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7 Tire Handling Tips

  • 01

    Torque
    Doug Groshens of Rudd, Iowa, built his extension/socket long enough to protrude beyond dual rims and tires. The telescoping leg is drilled every 2 inches for pinning. He says he can now safely and easily tighten the dual bolts with a long .75-inch breaker bar while keeping the socket firmly on the bolt heads.

  • 02

    Chains
    John Toman from Flasher shares his technique for putting chains on tires: He lays out the chains behind the wheels and puts a tarp strap through each rear wheel rim so he can connect the strap hooks to the chain hooks. Driving forward, the chains lift into place. A little farther, and the chain hooks are at the front of the wheel. He says he connects the hooks with little rearranging of the cross chains.

  • 03

    Changer
    This carrier fastens to a skid loader’s fork attachment. Mike Bensman built it at his Minster, Ohio, farm. He says he can pick up a dual wheel, bring it to a tractor raised on blocks for clearance, and position it against the hub by tilting the wheel as needed. The rollers let the wheel turn to properly align with bolts. He also uses it to remove wheels.

  • 04

    Extension wrench
    Craig Morton designed and built this rest to use for changing dual wheels. Made of 2.5-inch square tubing, it holds and helps stabilize the free end of the extension wrench, leaving both hands free. But you won’t find it on his Fort Madison, Iowa, farm. He says he’s given it to his son, who is an over-the-road trucker.

  • 05

    Overspray
    Keep overspray off of tires by using a thin metal shield when painting wheels that are still mounted to their machine. Fred Ifft Jr., Fairbury, Illinois, says a 20-inch-long by 4-inch-wide piece of metal is very effective at this: He moves the shield around as he moves the spray can.

  • 06

    Jack ready
    Paul Brockmeyer of Nokomis, Illinois, modified the trailer he uses for his ATV and lawn mower by welding a 6-inch-long piece of 2-inch pipe directly in front of both wheels. So if he has a flat, all he has to do is unpin the jack from the tongue and pin it to one of the pipes in front of the wheels.

  • 07

    Forklift tire changer
    Here is an adjustable arm that hooks onto a forklift to hold wheels in an upright, vertical position. Ken Miller says that with tilt and side shift, he can install or remove large wheels safely and effortlessly. The arm folds in half and hangs up on the machine-shed wall when not in use at his Rochelle, Illinois, farm.

Check out these tips to assist with using tires (text by Dave Mowitz)

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