With so many different tire changers on the market, many customers ask for our guidance in how to choose the best one for their immediate needs. See our advice below:
Tire Machine for High-Volume Shops
Consider a tire changer that can handle the stresses involved, as well as be able to change a wide variety of tires. Suggest you purchase a tire machine that can handle both large and small wheels—and can handle low profile tires too. Low profile tires are becoming more and more prominent these days. And if you don’t have a tire machine specifically designed for them, you risk damaging pricey alloy wheels. Damage to an expensive set of rims can cost you thousands of dollars.
Speaking of specialty wheels, consider a tire machine that has a power assist, mounting helper arm. Even though it will increase the cost of the tire changer or wheel balancer, it will be worth it. Changing specialty tires can be a lucrative venture. Think of it as an investment that can pay off itself quickly. And it’s near impossible to change flat tires unless you have the right equipment.
Note with some tire machines, you can add the mounting helper arm at a later time.
Tire Machine for Low-Volume Shops
You should be fine with a basic tire machine that clamps onto the rim. Yes, the old center post tire changers had their day, but this is the 21st century. Unless you plan to exclusively do steel rims, you’re going to need a modern machine that clamps onto the rims. Not only do they make changing tires much easier, but they also are much less likely to damage aluminum wheels.
If you want to quickly grow revenue:
Check out our APO-3237IT tire changer. It’s extremely high performing where an operator doesn’t even have to touch a wheel during the process. Changer also comes with a built-in wheel lift minimizing the need to bend over and break your back on those heavy wheels.
Looking for something less? Then check out our APO-3206 tire changer. It has all the features of a premium brand, but without the high ticket price. Most major manufacturers have only a 1.5 HP motor, while APOAUTOMOTIVE tire changers have a 2 HP motor. Cabinets on each APOAUTOMOTIVE tire machine are beefier than most meaning less flex. Foot pedals are also stronger—made from forged steel. And finally, fittings for air lines, contained within its cabinet, are less likely to leak.
If you’re looking for an entry-level machine:
We recommend that you don’t sacrifice quality. Our Workhorse tire changers are a great choice for folks looking for a solid tire machine at a very reasonable price.
If you want a premium brand:
You can’t go wrong with one of our apoautomotive tire changers. They’re everything you’ll ever need in a tire machine: premium quality, best warranty and service, plus the finest craftsmanship you’ll ever find.
Give us a call if you need further assistance. We’ve been around for more than 10 years, and we know tire machines better than others.