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gary longmire    Posted 02-16-2019 at 20:40:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Just purchased a 1952 8N and found that it has ballast in the tires. looking for recommendations on how to get ballast out of tires and how to dispose of it. What kind of cleanup will i need to do in tires?

    Ultradog MN    Posted 02-17-2019 at 05:44:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If you plan to do any work with the tractor then leave the tires filled.
    If you just plan to make a flamfoo out of it then drain the fluid out.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-17-2019 at 04:37:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If it's Calcium Chloride and not leaking, as suggested, leave it. If you must have it gone, I would simply haul the tractor to your local AG Tire center and have them do it. They have all the skilled personnel, proper tools, and equipment to do the job and you won't have to risk hurting yourself. It is easier for them to work on the tires if left on the tractor than removing and taking just them to the center. That's what my guy told me anyway. It isn't just draining the fluid. The contaminated tubes will need to be replaced too especially if you are going to add some other type of substance like beet juice. They will wash out the inside of the rims too before putting back together. Just saying, a tire center can be your friend and isn't that expensive

    Tim Daley(MI)

    r geiger    Posted 02-16-2019 at 22:57:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If it is not leaking, I would leave it there. The tires should have tubes in them, if tires are loaded with calcium chloride and they are leaking, the rims may be shot and will need to be replaced. Course it could be antifreeze or beet juice or just plain water depending on where you live.
    good luck

    Carson (NCAL)    Posted 02-16-2019 at 21:01:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When I removed the ballast from my tires, I jacked up the back of the tractor so the wheels are off the ground. Then put the valve stem on top at the 12 o'clock position and removed the stem (shrader valve). Then I put a piece of plastic tubing over the valve stem that was long enough to reach into a 5 gallon bucket. Then I applied some air from the air compressor. Crimp the plastic tubing to keep the air in the tire and rotate the tire toward the 6 o'clock position. The fluid will flow into the bucket. You will need to rotate the tire and re-pressurize several times until you get most of the ballast out.

    Hope that helps

    Richard NY 2N    Posted 02-16-2019 at 20:49:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Use a length of plastic tubing that fits tight on valve stem. If it's calcium and water it makes a good weed killer. If it's antifreeze you might want to collect it in containers to dispose of safely. If you have a drill powered pump you could speed things up.

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