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Tire-Changing Cart Built For Bigger Tires
Changing modern, mega-size tractor wheels is a whole lot easier with Cleason Hoover’s tire cart. The big cart, with its 6 by 6-in. steel tubing for the main frame and 2 by 6-in. uprights, can handle the weight. The design makes it easy to raise, secure, and reposition wheels safely and quickly for smooth installation.
“We needed a new tire cart because tires are getting larger and our old cart couldn’t handle them,” says Hoover, shop foreman at Binkley & Hurst.
When he looked for alternatives, attachments for skid steers were most of what he found. With no room for a skid steer in the shop, Hoover needed another cart, but one that was more efficient, larger and safer. He realized they needed to build their own to get the features they wanted.
“The old cart placed the tires on a fork,” says Hoover. “We wanted rollers so we can more easily adjust the wheel when returning it. With its larger size and the rollers, we can take the entire axle assembly away with the wheels and easily line it up with the gears when putting the assembly back on. It also makes it easy to do tractor brakes.”
The old cart was used to remove wheels and then a forklift moved the assembly. The design of the new cart lets shop workers lift, lower and adjust wheels, whether by themselves or with an assembly. This saves time, notes Hoover.
The cart is designed to handle duals up to 710 70R42. However, even with its 4-ft. long rollers, it can be too narrow for a set of large duals. Thanks to the safety strap, tire edges can extend past the rollers without a problem. While the old cart used a come-along, the new cart uses ratchet straps like those that secure loads on semis.
“Recently we had duals with each tire holding 1,000 lbs. of weight, and the cart comfortably picked it up,” says Hoover. “The straps easily adjusted to the size, and we strapped the duals in safe and secure.”
Hoover says feedback on the cart’s design has been very positive. Based on current steel prices, he estimates he could build one for around $7,500.
“I would be interested in building them for sale,” says Hoover. “However, if FARM SHOW readers wanted to build their own, I can provide CAD drawings for $100.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cleason Hoover, 140 Furnace Hills Rd., Denver, Penn. 17517 (ph 717 625-4764; cleason.hoover@gmail.com).

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