Big-Time Boxes: Edwin Hazzard

March 27, 2009
A look at Edwin Hazzard's Match Tool setup in New York.

OWNER:

Edwin Hazzard
Automotive Tech Systems
Newburgh, N.Y.

BOX:

Edwin Hazard, owner of Automotive Tech Systems in Newburgh, N.Y., doesn’t have your average tool storage setup. He runs his entire business, carrying along all his tools, out of a truck. He stores most of his tools in his customized Matco Tools toolbox.

“Basically, what I did is I took the wheels off and I bolted it to the floor of the truck. It sits a little bit lower,” said Ed.

Along with Ed’s Matco box, he also has a Matco tool cart to move tools out of his truck when he stops at different shops.

“My favorite part of my tool storage would be my easy access to each of the drawers,” said Ed. “Everything’s laid out where I know exactly where everything is, and it’s separated.”

That helps, especially with the amount of scan tools Ed keeps on his truck.

“I have about 11 scan tools. I’ve got two lab scopes, multimeters, a lot of individual test meters,” he said. “I keep two information systems on a laptop in my truck — Mitchell and AllData.”

PROFILE:

As a one-man shop, Ed stops at a number of different body and repair shops, specializing in fleet work and diagnostic jobs.

“I would say 50 percent of my job is fleet maintenance, repair on trucks and vehicles. The other 50 percent is diagnostic work that I go to different shops and perform repairs for them,” said Ed.

He’s been a tech for 25 years, starting at a Chevrolet dealership. Ed opened his mobile business back in 1994.

“I basically started doing work for other shops after my day job,” said Ed. “I would just gather my stuff in a tool tote and I would just leave my day job and drive over to their shops and do some work for them at night.”

About the Author

Erica Schueller | Editorial Director | Commercial Vehicle Group

Erica Schueller is the Editorial Director of the Endeavor Commercial Vehicle Group. The commercial vehicle group includes the following brands: American Trucker, Bulk Transporter, Fleet Maintenance, FleetOwner, Refrigerated Transporter, and Trailer/Body Builders brands.

An award-winning journalist, Schueller has reported and written about the vehicle maintenance and repair industry her entire career. She has received accolades for her reporting and editing in the commercial and automotive vehicle fields by the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA), the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Azbee Awards.

Schueller has received recognition among her publishing industry peers as a recipient of the 2014 Folio Top Women in Media Rising Stars award, acknowledging her accomplishments of digital content management and assistance with improving the print and digital products in the Vehicle Repair Group. She was also named one Women in Trucking’s 2018 Top Women in Transportation to Watch.

She is an active member of a number of industry groups, including the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC),  the Auto Care Association's Young Auto Care Networking Group, GenNext, and Women in Trucking.

In December 2018, Schueller graduated at the top of her class from the Waukesha County Technical College's 10-week professional truck driving program, earning her Class A commercial driver's license (CDL).  

She has worked in the vehicle repair and maintenance industry since 2008.

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