On Wed, 14 Jul 1999 13:22:16 -0700, you wrote:
:: Has anyone tried the 'portable' tire changer currently on sale ($45) at
:Harbor Freight ?
:: I'm sure it's a piece of junk compared to a professional unit, but what I
:want to know is : can you change a tire with it ?
Yes. I have used it on tube type wire wheels, 15", and 165 x 15
tires. It will break the bead seal quite easily and well. Getting
the tire off the rim, and back on again was tougher but beats using
tire (tyre) irons by a long shot. I had to make up an "adapter" to
hold the wire wheel on the changer -- a piece of 1/4" steel with a
hole in it -- basically a washer to clamp the wheel hub and hold it
tight. Mine is not bolted to the floor, just to an assembly of 2 by
6s and a piece of scrap plywood that I stand on. I knock it down and
put it away when I am not using it. Mine has paid for itself in time
and money saved.