In other words – why invest in a brake lathe? The simple answer is improved profitability. Here’s how.
If you’re regularly doing brake work you’ll be replacing discs when they’re worn below minimum thickness. But a lot of discs are well above minimum and on these you’re probably just replacing pads. After you’ve fitted new pads you advise your customer to go easy for the next few hundred miles while they bed-in. For at least those few hundred miles the brakes could be worse than when the customer drive into your workshop!
This is the opportunity to offer a skim as well as new discs. Your customer drives away with perfect brakes (no bedding-in needed now!) and because the two surfaces are flat there will be no ‘hot spots’ so pads and discs will wear evenly and last longer.
And that’s not all! Every now and then a customer comes to you with brake judder. This is nearly always a result of disc/hub run-out which causes Disc Thickness Variation (DTV). Just fitting new discs won’t solve this problem. There will still be run-out and DTV will eventually return, causing brake vibrations. Without an on-car brake lathe you can’t solve this problem.
Result? Happy customers who return to you for service work, and higher value brake jobs! Your investment is re-paid rapidly and your workshop is more profitable.
Not sure what this means for you? We’ve supplied thousands of machines and understand the numbers. Call us for a discussion of how you can improve your profitability.