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Dave (CO)    Posted 10-23-2019 at 12:43:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Mounting a loaded tire-one man job
  • Steps in mounting a loaded tire single handedly:

    1. Lift and level the tractor on two jack stands using a floor jack with the rear end just high enough to be able to remove the tire in question. Have a place nearby to roll the tire after removing it being careful not to let it get more than a few degrees off from the vertical. It is very awkward and heavy to roll away but can be done alone if careful.

    2. Ready to remount---special tool needed---A steel tube, 3.5 long, O.D. and 5/8 I.D. This was a stock dimension at HD. The O.D fits through the rim hole and the 5/8 I.D. slides over a lug bolt.

    3. Rotate the brake drum by hand so that a lug is at the 12 oclock position. Place the sleeve over that lug. You now have a bigger and easier target to snag the topmost rim hole as described in the next steps.

    4. Place several sheets of heavy cardboard on the floor directly beneath the drum, layering them in in a pyramid fashion so that the maximum height of the cardboard pile is approached gradually to about an inch or so of thickness at the top, under the sleeve. The tire is now a little more than an inch too high for perfect alignment with the sleeve. BTW, pushing the tire up the cardboard sheets and wiggling it towards the drum is much easier than it sounds as slope is gentle and the cardboard sheets slide on each other.

    5. Now using the floor jack, raise the rear end enough to be able to rotate and push the tire (which is clocked at say 11:30 to the drum) onto the sleeve. The tire will then be leaning in at the top. Raise the floor jack one pump at a time. The tire will want to kick out more at the bottom as you lift so brace yourself and push it further onto the sleeve at every chance.

    6. As you lift the tire, gravity will also pull the remaining rim holes from 11:30 to the noon position to help align with the drum. Push the bottom of the tire in (which is now suspended on the sleeve above the cardboard) with your foot to snag and then hand tighten onto the first lug bolt that protrudes through the rim. Finally, remove the sleeve last after the other 7 nuts are screwed on. The sleeve then slides out (with some persuasion) after the first seven lug nuts are hand tightened.

    7. Finally, lower the tractor and tighten the lug nuts to spec.

    8. Sorry, no pix as I was too occupied in steps 5 and 6. This procedure worked for both rear tires on my 8N so it would probably work for others as well.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-23-2019 at 14:54:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mounting a loaded tire-one man job
  • Are we assuming you're talking about an N Tractor? You can go thru all that extra work and acquiring al this extra parts - pipes, cardboard, et al, if you prefer, do what you want, it's your machine. However, when I change out tires and wheels, I use a Dearborn Tractor Jack. It's the best tool invented since sliced bread. Non-OSHA approved, they were never around in the day thank God, but every N owner should have one IMHO. A lone person can change out all 4 wheels by himself using one of these in less than an hour. ADIVICE: Always keep your feet clear of getting trapped underfoot and always keep pinch points of all limbs free in case needed. Keep ignition key near in case of quick shut down, quadrant lift close, and start button close to bump on if needed. Once you raise the lift, shut down engine. If your hydraulics are weak, the lift may slowly drop. Simply bump the starter button NO KEY, no need to start the tractor, it will raise back up to where it was set. Loaded tires can be heavy so caution advised rolling around. For tools, for the rears, I only need a 1-1/16" 6-PT socket & wrench and a 3' cheater bar, for the fronts, a standard 11/16" socket with the breaker bar is needed. To each his own, so your mileage may vary...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dave(CO)    Posted 10-23-2019 at 15:37:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Mounting a loaded tire-one man job
  • Im a big fan of the Dearborn jack as well, having built one in a welding class a few years back. Eventually I set it aside for a floor jack when I realized Id be doing all my jacking on a concrete floor and needed the precision lift points that kind of jack provided.

    Lots of jacks can assist in removing tractor tires, however my post was more about how one person can get a loaded tire back onto the drum once removed.

    BTW, any help you can provide on posting multiple pix on this site? That task has vexed me from the start.



    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 10-23-2019 at 18:31:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dave-
    Yep, I'll admit I will use a floor jack when I'm only changing the fronts - it's readily available and the Dearborn Jack hangs on the wall. I just ensure to block the rears with a 4 x 4 first and put in gear so it doesn't roll. You need to subscribe to a picture hosting site first -you just can't try to post from your camera or phone. IMGUR is a popular free one -SEE LINK in How-To's and click here. Many used to use PhotoBucket but they have gone to charging a fee so most of us have dumped them. Once you post your photos to Imgur you then need to select eh url link and paste that in your post. More instructions in HOW-TO's.

    Tim Daley(MI)

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