• garage equipments 27.02.2013

    The equipment is built to be sturdy. The average tire dealer performs 250 mounting/balancing jobs per month. And the machines built before the addition of electronics and lasers seemingly last forever.

    Two years ago, Abe and Jim Torro won a then state-of-the-art Coats 1250-3DV tire balancer from Hennessy Industries Inc. They had entered their 30-year-old balancer in Hennessy’s “Search for the Oldest Direct Drive Balancer Contest.”

    Abe Torro says the new balancer, which features laser-guided wheel weight placement capabilities, does a fine job. He still, however, prefers the older model, which can balance up to 20-inch tire and wheel packages. “I got used to it.”

    When asked by Modern Tire Dealer “What is innovative about your latest piece of mounting and/or balancing equipment?” these sales and marketing executives talked about features that will be around for a while.

    Michael Alusick, worldwide product manager for undercar products, Snap-on Equipment Division of Snap-on Inc.: “Precision wheel centering to achieve accurate wheel balance is possibly the most neglected, yet most important part of successful wheel balancing. With the advent of clad-style wheels, precision tooling is a non-negotiable requirement to avoid wheel damage and achieve accurate centering.

    “With our balancer brands, we offer several solutions to ensure the most accurate precision centering. We have a large coverage of OEM-specific tooling solutions. Precision tooling offers a best-buy situation for someone interested in a tooling package with a specific purpose.

    “We offer a variety of precision John Bean General Purpose Tooling Kits with pin plates, unique speed plates and a variety of collet sets. These tooling packages offer complete coverage for the customer looking for a wide coverage offering for OEM and aftermarket wheels, truck and SUVs and even light commercial vehicles.

    “We recommend wherever possible, that customers consider a power clamp instead of a standard quick nut. Power clamping is fast. Used in combination with precision tooling, the result is the most repeatable solution for accurate wheel centering.”

    Jon Barganier, vice president of sales, Allpart Supply Inc.: “Our Haweka QuickPlates are designed to mimic the lugs exactly. We have four-hole, five-hole and six-hole variable flange plates. They are fast, easily adjustable with your thumb and precise. Unfortunately, the standard equipment for a lot of shops is a cone and a plastic pressure cup. The procedure is less precise, and when the cup touches the wheel, it can damage it.

    “Bottom line, front coning is a no-no, yet it’s still a common practice. QuickPlates replace front coning and flange plating. The result is fewer comebacks, and the dealer doesn’t waste wheel weights, either.

    “Although our QuickPlates have been out a couple of years, we continue to evolve their design features.”

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