What Is the Best Tyre Changer?


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Types of Tyre Changing Machines

There are several types of tyre-changing machines:

  • Manual Tyre Changer – small, portable and ideal for home tyre repair enthusiasts and DIY mechanics. The manual tyre changer usually has a manual bead breaker and tyre iron. This is a very cost-effective machine for occasional users.
  • Mobile tyre changer – This automated tyre changer is usually used by a mobile tyre repair business. They are run from a 12-volt power source and can be mounted in the back of a mobile tyre repair van or truck.
  • Semi-automatic Tyre Changer – These semi-automatic tyre changers utilise a combination of manual and automatic controls. On this kind of tyre fitting machine, the mounting head is held in place using a manual locking screw and handle. The mounting head is then pushed down on the hex bar into position by hand and locked in place with a leaver
  • Fully automatic Tyre Changer – this type of fully-automated tyre changer is similar to a semi-automatic tyre changer, but the setup of the mounting head is more automated and the rear column is operated using a hydraulic piston tilting the rear column backwards and upwards to clear the tyre when not in use. When mounting the tyre, the mounting head is moved into position and locked into place automatically.

Tyre Changing Features for Different Needs

Choosing a tyre changer isn’t just about the level of automation. There are also some key features to consider depending on your specific needs:

  • Tyre Size and Profile: For low-profile tyres with stiff sidewalls, a strong bead breaker with multiple positions (e.g., rollers, jaws) is crucial. Machines with adjustable clamping force can also be helpful.
  • Wheel Size and Style: If you’ll be working with large diameter rims or wider wheels, look for a tyre changer with a long enough mounting arm and a wide enough turntable to accommodate them comfortably. For delicate alloy rims, features like plastic protectors or nylon clamping jaws can help prevent scratches.
  • Volume of Use: For high-volume garages, features like automatic arm positioning, built-in tyre inflation systems, and integrated air pressure gauges can significantly improve speed and efficiency for tyre changing.
  • Ergonomics: Hydraulic arm assistance and ergonomic foot pedals can reduce fatigue during long days of tyre changes, and again improve the speed of your tyre changing operation.

By considering these features alongside the automation level and your budget, you can select a tyre changer that best suits your specific needs and makes your tyre service operation run smoothly.

The Best Tyre Changing Machines

Although there are many different types of tyre-changing machines available on the market, the best one for you will depend on many factors including the type of vehicle you are changing the tyres for, the size of wheels you need to cater for and the volume of tyre changes being done.

Some of the more popular types of tyre changers include manual tyre changers, mobile tyre changers, semi-automatic tyre changers and fully automatic tyre changers. However, the best type of tyre changer for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

To discuss the Best Tyre Changer for you or your Garage Equipment needs please call Concept Garage Equipment today on 0113 469 0572.


Tyre Changer Repairs & Maintenance

If you have a tyre changer already but it requires repair or a service to keep it running well then we can help!

We offer preventative maintenance contracts for garage equipment to keep the equipment well maintained and serviced, preventing breakdowns of your garage equipment and reducing any lost revenue.

If the worst happens and your tyre changer breaks down,  call us and we can have a fully qualified engineer on site often within the same day to get your equipment back up and running.