Selecting the Best Wheel Balancer for Your Auto Shop

Selecting the Best Wheel Balancer for Your Auto Shop

When selecting wheel balancers for your shop, you need to know your customer base. If you only handle passenger vehicles, you likely don’t need a balancer that handles large truck tires. However, if you plan to expand or currently service large trucks, you’ll need a balancer that handles those big tires.

Beyond knowing your customer base and future expansion plans, you must consider a few additional factors. In this blog post, we’ll cover those factors and provide recommendations for some of our favorite wheel balancers.

Know Your Budget

One primary factor to consider is your budget. Wheel balancers vary in pricing based on the brand name, type (dynamic, bubble, static, etc.), and features. While dynamic wheel balancers are usually more expensive, they can detect and correct the balance as if the wheel is a flat disc and on the axial dimension.

Although your budget is important, don’t skip out on a wheel balancer that meets your requirements (and satisfies future expansion requirements) if it’s more expensive. Focus first on the requirements you need for the wheel balancer, and then try to find a wheel balancer within your budget range that meets these requirements.

Understand Capacity Requirements

With the number of wheel balancers on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one. At the bare minimum, you need to purchase one that can safely and effectively hold the wheels you’ll be servicing. If you know you will service heavy-duty trucks later or already do it, choose a wheel balancer that can handle larger tires. Likewise, if you do not plan on servicing larger vehicles in the future, purchase one designed for light-duty vehicles.

Consider Training Requirements & Ease of Use

You also don’t want to purchase a wheel balancer that is too complex or makes reading results difficult. Choose a wheel balancer with an intuitive interface that displays easy-to-read results. Although you need to train employees on any new shop equipment, selecting a balancer that doesn’t require lengthy training sessions will save time.

Research Maintenance Needs

Also, consider the maintenance needs, especially recalibration, which could put the wheel balancer out of commission for some time. If you don’t service many tires, longer recalibration times won’t be as big of a problem. Remember—focus on your shop’s needs. How much time can you invest in maintenance?

Examine Accuracy & Effectiveness

Wheel balancers that can measure road force tend to be more accurate. Road force is the amount of force a tire has while spinning with the vehicle’s weight on top of it. Traditional tire balancing cannot measure road force, so even if a tire is balanced properly, it may still have vibrations. In most cases, newer tires with less sidewall have a problem with balancing for road force.

Generally, you’ll want to look for wheel balancers that offer easy-to-read digital displays to prevent potential reading errors, automated data input capabilities, self-calibration routines, touchless measurement, and automatic weight placement. Choosing a wheel balancer with multiple balancing modes like static and dynamic is also essential for shops that service a wide variety of vehicles because it allows you to custom-tailor the machine to meet specific requirements for each set of tires.

Manufacturer’s General Reliability & Reputation

With wheel balancers, you are not just paying for the brand— you are paying for reliability and reputation, as not all wheel balancers are manufactured the same. Cheaper brands may not use quality materials, causing the machine to fail prematurely. Additionally, reliability and reputation also point to accuracy. If you’ve ever taken your car to have the tires balanced and found that the shop couldn’t get the tires to balance and the tires are not defective, it’s most likely a cheap wheel balancer, or it needs calibration.

Research brand names and look into what other shop owners say about them. Even if you’re working with a smaller budget, you’ll save more money in the long run when you invest in a quality product that will last longer.

The Wheel Balancers We Recommend

At Best Auto Equipment, we recommend Hunter wheel balancers because the brand is known for their quality, reliability, and accuracy. Hunter has models for all types of automotive shops and budgets. The three wheel balancers we recommend are:

PL-1828 Self-Calibrating Computer Wheel Balancer

The PL-1828 wheel balancer represents the very latest generation of puli Wheel Balancers. Boasting automatic data entry, the offset and diameter are entered automatically using the inner measuring gauge, and the all-new ‘monitor-style’ large LED display and new design chassis give the balancer a far more practical and aesthetically improved design.

1. High precision main shaft ensures repeated measuring accuracy
2. Automatic distance and wheel diameter measuring
3. Tracking sticking balancing mode can locate weights precisely and rapidly
4. With self-calibration and self-diagnosis functions
5. LED light & Digital display
6. Bigger machine body


PL-1897WR Self-Calibrating Computer Wheel Balancer

The PL-1897WR wheel balancer is a high performance wheel balancer with high-resolution monitor display, which not only makes it extremely user-friendly but will also impress your customers! A laser line clearly indicates both outboard and inboard weight placements for incredible balances within hundredths of an ounce. Wheels that are laser-balanced will drive like new!

1. Laser Configuration
2. High precision main shaft ensures repeated measuring accuracy
3. Automatic distance and wheel diameter measuring
4. Tracking sticking balancing mode can locate weights precisely and rapidly
5. 14 Languages Available: Chinese, English, Korean, Italian, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Kazakh, Swedis, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian.
6. 17″LCD monitor,3D animation interface
7. Bigger machine body
8. Deluxe design. Bigger machine cabinet with thicker material.
9. Intelligent error self-test function makes sure the correct use and convenient operations of Pneumatic braking system!
10. High accuracy for the balancer, guarantee high-quality service
11. Easy and safe operation



The U-688 LCD display wheel balancer with opt function & split and hidden weight solution, this machine features an electromagnetic brake, laser pointer, automatic measurement, 3D animation interface, and multi-language support, making it easy to use and accurate in balancing wheels.


Electromagnetic Brake:

The electromagnetic brake function can automatically position the inner and outer unbalanced positions;

Laser Pointer:

Points out the unbalancing place with laser automatically;

Automatic measurement:

1. Automatic distance and wheel diameter measuring, allowing faster data input;

2. The tracking sticking balancing mode is particularly suitable for the high-class wheel that uses stick-on weights only.

3. Automatic width measuring scale.

3D Animation Interface:

* New patented software system.

* Easy-to-read balancing modes with innovative dynamic indicator light allows accurate and convenient operation. *Easy-to-use button design with quick and understandable symbols to increase operation speed. *Significantly improved wheel balancing accuracy.

Multi-Language Support Currently:

Supports 20 languages and customization in other languages is accepted.