What makes the Atlas® computer spin wheel balancer so superior to the other off the car computer spin balancers made in China? Our Asian factory is the premier tire changer and wheel balancer manufacturer in China. Greg Smith Equipment is very familiar with all of the other Chinese wheel service equipment manufacturers in China and has tested most of the other wheel service equipment that is imported from China. Our Atlas® manufacturing factory is based on the theory that vertical integration manufacturing is superior to the horizontal manufacturing process. Our manufacturer either owns or controls the manufacturing process of the majority of component parts used in the production of our wheel clamp tire changers and our computer wheel balancers. Greg Smith Equipment is the exclusive distributor for Atlas® equipment. All other Chinese manufacturers buy the majority of their component parts from dozens of small Chinese factories and assemble these component parts to produce their tire changers and wheel balancers. Greg Smith Equipment's Atlas® factory does not buy from other unknown small manufacturers. Our Atlas® factory either owns or controls the manufacturers who make the Atlas® wheel service component parts. We do not make the motors that are used in our tire changers and wheel balancers. However, our motor supplier is the most prestigious motor manufacturer in China. The Atlas® wheel service products offered by Greg Smith Equipment are much less expensive than those products that carry the Hunter®, Corghi®, Hofmann® or Snap-On® labels. Although the Atlas® brand of product is much lower in price than the BIG NAME brands, the Atlas® computer wheel balancer may still be slightly higher in price than some of the no-name Chinese products offered by many of the Internet web sites. Here are a few of the reasons that our Atlas® brand of computer off the car wheel balancers cost a few dollars more than some of the no-name wheel balancer brands: We are proud to say that our Atlas® computer wheel balancers are built using only the highest quality component parts. Most Chinese manufacturers are no more than just assemblers of the component parts. These so-called manufacturers buy component parts from various small factories. Usually, the factory with the lowest price is the factory that gets the business from these suppliers. Greg Smith Equipment will not buy from these "factories" because the small initial cost savings does not justify the poor quality and marginal performance of these tire machines. Our Atlas® 110 volt electric motors are manufactured specifically for our wheel balancers and are built to our specifications. Other Chinese manufacturers use much cheaper motors that are very loud and have proved to be unreliable. Our Atlas® wheel balancer manufacturer is responsible for all the R/D that goes into to designing and manufacturing of the wheel balancers and is also responsible for writing the software that allows the Atlas® balancer to accurately determine the out of balance condition. Many other Chinese manufacturers just copy outdated software that does not provide accurate balancing information. The large "in-balance" parameters (from the outdated software) are not accurate enough for the wheels found on today's vehicles. The dependability and accuracy of most other Chinese built wheel balancers' spin shaft system is unreliable, especially on heavy wheel assemblies. Most no-name wheel balancer manufacturers use increased motor horsepower to exert more torque to an inferior shaft assembly. More motor horsepower and "brute" force are not the correct method for balancing a tire and wheel assembly. The Atlas® wheel balancing system uses a patented "low speed" drive system that allows a very small 110 volt motor to effectively "spin" and accurately balance a 130 lb. Gumbo Mudder tire. Many other Chinese wheel balancer Internet distributors advertise that their "balancer capacity" is 150 lbs. (or more). Please remember that there is a difference between "supporting" a 150 lb. wheel assembly and actually "balancing" a 150 lb. wheel assembly. Most shaft systems can support the 150 lbs wheel assembly, but not very many Chinese made wheel balancers can accurately spin, detect the true out of balance condition, and effectively "stop" a 150 lb wheel assembly. The correct method to balancing a tire is to accelerate the wheel assembly...and then allow the wheel assembly to "free spin" on a perfectly balanced shaft. (no motor interference). The motor imparts a certain force on the shaft (influencing the out of balance condition) and should not be in use when the computer is "reading" the out of balance condition of the spinning wheel assembly. The Atlas® computer wheel balancers offer this exclusive feature at such a competitive price. Most other Chinese computer wheel balancers offer an antiquated braking method (heat producing resistors) that are used to slow the motor and stop the wheel assembly after the computer has determined the out of balance condition. The Atlas® wheel balancer does not incorporate the "low tech" method of heat resistors to brake the motor. Atlas® wheel balancers use a sophisticated "reverse motor technology" that incorporates a transformer to slow and stop the wheel. Transformers are not subject to the intense heat buildup that is found in low cost resistors. The Atlas® wheel balancer also comes standard with a pull down hood that protects the operator from imbedded stones in the tire. The Atlas® computer wheel balancer has a foot operated braking system that "holds and locks" the wheel in the correct position as the operator is attaching the wheel weights.
Look inside the Atlas® wheel balancer and see the attention to detail for the placement of all the electronic computer boards. The computer boards and connections are very "high tech".
The Atlas® computer balancer has an extra long 40 mm shaft that allows "Budd style wheels" to be mounted properly without touching the balancer. The Atlas® quick nut locking system is far superior to many of the cheap imitations offered by our competitors. Greg Smith Equipment carries the parts and accessories to support your tire changer or wheel balancer for years to come. Our Atlas® wheel service equipment prices are far below those prices of the BIG NAME manufacturers, and offer the same quality component parts as the BIG Name manufacturers. Most customers are saving hundreds or thousands of dollars by choosing our Atlas® equipment over Hunter®, Corghi®, Hofmann® or Snap-On® and are not sacrificing quality. Other Chinese built computer wheel balancers, like the Ranger® models offered by Bend-Pak® distributors, offer low prices but do not offer the same quality and features as the Atlas® brand computer wheel balancers. There are several "look alike" Chinese wheel balancers on the Internet. Just because other computer off the car wheel balancers look the same as an Atlas® wheel balancer does not mean that the component parts quality is the same. We understand that you want to save as much money as possible when purchasing your wheel service equipment, but do some research into the component parts and features of other computer wheel balancers and you will understand why the Atlas® brand offers the best value. Only Atlas® can deliver the years of dependability (at a substantial cost savings) because of the superior component parts used to build our computer wheel balancers. Call us to hear the entire story of why the Atlas® brand of Automotive Aftermarket service equipment is absolutely the best value in the Industry.