Top 20 Tools Awards
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Professional Tools & Equipment News
Professional Tool & Equipment News has named Hunter's Hawkeye™ PowerBay™ Express Alignment a winner of its 2008 Innovation Award. The award showcases new shop tools and equipment that help technicians work quicker, smarter and more efficiently.
GSP9700 Vibration Control Center
TechShop Top 5 Tools Award
Only 24 manufacturers in the US were awarded this honor. Award winners are determined based on the number of times a company or product is mentioned by shop owners and technicians in the past six issues of TechShop in the Top 5 Favorite Tools Section.
Missouri Society of Professional Engineers
Judged on the basis of engineering ingenuity, functionality, safety, packaging, and economic contribution to the State of Missouri.
GSP9700 Vibration Control System
The Road Force Balancer not only balances tires and wheels fast, but also helps solve ride complaints we would not find without it. The SmartWeight technology in the Road Force Balancer has saved approximately 1/3 the cost of wheel weights.
Vincent Perri, Volvo Village Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
We have been using our Road Force balancer for over a year now as our primary balancer. In addition to solving vibration issues that come up, this balancer is saving us money in wheel weights. We have saved 29% in wheel weights with 3203 spins on our balancer.
Steve Vollers, Toyota of Santa Cruz Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
I recently purchased a HammerHead Road Force Balancer. The first month of operation saved me approximately $1,000. With the Hunter Equipment I can find out the real problem and solve it. By matching the tire and wheel position we can maximize customer satisfaction with these products. Finally the Hunter balancers, with the laser beam (HammerHead) takes the guess work out of custom wheel and single plane balancing. This is very important as more and more OE wheels require stick on weights.
Ernie King, Tire Barn Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
I wanted to give you an update on our Hunter Road Force Balancer/ SmartWeight Balancing Technology. At first when we first talked about getting this machine I was more than skeptical with the numbers you were giving me. But decided on going with your machine, mainly because it was the latest & greatest toy out there. But with that said, here are the numbers over 5,000 total spins with the SmartWeight system, I have almost saved 2,400 in lead weight or 24.4% in savings. With 2,124 spins that only took 1 weight and some with no weights. But with all the savings talk behind us, the biggest item I have noticed was Quality of Repair (no re-checks). Better quality of repair have had customers calling back thanking us & saying "never has driven so smoothly." I hope my local competition doesn't read this and decide to get into the game of savings and growing customers!
Mike Griffin, South Pointe Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
Our balancers have been in service for less than a year and no matter what we balance, the techs don't chase weight and we have not had anymore comebacks. With these new balancers, Tacoma and Tundra truck tires are now as easy to balance as Camry tires. With the ability of SmartWeight to track what the balancers are actually doing and saving make these balancers a must-have for any shop that wants to increase their bottom line.
Jeff Pletenik, Precision Toyota of Tucson Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
Peterson Toyota needed to add the other half of the premium package with Hunter's Road Force Balancer. It also included a wheel lift for safety, the Hammer Head for accuracy the first time for weight placement and a printer to sell services to customers and warranty documentation.
Rich Waksmonski, Peterson Autoplex Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
We recently purchased a new Hunter Engineering Road Force Balancer. Since we installed the new machine our productivity is up, our wheel weight costs are almost half and we are now able to quickly and accurately address tire ride and pull problems. To sum it up, our new Road Force Balancer has saved us time, increased our customer satisfaction, and reduced wheel weight costs. We should have done this years ago.
Scott Woodworth, Performance Toyota Scion of LaVista Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
We are very pleased with the balancing technology of the Hunter Road Force Balancer/ GSP9700 that we purchased back in February 2010! This machine does a great job of placing the right rim and tire on the vehicles after balanced. Also, the color printer for the final results to show the customer helps with the sale! Our tire rotations and balances have tripled since all of last year so far! This also helps with alignments, tire sales, and front end work sales!
Dennis Derstine, Norseman Motors Inc. Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
The first year after putting a new Road Force balancer in service our wheel weight saving was 233 pounds of lead. That helps to pay for the machine, not to mention faster floor to floor time. The techs love the machine, and the comebacks are nil. I will be looking at putting a second machine in service in the near future.
Craig Holland, Nocks Tire Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
The beginning of this year I purchased the new model of Hunter GSP9700 Road Force Balancer. I no longer have customer come-backs or complaints for vibration problems and in fact I use the GSP9700 to provide service for other auto repair shops in my area that have vibration issues that they are unable to resolve. I highly recommend the use of other Hunter Equipment as it has proven itself reliable and long lasting. Personally, I will not consider using another brand of equipment.
Myron F. Hammond, Myron's Auto Service Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
Thank you for your continued support and your recommendation that we upgrade our GSP9700 Road Force Balancer to SmartWeight Technology. To date, we have saved a total of 38.8% of our old wheel weight usage. Actual savings has been 683,025 grams, 24,093 oz. or over 1500 pounds! That shows up as a reduction in my fixed expenses as an immediate benefit, but we also realize that it benefits the environment long term, by reducing the amount of lead rolling around on Lexus wheels in our community.
Curtis Smith, Lexus of Omaha Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
I wanted to express my appreciation to the Hunter Team for developing a state of the art product that has truly made a difference in our every day business operation. The SmartWeight technology has not only improved the quality and efficiency of our work, but has made a significant impact on our bottom line. In the last 12 months, our wheel weight expenses have been reduced 31% resulting in a cost savings of more than $14,000.
Chris Himebaugh, Hesselbein Tires Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
We have been very happy with our new Road Force balancer. We upgraded for the StraightTrak and improved road force measurements. The wheel lift and HammerHead have been great additions also.
Mellissa Corken, Green Chevrolet Chrysler Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
We have purchased 7 each of the Hunter Road Force Balancer and 7 each of the Hunter 3500 Series of Tire Changers. That investment has proven to be a great investment especially with the marketing and merchandising guidance.
Girard Antonino Automotive Group Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
My shop has the Hunter GSP9700 Road Force Balancer and the TC3700 Tire Machine and am very impressed with the function and service received. We work on very sophisticated European vehicles and they place great demand on our equipment. We provide the highest level of service to our customers and both machines eliminate vibrations and quickly spot tire problems.
Jim Smeltzer, Euro Specialists Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
I had to take an opportunity to thank you for convincing me to purchase a SmartWeight program for my Hunter Road Force balancer. In the past 3 months I have saved 1,400 ounces or 37.3%. My total for all 4 locations is over 5,000 ounces of weights. Thank you.
Barry Steinberg, Direct Tire Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
About 18 months ago the new SmartWeight software was installed in the Hunter GSP9700 Road Force Balancer. Since then we have seen an improvement in production with over two-thirds of the wheels needing only one wheel weight, which represents an average savings of 41.9%. This adds up to over 1200 pounds in lead weight savings. It has been a very effective product in improving customer satisfaction as well as being cost efficient, benefiting both our customers and ourselves.
Bud Luppino, Tire Pros Click here to read the full testimonial PDF
About two years ago, I upgraded our Hunter Engineering Co. GSP9700 Balancer with SmartWeight software features. Since then, we have run 21,900 tire and wheel assemblies on the machine. The weight savings has averaged 41% over what normally would have been consumed in conventional weight usage.
Ryan Dowdy, Big O' Tires Click here to read the full testimonial PDF