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Old 05-21-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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Hi all,
looking to outfit my garage with a center post tire machine with bead blast.
any advice on what ones to consider, what ones to avoid?
any advice on what dealers to consider, what ones to avoid?
prefer new, but will consider used.

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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I wouldn't consider a center post tire changer. Best to hold out for a rim clamp model. Bang for your buck,, I'd suggest a Ranger tire changer built by BendPak. You can purchase their model number RX950 for $1650.00 including shipping to your door. Or packaged with a computer wheel balancer for $2,845.00 including tax, title, and delivered to your door.

I chose the RX950AT that gives you a helper arm. That really helps with low profile tires. Below is a link to a write up that I posted a while back.

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Old 05-21-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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Coats 40-40

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Old 05-21-2009, 04:05 PM   #4
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hunter for run flats - ours was about 10gs
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:12 PM   #5
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What type of rims, tires are you going to mount?
I have a old Coats 40-40A. For steel rims can't be beat. But I would never put an aluminum rim on it, if not really carefully it will chew it up!
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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What type of rims, tires are you going to mount?
I have a old Coats 40-40A. For steel rims can't be beat. But I would never put an aluminum rim on it, if not really carefully it will chew it up!
you can get plastic wipers for Alum wheels. I wish I could find a Coats close to me.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:09 PM   #7
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you can get plastic wipers for Alum wheels. I wish I could find a Coats close to me.
I'll preach to the choir. Ck Craigs List they come up quite often.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:11 PM   #8
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I'll preach to the choir. Ck Craigs List they come up quite often.

Thanks! How big of an air compressor do you need for one 60 gallon work?


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Old 05-21-2009, 08:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the reply's....I'd mostly be doing steel wheels, with the occaisonal aluminum mag thrown in.
Perhaps Rim Clamp is the way to go.
Any vendor/manufacturer to use, which to stay away from?
Thanks in advance for your advice.........
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:25 PM   #10
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I have a 40-40a .I do aluminum wheels & chromed aluminum wheels all the time. And steel wheels & dually wheels. But if I didn't have a machine and could afford it I'd only get a rim clamp.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:36 PM   #11
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hi all,
thanks for the input.
I am now looking at the atlas tc589x and the ranger rx950 rim clamp models.
their prices with shipping is basically the same.
Has anyone had any problems with a no name brand like atlas? in your collective opinions, is ranger better? why?
thanks again for your advice........
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:45 PM   #12
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IMO If you are changing tires for a living get a Coats. A good thing about the Coats is you can get ANY part for one. I rebuilt a clanged out rim clamp coats for little money.
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Damn...is this thread going on in two different places??

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Old 05-24-2009, 10:24 PM   #14
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hi again,
two quick questions...

From your point of view,
1) what's the minimum size upright compressor to use with either the Atlas TC589X, or the Ranger RX950?

2) This would have to be plugged in to a 110 volt household outlet, is this advisable/recommended?

Thanks.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:01 AM   #15
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First I would like to disclose I am a Hunter rep in California so of course I am going to be bias toward Hunter. That being said, I have worked on and operated many brands. Every changer seems to have it's niche. I can say without a doubt that the Auto34 is my favorite of all. It is pricey, but it is fast once you understand the principles of operation and it pays for itself by avoiding back injuries. The wheel lift is a great back saver. The demount head is well designed and will not damage a wheel. The rollers are very powerful. I had the opportunity to play around with it before it's release in the states, back at headquarters in Missouri. We changed every demo assembly they have in the training facility with ease, even the big rig tire's. That took a bit of ingenuity as the bore center was too big for the the center lock down mechanism. Not to make your decision harder, but you first need to figure out if you are going to service all sizes and applications of wheel and tire. If you are going to stick to the small easy stuff, get a table top style. If you are going to change all styles of passenger and light truck, get the highest quality you can. Last thing you want to do is turn your new customers $1200.00 Asanti wheel into scrap. Even worse, you get the guy that parks his car in his bedroom at night, oh say a GT500 (new) and scrap his wheel. Look out buddy, I've heard stories of shotguns showing up shortly after!
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:06 AM   #16
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+1 for anything that says coats on it. You pay a little more than a ranger, but parts are widely available and the machines are tough/dependable.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:45 AM   #17
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I have changed hundreds of tires on both steel and aluminum rims using a Coats 2020 (it was new at the time). But some aluminum wheels and all wire wheels, we handled by hand using an old floor model bead breaker and old fashioned tire irons.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:45 PM   #18
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Hi all,

I'm new to the board, but happened across this thread. I have worked in the auto industry for years and have used probably every machine out there...Coats, Hunter, Hoffmann, Corghi, Ranger, etc...and have to honestly say that the best performing machines were always Corghi. We had one of their Artiglio 26 'Master' tire changers at a shop I worked for and it was the only one that was a truly touchless machine and could do Pax or Bridgestone BSR tires with ease (which we ran into a lot because we were a Rolls-Royce service shop, and RR used Pax on the Phantom). If you can afford one, I would look at Corghi. We also had one of their basic rim clamps and it was a real workhorse..
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:40 PM   #19
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Being in the industry as well, Coates is about dependable as it gets. The corghis are great just a little expensive to fix. I learned on a hoffman rim clamp machine. It had a fantastic bead blaster compared to the Coates. I personally picked up a Coates 7060 in working condition for 500. If you can find one used I don't think you can go wrong since parts are cheap.
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Anyone know anything about these?

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