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#1 glgrumpy ONLINE  

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 10:07 PM

See a posting somewhere before about HF tire changers. I got one at the tractor show for $35, about like new. Was mounted to floor. I mounted it on a square tube to put in my trailer coupler on truck. Was gonna put a platform on it (see in picture), but seemed solid for test anyway w/out the platform. I took two older tires off front rims and worked like a charm. Was wondering if woud be too high to use well, but think it might be better than down low. Bead breaker sure beats hammering in tire tools and chisels and such. They popped right off. I DID have to remove the bearing races to fit it over the tube, so maybe if others are smaller it won't work?? I would bet most wheels are same size centers or close though. If one with removable hubs, will be no problem. I'll note later on putting on the new stiffer rubber when I get some.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 04:16 AM

Very nice. I have read that it works to put blocks of wood between the 2 tire beads and let the tire(s) sit in the sun before mounting them. The blocks will hold get the tires spread so airing them up is easier.

HF used to have a tire changer that had an attachment to allow changing motorcycle tires, but I haven't seen this model for sale for quite some time....Would like to have one.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 04:39 AM

glgrumpy,looks good.Those do work pretty nicely.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:04 AM

I have one of those. Works pretty good for what it is. Mine is mounted to concrete, but I'm not that tall either. For the smaller centered tires, I build a wheel holder to do those. Most all my 8" wheel are 5/8" centers with small bushings. Here's a pic of it:
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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:50 AM

That's a good idea of using the reciver to mount the changer :thumbs: , Al

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 06:03 AM

I have one of those. Works pretty good for what it is. Mine is mounted to concrete, but I'm not that tall either.



Yeah,I know what you mean ,being not as tall as some folks is a pain sometimes.I am only 5'6".

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 07:19 AM

I have one that I have used for tons of tires of all sizes. If you use it a lot the bead breaker will fall apart. Lucky for me I got a good bead breaker for free in a load of junk. Although I have found that the jack on my big trailer is a less labor intensive way of breaking the beads.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 09:41 AM

I have one with the motorcycle wheel changer. I figure I can bring in the clamps to clamp to the wheel just like I do with a motorcycle tire. I have mine mounted to the floor I think mounting it to the receiver would be to high for me.

Looks like you got a good deal glgrumpy.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 10:23 AM

Your using the hitch was an excellent idea. I'll have to remember that if I get one.




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