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New Style Tire Bead Breaker
A new-style bead breaker that's powered by a 2-ton bottle jack is the fastest and easiestto-use tool of its kind on the market, according to inventor Harold Kruckman, who's also creator of the "E-Z View" dust eliminator system for Deere combines (Vol. 21, No. 4).
Constructed of heavy-duty 2-in. sq. tubing, it features a pivoting wedge on the end of the arm opposite the jack. An angle at the end of the arm provides forward thrust as the jack is activated, forcing the wedge between bead and rim. A stop on bottom of the frame keeps the tire from pushing away from the wedge as it drives between the bead and rim. It's portable and lightweight so one man can easily use the tool on a tailgate or on the ground, Kruckman notes. Takes just 30 seconds to break the bead on both sides of a tire, he says.
Works on everything from 8-in. garden tractor tires up to 20-in. truck tires.
Sells for around $200, including jack. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kruckman-Shultz Products, 232 Laurel Ave., Hazel Run, Minn. 56241 (ph toll-free 888 263-4649 or 320 383-2389).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #4