Perfect Equipment Turns 80

In its early years, Perfect Equipment focused wholly on a single product — the wheel weight — for a single market — the U.S. Eighty years after its founding, the brand has grown into a diversified product line sold in 35 countries around the world.

Manufacturers Hennessy and Wegmann advise shops considering a transition away from lead wheel weights to have their technicians test different types of weights.

Wheel Weight Update: Lead Wheel Weights are Still Here... in Most States

In 2009, it looked like lead wheel weights were destined to become a tire shop memory. In August of that year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would pursue a nationwide ban on the manufacture and distribution of lead wheel weights. Yet in 2017, lead wheel weights remain legal in 42 states.


Wegmann’s Zinc Weights Win Quality Award

The parent company of the Hofmann Power Weight and Perfect Equipment wheel weight brands has received an outstanding quality award from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for its zinc lineup of wheel balance weights.

In response to the increased use of adhesive wheel weights, Plombco recently launched StickPro wheel cleaner. The company says it is important to properly remove the existing weight and leftover adhesive residue. It is equally important to clean and prepare the wheel before applying the new wheel weight.

The Latest Update on Wheel Weights

Bans on the use of lead weights, efforts to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, and the popularity of custom wheels are creating more wheel weight choices for passenger tire dealers.

Samaritan Tire Co. in Minnetonka completed its transition to lead-free wheel weights a year ahead of Minnesota’s deadline. In addition to legislative action, original equipment manufacturers are driving markets to non-lead options.

Test the alternatives as wheel weight markets shift away from lead

Tire dealers in Minnesota, the latest state to ban lead wheel weights, have about five months to find non-lead alternatives. Minnesota’s wheel weight law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. In addition to Minnesota, lead wheel weights are illegal in California, Illinois, Maine, New York, Vermont and Washington.

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