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Old 02-11-2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Question what the best tire changer and balancer?

Hi,
I am shopping for new or used tire changers and balancer for a shop that i will open soon. I have been looking around they are so many options out there to make your head spin. So i need some of your opinions. My budget is about 6k. i am buying two tire changers, one balancer and a compressor.

Budget: 6k
Machine needed: 2 tire changers , balancer and compressor
Volume: probably 20 tires/day then maybe 40/day few months in

I have read some good reviews about Coats and Atlas, but still looking around for the best prices and best machines. I live in Florida, so if you know a good supplier around central Florida. Please let me know as well.

Thank you all.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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This is not exactly my department but I've always hunted for a shop with Hunter equipment when I've needed work done. Always read good things about them.

http://www.hunter.com/
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:31 PM   #3
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Coats.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:11 PM   #4
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Coats and Hunter - most pro shops use. Kinda pricey though so forget a 6K budget. Greg Smith has a lot of Atlas detail.

BendPak's brand new NextGen units look pretty solid.
http://www.bendpak.com/nextgen-tire-changers/

Best place to go price shopping is Google Products.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:07 PM   #5
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It sounds like you are preparing to open a shop with paid employees. You will be stepping up to a whole new world where extended downtime is unacceptable and you need to worry about potential worker injuries. In these circumstances I think you pretty much have to go with Coats -- a USA based company with a real service and support organization, building products intended for all-day, every-day use.

Purchase cost doesn't matter nearly as much to the man running a business compared to the hobby guy. You can depreciate the business asset, and your other operating costs tend to dwarf the cost of capital, although your 6k budget is about half what it should be for an operation expected to be a going concern, purchasing new professional grade equipment.

I think you should leave the Chinese and Mexican import stuff to us hobby guys.

As for my own experience, I own a Coats 5060E tire changer and Hunter DSP9500 balancer. I boought them used at auction for $600 each. They get the job done, and are good sturdy machines. They both have some wear, and would slow down a high-volume production shop, but are fine for home hobby use.

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Old 02-11-2011, 06:32 PM   #6
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We use hunters and coats at my current shop. Your not going to get anywhere near the equipment you need for 6K without shopping used and getting lucky. Find auctions, there seems to be a lot of dealers going under right now and those are the places you'll find what you need.

We had an old coats 40/40 that did steel rims and it still worked after all those years, but it was a slow process compared to newer machines.

20 tires is quite a few tires per day in/day out for a small shop. Unless you are planning on mounting customer tires only, keeping tires in stock is expensive. 6k is a drop in the bucket compared to what we keep in tire inventory in our 6 bay shop.

Whats your business plan or goals? number of bays? that kind of stuff.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:24 AM   #7
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coats 40/40 were dogs as far as speed goes..........a 20/20 , while maybe not as much power seemed twice as fast to me..........consider buying 3 cheap ones and work 2 and keep the third in reserve, if space allows ..........what kind of tires and rim assys will you moostly be doing?...........as for balancers, that's where your reputation is going to make or break you........charge for a balance and have even one comeback, potential loss of future business..........2 or more comebacks, next vendor please.........we used to keep test assy's that were purposely made out of balance to ensure they were correct before the service guy left..........truck boots were glued inside the tire so the sevice guy didn't know how out of balance they were..........pissed the hoffman serv. dept off to no end when we would pull rank on them and insist the repair was done to spec.........
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:30 AM   #8
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John Bean equipment here in my shop. A good place to find them used is Liquidation.com. Got a changer and balancer there for $600.

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Old 02-12-2011, 12:50 PM   #9
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Depending on the kind o shop make shure to get one that can go to 22+ inch rims as thats what most people change to now adays. A good compressor if lets say its a mechanic shop will cost you like 2-3k. a real budget would be more like 10-12k
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:46 PM   #11
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i have a coats tire changer 5040 no good for low profiles.....but all around awesome
and an atlas balancer because my 1960 sun balancer finally crapped out and chased the weights. whats cool is the chinese atlas works identical to the old sun machine when it was new. that being said if you need to do low profiles or wide wheels the stuff i use wont work! then u need to go high tech
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