At the 2022 Global Tire Expo (GTE), which forms part of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Hunter Engineering Company had some interesting new products on display.
It’s new Maverick premium centre-clamp tire changer with revolutionary DNA attracted a lot of attention. The Maverick incorporates a lot of technology from Hunter’s popular Revolution Tire Changer but in a package that’s geared toward more traditional, hands-on, technician driven tire changing than automated processes. The Maverick uses hydraulic cylinders for maximum reliability and higher torque capability, while it also features HunterNet2 connectivity to provide complete insight into maximum equipment utility and tire changing capability.
Speaking of HunterNet 2, some new upgrades were on display at GTE this year. These included an Automatic Invitation function on which customers are invited to their own exclusive shop portal following new equipment purchases; a Multi-Store View dashboard which allows customers to view data and performance metrics from their entire business in a single location. A complimentary online Wheel Alignment Adjustment Guide, as well as free ADAS coverage look up, that includes automatic updates on new vehicles.
Greater equipment connectivity was also illustrated with tire changers that can now record individual tire changes, inflation pressure, tire changing trends, equipment payback, and motor run time across TCX59, 58, 57, 56, and the TCX5xH models; connected brake lathes which can now record both pre and post-resurfacing results as well as monitoring the number of cuts and measure equipment payback, plus full wireless support is now available for all of Hunters connected equipment including ADAS calibration, vehicle inspection equipment, wheel balancers, tire changers and brake lathes.
Hunter also had on display its new WinAlign 17.1 software for its Quick Check Drive and Quick Check Commercial unmanned inspection systems. This new update is designed specifically for medium-duty trucks that slot in-between light duty passenger vehicles and heavy-duty over the road trucks. Other products on display at the Hunter booth included the compact TC33 Series tire changers designed for mobile service or shops with limited space, as well as a FastBlast feature on its TCX51H tire changer that’s designed to enable technicians to inflate even the most challenging truck and SUV tires. Hunter’s TCX59 Pro tire changer with a new polymer based head and two-point press arm was also on display, designed for maximum versatility and unmatched rim protection.