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Things to consider when choosing the Best Tire Changer for Your Shop

How Durable is the Tire Changer’s Side Shovel?

The side shovel arm and mechanism is the most abused component on a tire changer. The size and heft of this system is an “easy-to-spot” indicator of the tire changer's durability.
 

How much does the Tire Changer Weigh?

While there is not a direct correlation between weight and durability, stronger tire changers generally weigh more.
 
Does the Tire Changer have a Press Arm Option

More difficult tires usually require press points. Verify that press arms are available for any model you select. Are they available as an upgrade? You may want them later.
 
What is the Breadth of the Product?

Various tire changers are optimized for certain types of tires. The best companies offer varying styles of equipment, not "one-size-fits-all" offerings.
 

The Best Tire Changers offer Wheel Protection

This is vital with today's high performance specialty wheels. All reputable equipment has wheel protection built into every contact point with the rim or tire.
 

How Powerful is the Tire Changer?

Today's tires take more torque to service than historical equipment. Pay particular attention to the power choices available, especially 220V options.
 

How are the Filters, Lubricators & Regulators?

High quality tire changers use high quality air conditioning components to ensure proper operation and long service life.
 

Does the Manufacturer offer training Assistance?

Does the manufacturer offer training at installation, on-site training, training videos, a decent operation manual, etc.?
 

How is the Tire Changer’s Warranty?

Tire changers have a rough life. The warranty agreement is a statement of confidence on the part of the manufacturer.
 

Does the Manufacturer Offer Service & Support?

All products break or need adjustment over their lifetime in the shop environment. Be sure to purchase from a manufacturer with a solid service organization.
 

Is the Tire Changer Manufacturer Knowledgeable?

Study your choice of supplier. Do they demonstrate knowledge of tires, wheels, and proper service techniques? Do they have knowledge resources available? Do they challenge themselves by demonstrating difficult assemblies? Or are they simply a reseller? There are enough specialized tire changer companies with broad product choices — there is never a reason to choose a "reseller" option.

 

Get more Tire Changer Tips from a Hunter Rep

Choosing the best tire changing equipment for your shop is an important decision. Hunter Engineering's experts are available to help answer all your tire changer questions and provide even more buying tips. Contact Hunter today to learn more about the best machines on the market and to schedule a free demonstration.

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