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Rear tires

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by one man gang, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. one man gang

    one man gang LawnSite Fanatic
    from N. In.
    Messages: 5,811

    What's the easiest way to change the rear tires(aside from sending it to the shop) on my Gravely 36" belt drive?
  2. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    I've done this one before and will never do it again. I take mine to a service station or tire store now. They only charge me $10, and it's well worth the money.
  3. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    It has been a few years since I had to change them on mine (16x6.50x8) What I did was heat them up a little with a torpedo heater and they went on pretty easy. The smaller ones will probably be a little harder to get on.
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I bought new tires for my w/b over 2004-5 Winter season. I knew from previous experience that getting them changed was difficult. I took the wheels (with old tires mounted) and new tires to a tire shop who has done work for me before numerous times. At that time, I was in no hurry.

    I stopped in after about a week and was shown one of the new tires -- the side wall had a huge gash, "... we had some trouble." I ordered a new tire and took it to him and he was successful. We agreed on "no charge" for getting them mounted, as the process cost me an extra tire.

    My point is you may wish to take it to a dealer, or service center who has equipment and experience in handling these sized tires. Apparently their equipment for tire changing is so strongly adapted for auto and truck tires, they cannot handle the 16X6.5-8, or similar sizes. The tire shop down the street may not be the best place to have them changed out.

    A few years ago, I offered help to a friend with a JD 170. Her front tires were badly worn (too low pressure, lots of hard turns on pavement). I took the wheels to the JD dealer, got the tires and accepted their offer to change out the old, to the new tires. I was watching two men work for a long time, and with much difficulty getting these little tires mounted. They are a bit smaller than mentioned above. So ... even the JD dealer had problems!
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Small or big. Take it to a tire shop (that has small tire capabilities) or to your mower dealer. They do more in a day then all of us have done in our lives!

    Some things done youself just aren't worth the hassle.....this would be one of them!
  6. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    Just take em to your dealer, or any other shop, $10 is what they ussaly charge.
  7. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    Soup, water, ratchet strap, and a flat screw driver. Takes a little fumbling around but you'll get it.
  8. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    take em to my school auto shop dose them free for me:usflag:

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    i used to work for firestone so i change my tires in about 10 min each tire. once you get a system they arent bad at all.
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    YUP:clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

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