2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #99[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Tire Plug system Designed For Big Tires“It’ll easily pay for itself with one repair,” says Justin Breithaupt, who manufactures and sells the Tire Bee repair kit for big tires. Originally designed for semi truck tires, it’ll plug holes in tractor tires and tires on other big equipment.
Within 10 min. a tire can be fixed and ready to go without having to take it off the vehicle.
The Tire Bee uses a self-vulcanizing plug and a tool that uses compound leverage to push the plug into the hole.
Breithaupt’s friend and partner, Chuck Kupelian, worked as a school bus mechanic and figured there had to be a better way to fix flat tires than removing the tires and patching them. He tried many plugs that just didn’t work, until he discovered the Safety Seal string plug, used by the U.S. military.
“It becomes part of the tire,” Breithaupt says, because the plug is self-vulcanizing. It’ll fill holes up to 1/4 in. in dia. “The next question was how to get it into the tire. We wanted something safe to use on big tires.”
After 5 years of testing he came up with the Tire Bee, which uses leverage to force the plug all the way through the tire. One end is secured on the wheel rim and the lever end inserts and removes a probe and needle to push in the plug.
“The Tire Bee has a nice long handle to multiply the force,” Breithaupt says.
The YouTube video “Tire Bee Truck Tire Repair Tool” shows the process.
At $150 for the tool (lifetime warranty) and 12 plugs, Tire Bee easily pays the cost of calling a tire service when there’s a flat on the road. Legally, truckers can repair all tires except for steering axle tires, Breithaupt says.
He sells the Tire Bee through his Shreveport, La., business, Non-Stop Scaffolding, and is open to dealer inquiries.
Besides truckers and mechanics, it’s a great tool for farmers and construction workers, who can repair their own tires and be back to work within minutes, he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Non-Stop Scaffolding, 1314 Hoadley Street, Shreveport, La. 71104 (ph 800 845-0845; www.tirebee.com).
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