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Hofmann Buyer's Guide

Hofmann Buyer's Guide

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JMC Automotive Equipment honors companies with outstanding criteria as well as quality products that belong in every garage or shop. This week we want to take the time to honor Hofmann. Hofmann, a German founded company has been a name garages and tire shops have been talking about for over 75 years. They deliver high quality and innovative garage equipment at surprisingly affordable prices.

Originally opened in 1931, Hofmann has spread all over the world and it is their goal to provide the latest technology as well as user friendly features to add to your garage equipment. Their mission and goal is to provide productivity solutions to garages all over the world.

The following products are what made Hofmann the company they are today.

Wheel Aligners

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Geoliner 790

The Hofmann geoliner 790 wireless imaging wheel alignment system offers flexible installation as well as usage and mobility options. It also features a patented digital camera tracking which automatically adjusts to the height of the vehicle.

Features

  • Versatility and accurate hardware   
  • Speed and productivity
  • Cradle adjust
  • Cross-diagonal

 

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Geoliner 670 XD 

It is one of the most advanced alignment systems currently in the market and its patented imaging technology provides users with accurate real time measurements that improve productivity. It features user-friendly EZ-TOE, VODI as well as an extensive vehicle specification database which deliver customer satisfaction.

Features

  • Advanced dimensioning
  • User Friendly interface
  • Ride Height Measurement

 

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Geoliner 680

The Hofmann Geoliner 680 wheel alignment system comes with the same quality features as its predecessors such as the accurate and real time measurements improving productivity as well as user friendly features such as EZ-TOE and VODI.

Features

  • Its high resolution cameras produce accurate live alignment readings
  • Advanced targets and clamps are lightweight, durable and impact resistant.
  • Ride High measurement allows you to measure the correct height and obtain proper alignment specification for the vehicles that require it.

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Geoliner 650

The Geoliner 650 imaging alignment system comes with Hofmann’s basic software package which combines all the luxury of camera technology at an affordable price. Hofmann’s patented VODI graphic display is used with high definition cameras to provide visual and directional assistance to technicians during the procedure. 

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Geoliner 600

The sleek ergonomic design of the geoliner 600 saves valuable shop space while providing the latest 3D camera technology.

Features

  • Set-up to readings within 2 minutes
  • EZ link steering angle sensor reset
  • Vehicle Orientation directional indicator
  • Productivity enhancing features

Wheel Size

13" - 24"

Tire Diameter

Unlimited

Track Width

48" - 96"

Wheel base

79" - 180"

Power Requirements

120/230V, 1Ph, 60HZ

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Geoliner 550

The Geoliner 550 leverages a wireless communication system via Bluetooth technology. Cordless pods powered by lithium ion batteries as well as components elaborated out of lightweight magnesium. It combines advanced technology with affordability.

User Friendly Interface

Make your technicians experts with the Geoliner 550’s easy to use graphics and job aids and use its available step by step instructions as a tool to complete the most difficult tire alignment tasks.

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Geoliner 500

A set of non electric, shatter proof imaging targets will be mounted to your front wheels to complete the usage of this Wheel Aligner that like its predecessors uses high definition cameras. These cameras are encased in heavy duty magnesium pods that mount to the rear wheels. Reduce potential damage with these pods.

 

AXI4000

The rugged and portable AXIS4000 wheel alignment system (for commercial vehicles) uses the same imaging alignment technology to offer live readings as well as fast and accurate results. The patented ProClamp attaches easily to allow and steel rims without the need for runout compensation.

Features

  • Advanced Mobility
  • Fast vehicle data input
  • Extended Operation Time
  • Frame referenced alignment
  • Intuitive software

 

Wheel Balancers – 

Hofmann offers them for 4 different categories Diagnostics, Premium, Mid-Range and Specialty, we will later provide a detailed summary of each of Hofmann Wheel Balancers.

 

Dignostics

Hofmann Geodyna Optima® II Wheel Balancer

Geodyna Optima II

The Hofmann Optima II is a fully automated diagnostic wheel balancer that features touch less measurement as well as analysis. Its fully automatic inputs decrease the chance of both error and or inaccurate results. When you combine those features with precise wheel balancing it makes the Geodyna Optima II the right way to go.

Hofmann Geodyna Optima Wheel Balancer

Geodyna Optima

The Optima is Hofmann’s most advanced wheel balancer and it’s the industry’s first balancer to utilize patented non contact laser technology. It also features CCD cameras which automatically capture measurements such as distance, diameter as well as width. This is done in under 30 seconds.

Centering Cone Range

1.625" - 4.5"

Shaft Diameter

40 mm

Measuring Speed

200 rpm

Maximum Wheel Width

21"

Maximum Wheel Diameter

30"

Maximum Tire Diameter

38"

Maximum Wheel and Tire Assembly Weight

150 lbs.

Dimensions (DxWxH)

54"x48"x68"

Shipping Weight

400 lbs.

Power Requirements

230V, 1Ph, 60HZ

 

Hofmann Geodyna 9600P Diagnostic Wheel Balancer

Geodyna 9600p

When searching for high performance and a feature packed wheel balancer look no further than the Geodyna 9600p. It delivers the fastest floor to finish time of any one of its competitors and its usage is quite simple. The technician simply places the wheel onto the balancer shaft and hits the foot pedal to initiate the power clamp, he then proceeds in closing the wheel guard and the balancer takes care of the rest.

Hofmann Geodyna 9300 Diagnostic Wheel Balancer

Geodyna 9300

These series of wheel balancers are designed to fit multi bay repair shops as well as professional tire stores that are looking to improve on both productivity and profitability.

Centering Cone Range

1.625" - 4.5"

Shaft Diameter

40 mm

Measuring Speed

200 rpm

Maximum Wheel Width

20"

Maximum Wheel Diameter

30"

Maximum Tire Diameter

44"

Maximum Wheel and Tire Assembly Weight

154 lbs.

Motor

1 HP (acceleration HP)

Cycle Time

From 6 seconds

Read-Outs

Gram or Ounce

Accuracy

1g or 0.05 oz

Balancing Modes

10

Dimensions (DxWxH)

62"x52"x58"

Shipping Weight

560 lbs.

Power Requirements

120V, 1Ph, 60HZ

 

Premium

Geodyna 2800

The Hofmann geodyna 2800 series were engineered for multi bay repair shops as well as professional tire stores that require maximum accuracy. It is available in two configurations which are the patented power clamp feature (for faster and more accurate tire mounting) and the standard Ring-Nut feature with 3 balancing cones.

Hofmann Geodyna 2600 LED Display Wheel Balancer

Geodyna 2600

The geodyna 2600 takes advantage of Hofmann’s patented virtual plane measurement technology which features hidden spoke placement or HSP as well as operator selectable positioning OSP balancing modes. With the Geodyna 2600 you also get a semi automatic entry of wheel diameter and distance as well as automatic wheel indexing. Keep this time saving feature in mind because it rotates the tire automatically to the desired location.

 

Mid Range

Geodyna 3900S

With this Wheel Balancer in under 10 seconds the color display pinpoints the location of any imbalance and identifies the optimal clip on weight location. It is ideal for small shops because it leaves a small footprint and its video display provides high end features in a compact design.

 

Geodyna 2400

The Geodyna 2400 was designed to suit the needs of multi bay repair shops as well as tire stores. Its accuracy is second to none and its precise entries of wheel distance eliminate operator errors as well as customer comebacks. It also comes standard with a ziplock ring-nut as well as three balancing cones.

Hofmann Geodyna 2300 LCD display Wheel Balancer

Geodyna 2350/2300

Hofmann’s Geodyna 2350/2300 has the industry’s leading edge technology all in one small compact piece of equipment. Perfect for single bay shops the 2300/2350 is equipped with balancing features that you would normally find on more expensive machines. Make sure you ask about its easy to read LED display integrated into the weight tray.

Centering Cone Range

1.625" - 4.5"

Shaft Diameter

40 mm

Measuring Speed

100 rpm

Maximum Wheel Width

21"

Maximum Wheel Diameter

30"

Maximum Tire Diameter

48"

Maximum Wheel and Tire Assembly Weight

150 lbs.

Motor

1 HP (acceleration HP)

Cycle Time

From 6 seconds

Read-Outs

Gram or Ounce

Accuracy

1g or 0.05 oz

Balancing Modes

10

Dimensions (DxWxH)

16.5"x29.5"x40"

Shipping Weight

375 lbs.

Power Requirements

120V, 1Ph, 60HZ

 

Specialty

Hofmann Geodyna 980L Heavy Duty Wheel Balancer

 

Geodyna 980L

The 980L is Hofmann’s solution to heavy duty balancing needs. Its system is designed to handle the balancing needs of not just trucks but busses, RV’s as well as light truck and automobile tires. The Geodyna 980 is equipped to handle from the smallest wheels (12”) to the heavy 7#45: duty 24.5” as well as the super singles.

Features

  • Increase tire tread life
  • No more heavy lifting with its pneumatic wheel lift
  • Wheel adapters for most applications

 

 

Tire Changers -

Hofmann offers their tire changers in either Premium, Mid Range or Specialty categories.

Premium

Hofmann FA1000 Fully Automatic Tire Changer

Monty FA 1000

With the Hofmann FA 1000 you can safely and efficiently change all types of tire and wheel combinations with this simple machine. The innovative design features include computerized mount/demount programs, automatic tire diameter measurement, integrated wheel lift and top side bead inflation.

Hofmann Monty 3550EM High Performance Low Profile Tire Changer

Monty 3550

The Monty 3550 two speed tire changer with patented easy mont pro pneumatic bead assist is equipped to handle wheel diameters up to 30”. The 3550 series was specifically designed to change both low and high performance as well as run flat tires which will make your shop more versatile. It also has slight leverage over its competitors because it allows the technician better productivity.

Overall Wheel Clamping Diameter

12" - 28"

Inner-Wheel Clamping Diameter

12" - 28"

Outer-Wheel Clamping Diameter

12" - 26"

Bead Breaker Range (Position 1)

2.5" - 12"

Bead Breaker Range (Position 2)

6" - 17"

Bead Loosening Power

6,000 lbs

Maximum Wheel Width

17"

Maximum Outer Tire Diameter

47"

Work Area Dimensions (DxWxH)

72"x68"x85"

Air Requirements

100 to 175 PSI @ 5 CFM

Shipping Weight

975 lbs. (monty 3550em)

870 lbs. (monty 3550)

 

Two-Speed Revolution Speed

7/14 CW & 7 CCW

Power Requirements

230V 1Ph 60Hz

 Hofmann Monty 3300 High Performance Leverless Tire Changer

Monty 3300

Hofmann’s Monty 3300 tilt tower changers feature 24” outer wheel clamping standard and it also accommodates tire diameters up to 40” and wheel widths up to 15”. It can handle an array of wheels available today. It also has automatic pneumatic locking of the wheel offset to provide maximum cosmetic safety for luxury wheels.

Hofmann Monty 1625 High Performance Tire Changer

Monty 1625

The two speed tire changer is designed to fit the needs of high volume shops, multi bay repair shops as well as car dealerships. It allows for 14 RPM which lets the technician increase his productivity. (Also available in regular as opposed to two speed)

Features

  • Two speed capability
  • Dual wheel clamping cylinders
  • Powerful tire inflation system

 

Mid-Range

Monty 1620

For high volume tire shops as well as car dealerships the Hofmann Monty 1620 is your best bet. This swing arm tire changer features 21” outer wheel clamping standard and accommodates tire diameters up to 50”. The 1620 can also be upgraded by implementing Hofmann’s patented EasyMont Pro which aids in single operator mounting/demounting of extra rough and high performance run flat tires.

Monty 1575

The Monty 1575 includes wheel protectors that help take care of your most valued wheels and tires. It is perfect for shops looking to add value without sacrificing productivity.

Features

  • Dual wheel clamping cylinders
  • Adjustable four jaw clamping chuck
  • Powerful two stage bead breaker

Hofmann Monty 1520 Entry Level Swing Arm Tire Changer

Monty 1520

For single bay repair shops and quick lubes, the Monty 1520 can really pack a punch. It features 18” outside wheel clamping standard which allows for an outer tire diameter of up to 40” as well as a wheel capacity of 13”. It features dual clamping cylinders that ensure proper clamping power at all four jaws.

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Monty 1000

The Monty 1000 is engineered with the Hofmann quality and durability at an affordable price. The Monty 1000 handles tires with up to 22” in wheel clamping diameter.

Features

  • With its rugged construction it is built to last
  • On-board pressure limited inflation with inflation gauge
  • Polymer Valves eliminate rust as well as contamination
  • Cam-operated lock raises the mount/demount head vertically which avoids wheel contact
  • Standard lubricator/water separator ensures long valve life

 

Specialty

Hofmann Monty 1520EMX Motorcycle/ATV Tire Changer

Monty 1520m

If you’re in need of a high quality motorcycle and ATV tire changer, your best bet would be the Monty 1520m and Monty 1520emx. Don’t worry about the arduous Harley Davidson belt drive wheels, the Hofmann monty 1520m and 1520emx can operate on those as well. Both tire changers feature standard clamping jaws that allow for changing automotive and light truck tires as well.

Hofmann Monty 5800AB Truck Tire Changer

Monty 5800

With the Hoffman monty 5800 series demounting tires up to 95” in diameter is a breeze. It features a hydraulically operated self centering four jaw chuck with clamping jaws that can clamp from 14” to 58” either from the wheel’s inside or from the center bore. The chuck can also be lowered as much as 13.78” from the carriage which is good for wheels without tires.

Hofmann Monty 4400 Truck Tire Changer

Monty 4400

Designed for truck, bus, large fleet services and other off road applications, the Monty 4400 makes wheel service easier and faster. These heavy duty changers are designed to mount or demount tires up to 90” in diameter. It also includes a comprehensive training video which shows actual mounting/demounting techniques for both on and off road wheels.

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Monty 3850

Hofmann’s Monty 3850 heavy duty tire changer is designed for tubeless and tube type wheels. It can also mount and demount all bus, tractors and truck tires up to 60” in diameter. The 3850 is versatile with 3 HP bi directional chuck motor as well as heavy duty hydraulics which allows it to handle even the toughest tubeless, tube type single piece or multi piece Budd as well as Dayton wheels.

Hofmann Monty 3650 Truck Tire Changer

Monty 3650

This powerhouse is designed to change on road, RV as well as bus tires. It is the best option for businesses that conserve a fleet of vehicles or bus garages. The Monty 3650 can handle wheel diameters from 16” to 24.5”, wheel widths of 20” and a maximum tire diameter of 47”.

 

 

 

Alignment Lifts

Hofmann EELR705A 14K 4-Post Alignment Lift

14K Scissor Alignment Lifts

A 14,000 lb capacity lift that is totally open between runways from front to rear which allows easy access to the complete undercar. The alignment ready runway of 210” allows shops to perform alignments on most vehicle sizes. It also features a large twin interlocking serriform that locks with 18 level and the locked positions ensure the alignment is level at all heights. (Also available as a four post alignment lift, see 14K Four Post Alignment Lifts)

Lifting Capacity

14,000 lbs

Overall Width

92.5"

Overall Length (Surface-Mount)

269.625"

Overall Length (Flush-Mount)

228.5"

Width Between Runways

38"

4-Wheel Alignment Wheelbase

156"

2-Wheel Alignment Wheelbase

188"

Service Wheelbase

196"

Runway Surface

210" from front wheel stop to rear ramp

Maximum Raised Height

73.375"

Maximum Lowered Height

10"

Operator Console Dimensions (DxWxH)

17" x 25" x 45"

Lifting Time

75 seconds

Shipping Weight

4,980 lbs

Power Requirements

230V, 1Ph, 60HZ

 

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12K Scissor Alignment Lift 

The Hofmann 12k alignment lift has a capacity of 12,000 with front design and it provides easy access to alignment service as well as calibration areas. Hydraulic equalization as well as full support rear member delivers smooth and level lifting. Its “Pro-Style” 24 wide runways provide easy drive-on for large vehicles.

Hofmann BLA10195LL Power-Locking Scissor Alignment Lift

Power Locking Scissor Alignment Lifts

For a versatile alignment lift look no further than the Power Locking Scissor Alignment Lifts from Hofmann. It is the industry’s first certified lift with a light system in the market. Its lights automatically turn on and off when the lift has passed the lower hazard zone. It has a lifting capacity of 10k to 14k and its adjustment areas are properly lit making it easier for technicians to operate.

Hofmann FPA18210 18K 4-Post Alignment Lift

18k 4 Post Alignment Lifts

Hofmann’s 4 post alignment lifts offers a whopping 18,000 pounds of lifting capability and features a lifting system which provides for high wear resistance as well as a smooth gliding operation. The 18K 4 Post Alignment lift features 21 positions for maximum flexibility.

 

 

Automotive Lifts

 

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18K 2-Post Lift

Hofmann announced the release of an addition to their much coveted line of automated lifts. Their thoroughly tested 18,000 lb heavy duty capacity twin post models have a wide array of unique features such as the adjustable stacking crew pad system and extra long lifting carriage which optimizes load distribution providing smooth operation.

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15K 2 Post Lift

Featuring low profile arms, the 15K Two Post Lift is certified to the ANSI/ALI ALCTV:2011 automotive lift standard. It also features single point air actuated lock release as well as oversized steel pulleys and 60” lifting carriage.

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12K 2 Post Lift

The 12K 2 post lift is a versatile lift which offers superior symmetric lifting capacities. It has a light / medium duty lifting capacity up to 12,000 lbs. Its overall height can be adjusted (at time of installation) to accomadate taller vehicles. It also has taller carriages for smooth performance and 71” cylinder stroke for higher under vehicles work area.

Hofmann DLS1012 10K 2-Post Lift

10K 2 Post Combo

Hofmann’s 2 post combo automotive/general purpose lifts are packed with features such as industrial strength columns, low friction lift carriage slides and low wear components with plated arm pins among others. You can also position vehicles both symmetrically and asymmetrically.

 

4 Post

With Hofmann’s 4 Post you get both versatility and comfort in one lift. These lifts are engineered with wide width runways that don’t require repositioning from car to truck services. With their industrial strength runways you can add structural integrity and uniform a flat surface.

Hofmann SOET9000 9K variolift™ Double-Scissor

9K Variolift Double Lift

Hofmann’s 9K variolift double scissor general purpose lift is engineered to accommodate a wide variety of vehicles. It also has a low profile design which allows for easy drive over or it can be installed as a flush mount.

 

Brake Lathes

Hofmann 401 True Cut Combination Disc/Drum Brake Lathe

401 TruCut

Hofmann’s 401 combination bench brake lathe is engineered to handle all of your brake resurfacing needs. It comes equipped with Hofmann’s standard tooling package to resurface most passenger cars as well as smaller trucks.

Features

  • “One-Cut” finish or infinitely adjustable machining
  • Precision Speed Control
  • Heavy, thich ductile iron chassis provides a rugged, reliable base.
  • Quick changeover from disc to drums in only seconds
  • Full coverage with a lifetime warranty of excellence

Hofmann 201 True Cut Combination Disc/Drum Brake Lathe

201TruCut

Designed for value alternative for today’s automotive shops, the Hofmann 201 TruCut provides a quality finish with the performance, accuracy and versatility that you have come to expect with the Hofmann name. It is built to last with its solid construction throughout, from the oversized tapered roller bearings supporting the lathe arbor to 350 pound ductile iron chassis.

Features

  • Simple “One-Cut” finish
  • Fast Changeover of Tooling
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Innovative Tooling Design

 

Years of experience offering unique products and services all over Europe convinced this German born brand to also offer their innovative products in America as well. Hofmann Products make our job here at JMC Automotive Equipment a lot easier with their products most carrying lifetime guarantees and a customer satisfaction ratio that is hard to find with any other brand. To learn more about Hofmann Products, Brake Lathes, Alignment Lifts, Automotive Lifts, Wheel Alignment, Wheel Balancers and Tire Changers, contact JMC Automotive Equipment today. 

 

 

 

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