Are you using outdated equipment for repairing haulage components?

If you are into the business of heavy vehicle repair, the chances are that you also fix haulage components. Fixing such parts gets difficult in many cases. It can be dangerous, too. These issues arise when you use those outdated gears for repair and replacement purposes.

This is where TrailRMate™ appears as a better alternative. This modern design is your trusted equipment to install and remove the key components on the trailers. It works perfectly on trailers that are used in cartage & haulage of heavy materials.

Such trailers face heavy stresses due to hauling of heavy loads. These are typically witnessed in excavation and mining industries. The subcomponents like bushing rings and hub assemblies mainly face the damage. The tool we are talking about takes care of repair and replacement of these subcomponents.

Transport TrailRMate™ easily and safely anywhere in your workshop. Even using it for repairs is a piece of cake. Using this tool, you can remove old bushing and insert a new one simultaneously. Dual bushing tools make it possible.

High strength pressure gauge and tooling makes it a class apart. With the pressure gauge, you can monitor force instantly.

It can offer a hydraulic force of 60T or 100T. You need to share your requirements with the makers to get the right one.

Let’s now talk about why we should trust this product. Well, it is made by the company who invented BrakeMate®, the revolutionary equipment from the world of disc brake assemblies. Ask any mechanic who has used this product, and they will have a lot of positive things to say about it.

If you also use this equipment, you can simply use the BrakeMate® Adaptor Version. The adapter turns your existing BrakeMate into a powerful tool for servicing vehicles used in the heavy haulage sector.


Heavy duty drum removal isn’t difficult anymore

Many heavy duty trucks are now moving to disc brakes because it is more effective and doesn’t fade away easily. If you are a car mechanic or run a workshop, you might understand how tough the process of replacing the brakes is.

Well, you need not worry. We are here to discuss a simple and pain free method of heavy duty drum removal. The Drummate adapter is what we are talking about. This add-on to the original BrakeMate is revolutionary in terms of design and usage.

Now, you can perform the entire job of drum removal without any heavy lifting. This means you don’t have to suffer from back pain or tiredness anymore. The chances of accidents while working on such processes is also negligible.

You might be thinking about investing in sophisticated equipment for this purpose. The good news is that you can do so at a fraction of price.

Not just that, this drum brake assembly kit is extremely simple to install. To the rotor hub trolley, you need to carefully attach the adapter. That’s it! You are ready to use it. The process is simplified through an installation video on its official website.

This tool for heavy duty drum removal is already being used by numerous mechanics in the US and other countries.


Frequently asked questions about Squirrel® wheel safety device

A lot of individuals ask us about the usage of Squirrel®. To answer all the queries, we have listed frequently asked questions about this wheel safety device from Brakemate®.

How does this device work?

Squirrel minimizes the possibilities of road accidents by reducing wheel loss incidences. This device’s design is such that it applies a direct force against the wheel nut’s side. This means the nuts won’t vibrate even in the case of clamping force loss.

Why do wheel nuts vibrate?

The nuts of a wheel typically vibrate due to lack of re-checking, incorrect initial tension, shock loading on studs, paint/dirt between dual wheels. These are some common reasons behind the vibration of nuts. The situations vary by where and how frequently you drive your vehicle.

Do I need special equipment to use it?

There is no need for special equipment or tools when fitting this device on the wheels. It takes around a minute to install it. You can check the installation videos on Brakemate’s website for the process.

Can it be used when a car/truck is moving?

Yes, that’s a unique feature of this device. You can use it seamlessly, even when a car is moving.

In which industries is this wheel safety device used?

This wheel safety device from BrakeMate® has found applications in an array of industries: transmit operators, auto logistics, mining operations, hazmat carriers, waste haulage, and concrete companies. Some of the largest transport operators from Australia and North America also use it regularly.

Is it costly?

This vehicle accessory’s beauty is that it is available at a reasonable price despite so many advantages.

I want to know more about the specifications and pricing. Whom should I contact?

For all your pricing, specifications, and shipping queries, give us a call at this number 844-465-6283l. Our Fax number: 289 201 2101. You can use these numbers to give us feedback on this safety device. This website also offers equipment for air disc brake rotor replacement.


4 Maintenance tips for heavy duty truck air disc brakes

In the last few years, the popularity of air disc brakes among truck owners has magnified. One of the primary advantages of air disc brakes is that stopping time is substantially reduced. Fading of brakes is also limited. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to take the maintenance seriously. 3

Through this blog post, we have listed maintenance tips for heavy-duty truck air disc brakes.

Check the pad friction thickness

The thickness of the pad shouldn’t be less than the minimum is. Check the thickness regularly and compare the outboard vs. inboard pad. Apart from that, checking the friction is not cracked is always beneficial. Use the right quality inspection mirror to examine the pad.

Check the rotor thickness

For the disc brakes on heavy-duty trucks to be in the perfect shape, the rotor thickness should be above the lower limit. Keep checking the thickness regularly. There shouldn’t be stress cracks in the rotor. If you find the cracks, ensure they do not exceed the acceptable levels.

Check the boots

The boots should also be in perfect working order. In case you notice tearing of the boot material, visit a mechanic immediately. Due to such issues, contaminants and moisture enter the caliper.

Check the mounting hardware

It is imperative to check the mounting of the hardware of air chambers and calipers. While doing so, check that guide pin covers are present.

Bonus Tip: Ensure the caliper slides freely! We hope that keeping these tips in mind will help you maintain the disc brakes on heavy-duty trucks. When you visit a mechanic near you, make sure he uses superior quality equipment.


The advantages of disc brakes for heavy-duty trucks

Brakes appear as one of the crucial factors when considering the specifications of heavy-duty trucks. A lot of individuals get confused between disc and drum brakes. Well, disc brakes on heavy-duty trucks come with several advantages. 

The cost of owning a disc brake is lower compared to a drum brake, which is why it represents a better value to the user. Talking about the performance, it is usually resistant to fading. There is the minimal impact of contamination due to rust, water, or dirt. Many users get rid of brake adjustment issues, as the calipers are self-adjusting.

For many truck owners, disc brakes are a better option due to less maintenance. In a drum brake, there are nine to 12 moving parts. Conversely, there are fewer moving parts on disc brakes, reducing the need for maintenance. This feature ensures longer life.

When it comes to inspection or replacement, friction pads are easily accessible. For cleaning purposes, one can easily reach the calipers.

You might have noticed there is no need to remove the hub and rotor when the entire caliper is removed for maintenance purposes.

Thanks to these features, many individuals opt for disc brakes on heavy-duty trucks.

A lot of heavy lifting is involved when drum brakes are replaced with air disc brakes. It can be time taking and dangerous for the mechanics.

This is where the Drum Adapter appears in the picture. The workshops already using BrakeMate for the brake job choose this add-on to simplify the process of transition. This adapter does everything that costly equipment does during such tasks. It merely requires you to attach the adapter to the rotor hub trolley to make it functional.


Reduce the chances of wheel loss with this safety device

After the huge success of air disc brake rotor replacement equipment Brakemate, Tulip Corporation Pty Ltd has introduced another product: Squirrel®.

One of the reasons of dangerous roadway accidents is loss of torque and vibration of wheel nuts. Shock loading on studs due to gutters and other clipping objects is one major reason behind nuts vibrating off. It can also happen when there are re-checks or incorrect initial tension. Paint between dual wheels can also lead to this issue.

This is where Squirrel® takes the stage. By using it, you can reduce the chances of wheel loss. The design of this device is such that it applies a direct force against the wheel nut’s side. As a result, there is no vibration even in the case of clamping force loss. Expect Squirrel wheel device for safety to offer protection even when the vehicle is moving

Some of the biggest transport operators from North America and Australia rely on this device for their fleet. Following sectors utilize this device:

  • Waste Haulage
  • Transit operators
  • Auto logistics
  • Hazmat carriers
  • Concrete companies
  • Mining Operations

It takes hardly a minute for technicians to install a Squirrel. Special tools or equipment aren’t required to fit it in a vehicle. Use it as many times as you want. You will find testimonials of technicians that rave about its performance.


Heavy-duty drum removal made easier with BrakeMate®

BrakeMate® is a revolutionary kit that has eased up the lives of numerous technicians who work on heavy vehicles. Those technicians do not experience back pain or suffer from injuries while working on disk brakes.

The best part about this equipment is that anyone can operate it irrespective of age, gender, and physical strength. Of course, it is advisable to be around young technicians when they are handling it in the beginning. Did you know that you can use it with a drum brake assembly kit? We have discussed it later.

This Australian-made tool reduces the number of people required to fix the disc brake system of truck, bus, and trailer. In fact, a single individual can do it all. No wonder it has become a favourite of many shops that strictly maintain social distancing guidelines.

The time saved in doing the brakes is utilized in other repair tasks. As a result, the garage owners can expect more productivity and sales.

The service trolley included in the kit makes it perfect for all types of car workshops. A lot of individuals ask us whether they can use it for drum brakes.

For heavy-duty drum removal, you need to you a drum adapter. There is no need for heavy lifting while removing drums if you have this adapter. You need to attach the adapter to the rotor hub trolley for this purpose.

A single adapter saves you from the purchase of expensive equipment that is generally used for a short period.


All About Lug Nuts

You must have heard the term lug nut being thrown around in garages. Lug nuts are basically fasteners for the wheels or in other words wheel nuts. Lug nuts are manufactured with both rounded and conical ends. The constant movement of the wheels causes lug nuts or wheel nuts to be in constant vibration. Such vibration could cause them to dislocate and require to be secured by lug nut safety devices.

What is a Lug Nut Safety Device?

Lug nut safety devices are intended at securing lug nuts and ensuring that they stay in place as the vehicle is operated even on rough terrain. It is the first layer of protection afforded to the lug nuts so that the wheels stay intact. The process of removal and replacing lug nuts requires a lot of efforts and this is why at BrakeMate® securing lug nuts of heavy vehicle is done mechanically. This ensures accuracy and consumes a lot less time.

How Do I Choose The Right Lug Nut?

Before one analyzes the quality of lug nut safety devices, it is important to ensure that the right choice is made as to the lug nut. While there is no straight jacket formula that can be followed so as to arrive at just the right lug nut, keeping the following aspects in mind while choosing the lug nut will help one make sound choices in this regard- thread size and pitch, the type of seat, the metrics and the finish and color of choice. All of these aspects are to be given considerable thought while picking out just the right lug nut for your vehicle.

How Does A Lug Nut Safety Device Afford Protection?

Lug nut safety devices are designed to protect the lug nuts that fasten the wheels into a vehicle. Wheel nuts constantly face friction and wear and tear. The constant vibrations can easily cause them to dislocate and this could prove dangerous. Lug nut safety devices used at BrakeMate® are designed to reduce the vibration of lug nuts, thereby reducing the chance of their dislocation.


How To Separate A Hub And Rotor?

In the old days when one had to take care of a problem with the hub and rotor on air disc brakes getting stuck or seized due to winter chemicals on the road or rust build up, it was necessary to use a sledge hammer or even apply heat. It was very difficult to separate the two and it took a lot of effort on the part of the technician. BrakeMate® has produced a really useful and efficient hub and rotor removal tool that can get the job done in a few minutes without any sweat. This tool is very popular in Australia and also a large number of customers in North America, the United Kingdom, France and Denmark. This well tested tool is able to separate any seized hub and rotor.

How To Remove A Stuck Brake Rotor

You can remove a stuck brake rotor by using lubricants or by using a large rubber mallet but the quickest and safest way is by using a V-Splitter. Just place the rotor between the V-Splitter and follow the instructions. Your brake rotor becomes unstuck. Though the manufacturer of these hub and rotor removal tools was originally based in Australia, they now have operations in North America too. This makes it more convenient for their customers as it will help in customer support, training, shipping and reselling etc. Repairing large vehicles, can be very difficult for the technicians as the parts are very heavy and it can be back breaking. These tools that have been produced by BrakeMate® have indeed made life much easier for heavy vehicle technicians.

How To Remove A Drum Easily

By using the DrumMate™ which is another tool is manufactured by  BrakeMate®, heavy drums can be removed easily. The adapter can be attached to the rotor hub trolley by aligning it to the bolt hole. Tighten the bolt with the help of the socket wrench in order to attach. The holding straps have to be attached in the slots provided. Once all the adjustments are made, the straps can be tightened and the drum removed easily without anyone having to potentially injure their back. The best thing is that these tools are all available as add-ons.  This is another useful tool like the hub and rotor removal tool.


The Need For Replacing Seal Bearings

Bearings are made of high-grade steel that have a super hard coating over the rollers, inner and outer races. A bearing goes bad when this coating wears away due to mileage or extreme load and leaves just the normal steel which then degrades and destroys the bearing components. Also, failures can occur when moisture combined with salt from roads penetrate the seal and contaminate the bearing, or over time the grease used to lubricate the bearing can liquefy leaving it dry causing a failure. Replacing seal bearings off trucks is a critical job and must be done using the right equipment, BrakeMate® Limited is your go to stop for the perfect maintenance equipment.

A Failed Seal

The main killer of solid axle wheel bearings is a failed seal. Most seals ride on the axle shaft, and they typically have a lip and a spring that holds the lip to the axle. When a seal is installed, it takes time to install the axle. Splines can damage the seal and cause leaks. The area on the axle shaft where the seal and bearings make contact must not be rusted. Use fine-grade emery paper to clean the axle shaft between the flange and the worn area. If the surface is grooved or damaged, the axle can be repaired with a sleeve on some applications. If not, replacing seal bearings on trucks is the only option.

To Do’s Before Replacement

Before replacing seal bearings off trucks one must make sure the seal is installed correctly. A correctly installed bearing may extend out from the housing up to 1/4”. Some axles have small seals that must be positioned properly so pressures can be relieved and the lip can work. Ensure the breathers on the axle are not clogged. If clogged, the heating (increased pressure) and cooling (negative pressure) of axle will cause pressure fluctuations that will cause the lips of the seals to deform and leak. Any leak on an axle should be taken seriously. Ignoring a leak can be very expensive and destroy the bearings, brakes and differential.