7 tire handling ideas

  • 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 at various heights. He says he can now safely and easily tighten the dual bolts with a long .75-inch breaker bar while keeping the socket squarely and firmly on the bolt heads. 

  • Chains

    Farmers in North Dakota need a way to easily put chains on tires. John Toman from Flasher shares his technique: 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Extension wrench

    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 help 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. 

  • 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.

  • Jack ready

    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. 

  • Forklift tire changer

    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 sideshift, 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. 

  • Send us your ideas

    Send us your ideas 
    Be precise. Include a sketch or photograph when needed. The Idea of the Month receives a $2,500 Firestone in-store credit offer. We pay $200 for ideas that appear with drawings and $100 for unillustrated ideas. Send idea, a daytime phone number, and email address to paula.barbour@meredith.com or to: Successful Farming Magazine All Around The Farm 1716 Locust Street/LS257 Des Moines, IA 50309-3023

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