Full-service transport provider Grange Travel has recently opened its new workshop with equipment from industry experts Totalkare, including an in-ground brake tester, a set of six T8DC mobile column lifts, a hydraulic press, a headlight tester, and a set of eight axle stands.
Kent-based Grange Travel Coach Hire Ltd is a private and contract passenger transport provider with a fleet of 60 executive coaches and minibuses. With an increase demand for local, national, and European travel the business identified the need for quality workshop equipment to ensure the safety, efficiency, and reliability of their vehicles and to reduce the cost of outsourcing essential services. Alongside caring for its sizable fleet, Grange Travel is also an agent for Daimler bus and coach and will use the new workshop to maintain vehicles for other operators.
Grange Travel’s new in-ground brake tester offers a highly accurate and efficient way to test the braking systems of its vehicles in-house. With an 18,000kg axle load, the brake tester is suited to test any vehicle in the fleet. The DVSA-approved tablet interface system also requires only one technician to complete the test.
The set of six T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts have a total lifting capacity of 45,000kg and allows Grange Travel to efficiently lift and service its full fleet of PSVs, improving the speed and quality of their maintenance operations. These lifts accompany a previous set of six on site, allowing Grange Travel to lift in a sequence of up to eight. The inverted hydraulic cylinder lifting system only requires single-phase power to charge, with a large number of lifting cycles between charges. The mobile column lifts will be working alongside a set of four axle stands providing additional support and the option to remove a single column to access the wheel.
The brake tester and twelve mobile column lifts are all supported by a Totalkare service contract.
The new headlight tester is mounted on rails for ease of movement and features a laser alignment, LCD display and a long battery life to keep the fleet safe on the road. Whilst the heavy-duty hydraulic press provides Grange Travel with the capability to perform a wide range of maintenance and repair tasks easily, increasing throughput and capacity.
Commenting on the strategic installation, Bryan Smith, Managing Director at Grange Travel said: “We are excited to have Totalkare equipment in our new workshop. Having lifting and testing equipment in house is a game-changer and Totalkare’s products and comprehensive service contract provide us with peace of mind, knowing that ours and our customers vehicles are in safe hands.”
James Atkins, UK Key Account Manager for Totalkare added “We are pleased that the install of equipment for Grange Travel is already having a positive impact. The premium equipment is being supported by a Totalkare service contract to keep everything compliant and running smoothly.”