Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Tire Changer for Your Shop?

U-650 Automatic Mounting/Demounting Device Fully Automatic Leverless Tyre Changer

Tire changer wheel machines are an excellent tool for any shop. They make changing a tire much easier and you can typically do it in less time than it would take with just a jack and lug wrench. That is why every car owner (with multiple cars) and every automotive technician should have one on hand when working at their job site.

Tire changer machines come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.

With so many options available, we know choosing the best tire changer machine that suits your needs can be challenging –we hope our buyer’s guide helps make things easier.

U-650 Automatic Mounting/Demounting Device Fully Automatic Leverless Tyre Changer
U-650 Automatic Mounting/Demounting Device Fully Automatic Leverless Tyre Changer

Things To Consider Before Buying A Tire Machine

Space Available

The first thing to consider is whether you have the space available for a tire changer.

Typically, tire changer machines are large and bulky pieces of equipment that can take up a lot of room in your shop or garage, while others are more compact – so make sure there’s enough room for the machine you will purchase.


What will you be using the machine for?

If you plan on only changing your own tires, a smaller and more compact machine may be best. If you plan on using it for a business, you will need a larger tire changer and can handle heavier workloads.


How much are you willing to spend on a tire changer machine?

Tire changer wheel machines come in all price ranges, so there is one sure to fit your budget.

Keep in mind that the more expensive machines typically offer more features and are built with higher-quality materials. However, there are many affordable options available as well.

Type of Tire Changer Machine

There are three main types of tire changer machines: manual, semi-automatic, and automatic;

  • Manual – This type is the most basic type of tire changer. It requires you to use your strength to change the tires.
  • Semi-automatic – This type is a step up from the manual and uses an air compressor or hydraulic cylinder to help change the tires.
  • Automatic – This type is the most advanced and uses a series of motors and sensors to change the tires automatically.
  • Tire Changer Wheel Balancer Combo machines

Manual machines require more effort to use, while hydraulic ones are easier but cost a bit more money.

Tire Size Capacity

Not all tire changer machines can change every size of tire. ie trailer tires will be smaller than truck tires.

Some machines are limited to a specific size, while others can handle a broader range of sizes.

Before buying one, make sure it can perform tire changes for the wheels you have on your vehicle(s). If it’s for your tire shop, make sure it can handle a variety of tire size diameters to sort your clients’ needs.

Additional Features

Some tire changer wheel machines come with extra features that are even more helpful. For instance, some have a tankless air compressor built in to inflate tires (and also comes with a gauge), a top power-assist bead breaker roller, air pressure regulator, a spring-assisted tool shaft, or a wheel balancer. Others may include additional tools like a loading arm which can make the process of changing tires much more effortless.