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Skid Loader-Mounted ForkLift Break Bead
Jeff King, Harwood, Md. (ph 443 506-9012): "When fixing tires I use a skid loader-mounted forklift to break the bead. It works great because I can tilt the forks to almost any angle and slip them under the bead. The forklift only works to get the bead loose from the wheel - I still have to use tools to get the tire off the rim.
  "My fabricating shop specializes in antique cars, and I don't have a car lift. Instead, I use a forklift to put vehicles on top of four steel barrels. I can use one forklift to pick up a car, but if I'm going to work on a super-duty pickup I need two forklifts, one at each end of the vehicle.
  "One shop tip I discovered is to put sheets of plywood down over the concrete floor. I just lay the plywood down without fastening it down. It's a lot easier on my 70-year-old legs."

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3