Shop Tools: Keeping it cool for the summer

June 8, 2023
With temperatures on the rise, make sure your shop doesn't rival the insides of a sauna with these products.

When temperatures begin to rise, the commercial vehicle shop is one of the places where the heat hits hardest. With technicians often in layers to provide protection from their tools and the vehicles they work on and some shops coping with less-than-stellar air conditioning, it's no wonder that when summer arrives, technicians need more than one way to keep from overheating.

Read more: Spring 2023 power tool guide

But keeping an eye on the temperature of the shop floor is more than a tactic to keep techs happy and healthy, it critical for shop efficiency, too. Some studies have suggested that in temperatures over 92 degrees F, productivity decreases by 16.6%. 

So, here's some of the best tools and equipment to keep your shop operating at peak performance, even when the sun's at its most punishing. 

The tools in this gallery include:

About the Author

Alex Keenan

Alex Keenan is an Associate Editor for Fleet Maintenance magazine. She has written on a variety of topics for the past several years and recently joined the transportation industry, reviewing content covering technician challenges and breaking industry news. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

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