Hunter sets the stan­dard

Motor Equipment News - - TYRE EQUIPMENT -

Hunter has quickly es­tab­lished it­self as the “go-to” brand for tyre chang­ers and wheel bal­ancers in NZ since the re­lease of its lat­est high per­for­mance mod­els.

Take the Revo­lu­tion, for ex­am­ple, the world’s first truly fully au­to­matic tyre changer that still has a wait­ing list of buy­ers around the world, more than two years af­ter it was in­tro­duced.

Its fully au­to­matic pro­cesses al­low tech­ni­cians to change tyres ef­fort­lessly, in ex­actly the same way, tak­ing ex­actly the same amount of time, ev­ery time. And it will con­tinue to op­er­ate in an iden­ti­cal man­ner, re­gard­less of whether the tyre is stan­dard, large, low pro­file or even a run-flat.

Even load­ing the wheel/tyre is made much eas­ier, thanks to the built-in lifter that takes all the ef­fort from this op­er­a­tion, which saves op­er­a­tors from strain­ing their backs, and then dis­ap­pears out of the way.

Once the wheel is on the plate, the lev­er­less tool head breaks the bead and de­mounts the tyre with­out any dam­age to the rim or the rub­ber. All the technician is re­quired to do is press down on the Go pedal at floor level and hold it, to al­low the pro­gramme to se­quence au­to­mat­i­cally.

The whole op­er­a­tion – de­mount­ing an old tyre and re­plac­ing with a new one – takes a lit­tle more than two min­utes, mak­ing it one of the fastest tyre chang­ers on the mar­ket. It helps that the Revo­lu­tion also has an ex­traor­di­nar­ily fast in­fla­tion sys­tem that au­to­mat­i­cally fills the tyre to the de­sired pres­sure – Hunter says it’s 33 per­cent faster than tra­di­tional foot pedal in­fla­tion sys­tems.

The Revo­lu­tion heads a grow­ing range of Hunter tyre chang­ers and wheel bal­ancers from New Zealand dis­trib­u­tor, Stocks Equip­ment.

Three other mod­els of tyre changer are also avail­able, with the TCX56 and TXC57 re­cently ar­riv­ing to re­place the TCX565 and TCX575 mod­els and fea­tur­ing a patented bead press sys­tem to im­prove mount­ing and de­mount­ing. The TCX525 Au­to­matic Tilt-Col­umn tyre changer con­tin­ues within the range. Th­ese TCX mod­els are made for Hunter in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the num­ber one man­u­fac­turer of Ital­ian-made tyre chang­ers but are strength­ened and mod­i­fied to Hunter En­gi­neer­ing’s strict stan­dards and come with a full three-year war­ranty. All Hunter tyre chang­ers are de­signed to elim­i­nate dam­age to ex­pen­sive al­loy wheel rims.

For check­ing the bal­ance of wheels, Hunter’s Road Force Touch model takes wheel bal­anc­ing to a whole new level, both in terms of di­ag­no­sis and ac­cu­racy.

The Road Force Touch (RFT) pro­duces ex­cep­tional bal­anc­ing re­sults and per­forms a Road Force di­ag­nos­tic test faster than a tra­di­tional wheel bal­ancer per­forms a typ­i­cal bal­ance. Dur­ing the bal­anc­ing process, the Road Force Touch au­to­mat­i­cally ap­plies Hunter’s patented load roller against the wheel and tyre as­sem­bly to sim­u­late how a wheel per­forms un­der the weight of a ve­hi­cle on the road to find hid­den causes of vi­bra­tion and ve­hi­cle pull. Hunter’s patented Straigh­trak pro­gramme iden­ti­fies tyres pulling to one side and rec­ti­fies this by op­ti­mal wheel place­ment, just like orig­i­nal equip­ment manufacturers. Stocks Equip­ment also of­fers the pop­u­lar Hunter GSP9200 wheel bal­ancer, which comes with patented SmartWeight tech­nol­ogy to im­prove bal­ance and the patented Cen­ter­ing Check that en­sures proper cen­ter­ing and elim­i­nates set-up er­rors. Hunter is still the world leader in wheel align­ment tech­nol­ogy, too, with a range of mod­els to suit the needs of work­shops in New Zealand, in­clud­ing an en­hanced ver­sion of the in­cred­i­bly fast and ac­cu­rate Hawk­eye Elite, which can achieve a full align­ment check in less than a minute. To com­ple­ment the wheel align­ment range, Stocks Equip­ment also has four-post hoists that en­able a on­estop shop in­stal­la­tion, plus a wide ar­ray of qual­ity two-post hoists and scis­sors lifts. For more in­for­ma­tion www.george­stock.co.nz or con­tact Stocks Equip­ment toll-free on 0800 863 784 or email: equip­ment@george­stock.co.nz.

The Hunter Road Force Tough wheel bal­ancer, left, with the Lite model to the right.

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