On-Car Brake Lathes

 

On-Car Brake Lathes

We're looking for feedback on the current generation of on-car brake lathes. We have a large fleet with lots of light and HD vehicles. For those using these lathes, here's a few questions:

* How do your mechanics like them as far as ease of use, storage, effectiveness, works on all brands, models, etc.?

* Are there any warpage issues with the rotors, or compatibility issues with the new brake pads and the turned rotor surface?

* What is the average time to cut one rotor?

* Do you use the machine on emergency equipment, (police & fire)?

* Do you feel it's cost effective, weighing the initial cost, maintenance, labor required, vs. the price of just replacing the rotors with new when needed?

* If you have one that's working out well for you, what model are you using?

* Any other feedback is welcomed! Thanks in advance.

 

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The mechanics like them - they work on most of our vehicles with no issues. We haven't had any problems and it takes about 15 minutes per rotor. It is effective as long as you're doing regular PM's and you can resurface them with enough metal left to make it worthwhile. We use them on Police and other emergency vehicles and it is cost-effective. We use Hunter OCL 400's.

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We have been using the Pro-cut lathe for the last couple of years. It is a unit that is easy to use, it does take up valuable storage space. As a Sheriff's fleet it has not been effective in our environment. If we have anything left to cut the vehicle usually comes back long before it should with warped rotors. We also deal with a lot of corrosion as we are in the NE Ohio snow belt. So rot and rusted on rotors are not uncommon on some of our vehicles. So it is best for us to R&R the rotors at the time of the service. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need addition questions answered.

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A) Our mechanics prefer them. The on car brake lathes that we use are easy to set up and use. The lathes we use adjust for run out automatically and the controls are operator friendly. With the use of these lathes the rotors are machined to the run out of the vehicle instead of the run out of the bench mounted brake lathe. They save a tremendous amount of time especially on full floating axles. They will work on all the vehicles that we have the specific adaptors for. They are easily moved around and don't have much of a footprint for storage.

B) The time that they save and the quality of machining that they do is well worth the expense for us.

C) We use the Pro-Cut brand and I strongly recommend them. Machines have been trouble free and service is great.

Best of luck!

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Thanks. What you mostly use them on?

"A) Our mechanics prefer them. The on car brake lathes that we use are easy to set up and use. The lathes we use adjust for run out automatically and the controls are operator friendly. With the use of these lathes the rotors are machined to the run out of the vehicle instead of the run out of the bench mounted brake lathe. They save a tremendous amount of time especially on full floating axles. They will work on all the vehicles that we have the specific adaptors for. They are easily moved around and don't have much of a footprint for storage.

B) The time that they save and the quality of machining that they do is well worth the expense for us.

C) We use the Pro-Cut brand and I strongly recommend them. Machines have been trouble free and service is great.

Best of luck!"

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Thanks, good info.

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Thanks!

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As far as ease of use: Once it’s demonstrated, it’s incredibly easy to use. As far as storage, it doesn’t take up too much room and almost all accessories attach to the machine. It’s extremely effective considering if set properly and the rotor’s not too warped, it only takes one pass.

With the various adapters it will work on all of our vehicles.

We use the Pro-Cut PFM 9.0

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We use on everything from sedans up to F550/650 (anything with disc brakes), but bulk of the use is 1/2 & 3/4 ton trucks.