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  • Survey – Alignment Equipment

    Posted by Site Administrator on August 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Survey – Alignment Equipment

    1: What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now?

    2: How old is it?

    3: When do you plan to replace it?

    4: What brand(s) are you considering next time?

    1: _________________________________________________

    2: _________________________________________________

    3: _________________________________________________

    4: _________________________________________________

    jay-mathes replied 10 years, 3 months ago 10 Members · 11 Replies
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  • joecval

    Member
    August 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Administrator wrote:

    > Survey – Alignment Equipment

    >

    > 1: What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now?

    John Bean (Snap-on) Prism Aligner

    >

    > 2: How old is it?

    3 yrs

    >

    > 3: When do you plan to replace it?

    When I have too…when it no longer is productive. We kept our last one for 18 yrs….I most likely won’t keep this one that long

    >

    > 4: What brand(s) are you considering next time?

    Since mine is fairly new I will answer why I chose it

    Price

    Ease of use and set-up (compared to our old machine)

    Versatility (24″ wheels, duallies, also it is portable from bay to bay)

    Adaptable to various lifts (since my lift is a dinosaur, this was important)

  • Tom Piippo

    Member
    August 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    1: What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now?

    Hunter Hawk Eye

    2: How old is it?

    8 Months

    3: When do you plan to replace it?

    15 to 20 years, but I’ll be retired by then!

    4: What brand(s) are you considering next time?

    I would stay with Hunter

  • sdhager

    Member
    August 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hunter P411

    13 years old

    Will replace next month with Hunter Hawkeye Elite

    Hope to use it until I retire.

    Will sell my old one if anyone is interested. Still works great.

  • dianellarson

    Member
    August 30, 2011 at 1:01 am

    1: What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now?

    John Bean Visualiner

    2: How old is it? 16yrs – yikes:)

    3: When do you plan to replace it? Wondering if I will?

    4: What brand(s) are you considering next time?

    Need to take a fresh look, if I decide to replace it, will research

    then…….

    Why are we asking?

  • Site Administrator

    Administrator
    August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Diane Larson wrote:

    > Why are we asking?

    We are always looking for things that other shop owners might find interesting.

    If you have an idea for a survey question, please email us through the contact form and your question is very likely to be used.

    Tom

  • rjcutl

    Member
    August 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now? – Hunter’s

    new Hawkeye Elite, with the new Quick Grip wheel adapters, Codelink

    for setting steering angle, and the bar code reader.

    2: How old is it? – one week

    3: When do you plan to replace it? last week, our older John Bean VD-3

    was costing more to maintain and was down more than we could justify.

    4: What brand(s) are you considering next time? We looked at the new

    John Bean and it was just an updated version of what we had. Looked

    at Bosch also.

    Between technicians and service advisers Hunter won hands down. We

    are now able to do alignment checks on any vehicle in two minutes or

    less and it is paying it’s way as I write this. Technician’s are

    including alignment checks in our courtesy inspection when the test

    drive raises even the slightest question.

  • Greg Waite

    Member
    August 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    We have a John Bean V3D system that is 9 years old. Overall it has been a very good machine with little trouble – A monumental leap from our previous BeeLine System. We had a Sprinter in with larger than the 20″ Maximum wheel mount capacity – that prompted an inquiry about upgrades. We are considering the following options:

    Option 1 Replace the wheel mounting hardware or buy adapters to accept up to 24″ wheels.

    Option 2 Major upgrade – most everything but the cabinet- to bring it up to a current system for about 13K (1 year warranty).

    Option 3 New JB V3D System – buy entirely new machine (almost double the upgrade$) w/3 year warranty & sell the old but very usable system. With incentives offered the $’s from the sale would cover 1/4 to 1/3 the cost of the new JB??

    Option 4 Hunter Hawkeye System – like the new target & mounting system. It is more $. I do not have any experience with Hunter but would sure like to talk to someone that has had both. We currently have our V3D on Craig’s list & getting some interest, if it sells we will need to pick option 3 or 4, if not 1 or 2.

  • SpencersAuto

    Member
    September 1, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Administrator wrote:

    > Survey – Alignment Equipment

    >

    > 1: What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now?

    Hunter

    >

    > 2: How old is it?

    Less then 5

    >

    > 3: When do you plan to replace it?

    When needed but don’t feel that would be anytime soon

    >

    > 4: What brand(s) are you considering next time?

    >

    Not sure at this point in time. When it is time then I would research. We did look into the Hawkeye but do not feel it is accurate enough for the quality we are known for as well as need. Maybe when they improve it we will re consider.

  • burch

    Member
    September 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    1: What brand of wheel alignment equipment do you have now?

    2: How old is it?

    3: When do you plan to replace it?

    4: What brand(s) are you considering next time?

    1: _Hunter_Elite_______________________________________________

    2: ___2 months______________________________________________

    3: ______no___________________________________________

    4: _________________________________________________

  • jay-mathes

    Member
    December 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    1: _JBC

    2: _~9 years

    3: _Wednesday this coming week

    4: __Snap-On V3D

    Looked at both Hunter & S-O at the SEMA show. Our old unit is still reliable and works every day. The service sold me on another.

    A downside to Hunter is EVERYTHING has to be sourced through Hunter. A printer, monitor, computer…

    At 2 years old the small Dell in our low end machine failed. I took a spare workstation off the shelf, loaded the SW and did a calibration. We were up and running in under one hour. That can not be done with a Hunter.

    Just to be fair, it can’t be done with the V3D either now. You can put another computer in and it will load the SW, but needs some optical calibration we can not do in the field any more. My solution is to have our spare workstation set up before the new install is complete. I’m not too paranoid, the SoCal desert is a terrible environment for computers. Too hot and dusty in the summers.

  • jay-mathes

    Member
    March 19, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Looks like the last paragraph of my prior post is not completely accurate.

    The calibration data is unique to the camera & boom, not the computer.

    The cal data can be saved and/or loaded into a spare computer – or other place – before a failure. The spare computer can be installed as fast as the USB cables are hooked up and the spare takes to boot. That is, as long as the program was already set up, there would be nearly no interruption of work.