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Which type of tire changer do I need?
The break-down on which tire changer is best for you.

Tire changers are the essential center-pieces of every well-run garage. With exclusive tire changing features, the once dreaded chore of changing a tire is now easier than ever. Our state-of-the-art technology and advanced features make tire changing one of the quickest and most profitable services that you can offer a client.

Most of our incredible tire changers offer up-front foot controls, complete with clearly marked decals so youíre never unsure of what to do next. Other innovations include tilt-back towers for increased clearance, large bead-breaking blades, powerful hi-torque turntables, jet-blast pistol inflation gauge with air dump valve, as well as a fully-adjustable tool bar. All of this comes packed in an easy-to-use, free-standing console thatís as safe as it is efficient.

With all the different gizmos on a tire changer it's becoming easier to be confused about them. It is understandable that they would seek a source for information about the differences between a rim clamp vs. a center post tire changer or a definition of what a mounting helper arm is.

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The first step in deciding on the proper tire changer for your application is determining what size and types of wheels you will be servicing. What is the largest rim diameter size you need to be able to handle? A typical range would be 20 to 22 inch rim diameter, although there are specialty tire shops who need to handle rims all the way up to 28 inch rims.

What type of wheels are you planning on changing? For typical passenger cars and light trucks, you'll get by just fine with a standard old style center post tire machine. They've been around for decades and work just fine for typical steel wheels. If you want to handle the more expensive aluminum and alloy rims, you'll want to get a rim clamp tire machine. Rim clamp tire changers are capable of handling these pricey rims without the chance of damaging them.

If you want to be able to service performance tires, you will want to get a tire changer with a mounting helper arm. These models aid you in mounting and dismounting those thick-walled tires as well as the low profile tires that are so common these days. Low profile tires with the large, flashy rims are all the rage these days and gaining popularity all over the nation. Many auto shops cannot handle these rims without possibly damaging them. Auto and tire shop owners who do not have the capability to service these wheels are missing out on a huge potential income. These machines can pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time in areas where performance wheels are popular.

Another area for consideration is run flat tires. While not as prominent as low profile tires, they are gaining in popularity for their ability to allow the driver to continue to drive while the tire is deflated. A typical tire changer cannot handle these; neither can the models with the mounting helper arms for low profile tires. You will need a model with dual-mounting helper arms. The second arm is required to offer the force necessary to change those thick walled tires. This is an investment that may take some time to pay off, unlike the low profile tire changers, which will see much more action. Knowing what type of tire shop you want to be and what types of tires you want to be able to service is the first and most important step to choosing the proper model for the job.