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Attendees at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas (HDAW) last week had the opportunity to see new product offerings from OTC, a business unit of SPX Corp.,

Attendees at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas (HDAW) last week had the opportunity to see new product offerings from OTC, a business unit of SPX Corp., including two new heavy-duty service jacks and a new spring compressor.

The new service jacks include the portable OTC 5225 under-axle jack and the OTC 5093A three-stage, long-reach under-axle jack for lifting loaded trailers, buses and other Class 7 and 8 vehicles. The OTC 5225 weighs in at just 65 lbs. and is suited for roadside service with the control valve, steering and carrying handle integrated into one. It has a two-stage 27.5- and 11-ton lifting capacity, a built-in safety valve to prevent overloading and a manually operated “dead man’s” control. It comes with 3 7/8-inch and 2-inch extensions. Optional accessories include a 17 5/8-inch extension handle and a transit-locking device for safer storage in the workshop or on a service truck.

The three-stage 5093A has a 71.5–ton, 38.5-ton and 22-ton capacity. It features a single control switch, a self-retracting ram, four adjustable lever positions, an air-driven cylinder and a reduced width for easier access to lifting points. Both jacks are certified by ASME/PALD and approved by the European Community (CE) standard.

OTC also displayed a new heavy-duty version of its StrutTamer product line dubbed the StrutTamer Elite HD (part number 6865). The new spring compressor is designed to make strut removal fast and convenient. According to OTC, the new tool can handle most straight, conical or offset springs found on cars, light trucks and SUVs. It features a four-point locking jaw and arms that can be adjusted in and out to handle many different spring sizes from 2 ½ in. to ten inches in diameter. It can be adjusted up and down for springs with a 2 ½-in. to 24-in. vertical stroke. OTC has also eliminated the need to change shoes for different-sized springs.

The StrutTamer Elite HD can be mounted to the shop wall without need for special adaptors. It can also be used with an optional stand that allows the technician to move the unit to the work area.

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