The automatic Hunter Revolution tire changer is mostly operated by pressing on a foot pedal, which safely distances the operator (Miles Dierker) from the assembly. Photo provided by Hunter Engineering.

The Present and Future of Mounting and Balancing

Five years ago, we asked executives from tire mounting and balancing equipment manufacturers and marketers a forward-looking question: What will the next generation of tire mounting and balancing machines look like?

Bosch says the hand actuated bead breaker in its TCE4275 swing arm tire changer gives technicians more control when unseating beads that are close to the plastic cladding.

Clad wheels: Handle with extreme care

Clad wheels require extreme care during mounting and balancing. Without it, a dealer will pay the ultimate price: replacing the wheel. Some dealers are acutely aware of the latest market trend affecting mounting and balancing.


How to build more profits into mounting and balancing services

In the September issue of MTD, dealers, business coaches and manufacturers shared suggestions for getting more profits from mounting and balancing services. The following article looks at how equipment maintenance and technician training speed bay turns and lower costs.


4 hidden ways to get more profits from mounting and balancing

Selling more mounting and balancing services is a proven way to add to a dealership’s bottom line, but it’s not the only one. Strategies for increasing the profit potential of the services at the heart of a tire dealership fall into four areas, according to several dealers, business coaches and manufacturers. Their suggestions range from rethinking the value of free services to offering dealer-specific tire warranties, tracking tire labor and getting more out of balancing and mounting equipment.

The Coats EL-X Express Lane Inflation System can be added to the Coats Rim Clamp tire changer, allowing inflation to be carried out off the tire changer. The company says the EL-X System boosts productivity by 20% versus inflating tires on a conventional tire changer.

Mounting and balancing equipment and tips

Today’s uni-body vehicles are considerably lighter and have much stiffer suspension systems than they did just 10 years ago, says Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for Hennessy Industries Inc. “Gone are the generous cushions and dampeners that typified the suspensions of yesteryear. Today’s vehicles are more sensitive to vibration than they used to be."

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