Brake Meter for Motorcycle Testing

As a motorcycle testing station you are required to have a brake meter with approved mounting bracket, calibrated and available for a road test to be conducted as part of the test. This repeatable instrument is able to calculate the brake performance of a motorcycle during a simple and repeatable test routine. The complete package …

Hand-held, Cost effective, Repeatable & Accurate

<<Re-posted from CV Workshop Magazine>> The Tapley meter continues to be widely used in vehicle testing stations and repair workshops today, with the tool still approved for performing a decelerometer test. However, accountability and duty of care are playing a significant role for technicians in more recent times, with an increased requirement to provide more …

Connected Brake Meter – Available Now; Required from Feb 2020

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The Bowmonk BrakeCheck has long been synonymous with vehicle brake testing both for fleet operators and MOT testing stations where the unit is used as a back-up to the roller brake tester or for testing 4x4 vehicles. The latest version of the Series II unit now comes with connected technology allowing it to be used …

Modern Digital Tapley Meters

The Tapley meter has long been in use in garages to allow simple brake performance checks to be conducted but the old mechanical type with spring arm has long been superceded and replaced by a modern, electronic version which can test all vehicle types and provides even more data than previous mechanical versions. A traditional …

What are a Service, Secondary and Parking Brake Systems Used For?

After a long discussion with a customer this morning on our various decelerometer packages for vehicle testing, I thought it prudent to explain, very briefly, the three primary types of brake system used on HGV's. The three main braking systems on a HGV are the service brake (which performs the primary function of stopping the …

Trailer Brake Testing – A Guide to Interim Brake Testing

The Traffic Commissioners Office have warned operators on many occasions that brake testing must be carried out to a higher standard and more regularly - ideally as a part of routine safety inspection. They say that far too often, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enforcement officers are finding that testing of brake performance is …

You try to say Decelerometer…I say Brake Meter

A decelerometer (dee-sell-a-rom-meter) is a small hand held braking meter which is used to calculate braking efficiencies and when customers call us we have heard it called many different names...it is a bit of a tongue twisting name after all!! Brake meters use gravity as a constant in order to be able to calculate a …

Measurement & Analysis of Decelerating Force Components using Brake Meters.

Adhesion There is a frictional grip between the tyre and road and it varies dependent on the nature and condition of both. The braking force at any wheel cannot exceed the available adhesion or that wheel will lock and the retardation will be reduced, resulting in a lower value of efficiency than would be the …

Do I really need a specific Bowmonk for HGV Truck & Trailer Testing?

Technically speaking "No" (but in reality: "Yes".) Let us expand on what could possibly have been the worlds shortest and most contradictory blog post! The Bowmonk range of products for HGV testing is limited in reality to 2 options. A standard Bowmonk unit is suitable for LGV and some HGV rigids without secondary braking systems …

Accurate Brake Testing on Any Road Surface!

The BrakeCheck4Quarries is a portable brake tester designed specifically for quarry and plant vehicles (including mobile cranes). The Bowmonk BrakeCheck4Quarries is a fully self-contained, user-friendly, portable brake tester, suitable for quarries, coal sites, concrete plants, brickyards, recycling plants and HGV workshops. The instrument records the braking efficiency in a matter of minutes, and can optionally …