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Toyman01 MegaDork
6/9/17 8:09 p.m.

Just another update.

That's a 19" Corvette rear wheel with a 325/30 19 Hoosier A7. The assist arms paid for themselves on these. That's about the maximum the machine can handle, but handle them it did.

These are outstanding machines.

Stampie SuperDork
6/9/17 8:41 p.m.

You know I will be up there in a few weeks, and I have a set of drag tires that I need mounted for the Challenge Q45, and Asa, my mom, and I would love to check out the bus ...

Toyman01 MegaDork
6/9/17 8:46 p.m.

In reply to Stampie:

I've got some dates this month that I'll be out of town, but let me know when you will be here and we can try to make it happen. Shoot me a PM.

Toyman01 MegaDork
9/5/17 5:42 p.m.

Last update on this. 

This afternoon I mounted my 9th set of tires. These machines have worked flawlessly. I have mounted everything from Z06 tires to 34" mud grips, from 10" F400 tires to the set I just finished for the Polaris. They have saved a lot of people, a lot of hassle and time, including myself. 

The Donation Bucket has $140 in it to boot. 

If you have the room in the shop, I can recommend them. They are nice to have.

This was the last set.

Great machines. They aren't as clean as they used to be. 

Toyman01 MegaDork
2/20/18 7:49 p.m.

I just finished the 27th set of tires. The machines are still working like new. 


Patrick MegaDork
2/20/18 8:28 p.m.

Can you take some pictures of the assist arm?  I think i want to make one for my machine.  

jfryjfry HalfDork
2/20/18 10:17 p.m.

How can we find the guy who pays for old tires?  I wouldn't charge him - I just want to know that I can get rid of the tires without paying almost the amount I'm saving by changing them myself.  

Toyman01 MegaDork
2/21/18 6:57 a.m.

In reply to Patrick: 

I'll try to shoot some pictures this afternoon. If you don't see them pop up here, remind me. 


In reply to jfryjfry :

Locally, I can take them to the county landfill convenience center two at a time. You might try your landfill. 

Toyman01 MegaDork
2/21/18 5:55 p.m.
Patrick said:

Can you take some pictures of the assist arm?  I think i want to make one for my machine.  

Assist arm pictures per your request.

Overall. I haven't found a use for the lower arm yet. 


Upper ram and first two pivots.

Outer arm and control. 


Head. The hook is for pulling tough bottom beads. The nose I use for pushing stiff sidewalls down. It works. 

The ram has a stroke of 14".




Patrick MegaDork
2/21/18 6:27 p.m.


TR7 Reader
5/25/18 12:01 p.m.

Im looking at picking up the same thing (or similar) and was wondering how its working out, especially with the larger rims. Our lemons car and track cars are all between 14-17". But wheels for passenger cars are getting larger and larger. For example the new Camaro and XTS in our family roll on 19" and 20" wheels from the factory, and while I wouldnt expect to change those often, I would still want this tool to work. Will the jaws make it around the larger wheels OK, or could adapters possibly be made easily to extend its range, is it a real bear to get the larger wheels done?

Just trying to think into the future a bit.

Toyman01 MegaDork
5/25/18 4:24 p.m.

The machine says it will do 23" wheels. I've never tried anything that big. I've done a set of Corvette 19s and the only problem with them was the width.

Edit: I just checked it. It will grab the outside lip of a 22" wheel. If you can grab it the inside, larger shouldn't be a problem. 

At this point I've had them just over a year and mounted 31 sets (124) of tires. They have been well worth it to me. 




Patrick MegaDork
5/26/18 8:48 p.m.

I made extension blocks for mine out of 2x3x.250 tube and got longer bolts to hold the air tank/arm piece to the base.  If i’m doing something like 15x12 with slicks i can have the spacers in in a few minutes.  Then if i have to go back for 4” skinnies i pop the spacers out.  

Toyman01 MegaDork
9/3/18 6:15 p.m.

This brings me up to 40 sets of tires done. The donation bucket has made a pretty good dent in paying for the machines. I've taught the Lemons team how to run the machines at this point so all I have to do when they are swapping things, is supervise. A fun day hanging out in the shop. 

boxedfox Reader
9/3/18 6:33 p.m.

I think you might have convinced me to get one of these machines. My Coats RC15 works well but it's older and can only do up to 18" wheels. I also have to use motorcycle bead helpers when I mount slicks because I'm not strong or heavy enough to keep the sidewalls held down. The jaw range and assist arm would make my life a lot easier.

Toyman01 MegaDork
9/3/18 6:53 p.m.

In reply to boxedfox :

The assist arms are worth every penny. Getting a 205 SM Hoosier on a stock Miata wheel would take a stronger man than me without them. With them, it's a walk in the park. 

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