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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by slowinfastout, Aug 23, 2011.
thanks that's what I did...
I know this is an old thread. However, I wonder if you are still pleased with your atlas? Any problems? Issues?
Yep. Still love it! And love Greg Smith customer service! Not that I've needed it for anything with my tire machine. I put new tires on my GS about 3 weeks ago and was, once again, reminded how awesome the machine is.
If you like to see a real professional tyre change look at this video
Just ordered my No-Mar Jr. Pro and can't wait to get it. I wanted something that was more portable hence the No-Mar vs. pneumatic.
Regarding price....if you are able to get to the IMS you will get a bit of savings.
A big aspect I really like is they are made in the USA and the owners are very nice people too!
You won't be sorry.
I've taken my Classic to Bonneville and the track very often since 2001 and use the hitch mount. The SUV isn't going anywhere when I jam on it. I only have a few minor rust spots considering salt exposure and 24/7 humid Texas air hits it. I can honestly say I've done a few hundred tires on it. Mine and everyone elses that's knows I have one.
Tips for the bar are the only thing that gets abused.
That said, a lot of people prefer the Mojo lever but I can't compare it myself.
I ordered this yesterday - been shopping for 2 years now. Wanted to find a used one local, but they are either worn out or new money.
I've been using a home built NoMar style for 7 years and have done hundreds of tires. But need something that can handle light truck and trailer (especially 10-12 ply). Looked at the Greg Smith Atlas line as well and if I was mainly doing moto would have probably gone with the TC211. My lift is from GS and I've been delighted with it.
Gotta make room in the shop, it will be here Wednesday
My truck is a RAM 1500 with 20" wheels. I have changed the tires on it using my Atlas. No problem at all....
My Hofmann Monty 1520 M. Having a machine do all the work makes it a lot easier, faster and fun
Yeahbut, they're probably not 12 ply, both DW and GS said their base model moto changer could do regular car and light truck tires. I have a couple equipment trailers that I can't get enough weight capacity with 16" radials, thus the bias ply.
I've had my atlas for about 5 years now and it has changed a lot of tires in that time. I would have a tire day and my friends would come over and make a garage day of it.
This one has worked great since 1915, nearly 100 years.
Oh and it'll do a 24" rim.
It's changed countless GS and KTM tires over the years without complaining.
Good idea, back when I built my old one there were small shops charging 15-20 to flip a tire. Now, all the shops are double and triple that, and some won't even do carry in tires.
Fancy indeed, we need a video of it in action
Now that has a few nice accessories to make life oh so much easier!!!! Had I not wanted portable this would have been the purchase!
Alright, I'm sold on the No Mar. Will be making the phone call tomorrow.
Anything else I should be picking up so I am ready to go when it arrives? Luber, mojo bar, spoons? I have a 690 Enduro and 990 SMT in the garage ready for new tires and have never changed a tire myself....
I love my HF tire changer.I have the stuff to make a mount for the receiver hitch on my truck.Should work well and not bolted to my floor any more.
IDK what comes with the changer you are going to order, I assume you'll get the NoMar bar. I think the NoMar units will break he bead as well. I have a pneumatic machine now, but when I built my first changer I picked up a few things from NoMar; a couple "xtra hands" or whatever they call them, the "yellow thing" and then I bought their cones for the balancer I already had. If you have someone helping you won't need the extra hands. You might mention your location, I know if you were anywhere close to me I'd have you come over before you buy anything and change a couple tires. It is all technique, and, well, plenty of lube. If you're straining or sweating you are doing it wrong.
I'm curious what the use case is for you guys that are concerned with having your changer be so portable?
The only times I've wanted to change tires away from home is when I'm racing somewhere. On those occasions, there is always a tire guy there that would change my tires for me. Sometimes free. Sometimes for $10 a wheel, if they're not "his" brand.
Are some of y'all taking tires with you and going off somewhere for some riding in the woods where you change tires while you're there?
Go to NAPA and get a jug of RuGlyde tire bead lubricant for $15/gallon. Yes, some people use soap or WD40 or windex or some other stuff, but the good stuff is easily available and cheap and works better. One gallon will probably last for years. There is no reason to use anything else.
I have the Mojo bar and and very happy with it.
The lube that comes with the NoMar is really good, and it lasts a good long while. I wouldn't worry about picking up any extra until you've gone through that.
For the SMT, the changer will work awesome. I've not had good luck with tubes and my NoMar, so I'd probably plan on getting spoons out.
The mount/demount bar works great, can't see a reason to change it.