobile Column Lift Service

Have a look at some of the activities our service engineers do to support our customers around the UK with mobile column lift service. Find out more about our service and aftercare here.     If you’d like more information on our service offerings, or of our products, please get in touch with our friendly …

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Choosing the right brake tester

In-ground or Mobile? Choosing the right Brake Tester

With so many types of workshop equipment going mobile, it’s easy to assume that it’s the only way to go. But when you’re investing in heavy-duty equipment – the kind of gear that will form the backbone of your business for years to come – it pays to be fully informed before you part with …

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lifts v pit

Which Works Best – Mobile Column Lifts, Fixed Lifts, or Pits?

It’s an age-old debate: lifts or pits? But when you’re setting up shop to service vehicles, there usually isn’t a quick and easy answer. They’re all safe and effective. They’re all wise investments. They’re all robust and reliable pieces of kit, equipped with the latest innovations in modern technology. But they all have their own …

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5 transport podcasts you really should be listening to

5 transport podcasts you really should be listening to

Success in any business needs continual learning. And that’s no different when it comes to the transport industries. But with so many resources out there (and such limited time for busy business owners!) it can seem overwhelming to try and keep up with the latest industry news and developments. So to help you jump straight …

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aj spence

AJ SPENCE TURNS TO TOTALKARE FOR IN-HOUSE BRAKE TESTING

Commercial vehicle repairer AJ Spence has upgraded their workshop equipment by introducing a mobile brake tester from UK lifting and testing experts Totalkare. Conducting brake tests in-house will allow them to save time and money by cutting out regular visits to test stations. Based in Milnathort, Scotland, AJ Spence carries out repairs, diagnostics and maintenance …

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cartland commercials

CABLE-FREE COLUMN LIFTS FOR CARTLAND COMMERCIALS

Automotive repair expert Cartland Commercials has acquired two sets of Totalkare mobile column lifts to keep up with the required demands of their business. Southampton-based Cartland Commercials undertakes inspection, servicing and MOT work for cars, vans, HGVs and trailers, while also offering a commercial breakdown service and overnight truck parking close to Dock Gate 20 …

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The risks of under-chassis washing with regular column lifts

The risks of under-chassis washing with regular column lifts

When you’re lifting heavy vehicles, safety is the top priority. But when it comes to wet work (like under-chassis washing), there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. We’re all aware of the risks involved with weight, balance, and stability. But working with water has its own hidden dangers – and using the …

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A1 COACHES INVESTS IN WASH BAY COLUMN LIFTS FROM TOTALKARE

A1 Coaches has added an outdoor vehicle lifting facility to its workshop by investing in washbay column lifts from lifting and testing experts Totalkare The Liverpool-based operator specialises in in bus and coach hire, offering affordable contracts for school hire and long-distance transportation needs. Due to frequent maintenance required for their fleet, A1 Coaches were …

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Perry's of Gobowen orders additional T8DC mobile column lifts from Totalkare

Perry’s of Gobowen returns to Totalkare for mobile column lifts

A Shropshire-based Renault Trucks and Accident repair centre expanded its vehicle lifting capabilities with additional mobile column lifts from workshop equipment experts Totalkare. Perry’s of Gobowen powers its workshop on solar battery storage, keeping electricity bills low and reducing their carbon footprint in the process.  The addition of Totalkare’s state-of-the-art cable-free T8DC mobile column lifts …

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ontime logistics

TOTALKARE SUPPLIES ONTIME LOGISTICS WITH MOBILE WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT

Kent’s Ontime Logistics is set to benefit from major cost savings and increased workshop flexibility after introducing mobile workshop equipment at its Rochester headquarters. With over 15 years of experience in delivering reliable transport solutions to container shipping lines, freight forwarders, logistics companies and retail distributors, family-run Ontime Logistics saw the need to upgrade their …

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The Essential Equipment You Need for Class 7 MOTs

The Essential Equipment Required For Class 7 MOT work

Setting yourself up as a new MOT centre is no easy task. Between the layout of your workshop, training your staff, and jumping through the hoops to become an Authorised Examiner, there’s a lot to cover before you can tick the right boxes. We can’t give you the shortcuts to becoming fully compliant. But we …

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Vehicle Oil Management

The Waste Oil Equipment Used by Winning Workshops 

When you’re running a vehicle workshop, it’s all too easy to focus on the big-ticket machinery – the lifts, the pits, and the high-tech testing equipment.  But if you want to run the tightest ship you can (with efficiency and safety as a top priority) you need to take care of the everyday tasks, too.  And when you’re servicing vehicles on a daily …

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A2B Travel adds more Totalkare mobile column lifts to workshop

A2B Travel lifts capacity with Totalkare workshop equipment

Wirral-based A2B Travel has boosted vehicle lifting capacity at its Prenton workshop after investing in a set of mobile column lifts from workshop equipment experts Totalkare. The company operates a fleet of minibuses and coaches (8-37 seats), providing luxury hire services UK-wise from their Wirral base, and school travel services across their local catchment area. …

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ASM Truck Diagnostics boosts workshop with Totalkare lifts and brake tester

A Thurrock-based commercial vehicle repairer is set to benefit from increased workshop productivity after investing in a new set of Totalkare mobile column lifts and a mobile brake tester. ASM Truck Diagnostics, which specialises in the repair and maintenance of HGVs, vans and specialist waste and recycling vehicles, has increased its vehicle maintenance capabilities at …

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Totalkare Exhibition

It’s Exhibition Season! Here’s Where You’ll Find Us

If you’re in the vehicle game, you’ve got a packed diary ahead of you this September. Exhibition season is here – and just like you and your teams, we’ll be doing the rounds at some of the biggest and best events in the fleet, workshop, and technology sectors. So if you’re heading out to any …

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island waste

Island Waste acquires mobile column lifts and forklifter system

Recycling specialist Island Waste has turned to Totalkare for vehicle lifting equipment to support the continued repair and maintenance of their refuse vehicles. Committed to reducing Guernsey’s waste by 70%, Island Waste diverts over 12,000 tonnes of rubbish from landfill to recovery or re-use every year, and its fleet of vehicles play a big part …

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Mccane Transport

TOTALKARE SUPPLIES MCCANCE TRANSPORT WITH LIFTING AND TESTING EQUIPMENT

Haulage company McCance Transport is set to benefit from a completely mobile workshop by introducing a Totalkare mobile brake tester and column lifts. McCance Transport is a specialist haulage company from Plummers Plain in West Sussex, with HGV engineering and heavy recovery expertise via their in-house fleet and workshop that enables them to be a …

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Headlamp Tester can help avoid MOT failure

Why a Headlamp Tester Could Help Prevent MOT Failure

What’s the most common defect that leads to vehicle MOT failure? The steering? The tyres? The suspension? They all sound believable. But they’re not even close. When we think about vehicles failing their MOTs, it’s natural to think about the high-profile risks – the physical mechanics of how the vehicle moves on the road. But …

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Shaker Plates

Shaker Plates – What Are They, and Why Are They Useful?

Anyone who works with vehicles knows that serious damage isn’t always visible. And often, it’s the smallest components that suffer the worst wear and tear. We all know the importance of regular safety checks – from brake testers and emissions testers to headlamps and tyre pressure. But not every workshop has their own dedicated equipment …

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Totalkare is Prepping for a Busy Event Season

Totalkare is looking forward to a busy month this September, as event season kicks off once again.  The leading commercial workshop equipment supplier exhibited at ITT Hub in June and will be showcasing its products at the following upcoming exhibitions.  The Commercial Vehicle Show: 31 August – 2 September (stand 5C70)  Railtex: 7 – 9 September (stand F16)  Letsrecycle Live: 15 – 16 September (stand OUT4)  …

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W H BENCE RETURNS TO TOTALKARE FOR CABLE-FREE COLUMN LIFTS

An expert in the design and build of specialist vehicles and trailers, W H Bence has returned to Totalkare for an additional set of mobile column lifts at its new Bristol site. WH Bence is one of Europe’s leading specialist vehicle manufacturers, creating mobile spaces for a range of sectors. The company has enjoyed rapid …

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How to make your inspection pits safe for your workers

How to Make Your Inspection Pits Safe for Your Workers

There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about inspection pits over the years. Despite the huge strides forward in technology and safety measures, some people are still stuck with the same out-dated image of what working in a pit is like: They think of a dark underground space with crumbling walls and a leaking floor – …

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VIDEO: Brake Test Savings Calculator

How much could a Totalkare brake tester save your business? Use our brake test savings calculator to find out!   Check out the video below for more information.     If you’d like more information on our brake testers or any other product, please get in touch with our friendly team, or fill out a …

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Is Your Fleet Roadworthy? Here’s What the DVSA Has to Say

Is Your Fleet Roadworthy? Here’s What the DVSA Has to Say

Running a fleet is full of responsibility. You’re responsible for your staff, your clients, your goods, and your deadlines. But you’re also responsible for the safety of every other person out there on the road – and that means you need to be confident that every vehicle in your fleet is roadworthy. Back in 2018, …

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It’s Coming Home!

After what has been an amazing run for England in the European Championships so far, we are hoping they can go all the way on Sunday. In light of the game taking place late on Sunday evening, Totalkare’s offices will be closed until 11.00am on Monday 12 July 2021. Should you require service assistance, our service …

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aintree coaches

AINTREE COACHES UPGRADES TO WASH BAY COLUMN LIFTS FROM TOTALKARE

Aintree Coaches has added an outdoor vehicle lifting facility to its workshop by investing in wash bay column lifts from lifting and testing experts Totalkare. Running a modern fleet of vehicles, Aintree Coaches provide their services to local schools in Chester and throughout Cheshire, with routine repair and maintenance required to ensure vehicle availability Aintree …

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VIDEO: Y-MECH Lift at Crouch Recovery

The Y-MECH lift from Totalkare is uniquely designed to provide extraordinary freedom of movement, and is the ideal solution where a fixed position for lifting operations is needed and the flexibility of mobile vehicle lifts is not required. Check it out in action at Crouch Recovery in our short video below (sped up!).     …

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Part exchange your old mobile column lifts

Is it time to part exchange your old mobile column lifts?

We’ve been in the mobile column lift game for a long time. (41 years, if you’re counting!) We’re proud of our exceptional quality and the robust safety features we put into every lift we build. But we’ve seen first-hand just how far and fast the technology has progressed in that time. Our latest mobile column …

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Crouch Recovery installs Y-MECH Lift from Totalkare

Crouch Recovery raises the bar with Y-MECH Lift from Totalkare

Crouch Recovery, one of the largest and fastest growing recovery operators in the UK and mainland Europe, has expanded its vehicle lifting capabilities at its Leicestershire workshop with the addition of a Y-MECH Lift from lifting and testing experts Totalkare. The Kibworth-based, family-run operator’s fleet of more than 70 heavy and light recovery vehicles include …

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VIDEO: Low Emission A/C Service Units

We’ve just launched a full range of brand-new tools from Waeco to help you service your fleet’s A/C systems. Learn more about the low emission air conditioning service units in the video below.     If you’d like more information on our air conditioning service units or any other product, please get in touch with our friendly team, …

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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

BALLARDS REMOVALS BRINGS TESTING IN-HOUSE WITH TOTALKARE MOBILE BRAKE TESTER

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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W-G-Davies

W G DAVIES RETURNS TO TOTALKARE FOR MOBILE LIFTING SOLUTION

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 UPGRADES BRAKE TESTER WITH TOTALKARE

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

TOTALKARE COLUMN LIFTS FOR HILLS WASTE SOLUTIONS

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 OPTS FOR MOBILE VERSION OF TOTALKARE BRAKE TESTER

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

BLAKES COACHES BRINGS TESTING IN-HOUSE WITH TOTALKARE MOBILE BRAKE TESTER

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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A HERRING LTD INTRODUCES INDOOR AND OUTDOOR LIFTING SOLUTIONS FROM TOTALKARE

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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