800-336-8812 North America
865-577-8470 World Wide
Itís July and itís mid year
This year we added two new accessories to our
The Slim Wedge Shield (item #2003)
Itís designed to help you easily
and quickly extract any under the window tool. No more fighting
the weather stripping to get your tool out. If you havenít gotten
yours yet, trust me you will want to, its Great!
The Long Reach Extension (item # EX4)
This extension was designed to
help with control on those long reach openings. It was a way to
improve the tool and still fit it in your kit. Itís a small thing
that makes a big difference, you will like it.
mid-year update on vehicles introduced since
the publication of the Z-Tool system Manual 2005
Honda Ridgeline 05-06 refer to p.32B, easy
(You will thank me for the Slim Wedge Shield on this one)
Chevy Cobalt 2 dr. 05-06 refer to p.27B, easy
(Use Flex-a-Wedge at top corner of door to aid insertion of
Dodge Charger 05-06 refer to p.12B, easy
We welcome any comments/tips/shortcuts you might like to pass
on to your fellow lock out experts and we will happily post
this information on the site. Any questions you might have of
us or of the multitude of Z-TOOL users that are not high priority
enough to warrant a phone call, we will respond to promptly
through our customer contact E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
For over Twenty years, Slide Lock Tool Company has adhered to
one motto: "KEEP IT SIMPLE"
our pledge to you is to continue to do so.
Each year around February,
Z-tool system users will automatically receive an update notice
detailing what is required to keep your Grand Master Z-Toolģ System
up-to-par. If you have missed any previous annual update releases,
you should make customer service aware, as you could be missing
important equipment youíll wish you had the first time it is needed.
Remember, this is a system where all of the versatile tools are
assigned to open many models. The more years that pass, the more
models assigned to the tool you may be missing.
There are so many new models introduced each year that
it is very easy to fall far behind. When your manual falls behind
you begin to do what we call "dig for itĒ, or working in the blind
openings which causes pulled wires, broken windows and a host
of other troubles, not to mention a great deal more time involved
at the job site, which also means loss of payment and a piece
of your hard earned reputation. Keep your kit up-to-date.
Autos are much more difficult to open than in years past,
as manufacturers simply build lock systems with more anti-jimmy
components, and a whole lot less access to the lock system components.
The exposures to manipulation have become so small within the
door cavity, you will discover locating a good target (if there
is one available) is difficult to find without using a current
manual and the assigned tool.
The loss of only a few lockouts each year, or taking far
too much time on one model, is equal to the cost of an average
Annual Update Set. Most years (except 1995) average under $60,
and include the newest updated and revised system manual. We do
not add tools just to have something else to sell you. We realized
many years ago the future would require additional specialty tooling.
We choose the less profitable route to add new tooling only when
we must to maintain the integrity of the system, based on using
as few versatile tools as possible. If you think about it, adding
only two tools per year adds up to 20 cumbersome tools in 10 years.
There are only fourteen tools needed as of year 2005. New employees
must work with a manageable number of tools to quickly gain confidence
in the field through clear knowledge of each tool. Other after
market companies are bloated with between 30 and 50+ tools. Those
kits look as though they have value, but in the field they often
prove to be a disaster. So keep it simple, as this is
the way to go for any one who hires employees.
Mid-year update list will generally release and post mid-July
to August 15th each year.
Call the technical
service line if you face an unlisted model. 865-577-8470