Tips For Investing In A New Tire Changer

Tips For Investing In A New Tire Changer

If your techs are struggling on tough tires or damaging wheels, it could be time to invest in updating older equipment.

Investing in equipment that allows a technician to mount a tire without damaging the tire or wheel can pay dividends for shops every day. 

Many OEM wheels can cost in excess of $1,000 each, and to repair them, your shop could fork out $500 for a simple scratch or gouge. If a shop can save itself just one wheel repair per month by having the correct tire changer, that more than pays for the new changer and keeps more revenue from each job in the business owner’s pocket.

When to Invest

If your technicians are struggling on tough tires, damaging wheels or sending tire work out, it could be time to invest in updating older or obsolete equipment.

An extremely busy tire shop that mounts 500 to 1,000 tires per month may get only a few years out of a tire changer. Most medium-volume tire shops outgrow their current tire changer in terms of capacity or capability before it truly wears out. Wheels and tires have grown in complexity, size, difficulty and fragility in the last 10 years. The machine that could handle everything 10 years ago likely no longer can, which makes a tire changer investment a requirement for any tire dealer.

Coats-Tire-Changer-Cut-Out-1400x700

Key Considerations

When investing in a new tire changer, shop owners, managers and technicians should ask themselves the following questions: 

  • What types of tires are we currently damaging or struggling to service?
  • What types of tires or wheels would we like to service in the future?
  • What is our current tire volume? 

Investing in a tire changer that will easily change all of the tire and wheel assemblies you’re servicing today—plus those you’ll see several years down the line—is very important. 

Another key consideration and an argument for investing in a current tire changer is shop labor costs. The need to have two techs on each tire job every time a car with a low profile or difficult tires comes in can be very expensive for a business to absorb over time. Having the proper equipment allows one technician to change tough or low-profile tires easily, keeping other techs in the shop productive and making money.

Available power sources in a shop is another consideration to take into account. For example, many shops don’t have 220v available but still require a powerful changer. For this customer, an air-powered changer might be the best option. Similarly, a mobile tire changing operation may not have electric available at all. For this type of operation, air-powered may be the only option.

If your shop is looking to invest in heavy-duty tire changers for truck, bus and agricultural tires, some equipment requires three-phase power, which sometimes is not available in shops and can limit a shop’s choices when considering a heavy-duty tire changer.

Content provided by Coats Garage. For more information, visit coatsgarage.com.

You May Also Like

The Winter Tire Opportunity – Now Is The Time

Winters tires aren’t just a luxury, it’s your job to tell your customers the positive impact that the tires can give them.

It was a frigid February morning in Chicago last year. The kind of cold that creeps into the depths of your lungs, making it difficult and even a little painful to breathe. The kind of cold that literally takes your breath away. The snow was falling as I stepped into my car and took off across The Chicago Skyway with the city lights in my rear view. It was around Gary, Indiana, that the lake effect snow engulfed Interstate 90 and made it impossible to see the road more than about 15 feet ahead as I made an unwise attempt to pass a massive snowplow in the right lane. And, it was this moment that I understood the difference between an all-season tire and a true winter tire. My life as a “tire guy” would never be the same again.

Diagnosing Audi A8 TPMS Issues

These are all the steps you’ll need to pinpoint fault issues in TPMS for 2009-2016 Audi A8 vehicles.

The Rule of 3X Tire Rotation

Proper rotation procedures maximize tread life and customers coming back.

Communicating The Effectiveness Of TPMS

A good angle to start with may be laying out the consequences of not having a working TPMS.

Servicing Tires With 18-In.-Plus Rims

Servicing any tire and wheel assembly correctly starts with having the right equipment.

Other Posts

Bridgestone, Microsoft Collab on Tire Analytics

Bridgestone will use Microsoft Azure to accelerate its digital transformation and enhance its portfolio of connected tires and mobility solutions worldwide.

TPMS Valve Stems – What Are The Trends? What Is The Future?

Whatever the type of stem, carelessness can result in a broken sensor or even a customer being stranded with a flat tire.

Nissan TPMS Service

The behavior of the TPMS systems is very consistent across all Nissan models.

Continental Launches Light Truck, SUV and CUV Tire Promo 

Beginning July 1 and available through Aug. 31, consumers who purchase four (4) qualifying light truck, SUV, or crossover tires will receive up to a $100 VISA prepaid card by mail.