R980X-AT Tire Changer by Ranger: First Look

May 13th, 2010

When we first conceived of the Ranger RX3040 Tire Changer, it wasn’t long before we realized that we would have to change the way most people are used to changing tires. Nothing could be sacred; engineering idioms that the industry had long taken for granted had to be inspected with a microscope again. Throughout the designing process we never stopped asking ourselves, “Is this really the best way?” The results surprised and satisfied us. We truly believe that the Ranger RX3040 tire changer is as good as it gets, but our job is not done yet.

Now we get to take all that we learned in developing the RX3040 Tire Changer and apply that technology to our entire line of Ranger tire machines. The first unit to benefit from the new technological advancements is the upcoming R980X-AT Tire Changer.

We’re still in the final testing stages of development, so we can’t reveal the full details until the official product announcement. However, we can tell you about the turbo-blast bead sealing & seating system that’s new to the R980X-AT Tire Machine from Ranger.

To successfully seal and seat a tire bead, two factors matter more than any other: air volume and speed. In earlier models, we placed the bead seating outlets right on the turntable near the tire clamps. The theory was that it’s much more convenient to just step on the inflation pedal and have everything just pop into place. In practice, however, we discovered the placement of these air nozzles could sometimes miss the mark. Additionally, due to size restraints, proper sealing and seating would occasionally require multiple attempts.

We specifically designed the turbo-blast air system to address this problem and we’re proud to say it will absolutely blow you away, regardless of whether it’s on the RX3040 or the R980X-AT tire changers.

Head over to the official BendPak Flickr page for a few sneak peek photos of the upcoming R980X-AT Tire Changer for a better idea of what we’re talking about. And as always, stay tuned to the BendPak blog for more product updates as they become available.

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