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Old March 5th, 2013, 09:54 AM
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Looking to buy a air/elec tire changer and wondering about balancers. Bubble vs Spin

For years I have wanted a tire changer set up.

Looking to get one but really not convinced I need a balancer. For years bubble balancers worked great if you take a little time and know how to use it. I understand for dynamic balance a spin is obviously better. But anyone have any real world experience?

I have a bubble balancer and don't mind the couple minutes (if that) extra time it takes.

Should I save myself $1000+?

I figure if 8 our of 10 wheels balance fine with the bubble and I still need to tke the time to have a couple done up the street for $10.... The tire changer is key, balancer not so much.

Thoughts?

By the way I'm looking at smaller rim clamp machines like the Ranger Bend Pack 21 incher.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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A friend found one on Craigslist for cheap a year or two ago (believe it is air). That's probably your best bet. Don't believe he has a balancer though.
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You might also want to check http://www.govliquidation.com/

A buddy of mine got one cheap from there.
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Thanks all - I live kind of in the boonies and don't have time with work and life to drive all over for a used one. $15-1800 for a new Bend Pack/Ranger one to the door is fine with me. Hell, I'm half tempted to get a $1200 china clone (Atlas Brand are better ones) since the Ranger comes from there as well.

Atlas makes nice "China" equipment. My 2 post lift is an Atlas and I've been super impressed with it.

But that's all changer related - I was asking about balancers.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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I bit the fan belt and took it like a man.... Changer and balancer on the way. Even went for the one with bead blaster and a left side air powered assist arm.

Changer has 48" inch capacity and 16" bead breaker width... 47" and 170 pound capacity on the balancer - Should be enough. Ha ha.

I don't want to ever buy them again so I decided to get "lower line" Ranger - decent stuff I could get parts for down the line.
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