Fixing Tires on the Ranch – Tractors to Gator – Plugs to Tubes


Hi I’m Mike, they say if it has tires then
its gonna cause you grief eventually, and today on the project list, we tackle tire
troubles, on our Wyoming life. Welcome back to our Wyoming life, please subscribe
and join us as together, we explore the ranch life and escape the ordinary.
This is the project list, a continuing effort to stay in front of all the things that need
done around here. Some jobs are big and some are small but all need done at some point.
If you are ever here and looking for something to do, head to the list cause there is always
a project waiting for you. Today on the project list we are taking a
look at tires. I counted this morning, and all told on the ranch we have over 80 tires
that are in use at least once per year. Whether they are on manure spreaders, haying equipment
or 4 wheelers, all those tires have to be maintained at some point or another.
Some tires are more important, like tires on the gator or skid steer, which get used
constantly and some aren’t high on the priority list, like the tires on the International
tractor, which is only used around the gardens. But when a tire is flat, well then that piece
of equipment is out of commission until it is fixed, and if murphys law stays constant,
which it always does around here, you are going to need it within minutes of finding
a flat tire. Its those piece of machinery we are going
to be working on today, the gator has a slow leak that is becoming a pain to deal with,
the skid steer has rolled a tire off the rim and the international has been down and out
for months, sitting on 3 flat tires and we need to get it up and going to clean off gardens
and get it put away for winter. There’s no better time than the present
to get going, so lets get started. We are going to start today with our skid
steer, a bobcat s630. Gilbert purchased this before he passed away as an upgrade from our
previous smaller bobcat, a 743. The old one couldn’t even lift a ton of feed and this
one does the job with a rated lift compacity of over 2000 lbs and 74 horse power.
Of course with a busted tire, its not doing anything around here. Our plan with this guy
today is to get this tire off and take it to town. Being a heavy lifter on the ranch,
I want to make sure its fixed correctly, if the rim is bent and the bead is leaking because
of that, I want to make sure its at a shop that can fix it. So we are going to take it
to our local tire shop for repair. That also frees up my time to hopefully get
all these other tires done today and behind us.
This machine weighs about 10,000 pounds, about twice the weight of a full size SUV, so some
heavy lifting is going to be needed to get it off the ground.
Call it over kill but we are going to be using a 20 ton bottle jack to get this thing up
where we need it to get the tire off. With it being so low to the ground, getting it
up where we need it is going to be a two stage process. We are going to jack it up as far
as we can, Then support the weight with a 6 ton jack stand. After repositioning the
jack and getting the machine up farther off the ground, then we can take off the lug bolts.
With a dewalt ½ inch drive impact driver, we make quick work of the nuts and get the
tire off. Then its off to town, and Big horn tire, our
local Michelin dealer. We like to work with local businesses as much as possible and Big
horn Tire has been serving our are for over 50 years, and because of that, we know the
owners, the employees and management, for us, that makes all the difference.
With the tire dropped off, then its back out to the ranch for more tire tribulation.
Next up on the list is the gator, this tire has had a slow leak for a few weeks, but its
getting worse. Rather than continue putting air in it every morning, lets nip it in the
bud now and hopefully fix it for good. Gator tires are a lot like four wheeler tires,
although just a little bigger. Gator tires and four wheeler tires can usually be repaired
using a plug kit, which we can hopefully use today.
The first step after getting the tire off though is a bit of detective work, and that
is finding the leak. All it takes is a pin hole and after we inflate
the tire a bit, we can use a mixture of water and soap to help find the leak. On a side
note, I really like these pump up bottles. I discovered them a few years ago and for
things like this they are much better than spray bottles. Using air pressure they can
deliver a constant stream of whatever it is you are spraying, although you do have to
pump them up occasionally. Here’s a hint, always check the valve stem
first for leaks. I have spent an hour looking for a leak before, just to find that it was
the valve stem leaking and it just needed a new core. Save yourself a little time, check
that first, them move on to the tire. Plug kits don’t work well on sidewalls of
tires, so check there too. If you have a whole in the sidewall, you can try patching but
more than likely you will be tubing to fix it. Also check the bead for leaks, the area
where the tire meets the rim, if a rim gets bent, it may just be leaking from there.
None of these issues are our culprit today and after checking through the tread for a
while with our soapy mixture the leak is found. A very small pinhole, likely caused by a cactus
thorn that hit the tire just right. The tell tale sign of a leak is small little bubbles
that will froth up and continue to grow and maybe even pop depending on the size of the
hole. Now that we found the leak, don’t loose
it, mark it or set it up on the very top of the tire so you can find it again and get
your plug kit. Mine is from safety seal. A friend of mine
runs a tire shop and suggested it to me and I have always had good luck with it, he even
taught me a trick that I’m going to share with you here in a minute.
The kit includes the plugs, a reamer to make your hole a bit bigger for the plug and the
plug installation tool, along with some special lube to make everything a little easier to
do. First off we are going to use the reamer to
make the hole a bit bigger, seems counter productive doesn’t it? I though so, but
it makes sense that we need a hole big enough for the plug to fit into. The reamer is pushed
into the existing hole and pops right through, use a little lube if its too hard of a push
and twist it around a bit. Now it’s a leak. Grab one of the plugs, which are a rolled
rubber that is very sticky and put it in the installation tool, add more lube and push
that into the hole you just made. Its going to be a tight fit, once you get it in there,
push down on the plunger and pop the tool off the plug.
We have now plugged the hole, but we aren’t quite done. This is where we go off the instructions,
and follow my friend Chads, advice. The instructions call for you to cut the tails of the plug
off with a razor blade, but we are going to go caveman style and burn it. Fire is good.
And with this little flame we melt the rubber around the plug and hopefully create a more
solid attachment between the tire and plug. Once it burns down a bit then the tire goes
back on, and the gator is out of the shop and back to work.
Last but not least is the international tractor model 606. This tractor was manufactured in
1966 and originally sold for only 4900$, it carries a 3.6 liter 6 cylinder gas engine
that works great for Erin around the gardens at 50 horsepower. Mostly it is used for tilling,
but it has been known to work a brush beater at times.
Tires are pretty rough on this thing, and a decision is going to have to be made on
weather or not its work spending thousands to put new tires on it, for now, my goal is
to get it standing on its own and run it into the shop where we can decide what needs done.
Lets start with the flat front tire, these are standard truck tires and once we get it
off we can take it to the shop. No searching for leaks on this one, the valve
stem is broken off so we are going to put a tube in it for now.
First things first, we need to break the bead. I don’t have a bead breaker to do this,
so we are going to go old school with a duckbill hammer.
Working our way around we break the bead and free the tire on each side.
Then in come the tire spoons to get it off the rest of the way, and in comes Lincoln
to help. Slowly but surely we work our way around the
tire, working tire spoons around, until its off the rim on one side and we can get the
old tube out. The new tube goes in, making sure to have
the valve stem lined up correctly and held in place, then using the same spoons we work
our way around again, prying the tire back in place.
Then add air, using the pressure from the tube to reseat the bead.
Back to the tractor we reinstall the tire and then its time to try to get the back tires
to hold air. I really like the screw on tire chucks and
by using one and clamp on the trigger, each tire on each side until we are up and ready
to go. Then its time to fire this thing up and get
it into the shop. As you can see these back tires are pretty
weather checked and wore out. I don’t expect them to hold air for long, but by having it
in the shop we can decide if its worthwhile to spend the 800$ per tire to replace them,
tube them or just keep airing them up. Time will tell.
Off to town again, this time to pick up our skid steer tire and get that put back on.
They couldn’t find the leak in it and ended up tubing it anyway, but it should work and
with that done, my tire torment is over for the day, only 68 more tires to check.
Thanks for coming along today, with that done, we have decisions to make, but we also have
a few more pieces of equipment back up and running, ready to get to work. Which I’m
sure isn’t far away. If you are interested in checking out any
of the products used in todays video, head on down to the description, nothing here is
sponsored, this is all the stuff I use and I’m happy to share it with you.
I promised you guys a winner today of this hat, the summer hat that we didn’t blow
up and I’d like to do that now. Drumroll please…..no drum roll? Come on, a little
one…. Alright that’s better.
The winner of this Stetson straw is John Boling from Evansville, Indiana. Thanks John and
everyone else, don’t be discouraged because we have more great giveaways coming up. John,
I will be in touch, But that’s it for me, a little birdy told
me that we are having breakfast for dinner tonight and I have my fingers crossed for
some of Erins pancakes. Thanks for watching, please subscribe, comment and like and until
I see you again, thanks for joining us in our Wyoming life.

100 comments on “Fixing Tires on the Ranch – Tractors to Gator – Plugs to Tubes”

  1. Our Wyoming Life says:

    Hey there, all tires holding as of now. Sorry about the audio, a little echo cause I forgot to open a shop door when I was recording and honestly I didnt want to go back and redo it lol Congrats to our winner, I will be in touch soon and getting you hat to you! Thanks everyone for another great week! – Mike

  2. OJ Jenkins says:

    A year ago or so I bought a Stanley car jumper with a compressor in it. It has the screw on chuck and I was skeptical as the others I had were the ones with the little lever. I found out that the new screw on chuck doesn't leak air screwing it on and off like the older ones did years ago on bike pumps. I was surprised at that 🙂

  3. Mark Pontes says:

    See if Tireject will send You a Gallon for Doing Video, its Better than Putting a Tube in it Keeps repairing New holes! It works I put it in and old Dry rotted Tire that was constantly going down. Haven't Put Air in for 2 Years.

  4. Jeffry Richardson says:

    Congratulations to the winner! 👍🏾😀❤️🇺🇸

  5. Central MN DairyBros says:

    if no one suggested on that 606 find yourself a good used rubber for on there that's what we do all the time even with our bigger tractors plus being it's a garden tractor it doesn't need brand new rubber just rubber to hold air😁

  6. Bill The Tractor Man says:

    Hi Mike! Do keep in mind in your decision making that those $1,600 tires are nothing compared to spending $18,000+ on a newer tractor. That old tractor will last your lifetime with proper upkeep thanks to the many advancements in oils and grease that are available today. Keep it under a roof too will help a lot. I miss my old farm tractors every day. I knew they had to go as my health declined but they were always trust worthy and ready to work when I needed them.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  7. K9COP282 says:

    Mike, you may have already Answered this question, a time or 12 in previous videos. Unfortunately, I wasn’t present for that answer. While this isn’t a “ tire question “ but, do you ever use your horses for you farm work? Such as gathering your herd, pulling equipment, ride for transportation out into the pasture…. etc?

  8. DaSandMan Tv says:

    I’d love to visit the ranch iand meet you guys , also I’d like rhelp around the ranch in any way I can.

  9. Rob Cookson says:

    Mike, Rob here did you Erin's famous pancakes? hope so.

  10. longhaul 7 says:

    Hey Mike…you should check out tire ject for the tires…I think that's what it's called…one lonely farmer has a video of it its awesome stuff…if you put that in the IH tires you wont br buying new ones nore having to install tubes or running to town to get them fixed….Brendan

  11. matt smith says:

    Damn Mike family you just read my mind on tires!!!!!!!!! haha so right TIRES are everything on a ranch modern ranching these days when you have a "horse that throws a shoe" it really shuts the operation down!!!!!

  12. Preston Flowers says:

    Yes pancakes for dinner is awesome

  13. TheCritterWindow says:

    Check out AmerSeal Tire sealant. It is some wonderful stuff for tubeless off road tires.

  14. Helena Wieb says:

    So how much did the calves sell for.

  15. Tim England says:

    Have you tried TireJect? OLF uses it quite a bit. From a wheelbarrow tire to tractor tire.

  16. highstepperARF says:

    Tube the tractor rear tires. The carcass should last awhile longer.

  17. Ron Tiemens says:

    Rancher’s retirement.

  18. Lorie Habel says:

    Tires can be a pain in the🐴.
    Do you run chloride in your tires? Awww good to see Lincoln helping out, before you know it- it will be his place instead of yours😇

  19. Donald Halstead says:

    Hi Mike yes tires are a lot of work hear is a video from Youtube Farmer one thing he uses on tires hope it helps Don https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiq2x2L7UgE

  20. The Jennings way says:

    Hi mike , love the channel, you should look in to trying out some tire ject it will help to keep your tires up , I haven’t put air in my bobcat tires in a year and we always keep a check on the twice per week

  21. Allan Cundiff says:

    The first tractor I remember on our farm was a IH606 it had a diesel engine it smoked when it was cold.thats about all I remember about it.

  22. Nolan Mosher says:

    Congrats to John tires are always a problem

  23. aCycloneSteve says:

    Great video. I don't know much about tires, but I always wondered if you put the tractor up on blocks and took the pressure off the tires would extend their useful life. Any clue? Or maybe removing them every year and storing them in an environment that will make them last longer? Lots of work, but if it makes the tires last an extra 5 years it might be worth it. Just curious.

  24. Fiona C says:

    This was one of your more ‘tiring’ videos😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  25. Jonathan Tarrant says:

    Great video Mike. Way to mix it up.

  26. nashguy207 says:

    Congrats John on wining the Hat!!! Mike I know what you mean about tire issues we have a share of them as well. I have 2 of the same tire plug kits we keep one in the truck and one in the shop We use them pretty often they are a nice kit and work well I going to try your tip about melting the tip of the plug makes sense looks like the international tractor is about ready for rear tires They are looking pretty dry rotted. You should of had blake brought his bead buster down and helped you change the tires he seems to have a lot of practice doing that. LOL Thanks for the video and sharing part of your day with us. Have a great day. God Bless!!!

  27. Daniel Anderson says:

    Thanks for another great video mike! Something I've used as a tire bead breaker is a highlift/farm jack using the baseplate pushing down on the bead.

  28. jeepxj says:

    Have you tried tireject on the big tires yet?

  29. Rob Norton says:

    Love your videos. For your safety though, you should really invest in a tire cage. Too many videos on youtube of tires failing and wheels flying

  30. chris miller says:

    Hey mike, the 606 tires are nylon cord, if you don’t pull or move heavy loads buy 50 dollars of slime and keep it inside if possible you’d be surprised how they last every with all the ugly weather checking.

  31. Derek Lindley says:

    Your 18 volt tools will not die! 🙂

  32. AgentPepsi1 says:

    You should at least tube the tires on the tractor. It would be a shame not to do so. 🙂

  33. daughterofra says:

    The right side math at the beginning is a bit off.

  34. swccstar says:

    Please tell me you didn’t have to fix that many tires in one day! Lol. Tires suck.
    Really enjoyed the video

  35. Jacob braybrook says:

    Hi mike how are you today

  36. Spencer Moreno says:

    Great video 👍🏻

  37. Kathy Mayeda says:

    Ever watch Curtis Stone? He doesn't have a big tractor for his farm! He uses a BCS.

  38. Steven Martinez says:

    Hey just a little tip when you're braking the Beed on a tire you but soap and water around the tire and it will break alot easier

  39. Jesse Baker says:

    Where do you get the screw on tire chuck

  40. Cam the can man says:

    Have you chosen a name for the new bull

  41. august says:

    I think I would put tubes in the back International tires and milk them a couple more years ?

  42. Thaief Ahmed says:

    0:00 Im back!

  43. Darsh says:

    I like plugging holes.

  44. john w says:

    Hi Mike & Erin i have used titan tires they are made in the USA and in most cases cheaper than other brands…we had them on our equipment when i was in the military and they stood up to our abuse lol…there is also a product called tireject there is a youtube farmer like you who uses it and swears by it he is at oneloneyfarmer hope this helps you and saves you some money

  45. Kickin Ash Homestead says:

    Congratulations to the winner!! <3
    Great vid!! <3

  46. Niclas Fredholm says:

    Hard to explain how much you guys inspire us to take that step to make our dream a reality!! You are great role models! Thank you and keep up the great job!

  47. Tom Hohenadel says:

    Mike, are your cowboy boots steel toed. Safety concern?

  48. Joe Nadeau says:

    Good, practical information that anyone can benefit from, this is exactly how you build a channel.

  49. Janis Meader says:

    Congratulations John!!! Enjoy your "new" hat👏
    I personally sympathize with your tire woes, makes me grateful for my van,a nd bicycle. ( Mike, if you do choose to get rid of the International. There are Tractor collectors scattered all across the country. )

  50. Colin Deakin says:

    I highly recommend a hi lift tractor jack, they are wonderful for lifting the front of your ih tractor. Plus they work decent as a tire bead breaker

  51. David Goodwin says:

    Can you explain the foreclosure pending sign? I’m sure there’s an interesting story there.

  52. Brian Delaney says:

    Hi Mike, Brian from Ireland here, just wondering how did your calves do at market

  53. Outdoor Mudder says:

    I tried watching your video yesterday when you just upload it but my Internet wasn’t working And it’s my first time being early

  54. Jerry Coon says:

    That old international is cool. Old tractors are almost as cool as old wagons… LOL

  55. Brent and Natasha Derksen says:

    I bet her pancakes are top notch!

  56. william wells says:

    Tube the tyres on the ih, or maybe tyreject, can't see its worth putting new ones on with how little you use it

  57. steakandeggs Cynthia R. says:

    Bet you feel like your going two steps forward and one step all the time. Around here we have so many pretty days in the winter we can get things done outside. With all your snow it can slow you down quite a bit. Neat trick on the burning the plug.

  58. Deutschehordenelite says:

    Yea those tires on the international are shot, wasn't even aware you can tube that size of a tire – what would those tubes cost? Definitely keep us updated on those 🙂

  59. Lankster Price says:

    As I didn't win the hat, I also didn't win the lotto 1.6 billion last night and goes with it that new tractor I was going to buy you.. but anything can happen, there is always tomorrow.. Be good and will see ya later..

  60. lamebubblesflysohigh says:

    Just buy used tractor tires. There must be someone somewhere with tractor that is not running willing to sell just tires for 100 a piece 🙂

  61. Ryan Clendenning says:

    If it has wheels or a skirt it’s gonna give you problems

  62. Bigun Rush says:

    Tires can make or brake you. Out of sight and out of mind until you're rolling around on the rim. Great idea to burn the plug to melt and assure a good seal Thanks for sharing.

  63. masquitaful says:

    We also been working on tires. And batteries.

  64. keith hullock says:

    have you tried putting a sealant in the tyres plugs holes to 5 mm

  65. Tyler Gray says:

    Great video. When putting tire back on rim try rubbing Dawn on the bead. Then just stand on tire. It'll slide right on w/o spoons etc.

  66. John Fischer says:

    Mike, you got my hopes up when you said "John…."

  67. Dylan Wilson says:

    I’m in Indiana too… to bad I didn’t win😂

  68. PC Sweeney says:

    Great video Mike. I have a love/hate relation when it comes to fixing tires. I agree whole heartedly with another commenter about painting the inside of your rims if and when you replace the rear tires.
    Pancakes sound good for supper!
    Congrats to John for winning the hat!

  69. Steven Fournier says:

    Quick tip for breaking the bead…place a 2×6 on the tire as close to the wheel bead then drive your truck onto the board popping the bead off… I've only used this on atv tires, but might just do the trick in a pinch.

  70. 46Rambo says:

    we were doing so many we bought a used weaver tire station out of a closed business. best $500 bucks spent on the ranch

  71. William Guenthner says:

    I plugged the sidewall of my UTV 6 years ago. Still going strong. DO NOT BURN THE TAILS. These tires are low pressure, (12-14 psi) you can almost patch them with chewing gum.

  72. Randy Owens says:

    Nice job!

  73. Justin Case says:

    The Goodyear store here in Minnesota is running a black Friday oil change special of 8 for 99 dollars.I just have to call on the 23th of November to get this deal. I don't know if they are running this deal in your state. I really like their coupon book for numerous services and I really like Goodyear in general.

  74. Stewart Campbell says:

    Happy Halloween Mikie & Family; YYZ Mohawk – Planker Check'in in – All is Well & Winterized .Hope Same 4 U ! As Always Surf'in da Wild- Wild West in an Attempt 2 Help Upstart Tuber NOOB's . Eye's on Ya & A-OK ! One Leg at a Tyme & Giddy Up Go Cowpoke . 5 by 5 & 10-4

  75. Wendy White says:

    Cool trick for plugging tires!

  76. Paul Gargan says:

    Get the tires,I like the ole tractors.

  77. Mike .R. says:

    Congrats to John in Indiana! Bummer I didn't win – but! – my wife did make me waffles for dinner tonight! So not all's bad! 🙂

  78. Mike .R. says:

    Hey Mike…I used to own a Bobcat 7753 and did a lot of construction clean up jobs and as you can imagine, nails and many other hazards 'popped' up often and that down time got expensive! I took all four of mine to my local Goodyear dealer and for $100 each, I had them solid-rubber filled! Once cured, I was able to go where no other rubber-tire tractor or skidder could go and would sometimes emerge from the jobsite with my tires resembling a porcupine! When the tread would finally wear, easy fix was simply to sawzall the tires off the rims and the process was repeated! I found that extra $400 invested saved me many times that over time vs being down and calling in the mobile tire service truck! FYI and keep up the Great videos!

  79. Stoney Ridge Farmer says:

    Funny man….I just spoke about tires today on the farm vlog…..counted 40 tires in the darn front yard …..never thought I'd have that many darn tires …great video brotha…always enjoy a trip to the ranch!

  80. Jerome Miller says:

    Tireject has been shown to work by guy in WY and OLF

  81. Barb Cole says:

    Before you blow up your hat watch Uncle Robs YouTube videos, he is the master of blowing stuff up. Say hello to your photobombing kitties and I see they must have informed your dog to get his five minutes of fame.

  82. Zach Hewitt says:

    Congrats John!
    Now I need to go count tires….

  83. Tim Fuller says:

    Really enjoying your videos! As a Michelin employee, appreciate the shout out! I used to cover Colorado and Wyoming and am familiar with Big Horn. Great dealer!

  84. Marguerite Daly says:

    Well done Mike

  85. SithLordmatthew says:

    I think you got me beat my 2 man landscaping company only has 76 tires (yes I just counted them) I dread the day when my 2 ram 4500s will need new tires 6 per truck and those are 400 each so that will be a $4800 bill.

  86. Anton Markov says:

    I don’t know why but the sound of that international is very soothing

  87. Thomas Flynn II says:

    A Hoosier won the hat, that's pretty awesome. John I'm not to far from ya. Congratulations.

  88. Mark Rykken says:

    it's not just tires,,,,it's tits to.

  89. Sheila Mclaughlin says:

    Tires r cheaper than payments if it is running good

  90. Buck's Garage says:

    @ 930 must have taken a while to get that tire filled with the hose not attatched. Made me laugh. Keep the videos coming sir.

  91. Messianic Hebrew Shawn Kawcak says:

    I bet the learning curve was steep if you didn't grow up learning how to do all these different projects.

  92. Gene Zalek says:

    Better check your addition

  93. Bearlake1624 says:

    Great content

  94. Grant D Travels says:

    Old tractor tires make great stock tanks. Just fill am in with cement. Ain't no bull pushing that around.

  95. SLAM BOY says:

    I love the old tractor, give the old girl some new shoes.

  96. Juvenal Dominguez says:

    Hi Mike I love your videos.

  97. The Photographic Auditor says:

    Tires, batteries and testicles will bring you grief….

  98. Cajunnathan says:

    I Really enjoy your down explanations of how you conquer your chores & problems that go with a Ranch & Livestock. I can relate, I too was raise on a Ranch and we also had 2-farms.

  99. My Self says:

    Look up Colby valve stems. Their an emergency valve stem replacement. Actually stronger than factory.

  100. Show Ranch says:

    Your headlight is out

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