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diy cheeta tire inflater tank

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by blakdawg, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. blakdawg

    blakdawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Has anyone made a cheeta tank for tubless tire inflation?
    They look handy but pricy. I have used straps, either, torch gasses ect.
    Not too keen on the flammables, rough on eye brows, and flying tires in
    the shop. Just feeling the waters.
  2. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    I haven't made one but I have seen one that was home made. I believe that he used a propane tank. It worked just fine but they are loud.

    Be careful when working with the propane tank. Blow that thing up and saving $200 on the unit will be the least of your problems.
  3. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    My dad made one for us. I got pictures of the tube that the cheetah uses and printed them out to get an idea of how to make that.

    The tank is a from an old Portacable air compressor. I believe its a 6 gallon tank. It works well. Little heavy/awkward. Could use some handles added on but it works. Honestly I dont think you need the huge volume for smaller mower tires. Could probably get the tank from an old twin stack compressor thats probably 2 gallons and it would work or find a hot dog one thats 2-4 gallons.

    I am not in the shop today but will try to remember to take a pic of it for you tomorrow.
  4. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,335

    I've been tempted to make one for years. Some of the imported tires are so deformed from being tied together in shipping, If you dont have a Cheetah, you cant get the sidewall to the rim.

  5. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    I'm with you, Slapper, I don't like small tire work either.

    An old non flow restricted air gun works pretty well(most of the time) if I can get the bead reasonably close to the rim. Seems like most of the current production air guns are flow restricted by OSHA and don't work to well.

    Try setting those mangled tires out in that warm Florida sunshine for a while, maybe they will regain their shape.
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029


    Here's another Restro Special.....

    I've got a clean 5 gal hydro oil bucket, A clean 4 lb grease bucket and a clean 1 gal paint can. These cover all the common size tires.

    I bought a extra one of these off the tool truck; http://www.amazon.com/Solid-Brass-Regulator-Valve-Tools/dp/B004BQXBHI, Put my air hose fitting on one end then a 4" long pipe nipple in the other.

    Once the tire is on the rim lay the assembly on the top of the appropriate size container valve stem up with core removed. On larger wheels with lug bolt and center holes throw a hand full of shop rags in the center of the rim, Put the toe of your shoe in the center and apply pressure to hold the rags and push the tire against the rim of the bucket. Your using the outer rim bead area to push on the outer tire bead to seal the tire to the rim of the container.

    Stick your valve/nipple assembly over the valve stem and twist the valve open, The air will seat the tire in a heart beat no matter how smashed the tire is. But have a quick thumb to put over the stem when you remove the air valve assembly.....

    On front caster wheels use the middle sized bucket and re-install the axle bolt to plug the center hole, On front lawn tractor wheels use a long bolt or piece of all thread and a couple flat washers to plug the center hole. The paint can is handy for those PITA 4" wheels.

    For a measly $8 investment..... Works for me !
  7. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,335

    Rob.....Thats almost too easy....Time for a RestroRob Patent ????

    AMAZING BUT TRUE... No more fighting the tires...

  8. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    Here is our version. Also useful as a portable air tank.

  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Ha !

    It's already got BR549-206 assigned to it..... :dancing:
  10. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    With that patent number, just call it the Junior Simple Special!

    Ya snuck up on me with that one. Great suggestion.:clapping:

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