TechShop Year in Review: Top 10 Products

TechShop Year in Review: Top 10 Products

TechShop recaps the most popular equipment and tools on our site this past year.

As we close out another year, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back at what has piqued our readers’ interest in 2021.

Below you’ll find the top 10 equipment and tools that received the most views on

1. New Snap-on Diagnostic Tool Includes Scan, Lab Scope Capabilities

The new Snap-on TRITON-D10 allows technicians to dig deep into the systems of a vehicle and evaluate performance with comparative data to make accurate and efficient decisions on every complex repair.      

Using Fast-Track Intelligent Diagnostics, TRITON-D10 filters data and delivers smart shortcuts to take technicians to information directly related to the diagnostic trouble code, providing a route to the answers they need to complete the repair efficiently and confidently.

2. Milwaukee Expands PACKOUT Lineup with Racking

Milwaukee expands their PACKOUT Modular Storage System with two new racking solutions — a two-shelf racking kit and a racking shelf. These additions bring versatility to the PACKOUT System, keeping users organized on the jobsite, in transit and within their shops.

3. Next Gen Snap-on DMM Features Bigger Screen, Backlight Choices

EEDM504F digital multimeter

The Snap-on EEDM504F Basic Digital Multimeter TRMS taps into a wide range of electrical impulses necessary for diagnosing circuit or component issues. It assesses ohms, AC/DC volts, True-RMS AC, AC/DC amps, Hz frequency among other automotive electrical measurements.

A record mode allows for the storage of minimum and maximum readings over a measurement period whether testing voltage or voltage drops, ohms or resistance readings for circuits and components, or Hz for signal rates.

4. Graco Upgrades LDX, SDX and XDX Hose Reels

Graco’s new lineup of hose reels come in a wide range of lengths, diameters, supported fluid types and colors, and can be mounted multiple ways to accommodate any application.

They include a robust all-metal frame and spool to help protect key components from dirt and debris and other workplace hazards for long-lasting year-after-year productivity.

5. CTEK Launches Portable Battery Charger with Adaptive Boost Technology

Within 15 minutes, the CS FREE portable battery charger and maintainer with Adaptive Boost technology can take a car from a dead battery to back on the road without being tied to a power outlet. The CS FREE keeps 12V lead-acid and lithium (LiFePO4) batteries charged wherever you go.

The multi-functional CS FREE is four cutting-edge products in one portable unit: Adaptive Boost safe start, battery charger, smart maintainer and hi-tech power bank.

6. Rotary Introduces Tablet-Operated Wheel Alignment System

The Rotary R1065 Mobile Tablet Aligner is a tower-free alignment system that requires no minimum bay size and comes on a portable, compact cart with sensor chargers built in, giving technicians maximum flexibility to perform wheel alignments anywhere in the shop.

The accurate two-step run-out process tells the operator when to stop and when to roll forward, and the system’s animated illustrations guide the operator through the alignment repairs needed. The sensor technology allows technicians to make live adjustments quickly and accurately, saving both time and money.

7. Updated PRO-LOGIX 12V 1.5A Charger from Clore Automotive

Clore Automotive’s updated SOLAR Model #1002 is a 1.5A 12 Volt underhood battery charger/maintainer. The charger combines fully automatic operation, a permanent mount design and the ability to properly maintain the different batteries found in almost any car, truck, SUV, ATV, motorcycle or personal watercraft application.

The 1002 incorporates numerous features to make charging safer for the operator and battery being charged, including over-voltage protection, reverse polarity protection and battery fault detection.

8. Ritchie Introduces Alloy Ratchet Tube Bender Kit

Ritchie Engineering Company’s YELLOW JACKET Alloy Ratchet Tube Bender Kit creates smooth and consistent bends when working with 1/4-in. to 7/8-in. soft copper, aluminum and light wall hydraulic tubing. 

The mandrel attachment ball-detent feature and color-coded mandrels make it easy to switch between different tubing sizes.

9. Milwaukee Tool Expands Personal Protective Equipment Offering

“Knee injuries are ranked third among all serious work injuries, however, most knee pads on the market today are not designed with comfort and functionality in mind so users often settle or choose not to use knee pads at all,” says Zach Richman, group product manager for Milwaukee Tool.

Milwaukee Tool’s Knee Pads come in a variety of cap styles including Free-Flex, Hard Cap Gel, Performance, Non-Marring Performance and Stabilizer Performance.

10. More Speed, Power for 3/8-in. Applications with Snap-on Cordless Impact Wrench Kit

Snap-on Cordless Impact Wrench Kit

Stubborn fasteners are easily broken away with Snap-on’s CT9010 18V 3/8-in. Drive Brushless Cordless Impact Wrench. The digital microprocessor-controlled switch maximizes performance with three variable forward and reverse settings that help the tool adapt to various applications.

A built-in brake quickly stops the anvil to prevent throwing fasteners while the brushless motor provides a smooth start-up.

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First, write out your plan for success. Next, be sure to train your entire team at the same time.

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Are you ever done training? 

Does it ever feel like you’re too busy and stretched too thin to focus on your operation? 

It’s harder than ever to find and hire critical team members, so it’s no surprise that during busy summer months, many shop owners feel like they only way to stay on top of higher car counts is to drop everything else so they can focus on working inside the business as an advisor or technician. 

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