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Old 08-29-2011, 05:58 PM
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Last week I had to change a tire on the riding mower and it took me 2 hours to get the beads broke on the rim. I vowed then to never struggle again with those 8" wheels. Yesterday I started the build of my bead breaker. I know I could get one from HF for under $30, but I am just to cheap to do that when I have all the materials here to build my own, and I think much sturdier than those sheet metal bead breakers at HF.

I used 1 1/4", 1" and 3/4" galvanized pipe, as I got it free from a neighbor 2 years ago. The bolts, nuts and small pieces of flat bar were found in my resource piles. The 2" galvanized angle angle was from an auction last year.

Didn't have to buy anything to make this. That's makes my day to make something and not spend any money.

#1 The start of some materials
#2 Threading the handle for a pipe cap
#3 Beginning to weld the frame
#4 Closeup of a weld
#5 The cope on the angles before welding
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:08 PM
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More progress.

#1 More angle iron fitup for the base
#2 Post cap installed to keep water out of the post
#3 Side braces for the main post
#4 Handle with breaker shoe
$5 handle socket for storage, put a 1/4" x1/4" groove in the bottom for drainage
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:21 PM
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Thought I was done now. Revision needed. Tried to use it and the ATV tire would not lay flat under force so had to add another angle in the center to keep the tire flat.

#1 Added angle iron
#2 The tire to be removed from the rim
#3 Tire beads broke, only took 3 minutes instead of 2 hours
#4 Tire off rim

I skipped some steps/pics so as not to bore you all too much. I'm sure this new tool will be a real back and time saver over the next few years. I have new tires to install on the 4 wheeler this month. I'm sure this it will make that job a little easier.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:23 PM
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Nice I have been wanting to make one for motorcycle tires for a long time. For my small lawn tractor and others if tubeless I use fix a flat
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:30 PM
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Nice I have been wanting to make one for motorcycle tires for a long time. For my small lawn tractor and others if tubeless I use fix a flat
I use the green slime, but after the tire finally rots out in the side wall, nothing will stop it from leaking. Then it is time for a new tire.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:15 PM
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I ususally don't have trouble breaking the bead on the smaller wheels, getting the darn things to seat back is what drives me crazy. Looks good and I'm sure it's much stouter than anything from HF!
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:18 PM
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Great job in this, Chris. I happen to have a cheapy tool trailer edition of what you built. I have replaced the tube on the tire spoon (It stoppped working well when I bent it into a number 7) Then I rebuilt the tip of the bead breaker so it wouldn't fold up. And the other day, I was taking to tires off of my "Johnston" Sears tractorand all I could manage on the second tire was to push and slide off the bead. After a couple of times, I gave up. I am thinking of making a ring that is just over 8" and maybe a 6" one too. That way it wouldn't roll off. Have you had any issues with rolling on your's?
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:46 PM
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Great job in this, Chris. I happen to have a cheapy tool trailer edition of what you built. I have replaced the tube on the tire spoon (It stoppped working well when I bent it into a number 7) Then I rebuilt the tip of the bead breaker so it wouldn't fold up. And the other day, I was taking to tires off of my "Johnston" Sears tractorand all I could manage on the second tire was to push and slide off the bead. After a couple of times, I gave up. I am thinking of making a ring that is just over 8" and maybe a 6" one too. That way it wouldn't roll off. Have you had any issues with rolling on your's?
If your talking about the tire rolling when using the breaker, that is why I added the center angle. It did stop the rolling of the tire. I may also weld a couple of cleats to the top of the lower frame to catch the rim so it does not slide under pressure when I am trying to break the tire bead off the rim.
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As always, nice work Chris. You keep adding to my long "to-do" list.

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As always, nice work Chris. You keep adding to my long "to-do" list.

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Thanks. If I ever get my "To DO" list finished it wouild be a miracle!!! Of course if I did not hang out here my list would be shorter.
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