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Tyres Commercial gets a BEAST

When you have this many commercial rims and tyres to change, it makes sense to get something big and robust enough to handle them all. Queue – ‘The Beast’

Tyres Commercial have taken delivery and installation of their new megamount 352 truck tyre changer.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

How far are ‘they’ willing to go? – I bet we go further!

Going the extra mile

We like to think we are dedicated to every installation we carry out. Quite often you’ll see posts on this very blog about installations in most remote of places. This one is no exception! With the products checked and PDI at our Huntington base, the products were loaded ready for our engineer to install at the most northerly tip of the British Isles, Shetland. The customer required a complete tyre changing and alignment setup including, lifting equipment, wheel aligner, tyre changers and finally balancers.

shetland1The Shetland island is the UK most northerly group of islands and putting that into perspective their nearest neighbour is Orkney, 50 miles (80km) to the south-west. In fact it’s only 200 miles (320km) away from Norway.  It’s a 12 hour ferry ride, something our engineers know all about!

In such remote locations services can be expensive and  the customer need to know that their equipment would be well made and stand the test of time, so not to incur any costly call outs.

 What was installed?

TSX3200 Min Height LRScissor lift – TSX3000

At the heart of the installation are the two new TSX3000 scissors lifts, recently added to Hofmann Megaplan range. Boasting a lifting capacity of 3 tonnes and minimum height of just 110mm making it great for installations directly to the floor. Their strength and versatility make them ideal in a situation like this.

Tyre changer – 503 Racing

megamount 503 Angled 2The fully-automatic megamount 503 Racing is simply fantastic value for money; providing the typical build quality customers have come to expect from a ‘megamount’ model, combined with a versatile specification and highly competitive price tag. A best seller and common sight amongst tyre shops, garages and main dealers across the globe!

Laser Aligner – megaline

Representing great value for money and incredible return on investment, the megaline system 4 is a must for any garage or tyre shop; even those with existing computerised systems would value the megaline as a way of getting measurements quickly for customer checks.

Lifts – megalift 4000-2 

A fairly recent addition to the Hofmann Megaplan range, the megalift 4000-2 lift as a an electro-hydraulic 2 Post lift represents excellent value for money, combining an economic design typical of entry-level lifts, but with the added peace of mind of being a Hofmann Megaplan product with all its associated qualities such as build, reliability, long-term spares availability and reputation.

megaspin 200-3 balancermegaspin 200-3 No Hood

Finally the megaspin 200-3 was added is just makes perfect sense! Small, and loaded with features normally only associated with ‘top end’ machines. The megaspin 200 is a motorised wheel balancer utilising low speed technology to eliminate the need for a wheel guard, making it an excellent solution for workshops where space is at a premium.

This particular install was sold by Andrew Page where you can get a range of Hofmann Megaplan products.

Renown Transport Services Ltd (E Sussex)

Following another successful year at the Commercial Vehicle show where we had lots of fun demonstrating our latest commercial vehicle equipment. On product on show was ‘the beast’ – megamount 352 tyre changer for large wheels.

Renown Transport Services Ltd is one of the premier bus service and coach hire companies in the South East, operating our fleet of modern buses and luxury coaches from Bexhill on Sea. Having seen the machine they have now taken delivery and installation of a brand new truck tyre changer to service their busy garage.

The CV Show is the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain, providing truck and van operators with far greater choice than any other exhibition serving this vital industry. The Show attracts close to 21,000 business visitors and its central location at the NEC Birmingham, ensures a truly nationwide attendance.

WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF HANDS IN A small SPACE – Discount tyres (Kent)

No building is to big or trailer to small, we will always be able to do the install….

With a limited amount of space and just one operator, dancing around a tyre changer was not the ideal solution for Discount Tyres (Kent). So a Megamount 303R seemed like just the ideal solution.

The megamount 303 Racing is a semi-automatic, space saving, high performance tyre changer designed for extreme/intensive use. Which it most certainly gets from Discount Tyres. Unlike discount ‘swing-arm’ machines, which are generally designed to meet a price point and not a quality standard, the megamount 303 is built for those customers who need a machine capable of handling the toughest rim & tyre combinations, but who don’t have the space for a typical high-performance machine.

Boasting 10” to 24” clamping (22” external) and extra-tall turret to cater for wide rims, the megamount 303 incorporates our unique ‘megafit pro-duo Lite’ robotic arm system to handle run-flats and low-profile tyres all from a 12v format, ideal for a mobile operation like this.

Find out more about our 303 Racing on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

 

Quality Balancers, Quality Accessories…That’s The Difference…

Next time you are looking for a new wheel balancer, dig a little deeper than just the price and brochure.

Most manufacturers today, even if they claim their machines are made in Europe, will be using low cost, inferior quality hardware made in China. The threaded shaft, locking handle and cones can represent a large chunk of the price of a balancer, so there is a significant saving to be had by reducing the quality.

At Hofmann Megaplan, we continue to to use hardware from leading German manufacturer Haweka as OEM fitment to our machines, thus guaranteeing the longevity and repeatability anyone who has used Haweka will have become accustomed to. Approved by all vehicle manufacturers and tyre manufacturers, the Haweka product is precision engineered in Germany by people who know the importance of mounting the rim correctly when wheel balancing.

This philosiphy even stretches to something as basic as balance weight pliers; we’ve noticed recently how many suppliers are providing pliers with their machines that fall apart within a matter of weeks, sometimes days. Again, at Hofmann Megaplan we still supply our own pliers, of the highest quality, that reflect the quality of components used throughought our range.

To put this in perspective, we reckon we could save at least £200 by cutting corners on the basic items mentioned here, and that would make our balancers look substantially cheaper. But there is no doubt that the long term effect would be damaging to our reputation, and we are simply not prepared to let that happen….