Portable tire changer, do they work?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by john_incircuit, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 309

    I need to change the tires on my old Toro Wheelhorse, but can’t get the rim off. Removed the screw, used plenty of penetration spray (for a couple of days), but even with my largest 3 arm puller, the wheel does not come off.

    Did anyone ever try a portable tire changer, like this one from Northern Tools? Would it do the job, without removing the rim first?

    http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_13610_13610

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  2. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it's what i'm thinking of its not really portable . it's a manual changer made to be mounted permanantly to the floor. and it won't work onsmall mower wheels. (I have one and change car truck and trailer tires on it.
     
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    That tire changer is JUNK John, We bought one for the shop and it just wouldn't work worth crap on any tire we put on it. It's thrown up in the loft right now.

    I built a slide hammer with a 4" chisel bent concave and the end rounded off so not to cut the tire, It's the same type they have in the auto biz.

    Just get out that BFH and a short 2X4 and knock the out-side bead loose then pop it off with a couple screw drivers, Done many this way that wouldn't come off the axle (Before I built my slide hammer).


    As barnard said, This one will do nothing for your stuck wheel.

    Good Luck !

    Cya
     
  4. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That Northern thingy will change your tire, once you get the wheel off of the axle. How to get the wheel off? If the tire only has a slow leak, pump it back up, remove the screw, hit it with Kroil, or other quality penetrating oil, and just drive it around like normal, it will pick the most inopportune time and place to fall right off. If that doesn't get it moving, you need to give it a few raps with a BFH. Another bit of free advice: If you are going to buy Chinese tools, try Harborfreight.com, they generally have lower prices than Northern!:laugh: :laugh:
     
  5. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Posts: 1,572

    If you have a few dollars, go to gemplers.com and do a search for tire changer. I have both the manual tire changer, which I love because it will break a stuck bead, and is great for rider tires, and the small tire changer which is great for walkbehind tires. Problem is, they cost a few bucks !
    Once you learn to use them, they save so much time and trouble
     
  6. SLR

    SLR LawnSite Gold Member
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    Could you post a pic of that sliding hammer Restrorob?
     
  7. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 309

    Thanks for all the replies!

    I'll try the multiple screwdriver method over the weekend. Did this plenty of times on my kids bicycles, let's see if I can do it on those little 13 inch tires.
     
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, It looks a little crude. I threw it together with scrap laying around the shop. The chisel is actually a 3" used for asphalt in our contractor's 60lb. air jack hammer. A customer got it stuck and broke the shank, Our new replacement is the 4".

    The two striker plates is 3" X 1/2" thick flat bar that was a chain wear bar off the boom of our Ditch Witch 1230 trenching machine.

    As I said it doesn't look good but does a really good job. I've busted from 4" casters to 16" light truck tires and deep dish ATV's, Along with tires that the wheel is stuck on the axle as John is dealing with.


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  9. SLR

    SLR LawnSite Gold Member
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    V-E-R-Y Cool Restrorob.. crude/doesn't look good you say?
    Sorry, I'm leaning more to effectively original& a work of art..i'm motivated to go build a 'restro-remover'!
     
  10. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now....This is one of my better builds;

    Helicopter Transporter for moving my boss's out of his hanger to his take-off/landing pad.

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    Boss driving it out of the shop to load it up and take it home;

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    All I had is the pic below as a guide with no specs, This one sold for $9000.00

    Total on mine including paint and decals $1250.00


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