Northern Industrial Tools Manual Tire Changer - Handles Tires up to 20in.
The tool does it's job but is difficult to use. It must be securely floor mounted, I used 5/8inch lag bolts and they came loose, with all the work it took to mount the tire. I used it for a 14 inch wheel. It breaks down for easy storage when not in use.
February 16, 2014
good for atv
quality isn't fantastic, a little light for heavy tires, but is just the ticket for atv tires. ATV tires won't fit on a standard tire machine, but this holds and works them well.
February 4, 2014
Good, but maybe not for ATV tires....
This is well built. It's much larger and stronger than some of the competitor's models you see in other freight/chain stores. There are many reviews and youtube videos which explain how the cheaper smaller versions get broken easily. There's a youtube video which compares this model to them, showing size and thickness of metal. It's twice the cost, but has about 4 times as much metal.
I have three complaints. One is that my version came with a short assembly sheet, but not really instructions. I had to watch countless youtube videos for pointers on how to use it optimally, but there is a certain "skill" that comes with changing many tires anyway, so instructions wouldn't answer all questions.
My second complaint is that the tire iron which came with it didn't fit properly into the arm for the bead breaker. I see that extra welding material increased it's diameter, and I had to pound it down with a hammer to get it to fit.
My main complaint is that it would not fit the ATV tires I needed to change. While it may work on rims down to 8 inch diameter, that's only if they are thin wheels, maybe 2-3 inches thick. The most common ATV wheel is 12 inches diameter, but 7-10 inches wide. These rims won't allow the 12-inch diameter round platform/base of this tool to fit inside them, and since the tire then must ride on top, it is too wide for the top holder to screw on. I've tried everything, it just won't work. I'm thinking about beginning the arduous task of using a cutting wheel to grind down 1/2 inch of that top metal platform, but that's gonna take a lot of dirty work.
One last thing: The bolt that keeps the wheel from spinning sits in a narrow slot, which doesn't allow it to go inward enough to bolt circles of 4.5 inches. My classic Jeep, for example, uses a 5x4.5 inch bolt circle. I was surprised to see is too small for the bolt to fit.
So while It is well built, the size makes it not fit the ATV tires I purchased it for. I can only give it 4 stars, since the web site said it works down to 8 inch rims.
December 26, 2013
Very Suprised how good it worked
Ok I read the 5 reviews and saw some YouTube videos. First off picture on website is very misleading at least to me. It makes it look a whole lot smaller than it really is. I got email saying it was at the store drove into town, no hassle no issues the loaded it up for me and I was on my way home. I have a Kubota Tractor L4400 and around here mesquite thorns are the norm and no matter how much slime or other tire sealants you put in your going to get a flat. So I had purchased a tire insert reliner a few months back and decided to put that in along with a tube and I should be good to go. Well I open up the box and Wow this thing is a lot bigger than I thought. No directions anywhere in box but the photo was pretty good so went with that. Took me less than 10 minutes to put together. Got tractor tire off and first I needed to break the bead. Put down and lined it up and pressed down. Hmmm it didn't break it but I was close so got a cheater pipe and put it on the pipe and pressed down and sure enough it did the job. Then getting the tire on top was hassle but I got it there, The tractor tire im guessing a good 50lbs or more. Any way I had some other tire tools I purchased and sure enough with in 5 minutes I had tire off the rim. Installed the liner and put a tube in and started using the tool provided with the tire changer and I was really surprised just how easily it was pushing the bead of the tire over the lip. Now your using some pretty good force but your not damaging the tire or the tool at all. Got it 3/4 on and that was it for the hand tool, grab another longer spoon tool and 2 tries at it and it was on. Aired it up and I was done. Now I didn't mount this thing to the floor or a pallet as some have suggested. This is something that I need to due but it still did the job, If I could due a tractor tire then changine other tires should be a snap. The only thing you need is 2 other spoons with the angle on them and your good to go!!
July 18, 2013
After 5+ year, good product
I've now owned this unit for almost 6 years. Manual tire changers are a lot of work to operate but still easier than doing it by hand. First I mounted it outside on a small conrete slab about 2'x3'. This worked fine but on stubborn tires the leverage would start to lift the slab. After building a garage I mounted it upstairs and lag bolted it to a floor joist. It is solid and out of the way as I don't use it a lot. The bead breaker is very handy.
I have done a video review comparing this unit against a different one. It shows them side by side and this Northern Tool unit is TWICE the machine. Search online videos for "manual tire changer comparison" if interested.
Ultimately I am very pleased with this unit. I don't know if the construction has changed in the last 5+ years but the one I have is a nice addition to my home garage.
May 13, 2013
Underdesigned and understrength
First, the unit showed up without any of the mounting hardware. I was able to purchase the necessary hardware locally. Second, the base mounting system is very weak. I welded the base together to make it more secure. Third, the links that go down to the tire bead are understrengh and buckled the first time I used it. On a 16 in tire. Then the bar used for applying load to these links bent. So now in the process of fixing these two areas. Recommend you buy a better (more expensive) model.
March 19, 2013
Best tool ever bought
I'm a missionary in Grenada. I have one of these that I seem to use almost daily sometimes. It takes one more tire tool than it came with to get the tires on and off and I had to do a little grinding on the tool that came with it to get the tires back on. Wow does it work good now, and sure beats working off the ground. I'd give it 6 stars it it was available.
April 7, 2012
The wait at tire shop too long in town. Thought I would give this tire changer a try. Put new tires on golf cart an lawn mower very pleased with ease of operation for a 60 year old beginner. Neigbor now over changing trailer tires. One thing would like is more specfic instructions own putting together.
February 5, 2012
Manual Tire Changer
Easy to use. Handy to have. Would recommend it to all do-it-yourselfers. I give it 4 out of 5 stars as far as manual tire changers go.
October 18, 2011
i have owned a tire changer for many years and needed to replace my worn out one. this large changer is poorly built so much as to be unusable !!! 6 alterations so far this product should be taken off the market!!!!!
October 16, 2011