Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tractor Tire Mounting and Unmounting Tip

Just wanted to share a bit of tractor repair advice I've picked up. The old Ford 640 you see in some of the pictures is a great little utility tractor for a small plot. Although it lacks a few amenities, it was also about $15,000 cheaper than a new one.

It needed to have the rims replaced. After collecting the parts, it was time to unmount the tires. Breaking a bead on an old tractor tire is NOT an easy task. The tire and rim are bonded with rust and time.

EHow offered excellent advice: buy a specialized tool, then follow the manufacturer's instructions. Great. I don't have one of those. Instead, the people on the forums at Yesterday's Tractors had more useful advice: Use a car jack, a log, and a bit of chain. It worked well. (Pics to follow.)

Oh, and an unsolicited plug: Yesterday's Tractors had some hard-to-find parts, and while their catalog isn't comprehensive, the service was excellent. Parts arrived days before I expected them, and the tractor is up and running again.