Subject: Lawn tractor tire problem
windyhill4.2 wrote:I was trying to stay away from the ether tire inflation thing ,but, i have done numerous big rig tires with ether,it does require a lot of common sense ! the most dangerous part is if it doesn't light the first time,the ether will become a liquid in the lower part of the tire,when more ether is then sprayed in & ignited ,the liquid will then ignite causing a secondary explosion ,that is what most likely kills the user. Careful use & minimal use are the 2 biggest factors in a good ending. I no longer use this method as i have tools & more experience in how to mount tires without using ether. ETHER CAN BE USED TO SEAT TIRE BEADS ,MUST BE USED WITH EXTREME CAUTION , IT IS NOT A RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE, IF THE ETHER PROCEDURE GOES WRONG IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR BETTER/CHEAPER TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL INSTALL THE TIRE FOR YOU. I install difficult tires on rims all the time without using ether,it may take a little longer ,but is less stressful than waiting for the bang & ( how big it will be).
that is what happened to the guy working in my dad's shop. Huge loader tire, split ring wheel, tried 2-3 times with ether and it wouldn't light. he thought he wasn't using enough, so he REALLY sprayed it in and tried one more time. blew a 20" hole in the tread of a 12 ply Firestone loader tire, blew all the windows out of the shop, knocked every tool off the wall, knocked him on his ass and blew out one eardrum. Could have been a lot worse.
I have a "Cheetah" tank that works wonders on tubeless tires. A ratchet strap and a few other tricks also help get stubborn tires to hold air.