Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 30
  1. #1
    Platinum Member herringchoker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    626
    Location
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Tractor
    Kubota B7800, Case 450

    Default How do you put ballast in your tires?

    I always hate to have to do this because it means I've had a flat tire. It happened again today, so I dug out my little setup I've used before. It's cheap and it works like a charm. It consists of a bucket, a drill pump and drill, 2 pieces of garden hose and a small hose clamp. I start with the tire flat, and the valve stem at close to 12:00. (This is about the same as 10:00 to 11:00 with full air.) I pump in 3 or 4 gallons, then reverse the drill for about 1 revolution and let the air (that the ballast has displaced) bleed out, then pump again. (Picture 4 shows the displaced air bubbling in the supply bucket.) When done, I flush the pump with clean water and then squirt a little oil in it and give it a few turns so it's ready for the next time.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -tire-ballast-pump-001-jpg   -tire-ballast-pump-002-jpg   -tire-ballast-pump-003-jpg   -tire-ballast-pump-004-jpg  
    Kubota B7800, LA402 FEL, Homemade cab, 60" bushcutter, 74" rear snowblower.
    Kubota RTV500.
    Case 450 c/w 6-way dozer.

  2. #2
    Super Star Member k0ua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    15,275
    Location
    Branson, Mo.
    Tractor
    Kioti DK35se Hydrostat

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    How interesting! Two things, One I never thought of reversing the drill pump for a bit to burp the air.. I bought the adaptor with the burp button. But I see you did not use an adaptor.. so $10 saved there.. item number two: Your drill pump seems to be much more substantial than the plastic POS I bought from Home Depot. Thanks for posting

    James K0UA
    James KUA

    Kioti DK35se hydrostat with 2 QA buckets, 48 inch. King Kutter Rotary Cutter. 750 lbs ballast box. Loaded tires, Construction Attachments SSQA Lightweight Pallet forks. EA 50 inch single lid "wicked" Grapple. Satisfied Everlast PA160 welder owner How to add a link to a post . Best way to search TBN


  3. #3
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    14,436
    Location
    Yanceyville, North Carolina
    Tractor
    Kubota L4400

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Thanks for posting.
    The PUPIL who does not surpass his Master, fails his Master.

  4. #4
    Platinum Member Mark Page's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    559
    Location
    Maryland
    Tractor
    Massey Ferguson 2615 48hp, 4wd, loader

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    I call the tire repair brothers and they stop by with a pick up and all the bits and pcs. you would ever need to fix a tire. They will empty a tire, replace the inner tube and replace the fluid for around $100. They have been here a couple of times and make a PITA job look easy.
    OK, call me lazy.
    Gear Up and Throttle Down.

    2011 Massey 2615, 7ft Woods Rear Discharge Finish Mower, 6 ft Lucknow Snow Blower, Danuser post hole digger with 12" and 24" augers, 350 lb 3 pt broadcast spreader, 7ft scraper blade, 7 ft. drag harrow, JD GT 275 rider with 38" snow blower attachment.


  5. #5
    Veteran Member vtsnowedin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    2,064

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Ayup you are lazy!! But that doesn't mean you are wrong or foolish. Letting people that have practised a job do it for a fair price usually saves money in the end but sometimes you have to tackle a project just to assure yourself that you have some skills in hand.

  6. #6
    Veteran Member Mechanos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,059
    Location
    Roosterville, MO
    Tractor
    JD 955/70A/7 TLB

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    How interesting! Two things, One I never thought of reversing the drill pump for a bit to burp the air.. I bought the adaptor with the burp button. But I see you did not use an adaptor.. so $10 saved there.. item number two: Your drill pump seems to be much more substantial than the plastic POS I bought from Home Depot. Thanks for posting

    James K0UA
    That's basically the way the tire shop installed the RimGuard in my tires. They start with the tire at 11:00 o'clock and connect the fill hose. They use a pneumatic powered diaphram pump to transfer the liquid. After pumping in some liquid and building pressure in tire, they reverse the pump. Since this type of pump is a positive displacement pump, they keep pumping until they pull a bit of a vacuum on the tire. Then reverse the pump and transfer some more fluid, and repeat. Once the liquid level is above the valve stem, the pump pull the excess liquid out of the tire. Once the pump starts sucking air, they know they have the correct amount of liquid in the tire. They use a slick hose connector valve that allows them to remove the valve stem AFTER the hose is conneceted and reinstall the valve stem BEFORE disconnecting the hose so there is very little mess.

  7. #7
    Veteran Member Deere Dude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    1,094
    Location
    Hee Haw He!!, TN
    Tractor
    John Deere 3720

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    How interesting! Two things, One I never thought of reversing the drill pump for a bit to burp the air.. I bought the adaptor with the burp button. But I see you did not use an adaptor.. so $10 saved there.. item number two: Your drill pump seems to be much more substantial than the plastic POS I bought from Home Depot. Thanks for posting

    James K0UA
    I'm all for DOY, if not just to save a few bucks but to keep ourselves finely tuned mechanically.

    I bought and used the adapter made for getting the air out while pumping. Well worth the $10. Trying to burp air out is fine the other way, but consider what may happen if drawn to much of a vacuum; the bead may break and then you may have 50 gallons of RimGuard running down your driveway. Just hanging a tire on a tractor with the rear end jacked off the ground could have the same effect, a broken bead. Then you really have a mess. Been there, done that. I don't understand why the tire is sitting on the block of wood. I would think that would make a difficult situation rolling it off without losing balance.
    JD 3720 with R4s
    X740

  8. #8
    Veteran Member sam5570's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    1,320
    Location
    south west virginia
    Tractor
    new holland tn70

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Page View Post
    I call the tire repair brothers and they stop by with a pick up and all the bits and pcs. you would ever need to fix a tire. They will empty a tire, replace the inner tube and replace the fluid for around $100. They have been here a couple of times and make a PITA job look easy.
    OK, call me lazy.
    now thats my way of doing things take the easy way out

  9. #9
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    48,333
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 941D, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    How interesting! Two things, One I never thought of reversing the drill pump for a bit to burp the air.. I bought the adaptor with the burp button. But I see you did not use an adaptor.. so $10 saved there.. item number two: Your drill pump seems to be much more substantial than the plastic POS I bought from Home Depot. Thanks for posting

    James K0UA
    yep.. i like his drill pump too.. the black pos one i have is.. well.. a pos too..

  10. #10
    Super Star Member k0ua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    15,275
    Location
    Branson, Mo.
    Tractor
    Kioti DK35se Hydrostat

    Default Re: How do you put ballast in your tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    yep.. i like his drill pump too.. the black pos one i have is.. well.. a pos too..
    Yeah about the time I got all the fluid in, the "bearing" was getting stiff on the shaft. so at about 52 gallons it was struggling. I am not even sure it would work now. It was only $6 but it is definitely in the POS class of pumps.

    James K0UA
    James KUA

    Kioti DK35se hydrostat with 2 QA buckets, 48 inch. King Kutter Rotary Cutter. 750 lbs ballast box. Loaded tires, Construction Attachments SSQA Lightweight Pallet forks. EA 50 inch single lid "wicked" Grapple. Satisfied Everlast PA160 welder owner How to add a link to a post . Best way to search TBN


Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How to put liquid ballast in BX2360 tires?
    By newdeal in forum Kubota Owning/Operating
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 07-26-2012, 07:25 AM
  2. Put new tires on
    By cat2 in forum ATVs & Utility Vehicles
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-10-2009, 09:30 PM
  3. Can you put BX tires and rims on RTV900's?
    By dlinde31 in forum Kubota Buying/Pricing
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-09-2007, 09:13 AM
  4. Tires Should I put water in the tires?
    By 45er in forum Owning/Operating
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 09-22-2006, 04:24 PM
  5. Can you put larger tires on L39?
    By smwelden in forum Kubota Buying/Pricing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-27-2005, 10:17 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.