It’s 2017. Technology has improved almost every aspect of our lives. In fact, it’s hard to think of one thing that isn’t better now than it was a few decades ago. TVs. Phones. Cars. You name it and it’s better.
So why do you still have sledge hammers in your shop near your tire-changing stations?
Sure, the old hammer-and-bar technique still works. But so does that old rotary phone you unplugged a decade ago and put in a closet. It’s time to seriously consider an upgrade to a heavy duty tire changer. Your business will thank you. So will your techs. Especially as your tire volume goes up.
What do heavy duty tire changers provide for your shop?
Improved safety. There are many reasons to bring a tire changer into your shop, but safety sits at the top of the list. Changing heavy tires can cause all kinds of injuries to almost every part of the body. Techs can throw out their backs. They can injure themselves with one misplaced swing of the hammer—from smashing a leg to hitting their heads (or the head of someone walking past them). And nothing ruins your day like the combination of an injured employee and a workers comp claim.
Reduced fatigue. Even if your employees don’t face a serious injury, the strain of picking up heavy tires day in and day out can eventually wear on them. That means they sometimes need to call in sick for a day or two to let their bodies get rest. There’s much less physical exertion when using a heavy duty tire changer, so they show up ready to work day after day.
Easy training. Using a hammer and bar is an acquired skill. It takes a lot of work to use them efficiently. Most techs who are highly skilled in the method have been perfecting it for years. But new techs don’t have years. You need them to become productive right away. With a heavy duty tire changer, it rarely takes more than a day from the time someone receives training to the time they’re changing tires with maximum efficiency.
Better productivity. Once techs are skilled on a tire changer, the tires begin to flow through your shop at a rate you couldn’t have imagined before installing it. And your shop’s profitability goes up with each tire.
Minimized damage. A heavy duty tire changer will cause less bead damage due to incorrect mounting and demounting. But just as importantly, it protects the new alloy wheels that are becoming more common on today’s trucks and heavy equipment by limiting the metal-to-metal contact that’s common with a hammer and bar.
As you begin to look for a new heavy duty tire changer, you should start with our new line of products. From the superfast R501N to the roadside R560 to the wide-ranging R511, we offer anything you could want in a heavy duty tire changer.