Originally posted by 6Cuda6
Looking to purchase a truer...need input on choices...what do you guy's recommend????? [would prefer automatic]
All the obvious answers have been given by people here, but I think they are all missing the important points. A tire truer basically is a lathe for tires and there are three important things in a lathe for a good cut:
1. A motor that has enough torque
2. A good true arbor the will hold your tires and not wobble
3. A good cutting bit
For 1, almost all truers use a similar motor, generally a full sized car wiper motor. So there is not much difference between brands. For 2 this cannot be determined from looking at pictures. I have a Q World truer and its arbor is pretty good, has a small amount of movement. The HUDY arbor is also good, again it has a little movement. For the other brands I cannot say. But remember when you are cutting the job wants to move away from the cutting bit so you want as rigid assembly here as possible. For 3 the cutting bit is key. A poor bit will rip the tire and leave a poor quality finish that needs to be cleaned up. The best bit bar none is the Hudy carbide cutter. Note however that this bit fits into many of the other truers! So dont buy the HUDY truer just for the bit.
Lastly the automatic function I have found to be of very limited use, I would not buy a lathe based on this feature, it is not too hard to hold down a button or crank a lever. The automatic function will only save you a few seconds and may cost several hundred dollars.