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Wheel Balancing Machines
Correctly balanced wheels are critical to driver and passenger comfort, reducing fatigue on long journeys. Equally, properly balanced wheels will help you save on motoring costs; tyre and suspension wear will be reduced and fuel efficiency can be improved.
Wheel balancing is a delicate procedure utilising specialised equipment and at Tyre Bay Direct we’re happy to offer a range of tyre balancing machines to suit every business and every budget. Wheel balancing is an integral part of the tyre fitting process and so you need to know you are using the best equipment to balance wheels. If you’re not sure what’s best for your garage call us now on 01527 883 580 and a member of our team will be pleased to help.
We stock a great variety of the best car wheel balancing machines available in the UK, from hand spin wheel balancers and manual data input wheel balancers, through to fully automatic tyre balancers. This doesn't mean you have to buy the most expensive either as a cheap wheel balancer can do the job just as well, although it will take you a little longer. We can even supply Commercial Wheel Balancers suitable for use on wheels from larger vehicles like trucks and buses.
Why offer Wheel Balancing Services?
Experts like Cars.com recommend that drivers get their tyres balanced every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Whether or not you agree, this is a big money industry and we all know it’s important that wheel balance is checked, along with the wheel alignment, if you scuff a wheel against a kerb, or worse, tear a piece of rubber off a tyre in the process. The impact on a vehicle can be detrimental if this process is skipped, so by offering wheel balancing using one of our car wheel balancing machines, your customers will benefit from a smoother ride and they’ll get more out of the life of their tyres.
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Fully Automatic vs. Semi-Automatic vs. Manual
What is the difference between automatic and manual wheel balancing? To balance a wheel the machine needs 3 main parameters. The offset, which is the distance the wheel is away from the machine, the wheel diameter, which is the diameter of the rim on which the tyre is fitted and the width of the wheel being balanced. Only with these parameters entered accurately into the machine can it carry out the wheel balancing procedure and these are the differences between the types of machine:
|Manual Data Input||A manual data input wheel balancer is just that; all parameters are entered by hand. There will be a selection of buttons on the front of the machine which will enable you to enter the parameters. The machine will often also come with a retractable measuring arm for the offset. The diameter can then be determined by the tyre size and a pair of measuring callipers will give you the ability to measure the wheel width. An example machine here would be the Redback 800 24" manual data input wheel balancer.|
|Semi-Automatic Data Input||With a semi-automatic wheel balancer there is still a need to enter the wheel width by hand. The retractable ruler will then automatically sense and input the offset and rim diameter, but you will still use measuring callipers for the wheel width and enter this through buttons on the machine. You might choose a machine like the Atlas WB50 Semi-Automatic Wheel Balancer if this is your requirement.|
|Fully Automatic Data Input||A fully automatic wheel balancer will capture all 3 of these parameters. Again, the measuring arm of the wheel balancer will pick up the offset and diameter but on a fully automatic machine, there will be an additional measuring arm, normally attached to the protective hood. This arm can be brought across to take the wheel width measurement which is automatically entered into the machine. Typically, you’d be looking at an Atlas Platinum PWB90 Fully-automatic Wheel Balancer, or perhaps a Hofmann Megaplan megaspin 220 Wheel Balancer.|
Assuming the correct data is entered, it's important to note that balancing accuracy is not affected by the way the data is collected. The main advantage gained with a fully automatic balancer is the speed with which you can balance wheels.
Wheel balancing machines for motorcycle wheels
Did you know you can offer motorcycle wheel balancing, simply by purchasing a motorcycle wheel balancer adapter from Tyre Bay Direct? These adapters will convert a wheel balancer with a 40mm shaft into a motorcycle wheel balancer, extending the range of balancing services you can offer customers for a fraction of the price of a new wheel balancing machine!
Still unsure which model is for you? Call our experts today. They’ll be happy to talk you through the different wheel balancers available and find the right one for you.