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Until 31 March 2023, businesses investing in qualifying assets will benefit from up to 130% first-year capital allowance.

This allows businesses to deduct the full value of qualifying assets from profits before tax. The full tax relief is received in the year assets are purchased rather than over several years, therefore reducing the tax liability.

This measure will provide significantly faster tax relief for qualifying investments up to £1 million, helping businesses to invest and grow.

For example, under the new rules: If taxable profits pre-investments are £200,000, and a business invests £100,000 in qualifying new vehicles, plant. or machinery, they will be entitled to claim in that year a capital allowance of £130,000, a saving of £112,000 compared to current rules.*

You can still ease your cashflow and take advantage of this scheme by financing the Asset via a Hire Purchase Agreement. The extension in AIA will apply to qualifying expenditure on vehicles, equipment, machinery, and other assets a business needs from 1 April 2021 (dependent on a business’s chargeable period).

* CLICK HERE For more information on this allowance from HM Revenue & Customs, refer to their website: or contact your Accountant who can discuss your individual requirements with you. 

Motorcycle Workshop Equipment – Price over service?

It’s fairly easy to identify good design, quality components and materials. Judging what represents good service can be a little more tricky…

A brief guide to good customer serviceduring and after sales…

Aside from researching on line recommendation (which may or may not be genuine),

  • Referrals and recommendations from professionals, friends and users
  • Talk and listen to the person offering the service (are they reading from a script)
  • Ask difficult questions
  • Can they offer alternatives, or do they ask pertinent questions of you?
  • Do they have any negative feedback?
  • Do they have a proven track record?
  • Are they pushy?

If you feel happy with all the answers

Easy Ride-on Mower maintenance

The suggestion that an investment in a electro hydraulic lift specifically for our ride-on mowers and quads was met by some as an extravagance.

Five months on and what a difference a scissor lift can make. We no longer stretch out routine maintenance. Now we simply ride on to our trusty FML1000 lift press the remote control to raise it to an optimum work height and get on with it. This workbench allows easy access to most parts, even the cutting deck can be accessed through a drop our section. with a variety of mowers to service, the large stable deck provides ample space to place tools and parts within comfortable reach.

  • Lifts up to 1000kg / I ton
  • Deck 1.3m wide by 2.3m long
  • Lifting capability >95cm
  • Cable operated remote control
  • Two hydraulic rams
  • Italian design and manufacture
  • CE certified
  • Makes working on capital equipment easier, safer, more efficient and technicians’ work less arduous.

While the cost of this robust piece of workshop equipment may have cost a bit more more than equivalents from the far east there is no comparison in quality. Also we have the peace of mind in being able to deal with a company that supports this and other lifts in the ground care range.

Win, win – my advice don’t wait too long to add one to your workshop!

Below is a link to another article that may be of interest

Need a Motorcycle lift?

When you hear of mechanics spending their hard-earned cash on a Motorcycle Lift or piece of kit from the far east, only to be disappointed that the reality didn’t live up to their expectations. So, when investing in capital equipment wouldn’t you want know that spares and support are at the end of a UK-based phone? That the workbench has been designed with its final purpose in mind rather than as a by-product of the 4-wheeled market!

You need a platform for your or your customers’ pride and joy to be secure and easily accessible. You need to know that the design and components have been put together with motorbikes in mind. 

So what are the important points you need to look out for 

  • Robust construction
  • Efficient space (scissor action) saving design
  • Rear wheel drop out section 
  • Smooth operation
  • CE certification as a minimum
  • Warranty backed by knowledgeable support and after sales service
  • Proven products 
  • Value for money

Motorcycle Tyre Changing for professionals

While this may not be upper most in your mind at point of purchase – quality consumables, after sales support, servicing, even an instruction manual that makes sense come into sharp focus when things go wrong.

When looking at the main differences between established manufacturers/brands and ones from the emerging markets you might be surprised where the cost cutting can occur. 

From the reliability of contact parts (especially wheel rim protection), to the winding of the electric motors to gauge of steel used in the casings of the machine, not to mention quality of seals and rams. 

It has been demonstrated that most European manufacturers apply rigorous tests and include correct compliance and certification this appears to be of less importance to some others. 

Motorcycle rims are expensive – why would you risk damaging any?

So, what makes the difference in a tyre changer and dedicated motorcycle tyre changer? Yes, you can find a range of machines from the far east and yes, you could save some money in the short term. 

What happens when you need to replace the parts that eventually wear. Will you have the ongoing supply of consumable parts, accessories and engineer servicing/repairs from a reputable supplier of workshop equipment.

The most popular tyre changers also offer labour saving accessories, for example; it’s worth looking at the addition of an assist arm that when used correctly allows the de-mounting and fitting of high specification tyres a breeze. More and more professional bike workshops are using this technology and specialist machinery to minimise risk and make the technicians’ tasks more efficient and profitable.

After talking to experienced service engineers who specialise in this area and when it comes to issues with cheaper machinery virtually all raise their eyebrows, sigh and respond to customers with;

  • Cheap tyre changing machines are cheap for a reason…
  • Generally we can’t get parts easily or quickly…
  • You’ll need to contact the manufacturer…
  • This is a car tyre changer that’s been adapted (poorly)…
  • The (name of part) isn’t really up to the job long term…
  • i don’t work on machines from…the part of the world…
  • It’s a what?

One the most common issues we hear most is about (expensive) rim damage. Sometimes due to operator error, sometimes due to set up, poor build quality and little or no maintenance. When considering an important piece of equipment like this, set-up and basic training is vital as a minimum.

Given the choice would you prefer a machine dedicated to motorcycles that arrives ready to use over one that arrives in a crate and requires building, setting up and testing? Or a tyre machine that is professionally built, set up and has access to user training on call over a less than adequately written user manual to follow.

Ask yourself how many damaged rims or less than happy customers does it take to justify buying equipment that is tried and tested?

Don’t lose your customers, money or reputation!

My Ideal Motorcycle Workshop

When you can’t decide what equipment you may need or more importantly want, who better to ask than someone with professional experience.

Besides a heated garage with secure and easy access, if that’s not a contradiction. I have always wanted to be able to ride on to a workbench with out toppling off. I found that lift (EG600NANO), with an automatic wheel clamp, I don’t even need to put the bike on it’s stand.

I have my tyres fitted and wheels balanced at a local dealer and have always admired the ease with which they apply their trade. While I fully support local businesses, to be able to have access to a T520 Tyre Changer with the ProArm assist would be the dream. I have used a manual wheel balancing jig for years but again their motorcycle wheel balancer is quick and easy especially on my Duke’s single sided wheels.

All this being said – after a good ride all the washing; drying (GREAT TIP – I air dry all the nooks and crannies with an air gun off my mobile compressor) and polishing, my back does ache a bit so being able to lift my bike to the perfect height would be the biggest boon along with the fitted cabinets and workstation.

so will this cost me an arm and leg?

Surprisingly the price difference between good kit and not is not as great as you might think. Buying professional grade equipment that will last and is supported – in the long run is choice I would rather make. 

Now where’s the best place to start ?

MOTORCYCLE MOTs an affordable necessity!

Many motorcycle workshops may be missing out. With a minimum requirement of 3.2 x 4.6 metres plus a couple of other necessities such as; good access, parking, a viewing area (live or screen)…could mean your workshop benefits from another vital revenue stream.

To begin application is easy (CLICK HERE for the form).

  • Crucially you’ll need a company with the expertise and experience to supply and install the equpment.
  • Equipment that is approved, of quality design and manufacture, preferably fully supported and warrantied
  • A good contractor to affect the groundworks (please note do not attempt any groundworks until you have ‘Approval in Principal’ from the proper authority.
  • Adequate training for your examiner and centre manager
  • Regular calibration of equipment (6 monthly)

Once you have, get ready to publicise your service. Not only is the MOT a vital service – the potential repairs and service work along with building a solid customer base will hopefully stand you in good stead for the future.

Motorcycle Diagnostics UPDATE

Many motorcyclists are enjoying extended riding days and sales of used bikes are hitting record figures. New bikes continue with healthy sales despite the supply chain suffering. Newer used bikes are selling like hot cakes. Most have complete service histories of these many will find their way for service, repair and tuning to independent workshops.

Rider beware!

If you are going to be taking your machine in for work, don’t forget to ask whether they have motorcycle diagnostic equipment and the latest software to cover your bike. Some bikes will flash up a service light at the slightest movement of a body panel or twitch of an added electrical accessory. Getting an after market accessory? Make sure the bikeshop is able to implement the change and keep your electronics sweet.

The most savvy motorcycle workshops will already be offering a full diagnostic service, those that don’t will be missing out on your business. A recent survey revealed that once a new bike has undergone a couple of visits to the main dealer customers are more likely to seek out a local specialist, one that is able to offer a ‘one-stop’ workshop. The last thing they want is cost and time needed to revisit the main dealer just to get a dash light switched off.

Ideal ELectric Vehicle Battery Lift (EV)

Any workshop whether a main dealership or independent must be aware of the new technicalities of the battery powered vehicles. Not only can the power cells extremely heavy and cumbersome they can be susceptible to damage if mishandled, which can be expensive.

Not only mechanical workshops will need suitable battery lifts

An often overlooked issue with EV cells and their complex wiring looms is that they can be damaged or have their optimal use shortened when exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods. For example in temperature controlled paint booths when paint.

Why anyone would risk using equipment not designed specifically for the job is sometimes hard to understand. Workshops do need to be aware of a number of factors;

Electric Vehicles also known as EV need specialist lift for handling batteries, motors and transmissions.

Ideally these lift should have 

  • A solid platform that also allows access to fixings and components
  • Self levelling for awkward situations
  • Omni-directional high load wheels with integral brake for accurate positioning
  • Easily accessible controls on the lift and ideally remote control
  • Electro hydraulic ram system with integral safety features
  • Ability to be used with other lifts
  • Built in electrical insulation
  • Good design from a reputable manufacturer using premium components
  • CE certification as a minimum for compliance
  • Solid after sales support and product knowledge

When you put all these things together and invest in a piece of equipment your workshop will have the confidence to operate on EVs.

Ride on Lawn Mower Lifts and Maintenance

How do you decide where to get your mowers serviced? what should you look for in a service centre?

Each year thousands of grass cutting machines cover hundreds of thousands of miles and cut tons and tons of grass cuttings. All of this work takes it’s toll on such machinery and servicing and repair becomes paramount. While some companies have in-house workshops there are also many independent service centres that work on Quads, ATVs, Mowing equipment and ground care machinery. The list vital components for any equipment workshop should start with safeguarding the health and safety of the technicians and operators. Lifting equipment must have as a minimum CE certification. When buying lawnmower workbenches and scissor lifts deal with a reputable company that supply well made equipment using quality components. 

Why would you even consider purchasing a piece of capital equipment from a company who do not offer in-depth knowledge and local support? 

Cheap equipment is cheap for a number of reasons; materials used, build quality, design, after-sales support etc. When selecting a mower lifting table and before you maker a decision consider; 

  • brand origin
  • lifting capacity
  • lifting height
  • electro hydraulic
  • foot pump
  • pneumatic
  • remote control
  • availability of spares or consumables
  • warranty
  • recommendation

With the proliferation of information and reviews on the internet make sure you do your homework. Try not to be caught in the ‘buy cheap, buy twice trap’ when you choose workshop equipment make sure it’s something upon which you can rely!