Having the brakes of a vehicle accurately tested is an essential part of any maintenance plan, especially considering that the majority of accidents happen due to brake failures and other brake-related issues. Does your workshop have effective brake testing equipment? There is a wide variety of different types of brake testing equipment out there, but many experts say that roller brake testers are the superior choice. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why, as well as how they work.

How Roller Brake Testers Work

One of the reasons why roller brake testing systems are so popular is because of their simple process. Roller brake testers work by having a vehicle driven onto a set of rollers. These rollers are covered in a plastic material that assists with friction in the process. The rollers turn the wheels while the vehicle remains static. The method tests the deceleration on the wheels when the brakes are applied.

The Benefits

Roller brake testers offer many benefits, which include:

  • The results from these tests are exceptionally accurate
  • Emergency brakes can be tested
  • Very safe and easy to operate
  • Can be operated by one person
  • Each wheel can be tested individually
  • Some systems allow you to test time lag
  • Test air pressure, ovality and bind
  • Allow you to maximise your clients’ vehicles mobility, balance and efficiency
  • Can be tested using a remote control.


While the brake testing system you buy will depend heavily on your budget and specific workshop needs, you really can’t go wrong with a quality roller brake testing system.

There are really not many downsides to roller brake testing systems, besides the fact that they do usually require a 3 phase power system and can draw a significant amount of power. Because of this, they can end up being quite costly to run. But if you charge the right amount for your brake testing services, this should not be a problem.

Are you interested in purchasing a roller brake tester for your workshop in Australia? MAHA Premium workshop equipment offers high-quality roller brake testers as well as plate testers. Get in touch with us today to find out more.