Through its purchase of manufacturing and product rights from A&A Tools, Tire Service Equipment Manufacturing Co. Inc. will begin selling the WS-05 Mobile Wheel Work Station for changing commercial truck tires.
Phoenix-based Tire Service Equipment said A&A Tools in Southern California had developed and patented the product, which was manufactured in China. When current inventory levels are depleted, Tire Service Equipment plans to move the operations to its manufacturing plant in Monticello, Minn., a spokesman said.
The deal with A&A Tools did not include any land or buildings, and financial terms were not disclosed. A&A Tools remains a separate business, the spokesman said.
The mobile work station is designed to support the weight of the air wrench with a gas strut-assisted boom, helping to eliminate potential back problems for the operator and also reduce damage by dropping the air wrench. The station has storage capabilities for tire irons, tools and a 20-ton bottle jack. The station also can be attached to an air supply and moved to a truck for tire and wheel removal, the company said. The unit also features an air regulator and high-pressure air line that can be used at the same time.