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6 new products to streamline the school bus shop

Offerings help make cleaning and refurbishment easier, boost fuel efficiency, and organize jobs and tasks.

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<p>Mohawk Lifts&rsquo; TR 25 drive-on lift offers 6 feet of unrestricted under-vehicle access, leaving plenty of space available for technicians to complete brake jobs and other maintenance.</p> Vehicle lifts that promote shop safety, productivity
Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient.
<p>Pictured is the DEF fill point on a Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus.<br /><small>Photo courtesy of Thomas Built Buses</small></p> Web exclusive: Getting the most out of DEF
Understanding some basic facts about diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), such as its freezing point, the importance of using high-quality DEF and keeping it clean, and proper storage procedures, will go a long way in its efficiency in a selective catalytic reduction system.
<p>Parkway School District bus driver Chuck Deem (left) and technician Ben Thompson inspect a crossing arm. Will Rosa, director of transportation for the Missouri district, says that drivers and technicians at his operation have been successful at not buying into the notion that each group doesn&rsquo;t do their job thoroughly or correctly, and they &ldquo;channel their energy toward the problem, not the person.&rdquo;</p> Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.
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Mobile Wheel Lift
The new MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 lbs., making it easier and more ergonomic for technicians to work on buses, heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment, Rotary Lift officials said.

Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant Tough Tablet
The Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant Tough Tablet from Diagnostic Innovations is a complete diagnostic system featuring the rugged Panasonic Toughpad tablet.

STERI-FAB Disinfecting Solution
STERI-FAB is an EPA-registered product that kills bedbugs, lice, ticks and many other insects, as well as mold, mildew and bacteria, while also disinfecting the area where it is applied.

Shurhold Shelving Systems
Shurhold Shelving Systems from Shure Manufacturing Corp. are available in pre-configured packages and in build-your-own systems, offering a variety of widths and heights.

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<p>School District of Manatee County Vehicle Maintenance Parts Manager Jerilynn Boling says the team works closely with the department's vendors and makes decisions daily based upon data from reports. Parts inventory is tracked and maintained several ways, including running a cycle count daily so that throughout the year, every part is counted at least one time. Pictured is a work station area where the majority of parts are stored. The district's fleet comprises 216 school buses and 186 support vehicles. In addition, the team maintains approximately 2,500 pieces of off-road equipment, such as a tractor.</p> PHOTOS: Florida District's Vehicle Maintenance Parts Department

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