Tire changer wheel machines are an excellent tool for any shop.
They make the process of changing a tire much easier and can typically do it in less time than it would take with just a jack and lug wrench. That is why every car owner (with multiple cars) and every automotive technician should have one on hand when working at their job site.
Tire changer machines come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.
With so many options available, we know it can be challenging to choose the best tire machine that suits your needs –we hope our buyer's guide helps make things easier.
Things To Consider Before Buying A Tire Machine
The first thing to consider is whether you have the space available for a tire changer.
Typically, tire changer machines are large and bulky pieces of equipment that can take up a lot of room in your shop or garage, while others are more compact – so make sure there's enough room for the machine you will purchase.
What will you be using the machine for?
If you plan on only changing your own tires, a smaller and more compact machine may be best. If you plan on using it for a business, you will need a larger tire changer and can handle heavier workloads.
How much are you willing to spend on a tire changer machine?
Tire changer wheel machines come in all price ranges, so there is one sure to fit your budget.
Keep in mind that the more expensive machines typically offer more features and are built with higher-quality materials. However, there are many affordable options available as well.
Type of Tire Changer Machine
There are three main types of tire changer machines: manual, semi-automatic, and automatic;
•Manual – This type is the most basic type of tire changer. It requires you to use your strength to change the tires.
•Semi-automatic – This type is a step up from the manual and uses an air compressor or hydraulic cylinder to help change the tires.
•Automatic – This type is the most advanced and uses a series of motors and sensors to change the tires automatically.
Manual machines require more effort to use, while hydraulic ones are easier but cost a bit more money.
Ease of Use
Is the machine easy to use? How intuitive are the controls?
Some machines are more user-friendly than others, so it's essential to read reviews and ask questions before you make your purchase. You want something that is easy to use, so you don't have to spend a lot of time trying to figure it out.
Also, consider how you will be using it and who else (if anyone) might use it. If multiple people will be operating the machine at once, find one with an adjustable handle or swivel head so everyone can have their comfortable position when working with it.
The weight of the machine also matters. Some are very heavy and can be challenging to move around, while others are lightweight and easy to transport.
Tire Size Capacity
Not all tire changer machines can change every size of tire. ie trailer tires will be smaller than truck tires. See also our article on the best utility trailers.
Some machines are limited to a specific size, while others can handle a broader range of sizes.
Before buying one, make sure it can perform tire changes for the wheels you have on your vehicle(s). If it's for your tire shop, make sure it can handle a variety of tire size diameters to sort your clients' needs.
Some tire changer wheel machines come with extra features that are even more helpful. For instance, some have a tankless air compressor built in to inflate tires (and also comes with a gauge), a top power-assist bead breaker roller, air pressure regulator, a spring-assisted tool shaft, or a wheel balancer. Others may include additional tools like a loading arm which can make the process of changing tires much more effortless.