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HF Tire Changer

Postby bgilbert » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:58 pm

Anyone use this Harbor Freight Tire Changer? http://www.harborfreight.com/portable-t ... 69686.html

I've got a number of tires I'd like to knock off rims to either sell steel rims or scrap them etc, then save the tires. Also I have a number of 'farm/ranch' trucks that don't need wheels balanced and would love to swap around tires without getting bent over by any of the local tire shops.
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby cmann250 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:07 pm

No first hand experience with that one, but I could see breaking beads with it being nearly impossible.

I've changed everything from 6.00-16s to 265/75/16s to 15.5-38s with a duck bill hammer and two tire spoons. Its not fool proof, but its hard to screw up.
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby dazedandconfused » Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:31 am

We have one Bill and changed many tires. If I were to do it again of get this one http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... 8863_18863
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby PToombs » Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:31 pm

I change 98% of my tires by hand with a tire hammer and pair of spoons. Not a big deal, dishwashing liquid for lube and they go on and off pretty easy.
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby dazedandconfused » Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:52 pm

I do my bigger tires like that Pete.
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby bgilbert » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:06 pm

Thanks Andy, I watched a couple videos on youtube about the HF unit, looks good enough to me. If I had a Northern Tool store nearby, I'd go with that one. Does Northern Tool have stores around the country? lol

Once I get the crew cab project further along I'm gonna get it.
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby dazedandconfused » Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:57 am

Pay the shipping. I'll be replacing ours.
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Re: HF Tire Changer

Postby dazedandconfused » Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:59 am

I've had to make a new hold down, welded a nut to tighten the top pipe and the and the holder that goes through the lug hole is broken off. The bead breaker bends with ease.
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