PTEN Announces 2009 Innovation Award Winners

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For Immediate Release

Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN)
Announces 2009 Innovation Award Winners
Annual awards honor best in class for auto repair tools and equipment

Fort Atkinson, WI (October 8, 2009) -- Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN), the only
publication that exclusively serves the tool and equipment market, announces the PTEN 2009
Innovation Award Winners. Winners were selected by a panel of active technicians, shop owners and tool distributors who rated products used in their repair shops according to innovation, problem solving, ease of use, uniqueness to a specific repair, and whether it improved on a current tool.

“These winners were chosen by their customers, so the honor is even more reflective of how
important these tools or equipment are to the industry,” says Editor Brendan Dooley. “The proper tool can increase revenue and have a direct impact on sales. Doing a task more quickly and more efficiently is key to success in our business.” Winners were chosen in 30 categories. Snap-On Tools took top honors with the Dodge Hub Removal Adapter, earning the 2009 PTEN Innovation Award Tool of the Year in the Specialty Tool category.

“The Dodge Hub Removal Adapter was the highest-rated tool by the judges, regardless of
category, for its new approach,” adds Dooley. The October issue of PTEN is available now and includes a section dedicated to products that increase productivity and simplify tasks in the repair bay. Winners will be honored during a special presentation at the upcoming AAPEX Show November 3-5 in Las Vegas. For information about the awards or to learn more about PTEN, visit

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PTEN 2009 Innovation Award Winners

1. A/C tools and equipment: NAPA Balkamp Lighted A/C manifold
2. Battery testers, chargers: Techno Tools Corp. B500IR
3. Brake service Pro-Cut Intl Pro-Cut GYR
4. Chemicals Bar’s Leaks DIFM Head gasket Repair kit
5. Diagnostics Ok Spark Spark plug sensor
a. Runner up Launch Technology CReaderV
6. Electrical system tools Electronic Specialties Max Fuse Buddy
7. Hand tools Durston Speed T-handles
a. Runner up SP Tools Magnetic Washer Remover
8. Inspection tools Ullman HTC-2LT lighted mirror
9. Jacks and stands NAPA Balkamp Blue Steel swivel jack
10. Leak detectors Redline Detection Smoke Pro Total-Tech
11. Lifts Stertil Koni EarthLift
12. Misc shop equipment Posi Lock Puller One-handed grease gun applicator
13. Parts cleaners DentFix Tornador Pulse gun
14. Parts washers Safety-Kleen AQ-1 parts washer
15. PBE DentFix Sand Box dispenser
16. Personal gear SAS Safety LED inspectors
17. Power tools – cordless Snap-on Tools CTT4410 3/8” impact
18. Power tools – pneumatic Matco Tools MT2858 Pit Bull ratchet
19. Preventative maintenance Fluid Rx Instant lubricant diag strips
20. Repair info sources Equus Products
21. Safety equip Prevost PrevoS1
22. Shop environment ShopVac Professional wall-mount vac
23. Specialty tools Snap-on Tools Dodge hub removal adapter (2009 PTEN Innovation Award Tool of the Year)
a. Runner up Durston Universal joint sockets
24. Suspension tools SP Tools Honda/Acura Xtractor
25. Tire service Advntg Wheel Align Portable wheel align system
a. Runner up Hunter Auto34 Tire Changer
26. Tool accessories Silvertronic Auto Diagnostic kit
27. Tool storage – organizers SP Tools OrganizeAIR
28. Tool storage – carts Snap-on Tools Ironhead tool-utility vehicle
29. Tools storage – toolboxes Snap-on Tools EPIQ toolbox
30. Work lights Lujan USA MiniPOD

Kathy Scott
Cygnus Business Media
(770) 427-5290

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