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Whether it’s helping reduce a fleet’s wear and tear or part of a workshop’s ATF equipment, axle play detectors – known more affectionately as shaker platers – play a crucial role in ensuring a class five vehicle’s wheels and suspension components are safe and roadworthy.

Cambridgeshire, 10th June 2022 Checking components that swivel, twist or pivot, axle play detectors ensure nothing is missed, which is particularly helpful when damage can’t always be seen with the naked eye.

Last year, in this very feature within Transport Operator, UK Sales Manager, Nick Austin, said he had observed an interesting trend, in that customers would purchase a commercial brake tester, such as MAHA UK’s MBT 7250 EUROSYSTEM, then proceed to acquire MAHA’s LMS 20.0 axle play detector – essentially, having the complete specification to help with their maintenance regime.

Companies could also piece-together the necessary equipment, if they have aspirations to become an authorised test facility.

Pressed on whether this trend has continued, he said: “Last year, axle play detectors were very popular, with hauliers strengthening their service, inspection and testing regime, as advised by governing bodies.

“This year, while axle play detectors remain strong and are essential piece of equipment, we’ve observed more variety; for instance, our MLT 3000 headlight tester has been very popular among existing brake tester users, as it can test all modern headlights and the data is wirelessly transferred to the MBT 7250 EUROSYSTEM.

“Whether it’s an axle play detector or headlight tester, our customers are taking advantage of the technology from MAHA UK, which not only improves the quality of vehicle maintenance, but also assists hauliers in helping to ensure traceability over their fleet.”

LMS 20.0: the lowdown

This piece of equipment ensures the operator needn’t go near the steering wheel or use a pry bar to detect steering and suspension defects or joint movement. What’s more, the built-in hydraulic drive means a powerful but smooth and quiet movement of the test plates.

What about the technical data? The LMS 20.0 can handle a maximum axle load of 20,000kg and wheel load of 10,000kg, and the plates can move up to 50mm per second.

Why MAHA UK? Not only is the equipment DVSA-approved, but as it’s a manufacturer of its own equipment, it is best-suited to maintain that equipment. MAHA UK’s team of experts calibrate the equipment at the point of installation and never far away if a customer has a query or is need of a call-out.

MAHA UK offers customers up to a five-year warranty – guaranteeing peace of mind for the customer.