I have recently written a "How To" article for Lawn And Garden Tractor Magazine (one of the site sponsors) on how to construct and use a low cost tire changer for changing tires on smaller lawn and garden tractors such as you would find on a Bolens 1050. They have granted me permission to share the information with the members here by posting a brief description and showing how it works. If you would like to obtain a copy of the complete article please contact Lawn And Garden Tractor Magazine - their website is http://www.lagtmag.com
Please Note: This information is presented as is – use at your own risk. Please wear and use protective equipment such as gloves and eye protection when making and using this.
If you have struggled with removing and installing small tires on front wheels of lawn and garden tractor then this tool may save you some pinched fingers, time and a lot of frustration. The tire changer can be made from low cost items that you should be able to purchase at a hardware store or lumber yard - you may already have most of the items on hand. If you are changing quite a few tires I would recommend you purchase a factory built tire changer but if you are like me and only do one or two tires a year and cannot justify the expense then this tool should do the job.
Common Sense – Do Not Try And Use This On large Full Size Wheels
Short lengths of 2x4’s – make sure the two used for breaking the bead do not have any large knots or major imperfections
Short piece of 1” x 1/8” angle iron approximately
Threaded Rod - ½” or larger that will fit through hole in centre of wheel as well as a few large washers and nuts
¼” x 2 bolt and 2 ¼” nuts to remove and install tire
Two wood screws to secure angle iron to 2x4
Electric drill to make holes in angle iron and 2 x 4’s, 2 pry bars or large flat screwdrivers to pry tire away from edge of rim, and some basic hand tools (3/4” wrench (or larger) to tighten nut, driver to install wood screws, vise grips to hold bottom nut).
The wheel used for the demonstration is off of a Bolens 1050 parts tractor and the tire has been on the wheel for a while. The one wall of the tire has actually split (as you can see in the first picture) and there is no valve stem in the wheel. For the purpose of this demonstration I will not be installing a new valve stem or cleaning up the rim and the tire that I put on the rim is used.
The first step would be to remove the valve core and release the air but since there is no valve stem we will move on to breaking the bead. I would recommend that you secure the bottom 2x4 to something solid - I used two saw horses and four screw nails but the 2x4 could be clamped as well.
Mount the wheel as shown in the second picture and positon the 2x4's so that they will apply pressure on the side wall of the tire when the nut is tightened.
Edited by 29 Chev, April 03, 2016 - 08:37 PM.