How to Mount a Tire Changer Without Bolting to the Floor

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Introduction: How to Mount a Tire Changer Without Bolting to the Floor

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I had a cheap, manual tire changer from Harbor Freight.  It works alright, but only when securely mounted and bolted down.  The problem is two fold...

1-It needs to be mounting in the middle of the floor, so it will always be in the way when not in use.
2-I have radiant floor heat, so I can't just drill holes in my concrete floor.

Enter my solution.  It involves mounting the tire changer to a 3" steel C channel and hinging it to my welding table.  At over 3 tons, my welding table isn't going to move anywhere.

So here are the photos.  (I didn't take any along the way when I was making it.)  (Sorry the photos are grainy, I did a quick rebatch to make them ready for the web and it didn't come out too well.)

The first two photos show it in the "in use" position.  The third photo shows it with the one arm folding in, and the last photo is it folded against the table.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments you have on it.

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    I have the exact same tire changer. I made an improvement you may like to use too. for the bead breaker part. it always wanted to slide back off the tire instead of breaking the bead. so I added an second horizontal arm below the other for a parallelogram action. the vertical part now goes straight up and down and can't kick back. I'll take a picture and post it later.

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    That would be great. I'm having a hard time seeing in my head how this mod looks. I can't wait to see it.

    Ok, here are the promised pictures. the added arm needs to be parallel with the existing arm and the pivots the same distance apart as on the existing arm. It works about a thousand times better with this improvement. Gosh, maybe I should do an ible about it.

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    Outstanding!!! Well I' know what I'll be doing today!

    Thanks again for the improvement and the photos.