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No matter what you are lifting in the workshop it pays to lift safely. The Health and Safety Act of 1974 was designed to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace and ensure basic safety and working practices are followed.

Professional workshops these days are becoming more and more technically demanding. gone are the days of the ‘oily rag’ establishments. Today’s Technicians need to be able to operate heavy machinery safely. While the car industry has had to work with heavy lifting gear the motorcycle mechanic has for too long been confronted with working on rickety benches or even on their knees. Higher specification motorbikes mean the level of basic workshop equipment required has risen. Nowadays a good bike shop is a brightly lit and it’s service and repair areas are festooned with the specialist tools, some of which are brand and even model specific. The latest digital diagnostic devices and gizmos are vital too. But the true workhorse of the modern motorcycle workshop is the BIKE LIFT. It is essential to be able to safely and securely lift motorcycles to a height that provides optimal work height, proper adjustment and access to all the major components. When considering a good motorcycle lift you need to consider;

  • Practical and efficient
  • Scissor lifts are generally more space efficient
  • Ease of Use – Electro-hydraulic or pneumatic operation
  • Remote controller
  • Quality of materials
  • Origin of equipment
  • Certification and conformity  – vital for your workshop insurance
  • Warranty
  • After sales service
  • Optional components
  • Reputation of supplier

When you buy a lift for your workshop or for your technicians – remember this piece of equipment will enable your technician to work; safely, more efficiently, profitably. This lift will be used to elevate expensive machines that maybe the customers’ pride and joy. That customer is more likely to appreciate your works when they see just how professionally you operate.

Bicycle and Electric bike Workshops

One thing that has been surging recently is the sales of bicycles from starter push bikes to top of the range carbon framed road cycles. Not only is this good business it also opens up a raft of on-going servicing, upgrades and repairs to the workshop. Workshops that offer a clean, tidy and well laid out environment to bring their machines. When you Bikes Shops now offer;

  • Mountain Bikes
  • Downhill Specialist
  • Road racing
  • Track bicycles
  • BMX and specialist machines
  • Electric Bikes
  • Battery conversions kits
  • Cycle helmets and safety equipment
  • Accessories and Nutrition
  • Technical clothing

Leading manufacturers are encouraging Cycle Shops to up their game, follow branding, develop brand loyalty this is a business with legs. Not only are the long standing makers developing new bicycles, the luxury marques are producing pedal and electric bicycles to tempt their customer. Buying an SUV for the weekend? Why not add a foldaway bicycle? 

And what used to be a case of home repair and fettling is now a multi-million pound industry, High performance machine require top specification kit to enable servicing and repair of these increasingly sophisticated two wheeled machines. The introduction of high capacity batteries and electrically driven bicycles is a market that is continuing to grow exponentially. Manufacturers offer a huge array of options some of which may cost thousands. Customers with that level of disposable income also demand on-going support and servicing to keep their bicycles in tip top condition. the last thing the want to do is take their ‘pride and joy’ to an oily-rag back alley repair shop. Customer facing service centres are what they want to see!

Today’s customer wants to see a workshop that reflects the level of investment they have made. In many countries where cycling is afforded a iconic status the humble cycle store has been resigned to history, they have been replaced with high end boutique status and ultra-technical establishments where carbon fibre and space-grade materials are king.

Inevitably these workshops feature slick cabinets within which reside polished tools and mechanisms to keep these perambulators wheels turning.

Motorcycle Wheel and Tyre Maintenance

Motorcycle wheels and tyres all look remarkably alike to an untrained eye or inexperienced rider; however, a professional mechanic or bike enthusiast will tell how much of difference there can be between the vast number of rubber and wheel options in the marketplace. Riders can be loyal to a brand or will make a purchase based on price, a review, and recommendations, but choosing the right equipment for a motorcycle is essential to getting the most out of the bike performance and enjoyment of riding one. If the handling on your motorbike suddenly feels different, or the chain is making strange noises it could be down to the tyres, maybe they are wearing out asymmetrically? In this article we look a little closer at some of following topics relating to motorcycle tyre and wheel maintenance:

Motorcycle Tyres and Markings

Tyres offer riders different things, they should match and be the correct size (speed and load ratings) for the motorcycles make and model, if in doubt, always seek professional advice or refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The technology of a tyre impacts on its durability, performance, load, weather capability, and what the bike generally is used for. Motorcycle tyres should all have figures printed on them which provide us with a lot of information, for example: 180/55 ZR17 (73W). In this case ‘180’ tells us how wide the tyre is in mm, 55% is the profile height of 180mm, which equates to 99mm. ZR17 relates to the size of the rim in inches (17), ZR refers to the (Z) tyre speed rating and construction type R (radial), finally, 73W is the speed and load index, if this figure is in brackets, it means the tyre is capable of speeds in excess of the figure, no brackets mean it’s a maximum rating.

Motorcycle Tyre Pressure

Before setting off it is good practice to check the motorcycles tyre pressure, always do this when the tyres are cold, and never exceed the maximum load. Follow the tyre pressure setting (PSI) recommendations listed on manufacturer manuals, always use a good quality pressure gauge that holds a reading.

Overinflating motorcycle tyres will result in accelerated tyre wear. Underinflated tyres can result in irregular tread wear, cracking, poor cornering, punctures, and loss of control which could be fatal. Repeated loss of tyre pressure can signal another problem. Visually inspect both the wheel and tyre closely, to assist use a hydraulic motorcycle lift if available, if in any doubt seek the advice of an expert.

Motorcycle Wheel Alignment

Whenever the rear bike wheel is removed, or the belt or chain adjusted, you will need to align the motorbike wheels again.  If you do not have the correct motorcycle workshop equipment to check wheel alignment, like a yoke, centre or rear paddock stand for lifting the bike, it’s important to seek the advice of a professional. An incorrectly aligned wheel will can cause expensive irreversible damage, even malfunction whilst in use which could be fatal.
Motorcycle wheel alignment is the position of a rear wheel in the swing arm, and its alignment with the front wheel and frame of the bike.

Mounting Wheels and Motorcycle Tyre Changing

Some motorcycle tyre punctures can be repaired, but an exterior, sidewall or temporary repair should never be attempted. Only specially trained persons should mount tyres using professional motorcycle workshop equipment. Mounting and changing wheels and tyres incorrectly can cause tyre explosion and serious injury, always wear the appropriate PPE.

Common tools required to carry out motorcycle tyre changing include, paddock stands or a swing arm pivot stand, robust bead breakers to force the tyre rim, a motorcycle wheel balancer, tyre lever kit with protectors, and a valve key.

Motorcycle Wheel Balancing

To avoid irreversible damage, excessive tyre wear and vibrations whilst riding, all motorcycle wheels need to be balanced before use and rebalanced once a tyre is either replaced or removed.

Tyres are made to exacting standards but there is always an imbalance between the rim and a new tyre. Balancing by use of weights is best carried out by a professional motorcycle balance stand or computerised wheel balancer with a quick and easy mounting system, as it can detect which part of the wheel rim needs additional weight.

Refer to the wheel manufacturer’s instructions for approved wheel weights. Once the motorcycle wheel is on the balancer, remove any old wheel weights and spin the wheel to start the balancing process.

Motorcycle MOT Guide and Motorbike Testing Centres

Every motorcycle owner has a duty of care to themselves and other road users by ensuring their motorbike is kept in tip top condition.

UK government guidelines require that all vehicles should be legally roadworthy, one legal requirement is passing the Ministry of Transport test annually, better known as an MOT.

Just like with any car, if your motorcycle is under 3 years old it will not need an MOT, but it will be required to pass an annual motorcycle MOT inspection from its 4th year onwards. If you are found to be riding without a valid MOT certificate, it can result in a fine of up to a £1,000 and will invalidate your insurance policy.

Most bikers are responsible owners and riders, they take a lot of pride and care maintaining their motorcycle. In this article we look at what is required to pass a motorbike MOT, and what to expect from the motorcycle garage you choose to carry out the inspection. 

Motorcycles are broken in two MOT classes, engines up to 200cc fall into ‘class 1’ and engines over 200cc fall into ‘class 2’. The class itself should not affect the cost of the MOT but having a sidecar will. Motorcycle MOT costs £29.65, but rises to £37.80 with a sidecar, this is because sidecars individual components are a separate assessment.

The Motorcycle MOT inspection will not test your engine, clutch, or gearbox. The test inspection will cover and focus on all the vital components of your motorbike, which include:

1.  Registration Plates, Vehicle ID and Frame number

2.  Headlamp, Lights, Indicators and Reflectors

3.  Tyres, Wheels, and Alignment

4.  Throttle

5.  Brakes and Controls

6.  Steering and Suspension

7.  Drive Chain and Sprocket

8.  Motorcycle Frame

9.  Exhaust and Fuel Systems

10.  Seats

11.  Horn

12.  Footrests

For each of these tests the inspector will use specialist MOT motorcycle tools and testing equipment to look for any damage or excessive wear, ensuring all motorcycle parts, equipment and accessories meet UK government standards, for example:

·       Motorcycle headlamps testers will check the overall lights condition, aim and that they are fitted with the correct colour bulb.

·       Steering and suspension tests will focus on the motorcycle forks, handlebars, bearings, swinging arm and shock absorbers.

·       The overall condition of the motorbike wheels and tyres will be assessed, checking wheel alignment, size and type is correct, along with the tyre tread depths.

·       The bike frame will be thoroughly inspected to ensure that it is free from and damage, cracks, or corrosion.

·       Motorcycle roller brake tester will ensure the bike brakes and pads perform to the standards expected, also checking the wheels rotate freely once the brakes are released.

·       Hydraulic Motorcycle Lifting Equipment is used to check the motorbike exhaust which needs to be free from leaks, secured to the vehicle with the noise level as quiet as possible.

·       Some other simple checks and observations will include the horn, throttle, and clutch lever are all working, plus the registration plates are legible.

The Department for Transport (DfT) requires motorcycle garages to carry the triple blue triangle logo to be an authorised motorcycle MOT facility. All accredited Motorcycle MOT test centres will have qualified testers who complete and pass a training course from the ‘Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’ (DVSA), this is a government agency who regularly check MOT testers to ensure they are meeting exacting standards.

Garages with class 1 and class 2 motorcycle MOT testing bays should have the following equipment installed as standard:

1.  DVSA approved Roller Brake and Headlamp Beam Testers with calibration certificates

2.  Calibrated Motorcycle combination, Quad, Trike, ATV Decelerometer

3.  Motorcycle Weighing Scales

4.  Motorcycle Tyre and Wheel Alignment Checking Apparatus

5.   Hydraulic Motorcycle Lifting Equipment

6.   Digital Brake Meter

7.   Motorcycle Handlebar Bracket

8.   MOT Blue Triangle Sign.

Finally, the floor area in which a motorcycle MOT testing bay is installed must conform to ‘Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’ (DVSA) requirements. The testing bay and observation area should be housed in a weatherproof building with adequate parking space.

Testing bays should have sufficient space for vehicles to be easily manoeuvred onto the test equipment, along with sufficient artificial lighting to enable testing to be carried out without any difficulty.


When making any kind of capital purchase for equipment (motorcycle lifts, tyre changers, wheel balancers, diagnostics) that will make your workplace safer, more efficient and enhance profitability. We all need to get the most for our money. 

Expensive isn’t necessarily the best but cheap is cheap for a reason. Product quality has more to do with design, materials and manufacture and each have a value. Sourcing equipment from a reputable company that manages service issues professionally and offer a robust warranty is vital. 

It’s worth noting that these days more and more businesses are customer-centric. The expectation now is to see what goes on. When we take our own vehicles in for servicing and or repair and we look into the workshop – we expect them highest professional standards. No-one wants to see their ‘pride and joy’ rising up on a lift that looks a bit less than it should or gives cause for concern in old fashioned oily-rag surroundings. 

This doesn’t just apply to customers. To attract or retain good technicians the workplace, its equipment and facilities can make or break a company. A good level of equipment can instill a sense of pride in the that workplace which in turn heightens standards, enhances working practices and efficiency and can add value to the business.

So when considering your own premises do you…?

• Buy an item with a smaller price tag – ‘buy cheap, buy twice!’

• Trawl Auction sites to find a similar or unproven product

• Go with a company based thousands of miles away

• Trust sellers’ big claims

• Hope the equipment will arrive undamaged

• Wonder if CE approval is all that important

• Allow enough time to ‘build’ and install

• Hope the user manual has a ‘troublshooting’ section

• Rely on availability of consumables or spares

• Accept replacement after warranty runs out

• Realise that replacing equipment costs downtime

• Think after sales service isn’t that important

• Hope the call centre has an appropriate script and understanding


• Buy from a company that specialises in relevant equipment

• Accept the initial price is more – but for good reason

• Rely on their proven experience and reputation 

• Look for a UK based company that is…

• Look for a ‘one-stop’ shop that offers workshop design, equipment and installation that is…

• A trusted supplier to major brands

• A supplier who offers genuine fit for purpose products

• Compliant with current regulations and up to date on insurer assessment requirements

• Expert, passionate and have in-depth knowledge

• Stockist of a wide range of consumables and spares

• Unrivalled for after-sales service

• Able to offer affordable Finance solutions to help spread the load*

*Subject to status and terms and conditions.

At RS Workshop Equipment the intention is to get it right first time; deliver what we promise and provide real value. So when you’re looking elsewhere… think, ‘If it’s too good to be true – it probably is!’

Want to know more about what we can bring to you – call RS Workshop Equipment on 01832 741007 today

Groundsman Mowers and Machinery Maintenance

Professional ground and turf care machinery like groundsman mowers for example, can make light work of any green management task.

Groundsman machinery equipment used on golf courses, football pitches, cricket fields, bowling greens, tennis courts and sports pitches have excellent manoeuvrability and convertible discharge systems for cutting, spreading, bagging, and mulching. These expensive machines are long term investments and regular ongoing maintenance is essential to keep them working in tip top condition for years to come.

Whether you use ride-on mowers, quad bikes, golf buggies or any other groundsman’s utility vehicle, including tractors, cylinder mowers, rotary mowers, gang mowers, spreaders, or rollers, they will no doubt endure a certain amount of wear and tear whilst in use. To keep your machinery or groundsman mower in excellent condition, a tune up every season is highly recommended. Ensuring employees can work safely and efficiently, many businesses manage all their machinery maintenance and repairs in house by installing professional workshop equipment, like hydraulic scissor lifts and workbenches

Hydraulic lifting equipment should be purchased from a reputable UK supplier offering the best quality European equipment, excellent customer care and after sales service. The equipment should also carry a ‘CE marking’, which is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets EU standards for health, safety, and environmental protection.

Maintenance Checklist:

1.     Groundsman Machinery Needs Cleaning Regularly – All grass and debris should be removed after use with a stiff brush, airline, or high-pressure water jet, debris can get stuck inside and outside of your mower affecting performance. Check the riding mower deck and carefully remove any grass clippings that are stuck underneath.  After washing apply a protective lubricant to prevent rusting.

2.     Check Mower Belts – Check that the belt tension is correct, and they are not worn or damaged, replace the belts if required.

3.     Regrind to the Cylinder – To maintain a good quality cut all blade edges should be checked visually for any damage, this should be carried out carefully and only when the engine is switched off.

4.     Replace Air Filters and Change Spark Plugs Every Season – Remove the air filter and thoroughly clean the surrounding area, once clean, install a new replacement air filter. Before replacing the old spark plugs, be sure to correctly adjust the gap between electrodes.

5.     Lubricate Moving Parts Regularly – To avoid wear and tear, all moving parts should be lubricated with oil or grease, or as stated in the manufacturer’s instructions. A grease gun is a handy tool for carrying out this task.

6.     Top up and Change the Machine Oil – Regularly Change the oil to keep your groundsman mower or machinery running smoothly. Unscrew the plug from the drain funnel and release the oil into a bucket, once complete, replace the plug and refill your riding mower engine with new oil.

If these maintenance tasks are carried out on a regular basis your groundsman machinery will prove to be a sound financial investment that continue to deliver the high productivity and performance your leisure facility, golf course or garden centre requires time and time again.


As you may be aware, during this on-going situation the government has extended the MOT period. Vehicle users will still be responsible for ensuring their roadworthiness (spot checks may occur) and testing will still be required.

How long this MOT extension will continue is uncertain.

  MOT Testing Stations must ensure their MOT testing equipment is fully operational and calibrated

  We are continuing to offer a full service and calibration service, while observing the Covid-19 safeguarding

  Avoid any break in calibration records

  Don’t miss out on the imminent spike in demand

  Be prepared for spot checks from DVSA inspectors

Contact us today to 

  Schedule a service or calibration  

  Become an MOT Testing station and unlock the potential revenue stream 

•  Find out more about our Special EQUIPMENT Offers

  01832 741007 or email

Mower Servicing Equipment

The Grass doesn’t stop growing…machinery still needs servicing

Once the country gets back to some semblance of normality there will be a lot of machines and equipment requiring servicing, repair and routine maintenance. 
• Do you really want to be scrabbling about on your knees or be left with a sore back at the end of your working day? 
• Do you want to avoid costly and time consuming health and safety issues?
• Can you provide your staff with professional equipment to make their tasks safe and efficient?
• Do you dread the arrival of your insurance assessor?
• Do you want to bring your workshop up to date and work safely, efficiently and profitably?

All of these can be eased with installation of our quality European made, CE approved workshop equipment. 
We offer a FREE advice and workshop design service with unrivalled after sales attention.
SPREAD COST – Competitive finance packages also available.

Call us today on 01832 741007 or click here

Ex-demo and Used Equipment Offers

From time to time RS Workshop Equipment refurbish equipment that comes back to us as PX for new upgraded equipment or as the result of business changes. Other times we have had workstations made to furnish or show off at an expo or showcased specialist tools and technology.

It’s always worthwhile calling to discover what might be on offer.

Why don’t we advertise used equipment online?
We do. Sometimes we have had an enquiry from a customer already. To be honest when we get equipment in exchange; we know its service history, as we probably supplied it!, We only refurbish quality equipment that is going to be of good service to a workshop. After all it is not in our interest to supply poor quality or unreliable equipment. We do have an Ebay account where we sell equipment and it’s always worth checking that out too.

At RS Workshop Equipment we are passionate about motorcycling and we pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience and service. If you’re looking for a piece of equipment for your workshop remember to give us a call. 01832 741007

Happy Customers

Over the years we’ve supplied hundreds of Professional Motorcycle Workbenches and Lifts to main dealers, independent motorcycle shops and enthusiasts. Recently we were asked to help out someone who had bought a used lift – a rugged predecessor to the EG600CE, one that we had originally supplied. In this case a keen biker and restorer needed some spares to re-invigorate this workbench. Drawing on our years of experience and in depth knowledge we located the parts from stock, supplied them and gave some helpful hints on how to fit them.

Now that bench will provide many more years of lifting service. 

The parts were not inexpensive but still cost less than replacing it with a cheap mail order lift. End result…

“I’m really pleased in having the bike lift back in action and I am glad I wasn’t swayed into buying one of those ‘wobbling’ domestic types currently on the market. Thank you for your help in getting it sorted.” Nigel G

If you’re looking for a motorcycle lift that will last call us on 01832 741007 or CLICK HERE