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Using the Mount / Dismount Head on The Eagle Tire Changer

Sometimes it’s the little things that can cause the most damage, like improper use of your equipment. With your Eagle Tire Changer, the proper positioning of your mount/demount head is essential so that damage doesn’t occur to the tire or rim.

With the cost of rim and tires these days, you do not want to have to pay a hundreds of dollars for a new rim or tire. Below is the proper way to adjust and position the mount head. This is a small part of maintaining your tire changer, but something that can prevent a major issue down the road. Continue reading Using the Mount / Dismount Head on The Eagle Tire Changer

Tire Changers: Breaking it Down

At the top of the list, with oil changes and brakes, changing and repairing tires is one of the most common jobs at your local repair shop. A good tire changer will, with regular maintenance and some repairs, last for many years.

Times are a changing in the tire-changing world! The days of easy steel rims and regular valve stems are fast disappearing. These days there are “soft” aluminum rims, tires with stiff sidewalls and TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) valve stems that, if serviced improperly, can break. Click here to see how we change tires with TPMS. Keep this in mind when shopping for a new tire changer.

When you’re in the market for a tire changer, it’s hard to differentiate between all of the different brands out there, each company trying to put their best foot forward in a bid to win over your trust and loyalty. Each brand then has a variety of tire changer models, fashioned to meet the needs of specific niches. Here’s how you can easily select the right changer for you from Eagle Equipment.

Size Matters! What type and size of wheels do you want to work on?

The size of the wheel: Before you shop for a tire changer, you need to know what size tires you will be changing. Look at the rim diameter of the tires to be changed; 20 to 24 inch diameter is the common measurement of most wheels. If you want to go smaller, like motorcycles …. Or larger, like truck tires … that will determine if a different changer is needed.

The type of wheel: Light trucks will utilize a different tire changer from heavy-duty trucks. There are also shops that specialize in run flat tires or low profile wheels. Such tires require special tire changers because the ordinary models may not be able to handle too well.

The style tire shop that you are: Do you do a lot of tires? Are you just getting started? Do you want to be able to work on specialty tires or large truck-tires? The tire changer you choose will determine the style of shop you are.

With these factors in mind, we now need to look at the different types of tire changers available from Eagle. Each style has been designed for specific needs. Now that you know what type of tires you want to work on, here is how to easily find the one that fits. Continue reading Tire Changers: Breaking it Down

HOW-TO: Change a Tire with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor (VIDEO)

TPMS-tire-pressureA tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside the pneumatic tires on various types of vehicles. TPMS monitors the actual air pressure inside each tire via a sensor mounted within the tire behind the air valve. TPMS report real-time tire-pressure information to the driver of the vehicle, either via a gauge, a pictogram display, or a simple low-pressure warning light (which is to represent a flattened tire with exclamation point).

standard-tpms-warning-signal

These systems were created for the luxury lines, with the first passenger vehicle to adopt it was the Porsche 959 in 1986. Since then, the system has proven that it can help you avoid traffic accidents due to under-inflated tires by early recognition of the malfunction of tires. It also increases overall fuel efficiency.

Continue reading HOW-TO: Change a Tire with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor (VIDEO)

Your Auto Shop Spring Cleaning Checklist

Eagle Lifts in this clean and organized shop.
Eagle Lifts in this clean and organized shop.

Winter is hopefully coming to an end and spring is around the corner! I could not be happier to see this miserable Winter on it’s way out.  As I get ready for Spring, there are a few spring cleaning checklists that I am working on. I want to share with you some tips for your Auto Shop Spring Cleaning.

The first step I do in my spring cleaning efforts is to get rid of items that are obsolete or have not been used in years.That’s right…. this is where the hoarder in me goes through the stuff and gets rid of all the junk that is taking up space. Hard at first to toss (I might need this), but trust me …. it get’s easier and feels really good at the end. Continue reading Your Auto Shop Spring Cleaning Checklist

Winter Weather and Your Shop Equipment

As we wait for another winter storm to hit, we are planning for snow, rain, ice, sleet and extremely low temperatures. While winter weather is normal, it seems to be a little cruel this year.

From more car accidents to traffic delays and school closing… this type of winter causes a lot of glitches that can delay our normal day-to-day life.

The Midwest, Northeast and Southeast parts of the country have encountered extremely cold temperatures, dropping well below freezing … pass the 0 degree mark.  Weather is out of our control, but protecting your wheel service equipment is not.

Something that you might not consider is that this coldness changes the performance of your equipment. Our wheel service equipment should not be used if the temperature is below 32 degrees. This type of cold increases the risk of the balancer’s computer board or the tire changer’s motor failing. While this is not a common issue, we have seen a rise in these types of problems this year because of the cold weather. If you live in an area where the temperatures are below freezing, you need to protect your equipment and move them to a warmer area to protect the computer boards on the balancer and the motor on the tire changer. Please take the necessary precautions to ensure that your equipment remains in service.

The South Gets Hit in 2014 Winter Weather Storm

Another major inconvenience this weather has caused our customers is shipping delays. We have all seen the pictures of the Atlanta area after the most recent ice storm to hit the south. That ice storm was so severe that it shut down every major road in and around Atlanta. This type of road closure will also cause all shipments, UPS or LTL to delay until the roads are cleared. Anytime you have winter storms that impact different parts of the country, it can delay even the smallest orders.

During the ordering process, communication is key to us. We keep an eye on your shipment and will notify you of any delays that will disrupt the delivery process. You won’t have to wonder where your order is. We do everything we can to deliver orders as promised, but once they leave our dock; it is out of our control. If you have any concerns about the delivery time of your product, please feel free to contact our customer service department for an update.

Now, go get your milk and your bread and get ready to build some snowmen!

NEW ETC-550 Eagle Tire Changer

Eagle ETC 550As the summer of 2013 ends and we begin to see the leaves changing for the Fall, Eagle Equipment is also changing. We have begun the transition of updating all of our wheel service equipment line. As the old saying goes, “out with the old, in with the new.” Over the next few weeks, everyone here at Eagle is excited to begin to introduce you to our new wheel service line.

Meet the new ETC-550 Eagle tire changer.

This changer will handle up to a 37” tire diameter and a max rim diameter of 24”. The ETC-550 turntable operates off a 110 volt, to give it a little more strength for the hard to remove tires. The rest of the ETC-550 is air operated – that includes the bead breaker, inflation box and bead blast.
Continue reading NEW ETC-550 Eagle Tire Changer

Tire Equipment is FLYING

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Okay, so it isn’t literally “flying” out of the door…. but pretty stinkin’ close to it!

Today is a very busy day for our guys in the Shipping department. This is 1/2 of the tire equipment machines shipping today! Thanks Bob, Stephen, Andre and Tyrone for getting the 80+ machines out to our Eagle customers!

See our awesome tire machines….as always, there’s FREE SHIPPING.

Fall Show

Fall Carlisle Show logo

Eagle Equipment attends automotive shows because they offer us an opportunity to do business face to face with our customers instead of over the phone or through e-mail.  Our team enjoys discussing car lifts, motorcycle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, and other automotive repair equipment.  Eagle has been in the automotive equipment business for almost 40 years and would love to share our product expertise with you.  Please be sure visit the Eagle Equipment booth to learn about our special show pricing.

Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral
Show Schedule:
September 29 – October 3, 2010
Carlisle Fairgrounds – Carlisle, PA
Look for us on Manufacturer’s Midway
www.carsatcarlisle.com

Troubleshooting Tire Equipment

Air Leaks

Tire Changer Air Leak Troubleshooting Chart

 

 

 

Before attempting to adjust or repair a tire changer, always disconnect the unit from its power source.  It is also important to make sure all compressed air is evacuated from the machine before proceeding with maintenance.  When replacement parts are necessary, use only authorized parts from your distributor.

Please contact Eagle Equipment for more information on troubleshooting
tire equipment.
800-336-2776

Guidelines for Receiving Freight

Eagle Equipment’s products are designed to be shipped via common carrier freight lines and we recommend that customers pick up their products at a freight terminal.  Having a product shipped to a business address or freight terminal is also less expensive than shipping to a residential address because of carrier restrictions on residential delivery.  Freight companies have terminals located throughout the USA and our sales team will help find the one closest to you.  Eagle does everything possible to ensure the timely arrival of your automotive shop equipment.  Customer service will call you after your order has shipped with an estimate as to when you should receive your equipment, but we cannot guarantee it will be delivered on this date.  After a product leaves the warehouse, the delivery process becomes the responsibility of the freight carrier.

Once the product arrives at the freight terminal, the dispatcher will contact you to arrange a pick up time.  Any and all products should be picked up within 48 hours of this notice.  One of the benefits of receiving freight at a terminal is having their staff to load the product onto your trailer or truck. When freight is received at a business or residential address it is always the customer’s responsibility to unload the product from the back of the truck.  Sometimes two people can unload the equipment by themselves.  However, lift gates, forklifts, roll back trucks, or similar equipment will often be needed in order to complete this task.  Lift gates can be used for unloading products such as tire equipment and motorcycle lifts.  Larger equipment such as two post and four post car lifts require a forklift to offload from the truck.  Lifts will also require a trailer to be transported to their final destination.

For convenience, we will allow customers to pick up their equipment from our warehouse within the following guidelines.

Customer Pick-Up Guide Lines

  1. All orders picked up will be subject to applicable North Carolina sales tax unless buyer has provided a NC Sales Tax Exemption Certificate.
  2. Customers are not allowed in the warehouse area without a salesperson.  Customers may not assist or interfere with the loading of the equipment.
  3. Customer is responsible for any damages to the equipment and/or their vehicle resulting from the loading and transporting of the equipment.
  4. Vehicle weight restrictions will be strictly observed.  Customers may be asked to provide weight restriction information on trailers.
  5. Eagle recommends side loading of lifts onto vehicles.  When this is not possible, the equipment will be rear loaded.  Eagle will make its best effort to center the load weight.  However, customers will be responsible for any shifting or falling of equipment or off-centered load that results in damage.
  6. Equipment will only be loaded right side up.
  7. Customers are responsible for strapping down their equipment on the vehicle.  No load will be allowed to leave the premises without being strapped down.
  8. Pick up vehicles must have sufficient width and length to insure that the equipment does not protrude illegally from the vehicle.  Trucks with tailgates must be able to fully close the tailgate with the equipment inside.
  9. Lifts will not be loaded onto pick-up trucks.
  10. Equipment will not be loaded onto vehicles that appear to be unsafe or lack proper equipment.  This will be determined at the sole discretion of the Eagle warehouse supervisor.

These requirements have been established to help insure the safety of you, your vehicle, and your equipment.  If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, we suggest that you let our logistics department obtain the best shipping quote possible for your equipment.

Please call Eagle Equipment at 1-800-336-2776 for more information on receiving freight.

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