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I seldom recommend any tools but am doing so to help out fellow WH owners.   I have always struggled to replace tires on riding lawnmowers and garden tractors with the most trouble with smaller tires.  Just could not get good leverage on them.  I bought a Harbor Freight mini tire changer tool for $30 with a coupon and have used it several times with very good results.  It works on the same principle as the large machines at tire shops but is small and manual.  I clamp the post is my vise (comes with a bolt down mount which I don't use), mount the tire per instructions and dismount tires and mount them with greatly reduced effort.  I have use this tool on up to 8 inch rims so far with good results.  I feel I got my $30 worth when changing tires on my Snapper riding mower with 4" diameter rims.   The tires were old and brittle but the changer peeled them off with no difficulty.  I normally don't buy Harbor Freight tools but tried this one out of desperation and it came through.  Has anyone else used this tool?    I suspect that the tool may not work as well with larger diameter rims but it is supposed to range up to 12" rims.  

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I also gave the HF mini changer a try.  Worked just fine on my 8" rims.  It helped with 12" rims, but I clearly need a larger changer.  In any case I was able to change 4 tires on 8" rims and 4 tires on 12" rim.  Well worth the price tag.  And it was so nice not to have the old, cracked, and hard tires on my 520H's last summer.

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This is the 8" tire bead breaker I fabbed up last summer (should have made it adjustable for more diameters), and thanks for your thoughts on the HF tool,Jeff.

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@KC9KAS :text-yeahthat: , and can you post some pics of the bars (tools) that come with it please  :) .

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On 1/27/2017 at 0:35 PM, gawald said:

I seldom recommend any tools but am doing so to help out fellow WH owners.   I have always struggled to replace tires on riding lawnmowers and garden tractors with the most trouble with smaller tires.  Just could not get good leverage on them.  I bought a Harbor Freight mini tire changer tool for $30 with a coupon and have used it several times with very good results.  It works on the same principle as the large machines at tire shops but is small and manual.  I clamp the post is my vise (comes with a bolt down mount which I don't use), mount the tire per instructions and dismount tires and mount them with greatly reduced effort.  I have use this tool on up to 8 inch rims so far with good results.  I feel I got my $30 worth when changing tires on my Snapper riding mower with 4" diameter rims.   The tires were old and brittle but the changer peeled them off with no difficulty.  I normally don't buy Harbor Freight tools but tried this one out of desperation and it came through.  Has anyone else used this tool?    I suspect that the tool may not work as well with larger diameter rims but it is supposed to range up to 12" rims.  

 
 

 

I have used this one Mini Tire Changer Eval , but it takes a little oomph to operate.

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I had the small model HF tire changer that@Zeek evaluated but the dang thing broke after a few years. Last year I purchased the larger HF model and it works great. I did some trading with a fellow member to replace the rear worn out tires on my 416-8 for a nice set of turf tires. I think the tires on the 1988 416-8 were original . Broke the beads without any problems , should have worn rubber boots for the gallon of sealer or crud that was in each old tire. Put the new turf tires with tubes without any problem. :twocents-02cents:

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