For a couple of years, the tyre shop business has been evolving quite a bit. Tyres are now changed more and more outside of traditional tyre shops, we saw the arrival of mobile technicians offering roadside assistance or tyre changing services at convenient places for customers like their home or workplace. Along with these new services offering came specific needs in terms of tools and equipment for operators.
If pneumatic tools have historically been the preferred choice in the tyre changing industry, thanks to design and performance improvements, cordless electric tools have now become more popular, especially in applications requiring a high level of mobility. If there are pros and cons to each solution, each type of tool has its own particularity.
The benefits of electric cordless impact wrenches:
Even if cordless impact wrenches are still a little bit heavier than similar air tools, they provide great comfort and ergonomics to operators. New tools are even coming out with great new functionalities, such as overtightening prevention or no-impact screwing options.
It’s important to remind that if cordless power is no longer questioned, such technology is still (and will always be) dependent on the battery charge level. Cordless tools users: don’t forget to always check your tool power level to be ready anytime.
The benefits of pneumatic impact wrenches
Whatever your choice, don’t forget that a torque wrench is necessary to tighten properly any wheels. Yann Pasco, Global Business Development Manager – Vehicle Service
For tyre changing applications the best choice between cordless electric and pneumatic impact wrenches will differ mainly if you are looking at a workshop or a mobile job. Even if both options are good, the pneumatic version will be preferred by operators who like lightweight tools, while cordless impacts will be chosen by mechanics who are looking for higher freedom of movement.
Pneumatic and cordless impact wrenches are your best partners for everyday tyre changing, and depending on your specific needs, both versions can be complementary.
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