Things to consider when choosing a wheel balancer

Purchasing garage equipment is expensive and it’s easy to make a decision based on initial cost. However there are other factors that will affect the relationship between you and your equipment over its lifespan that you will need to consider before installation – does it come with warranty? Do you have a clearly laid out servicing and calibration plan?
See our tips below on things to consider when choosing the right system for you.

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User Interface

Is the system intuitive? Balancer technicians suffer from high turnover rates – an intuitive, easy-to-use interface will increase employee effectiveness

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Wheel Centering

Centering errors are a major cause of balancing mistakes and customer comebacks. Make sure the wheel balancer you are considering can easily verify that a wheel is centered properly.

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Vibration Diagnostics

A properly balanced wheel doesn’t always roll smoothly. A machine that can “take the assembly for a test drive” will ensure satisfied customers.

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Instructional Videos

A wheel balancer with included training assistance increases the value of your investment. On-board training videos simplify training, improve balancer results and prevent costly mistakes.

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TPMS Database

TPMS systems are a fact of life when dealing with modern wheels and tyres. A resident lookup database will make technicians faster and more efficient.

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Balancer Shaft

A balancer shaft will wear over time and since tolerance between the cone and shaft is critical to proper balancing it is important to verify that the wheel balancer you are considering has a durable balancer shaft that is designed to last for the life of the machine.

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Tyre Pull Diagnostics

Radial tyre pull can be difficult to diagnose. A wheel balancer that can measure it can allow your tech to find a pull problem before your customer does.

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Reputation

Make sure the company you are buying from has a good reputation among its customers. Anyone can make a wheel balancer, but not every manufacturer stands behind their products.

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Service Support

Even the best quality machines break or require maintenance. Make sure that the manufacturer has a trained service organization that can get you up and running quickly.

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Warranty

A quality machine will have a quality warranty.

The Pro-Align range of Hunter balancers bring features and savings to workshops that are totally unique to the brand. From the weight, labour and money savings of the ‘SmartWeight’ balancer to the only aftermarket retail balancer capable of measuring Radial Force Variation (RFV) and Lateral Force to solve those vibration and pull problems that standard balancers and wheel aligners alone cannot fix!