Coats XR1800 Wheel Balancer
|Coats XR1800 Wheel Balancer
Coats’ new XR 1800 Wheel Balancer solves the toughest balancing problems the easiest possible ways.
The new balancer was created to make it possible for technicians to check every wheel for conditions like runout that can make balancing difficult, while at the same time being simple and efficient to use. A complete diagnostics package runs with every wheel balance, adding just 2-3 seconds to the process, and notifies the technician if there’s a problem that can affect balance quality.
“There’s no question that wheel balancing today is much more complicated than it was even five years ago,” said Kevin Keefe, Product Manager for Coats. “Low profile tires, stiffer frames and tighter suspensions, closer brake tolerances and other factors mean that there are more ways for vibration to cause customer dissatisfaction. What we believe we’ve done with the XR 1800 is provide the industry with a machine than not only does routine balancing jobs efficiently, but signals the technician when a tire or wheel is going to need extra attention.”
Keefe said extra care was given to simplifying the interface with the machine so even a technician with minimal experience can spot and correct difficult balancing situations, or accommodate customer requests like behind the spoke weight placement.
“The XR 1800 automatically takes the A, W, and D measurements,” he noted. “There’s no need for an outer arm. The video screen has real-time 3-D graphics, visual cues, and help screens to guide the technician throughout the balancing process. We have even included modes for direct Tape A Weight location and behind the spoke weight placement. And it’s air equipped, so you don’t have to go to a tire changer for rotate and balance jobs. The technician’s job is easier than ever, even for the most difficult balancing jobs,” he said.
A Breakthrough In Diagnostics
The XR 1800 has a complete suite of diagnostic functions built in, and Keefe said one key benefit of the balancer is that it is fast enough to run the entire set of diagnostic functions on every balance. “We’re just adding two to three seconds per wheel for the ability to identify radial runout,” he said. It’s the ideal way for address the need for extra balancing care. There are machines already on the market that can spot runout problems, but they can’t do it anywhere near this fast.”
Keefe also said the XR 1800 can help technicians solve some of the more complex balancing problems with fewer steps. “We can give the technician information so he may only have to take a tire off the rim once instead of twice to cure the trouble,” he said.
The XR 1800 comes with an accessories carousel, a removable sliding tool tray and side storage pegs offering huge amounts of convenient storage. It has 12 balancing modes, and runs on a 110 volt power supply.
In addition, the XR 1800 comes with its own set of accessories. Owners can choose from one of three accessory packages, depending on the vehicles they service. Packages range from accessories and adapters to service passenger cars to sets that can service everything from passenger cars through light trucks.
“It’s the ultimate customer service tool,” Keefe said. “In the past, specialized balancers that can perform diagnostics have been called ‘comeback’ machines because they had the ability to solve problems with customer comebacks. The XR 1800 is the anti-comeback machine, because it spots problems before they get to the customer.”