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With their dual outlets placed in Polokwane and Centurion, the operation has seen a phenomenal year’s trading according to Stuart Mackie who heads up the training centre showroom in Mnandi. “We have seen the acceptance from both trade purchase groups and top branded refinish companies come on board since we opened the showroom.”

The centre houses the huge array of body shop equipment on offer from Hurricane Equipment which includes a range of over five high class spray booths that have a world class performance specification from galvanised Rielleo G20 burners along with double entry personnel doors and top performing insulating panels for faster booth warm-up temperatures in the bake cycle. Entry level prices are unbeatable for the new seven metre MTR GSII model say the company. “It’s got everything you need to start up a collision repair top quality paint shop,” says Stuart.

Since the group posted fantastic growth in the many ranges that body shops need to keep pace with, the new modern trade operate as a display centre as well as a training centre. The whole display area is fully operational with the whole range of Hurricane equipment.

Andrew Mackie and his brother Duncan, company founder, spent many years in the panelbeating trade working in Pietersburg, so they have a very good understanding of exactly what body shops need in everyday use. “Price and performance lie at the heart of most purchases,” say Hurricane Equipment , “With lean profit margins shops need a good value proposition on every deal today.”

Hurricane Equipment’s unique range of products covers the entire product range that a body shop upgrade or a new start-up operation will every need. “We have a completed line-up of compressor piston type and hydrovalves, air compressors with accompanying air dryers for moisture elimination as well,” says Stuart.

Uniram Cascade from Canada, waterborne refinish spray gun cleaning machines are state-of-the-art cleaners. A full range is also available in small area dent removal. Brands like Fy-Tech and a host of other new machines, Wiëlander and Schill spot welders and Mig Brazing systems are also on offer at the new warehouse.

With the new inverter spot GT high power units working, the opportunity to test wet and dry vacuum cleaners and mobile dust extraction machines has also been extended for prospective body shop visitors. The list of small bonnet stands, ramps, body panel hydraulic repair pumps and small tools is where Hurricane Equipment import a huge offer of everyday workshop tools. Fast curing, infra-red, shortwave lamp banks are also on show as well as heavy duty repair systems such as Shark HD complete the line-up at the trade centre.

“The new operation, based in Boundary Road, Midrand, in Centurion, is the result of endless traveling abroad to find products that work well in body repair. They have to hold up under everyday use and must be able to be purchased at the right investment cost to keep a body shop viable and well geared for the future of this business,” concludes Stuart