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Tunnel tire-shiners: Pros and Cons?

7 replies created about 1 year ago
posted by AutoWashUSA about 1 year ago

If have one in your facility, would you recommend it or is it too much of a headache?


reply by Earl Weiss about 1 year ago

Bought Viper Shine unit for one place. Then bought 3 more. Pros. Almost maintenance free. Occasional clogged nozxle. No moving parts. Standard off the shelf replacement Tire switches and solenoids. Con - About 40 cents a car application cost. But almost no wear and tear maintenance cost. Was about $5000 / unit. Oter units may have application costs of 10 cents a car, but may cost $15,000 and wearable parts (Brushes / pads / bearings )need to be factored in to application cost.

reply by Robert Roman about 1 year ago

Probably 95 percent of all new conveyors in retail setting have tire shiner.

I can’t think of only a few clients I’ve worked with over last 10 years that didn’t want one or have one.

Unless you give it away for free, it increases in average per car revenue and contribution margin.

Cost to buy and install is negligible, great payback period.

Is that enough?

I don’t sell equipment.

reply by AutoWashUSA about 1 year ago

Thanks for the replies. I understand the advantages of having tire shine as an extra-service. I offer it, and I'm happy with the result$. But I want to reduce labor.

About the equipment though...
Doesn't the Viper Shiner spray the product all over wheels, even more so if it is installed near the dryers?

Also, how's the run off and potential hazard due to ground being slippery?

And finally is coverage on tires uniform? From rubber band tires to high profile ones?


reply by Earl Weiss about 1 year ago

I have themm before and after blowers but not under. I would not reccomend this or any machine for the very low profile tires.

reply by Earl Weiss about 1 year ago

Does some get on wheels - Yes. Any more than other machines. - Probably not. Slipperiness of floor perhaps some. More than others - not. Location before or after blowers will affect this due to other runoffs minimizing amount left on floor. The roll spreads it prety evenly.

reply by AutoWashUSA about 1 year ago

Thanks for the input Earl, hard to believe those cover the tires so well, they seem to be a good option if they don't leave gaps.

I was also looking at the sonny's machine. The one that is hinged at the top for pad replacement, has stationary pads with inside cuts for the manifold that sprays product on them. This model would allow for mounting under the dryer, but I'm not sure if they are reliable and low maintenance, or if cars/trucks will climb over them.

If anyone has experience with those, any information is appreciated.

reply by Earl Weiss about 1 year ago

No ersonal experience. FWIW operators complained about pads and at the show mfgrs seemed to be moving away from pads to the brushes.

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