Administrators Moses Ludel Posted July 8, 2020 Administrators Share Posted July 8, 2020 During the Covid-19 stay-at-home order, I took stock of the tools and work I can perform at my shop. Tire service stood out as the only remaining sublet task. As a teenager in the sixties, I serviced tires at gas stations and later as a truck fleet mechanic. After graduating with honors from the University of Oregon during the midst of an Oregon economic recession, I found myself fortunate enough to land a job at Schmunk's Tire Service in Springfield, Oregon. I fed our family by busting passenger car, light truck and logging truck tires, adding another notch to my work resume. To be fully self-reliant in a Covid-19 pandemic, or for any other reason, I decided it was time to bring tire service into our shop/studio. Working with Gaither Tool Company, I found some sensible equipment solutions and discovered a variety of innovative tire tools. For details on my findings, go to the magazine's search box and enter the keyword "Gaither". See how I quickly eliminated 40 mile trips to the tire store. Here is the 46:30-minutes video coverage on dismounting and mounting tires. See how I modified a Gaither 12772 Manual Tire Changer for portable work, mating the changer stand to a receiver hitch. This setup is optimal for 4x4 outback overlanding or changing motorcycle tires at a motocross pit: Enjoy the video and consider a manual tire changer for DIY work at your shop or trail use! For our larger 37" tires on the Ram truck, there's a power tire changer in our near future. Moses Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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