Snap-on Equipment Brands Unveil Redesigns
John Bean and Hofmann, brands within Snap-on Equipment, have unveiled their new cabinet designs and equipment overhauls for the company’s ranges of wheel aligners, balancers and tyre changers. Hofmann has redesigned its high specification monty 3300 racing tyre changer, in order to allow it to handle run-flat and ultra high profile (UHP) tyres, while the John Bean range of aligners now features ergonomically designed cabinet fittings.
“The gentle way to change run-flats”
The Hofmann brand believesit has found a way to build on the success of the existing monty 3300 racing, Europe’s best-selling professional tyre changer. Its new “plus” model enables, so Hofmann states, “the gentle handling of alloy rims” through the use of plastic protectors fitted to the wheel mounting head and clamping jaws. The new triangular bead clamp should prevent tyre damage, while a specially shaped tyre lever is designed to lift the bead of a tyre over the mounting head nose unharmed.
An automatically tilting back post and ergonomically positioned foot control pedals work towards making the new monty 3300 racing plus more user-friendly, alongside the use of a self-centring four-jaw chuck. This is controlled by two clamping cylinders for quicker, more accurate clamping.
Chris Behan, general manager at Snap-on Equipment, comments, “As the number of cars on the road with run-flat and ultra high profile tyres continues to increase, so does the need to have the right equipment to change these tyres without risking costly damage. The new monty 3300 racing plus changer is an ideal, easy-to-use solution to this problem.”
John Bean promotes new designs
All new John Bean Visualiner CCD and 3D wheel aligners now feature an ergonomic cabinet design, including the V3D Lite and top-of-the-range Arago models. The cabinets have been developed to meet the needs of professional workshops and, the company believes, have strong visual appeal to emphasise the quality and reliability of the equipment.
The full range of John Bean wheel balancers has also been refreshed with a new cabinet design intended to fit better into a modern workshop environment. Each cabinet in the John Bean balancer range now features a standardised monitor bracket, enabling a TFT monitor to be retrofitted. The balancers have also received new model designations to reflect new design trends.
Chris Behan continues, “By combining our advanced wheel alignment and balancing technology with stylish, technician-friendly cabinet designs, we aim to help workshops present themselves as professional and up-to-date operations. There’s no doubt that creating the right image has become an increasingly important factor when it comes to generating customer appeal and repeat business.”