1983 - Volume #7, Issue #4, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Easy-On Dual Tire Changer
The changer consists of two self-supporting stands; one on either side of the tractor, that reach out and grab the tire while the operator fastens or unfastens the lug nuts. When the duals are not in use, they hang in storage on the ramps ù there's no need to ever handle them.
"I change duals 5 or 6 times a year because I can do it with so little effort. This lets me adapt to changing field conditions and to whatever operation I'm performing in the field," explains Reiss.
Each tire stand has a vertical and horizontal control. The horizontal control consists of a narrow steel washer on the end of a shaft connected to a control wheel. The rim of the tractor tire rests on the washer and by spinning the control wheel, the tire can be spun into position. This shaft is supported by heavy strap iron to an overhead carriage arm. A wheel raises and lowers the tire and the carriage rolls back and forth on the steel pipe.
Reiss leaves the two tire changing stands in the same spot in his farmyard. He drives the tractor in between the two stands and onto two special-built ramps that support only the inner tires, leaving the outer dual free to slip on or off. When the tires are hanging in storage, he straps them down with a piece of chain.
The tire-changing rig was built primarily from scrap metal. If you have more than one tractor outfitted with duals, and you plan to have both duals off at the same time, you'll have to find a way to dismount the tires from the stands for storage.
Reiss says he'll be happy to help anyone build their own set of dual changers. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clarence Reiss, Rt. 1, Wilcox, Neb, 68982 (ph 308 478-5229).
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