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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 22:25

Killer Tools Gives SEMA Preview, Discusses Future of Products

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Killer Tools Gives SEMA Preview, Discusses Future of Products
The Killer Tools team, pictured from L to R: Ryan, Stewart, Mario, Gabe, Maggie, Gerry, and Edward.

Autobody News reached out to Killer Tools president Gerry Trueit to learn more about what new products the company will be releasing during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV from November 1 – 4.

Q. Can you give any type of hint or preview of the new tools you will be announcing at SEMA?
A. We have two exciting new tools that we have built here in California and will be showing at SEMA. We have designed and built an electronic dent removal system for collision professionals. This tool revolutionizes the way a technician pulls the dents out of steel panels. We will be demonstrating it at our booth (#11377).

We are also very excited to be unveiling our new Self Piercing Riveter (SPR), which we built here in Sacramento, CA. Riveting body panels are becoming more and more common with the advent of aluminum in vehicle construction. When the time comes for a collision shop to decide which SPR to purchase--and that time will come--we want to be considered, as a US-based quality supplier.

Q. Have you released any other tools over the course of 2016? If so, which ones, and what are their functions?
A. Yes, we have. We have come out with a telescoping, calibrated mini tram gauge plus a variety of magnetic tools that help organize and hold everyday items. One example is the magnetic "painter's helper" that allows painters to paint items and then attach them to the paint booth wall. It encompasses a "monster grip.”  We also came out with a three rail parts glider that mounts to the inside of a spray booth. When used, it cuts the bake cycle in half. 

Q. How do your tools (current and upcoming) aid body shops as well as the collision repair industry as a whole? 
A. The collision industry is on the front line in innovation of new tools, as any technician will tell you. New cars get into accidents just like older vehicles. Many times, technicians have to invent new tools to accomplish new tasks, which is how a lot of our tools came to be. We have paid hundreds of thousands in royalties to the people who have shared their ideas with us that we have gone on to design and build.

Q. What is your most popular tool?
A. We have sold over 30,000 of our pneumatic door skin tools in the US, used for putting on door skins. Our surge protector is sold all over the world. It protects the computers when people weld on vehicles. We have lost count of how many of those we have sold.

Q. Did you attend NACE? How was your experience? 
A. We did attend NACE, primarily because it was in California, where we are based. We are growing and need the International pull that SEMA brings, so we have a larger presence there.

Q. What do you think is the future of the industry in terms of products? How is your company preparing for that? 
A. OEMs are now using metals like aluminum and boron and are attaching them differently through riveting and other methods. We have responded by coming out with our own aluminum stud welder and now a hydraulic riveting system.

Q. Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?
A. Our company has been designing and building tools for the collision industry for over 15 years. We take pride in the work that we do and the fact that our sales have doubled in the last four years. Our goal is to continue to grow and develop new tools and equipment while maintaining a high level of quality that our customers have come to expect.

To learn more about Killer Tools, visit their website at www.killertools.com. The company does not sell products directly, but Trueit said their tools can be purchased through any consumer’s favorite jobber.

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