Taking The Lever Out Of Run-Flat Tyre Changing
Snap-on Equipment has introduced two new ‘lever-less’ semi-automatic tyre changers under the Hofmann and John Bean brands for the gentle and user-friendly mounting and demounting of run-flat and ultra high performance (UHP) tyres.
Both the Hofmann monty 3300 racing AT plus and John Bean T4500-24 AT plus feature a reinforced tilt back post design and an automatic mounting head with an integrated ‘finger’ incorporated into a pneumatic mounting tool, which enables tyres to be handled without a tyre lever. The machines have an outer clamping range of up to 24 inches to meet the growing need for tyre shops and garages to handle the larger wheel diameters fitted to an increasing number of cars on the road. Other standard features include a two-speed turntable for faster tyre changing and a double-acting bead breaker cylinder and both machines are certified by WDK, the Association of the German Rubber Industry, for the safe handling of run-flat and UHP tyres. A two-year warranty, installation and training are also included as standard.
Chris Behan, general manager, Snap-on Equipment, commented: “The new ‘lever-less’ AT plus tyre changers are ideal for workshops with a medium to high volume of tyre service business, enabling them to confidently handle large wheel rims and run-flat tyres with robust equipment that’s purpose designed and built to be up to the job.”