Automotive Tire Changers & Wheel Balancers
A popular service provided by most service stations is wheel changes. The easiest way to get this done is with a tire changer and wheel balancer. A tire changer machine is precisely what it sounds like; it is a unit that helps technicians dismount and mount tires onto rims. If planning on servicing cars and bikes, consider purchasing a combo auto and motorcycle tire changer. Commercial vehicles require a larger, hardier assembly.
Ease of Use
An important consideration when picking out equipment for your shop is how easy it is to operate. In most cases, tire changers are simple to use, and proper use can be learned and taught in a few hours. A feature to look for is one that lifts the tire for you. Simply, roll the tire over to the machine, place it on the unit and press a button to lift it up to where it needs to be. One of the most popular styles is a table top unit with a shovel. The setup gives the user the strength and power to get the job done. Another popular style is the center clamp tire changer which offers superior rim protection bead loosening using rollers.
Once the new tire is placed on the wheel, the product needs to be balanced to ensure proper driving safety on the road. This is where a wheel balancer comes into play. In addition to keeping you safe, having balanced tires reduces wear and tear on the tires thus allowing them to keep on rolling longer. There are signs to watch for when you suspect unbalanced wheels. You may notice a vibration in the steering wheel or a vibration in the seat or floorboard at certain highway speeds. Another warning sign is a cupped or scalloped wear pattern on one or more of the tires. When choosing a wheel balancer be sure to get one that will service up to the largest tire size you typically balance. For example, if you work on commercial trucks, a small 30-inch maximum wheel size unit will not work for you, but if you only do cars and motorcycles, the smaller machine will serve you well.