Changing lawn cart tires

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Old 11-11-13, 11:58 AM
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Changing lawn cart tires

I have a Rubbermaid lawn cart with 20x2.25 pneumatic tires. I tried and tried to get the old tires off, and after many busted up knuckles and spewing words I can't repeat on here, I eventually ended up cutting the steel wire beads to get them off. Now I have to mount the new tires, but with those wire beads, I can't get the tires back on the rims. Anybody ever do this job, and if so how is it done ?
 
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Old 11-11-13, 12:21 PM
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I use a pair of tire spoons. I have plastic ones for aluminum bicycle rims and a steel set for steel rims. There is still some wrestling but they do make it easier. In a pinch you could try the broad end of a pry bar or some large flat blade screw drivers. You can also search for videos that show you how to mount and dismount tires without a machine.
 
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Old 11-11-13, 12:53 PM
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Yeh, I tried screw drivers , a flat brake adjusting tool, etc. The problem is the rims are flat across so there's no free space in there.
 
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Using soap for a lubricant will help a little.
 
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Old 11-12-13, 11:32 AM
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Thanks guys! I was wondering if there was some special trick to mount the tires, but I guess it's just "brute force".
 
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Not sure on yours but some times one of the inner lips are smaller than other, Mount from that side.
 
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Yes, a certain amount of brute force and cursing is usually required. Sometimes small tires can be a real bugger. They are so small you can't get a good grip on them so if one is really giving me trouble I bolt it down to a big scrap of wood. When the rim isn't squirming to get away and you can have both hands free to work the spoons & tire.
 
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