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Owning several atvs and assorted lawn tractors and what not with pneumatic tires, I certainly have fought with breaking the bead on a tire or two here. I saw this thing on an atv outdoors show today and just have to have it.



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Interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE-aHnI8Nq4

Thoughts:

I see the dude breaking the bead on a nice shiny new tire.

Obviously, under those circumstances, it works.

What I see most often are old tires that are worn out being removed.

These are not nice, shiny, or new. What happens is that the mud and dirt get crammed into the bead where it sits for possibly years at a time and corrosion sets in.

This corrosion does a couple things. First, it makes for a rough surface and increases the amount of effort required to move the bead across the rim. Second, the oxides created during the corrosion process "Swell Up" and actually make the tire fit tighter than the original design.

The end result of this is a tire that's substantially more difficult to remove than the one shown in the video.

Watching the video, I note that this breaker concentrates it's effort on a very small part of the tire and it only has about an inch of movement available.

So, I'm guessing that when confronted with a "Real World" tire this breaker will not just pop the bead of like in the video.

It's going to take several attempts to get the bead off at multiple points along the rim.

Will it work? Probably. Is it going to go like in the video? I seriously doubt it.

I have used this type of machine before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LAABOgXU1s&index=2&list=PLA15C511DC78C91C4

It has two advantages. The "Foot" that presses on the bead is several inches wide and breaks more of the bead, and it offers more travel to push the bead down further. This makes the job more likely to succeed.
 
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