Even the most experienced of HGV drivers find that achieving proper wheel alignments is often a challenge. However, it’s an essential task and has to be done regularly, either before you set off on an assignment or upon your return. Loads of problems will arise from failing to do so: tyres wear out more quickly and fuel efficiency is reduced, resulting in higher operating costs all around. A wheel imbalance also reduces comfort for you while driving. So if you’re going to be putting in the long miles on the road while making deliveries and securing return loads, it’s vital to correctly align your wheels beforehand. The arrival of the Haweka Axis500 on the market promises to make this often time-consuming and complex task considerably easier.
Pinpoint Laser Accuracy
The Haweka Axis500 is a cutting-edge truck wheel laser aligner. The speed, accurate feedback and flexibility offered by the Haweka Axis500 enable you to get to work much more quickly than with any other system. Its magnetic feet mean that alignment can be undertaken rapidly. In what Haweka calls a first for the industry, the in-built Class 2 laser takes less than ten minutes to accurately measure all-important angles, such as front toe, individual toe, camber, toe out on turns, turning radius, castor, kingpin inclination angle, angular tilt of axles, thrust angle and axle offset.
To use the Haweka Axis500, properly position your vehicle on the provided turning plates. Thanks to the magnetic feet in the measuring head, it can be attached easily and firmly onto the tyre rims, allowing measurement to begin straightaway without the hassle of having to lift the axles to make a run-out adjustment. Any unevenness in the measuring surface does not matter either, as the Haweka Axis500’s system compensates for this. Grab arms are also included, which will come in handy if you have alloy wheels on your vehicle.
What makes the Haweka Axis500 such a handy piece of equipment is that it can’t just be used in the warehouse, but also out on the road. It also does not require an electricity supply; the laser’s batteries can be used continually for at least eight hours before depletion, while the battery found in the electronic protractor has a lifespan of more than 2,000 hours.
Research suggests that correct tyre alignment can reduce fuel costs by up to five percent, as well as lengthen the lifespan of tyres by twenty percent. By using the Haweka Axis500, you can go to work safe in the knowledge that you’re maintaining the efficiency and comfort of your vehicle. I hope that, wherever you travel to and from with deliveries and return loads, you get a lot out of this exceptional piece of kit!
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching loads and return loads with available drivers. Over 4,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.