Advice Regarding Wikco Tire Changer

MoFo's, I've got some questions for the group about tire changing equipment.

Background:
Because I live in the middle of nowhere, and the local work'n out of their barn mechanics seem to want to half ass even the simplest job. (please recall my "liquid tire balancer" post) I've decided that I'm going to start doing more of my own work. Because of the number of miles I ride each year, tire changing tops my list.

Questions:
I've found a company called Wikco that sells a pretty decent looking single station manual changer and balancer, at a good price.
http://www.wikco.com/MC1101.html Tire changer
http://www.wikco.com/MCWKBAL1.html Balancer

Has anyone out there used one of these? If so, how did you like it? Problems with it?

Also, does anyone know of a less expensive product that does the same job?

Other advice?


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