• February 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm #64784
    Daniel Freitas
    Participant

    Hello, I am looking for an alignment machine for my shop and was just wondering which machine offers the best value. I don’t want to have to pay top dollars for a Hunter machine if another one can do the same job. Has anyone here tried the Atlas alignment machines? They seem to have good features and offer the latest technology but does anyone here have first hand experience with them? Also are there any other machines you can recommend me in the $10k range that are good?

    Thanks!

    February 14, 2016 at 7:05 pm #74281
    Tom Ham
    Participant

    Daniel, while there are certain products, tools, equipment where you can often spend much less money and get close to the same thing, I have not found that yet with aligners. We have had a number of systems over the years and what you get, at least to me, seems to be pretty much proportional to what you spend. 

    Three things you can do here is look at the alignment demos page

    Look at the wheel and tire equipment directory


    And search the word alignment in the forums

    If you are considering brands on the high end, there are several to consider – make sure you demo them all. We turned the evaluation over to our techs and let them chose the one they wanted. I figure if they like it, they are far more inclined to use it.

    Tom - Shop Owner since 1978

    February 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm #74283

    Hunter is hands down the only choice i would go with. It is fast, efficent and will increase your productivity. I have used camera systems in the past and they are much more cumbersome and take longer to set up and break down.

    February 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm #74287
    rods2105
    Member

    Doesnt hunter use cameras also??  I believe so.  Most do now. 

    I have had the John Beam one for ten yrs now…..just now needing some work. 
    February 19, 2016 at 2:27 am #74290

    Doesnt hunter use cameras also??  I believe so.  Most do now. 

    I have had the John Beam one for ten yrs now…..just now needing some work. 

    The hunter hawkeye elite uses targets on the wheels. Atlas and bosch along with the less expensive aligners use cameras at every wheel.

    February 23, 2016 at 9:39 am #74292
    tdrisdale
    Member

    I bought a Snap On camera system once, it lasted about 7 years, it was a lot of trouble and many repairs, BUT mostly I could not give it away. I updated it and bought two cables to the tune of $250 each just so I could sell it. I took a loss when I sold it, I should have just given it away and not fixed it. The Hunter would have retained some real value and been worth some real money. That is something to think about.

    February 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm #74295
    Linc Lewis
    Participant

    Our shop has had a Hoffman for at least 10 years and it has been trouble free and reliable. Don’t remember the pricing difference but there must have been a material difference. We had been using a Hunter for years and had them quote us but Hoffman won out. Since then we cant complain.

    February 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm #74300
    Paul Seeley
    Participant

    I have the atlas alignment machine , I’ve had it for five years . So far it has been very good. I got the zero runout heads , blue tooth, and I bought the calibration bar. Good support with updates etc. it has good features and is easy to train new people on it.

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