Car Tyre Changer vs Motorcycle Tyre Changer Differences

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Car Tyre Changers

Car tyre changers are specifically designed to handle car or van wheel sizes, generally ranging from 20 to 26 inches in diameter. They are robust, with automatic and semi-automatic versions available, and are equipped to handle a variety of tasks – from the basic wheel-clamp style tyre changers to the more advanced, leverless technology. These tyre changers also can handle a variety of rims including alloy, steel, performance and low-profile rims without causing any damage. Out of the box most can’t usually handle smaller motorcycle tyre changing, nor can they deal with larger commercial or HGV tyre changing.

Power

Car tyre changers are generally very powerful compared to a motorcycle tyre machine, due to the larger car wheel diameters and tyre types.

Capacity

They have a larger wheel capacity in terms of the wheel and tyre size they can process, which would be those found on cars, and small to medium-sized vans.

Technology

Typically, car tyre changers come with advanced features such as tilt-back towers, 3-point arms, and bead breakers even to the extent of integrated wheel lifts on some more advanced machines.

Motorcycle Tyre Changers

Motorcycle tyre changers, as the name suggests, are designed specifically for motorcycles’ tyre sizes, usually 15-21 inches in diameter. They are smaller, lighter, and easier to manipulate than their car counterparts due to the smaller size and weight of motorcycle tyres. These tyre machines tend to have 4 raised jaws to accommodate the depth of motorcycle wheel hubs. One further difference in motorcycle tyre changers is that they tend to have a smaller bead breaker to accommodate the smaller wheel sizes.

Size

Motorcycle tyre changers are often more compact, designed to cater to smaller wheel diameters.

Efficiency

While they may not necessarily have the size or power of car tyre changers, motorcycle tyre changers are no less efficient. Built for precision, they ensure safety and efficiency when dealing with smaller rims and tyre sizes.

Design

These machines are typically designed with a vertical press arm to manage the smaller diameter tyres.

Adaptability of Car Tyre Changers with Motorcycle Adaptor

One advantage of car tyre changers is their adaptability for motorcycle wheels when fitted with a suitable tyre changer motorcycle adaptor. The adaptor simply reduces the turntable size to fit the smaller motorcycle wheels and gives the raised jaws needed to fit the motorcycle hubs. Some will also offer a changeable demount head (also known as a duck) so this can be swapped out for a smaller head for motorcycle tyre changing. This can be highly beneficial for garages that offer tyre service for both cars and motorcycles and want to leverage their existing equipment.

Versatility

This adaptability makes car tyre changers a dual-purpose tool, increasing versatility and offering cost-saving benefits.

Saves Space

Having one machine capable of serving two purposes reduces the need for additional equipment. For smaller workshops, where space might be at a premium, this adaptability is a clear advantage.

Size Does Matter, but Adaptability Wins the Game

While the fundamentals of tyre changing remain the same, differences in wheel sizes and tyre types mean you need the right tools for efficient and effective tyre mounting and dismounting. That said, the ability to utilise a car tyre changer for motorcycle wheels with an adaptor adds an element of convenience, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. The driver behind the best choice lies in the specific requirements of the workshop and the types of vehicle tyres frequently serviced or replaced. Of course, there is a distinct place for both car tyre changers and motorcycle tyre changers in garage equipment. Understanding the key differences between them allows for better decision-making when it comes to selecting the right tool for the job and providing the best service to your customers.

Specialists in Tyre Changers for Cars and Motorcycles

Concept Garage Equipment staff have been working in the garage industry for decades and are experts in tyre changers for all vehicles from mopeds and motorcycles, through cars, vans and caravans up to HGVs and commercial vehicle tyre changing. For any tyre changer information, advice or sales call us today on 0113 469 0572.