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Old March 5th, 2018, 12:05
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HF or Northern tire changers

Anyone have any experience with the Harbor Freight or Northern Tool manual tire changers?

Trying to remove tires to patch some holes and use for spares on the trail.

Was following the Bleeping Jeep UTube video, but had a close call with a flying pry bar and hoping for something a bit safer maybe.

Iím trying to remove and then reinstall 33x12.50 on 15Ē steel rims.


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Old March 5th, 2018, 12:11
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Re: HF or Northern tire changers

Pretty sure its not much different than using a good set of tire spoons other than you use that upright tube in the middle as a pivot to try and spin the bar around. I guess for 50$ its worth a shot, but Walmart will patch a tire for $10 or $15.
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Old March 5th, 2018, 13:49
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Oh it's a lot better than tire irons. I installed a HF unit when I moved into this house, that was almost 20 yrs ago and I do "alot" of tires! You need to bolt them down good!
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Old March 6th, 2018, 08:30
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Pretty sure its not much different than using a good set of tire spoons other than you use that upright tube in the middle as a pivot to try and spin the bar around. I guess for 50$ its worth a shot, but Walmart will patch a tire for $10 or $15.


My holes are on the sidewalls. Donít think they will touch them.


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Old March 6th, 2018, 08:31
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Oh it's a lot better than tire irons. I installed a HF unit when I moved into this house, that was almost 20 yrs ago and I do "alot" of tires! You need to bolt them down good!


And it works on larger size tires- 33x12.50?


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Old March 6th, 2018, 12:37
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12.5's are no problem. I would say over the years we've done up to 14.5's!
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Some practice with a half decent set of spoons and you can mount/dismount tires quickly. I swapped a set of 5 tires from one set of wheels to another in 30 minutes.
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Old March 8th, 2018, 04:36
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Some practice with a half decent set of spoons and you can mount/dismount tires quickly. I swapped a set of 5 tires from one set of wheels to another in 30 minutes.


What spoons do you recommend?

Or, better yet, what are you doing this weekend 😃


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Old March 8th, 2018, 06:41
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What spoons do you recommend?

Or, better yet, what are you doing this weekend 😃


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I have 3 of these.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...3914_200673914

Depending on where you are in VA, I'd say come on down
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Re: HF or Northern tire changers

Tyrepliers and spoons are all you need
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HF or Northern tire changers

Iíve broken 2 HF tire changers, they work ok on the first few 235 with weak sidewalls, once it came time to place the new 31 tires with stiffer sidewalls it was useless. Even after the first 235s the tool started to bend. Iíve used professional tire machines to break down rims before, in concept the manual tire changer can work, just not this cheaply made.

Northern Tool used to have a more substantial tire changer but they to have fallen to the dark side of cheap Chinese tools selling a rebadged HF tire changer.

HF tire changer may be ok for car tires.



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Old March 14th, 2018, 07:57
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I have 3 of these.



https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...3914_200673914



Depending on where you are in VA, I'd say come on down


Iím in chesterfield. Where are you?


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