SEMA Show, Day Three: Hennessy unveils three tire changers
Hennessy Industries Inc. expanded its X -Series line of tire changers, added a tilt-back tire changer and introduced an entry-level machine at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
The new 90X tire changer has a right side stationery assist device that can be retrofitted to other X-Series machines already in use.
“You can turn a 70X into a 90X,” says Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing. The stationery powered assist device keeps the tire in drop center during the mount process.
The 90X will be available late in the first quarter of 2015.
Hennessy also introduced a swing arm tire changer built off the X-Series chassis. The GTS 70 has comparable features and capability to X-Series tire changers. The difference is its tilt back feature, which some customers prefer, according to Keefe.
The GTS 70 model has a stationery bead assist that can loosen both the top bead and re-loosen a stuck bottom bead, says Keefe. The disk can be adjusted to work effectively with high aspect “floppy” sidewalls
The GTS 70 will be available late in the first quarter of 2015.
The RC 55 is a new entry level rim clamping tire changer that replaces the Coats 5030 and 5040 models.
The RC 55 has an optional power articulating bead assist for servicing run flats and low profile tires that are now commonplace in OE applications, according to Keefe.
“The RC 55 is a rugged, durable and capable changer for a general repair shop or a second-bay machine in a tire store,” he says.
The RC 55 tire changer will be available in January 2015.