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What is the key to manually changing tires?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by EVM, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. EVM

    EVM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I am clueless on how to change small lawn mower tires like 9x3.50-4 size. I am using lube/soap, long tire spoons, and a manual mount stand from j thomas but these tires do not go on. Surely I am doing something wrong in my process so could someone please tell me the keys to making this job easier?

    Thanks a million....
  2. tony b

    tony b LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Is it a sulky wheel? If so thats a split rim that unbolts. If it's a front wheel on a walkbehind use 2 tire spoons. Put both in a few inches apart. Pull one down then the other. leave one in place to hold the tire on the bead and remove the other. Move over a couple of inches (small bites) and insert the spoon again and pull down. Once u have about 1/3 to 1/2 the tire on put your knee on top of the part of the tire that's in place to hold it n work the rest of the tire on. Not too much lube or it's like wrestling a greased pig.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,452

    The going on is the hardest and dealer shop unlocked the secret to me

    The side that is on/in must be pushed all the way down
    to the center of the rim
    or you won't ever be able to get the other side over the rim

    I am going to put one on in a few days and I will post pictures
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,164

    Lube it up and have 3 hands. Best watch a youtube video.
  5. milo

    milo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    the trick is to pay someone to do it.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    agreed!some jobs arnt worth the hassel and changin these tires is one of them
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,356

    As much as I love to mess around with mechanicals I hate dealing with those smaller tires. I get a dozen of Dunkins finest and stop at the local independant tire shop. Shoot the breeze while they take five minutes to do whatever I needed done. It really takes one of those pro stands to hold it while you work on it. A high flow air supply helps when it comes to seating those beads too. Tires that have been sitting on the shelf for years are usually too stiff to get the bead expanded. Sometimes a ratchet strap will help.:usflag:
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,452

    Our local mower dealer figured it out....he now sells tires for everything including trucks, trailers, trenchers got em all. And he mowed into replacing trailer parts like throwing in a new axle. Plus inst alling propane ontrucks and cars.
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,356

    That's a good dealer to know. Guys always want to customize trailers to suit there needs. Most dealers are take it or leave it. Don't give customers a reason to go somewhere else to spend money. Propane conversions are cool, if gas gets much more expensive and its going to get real popular.
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  10. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,335

    Let me say for the record...I HATE TIRES.....
    But....like everything else that I have to do ...that I'm not fond of....
    I find an easier way to get thru it ...and get it done as quickly as possible...without damaging myself..
    Here's how I do the small tires...
    Tighten the wheel hub in a bench vise..
    Get 2 long screwdrivers and a pair of visegrips..
    With the hub secured..work your way around the tire with the 2 screwdrivers...and remove it
    Spray watered down dishsoap on the rim and the beads of the new tire...
    Install the first bead of tire with the screwdrivers..
    Clamp the visegrips on the rim to hold down part of the tire onto the rim...
    Use the 2 screwdriivers to work your way around the rim...and pop it on..
    Air it up...

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