Toby Chess

Toby Chess is an I-CAR program instructor, training specialist, and former salvage yard operator. Toby is universally known in the collision industry for his work with first responders and advocacy for body shops and consumers. He can be reached at tcspeedster@gmail.com.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:20

Kool Tools: Past and Present

Written by Toby Chess


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As you are all probably aware by now, SEMA 2020 went virtual---renamed SEMA360---and it prevented Kye and me from walking the floor looking for those unique items that we would obtain and test out for our Kool Tools of SEMA annual presentation.

The SCRS Education Committee, chaired by Amber Alley, asked its members to look at SEMA360 for items for Kool Tools of SEMA. I submitted a few items I found, but I decided to check out some of the past tools and see what was new and exciting.


So here are the Kool Tools Past and Present.

Here is my first item, from Pro Spot International:




ProSpot introduced its new PR220-MV. Just like its little brother, PR205-MV, it can be plugged into 110 or 220 volts.


What is unique about this unit? Well, it has more than 200 amps and this welder will meet a number of the OEMs’ welder specifications for a MIG welder. The best is one can use .035 wire on 110 volts.


Ryan Swanson, training manager for Pro Spot, and I welded 5 mm coupons in a fillet setup. Total penetration to the bottom plate, and we could have welded thicker pieces if they were available, as the machine has a 6mm setting. A part welded to frame on a BOF vehicle can be done in a stall with only 110 volts and this welder.

The welder sells for under $2,000. Check pricing with your local distributer.


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