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Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool

Item #: M040E  
The Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool features a simple design that mounts into a bench vise and allows you to install solid wheelchair tires onto most wheelchair rims.

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Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool

  • Mounts in a bench vise and works for a variety solid urethane tires
  • For use with 22" to 26" tires
  • Included pegs are 7/16", and 5/8" (the 7/16" peg is used for 7/16", 1/2", and 12 mm inner diameter bearings). The 5/8" peg is used for stretching the tire.
  • Made from steel pegs and heavy gauge square tubing
  • Sold individually (each)
Most solid wheelchair tires are made smaller than the rim they fit and require a substantial amount of stretching to install. With this tool you can mount the wheel and tire onto the tool and as you turn the wheel the large steel peg will stretch the tire onto the rim. It makes quick work of installing solid wheelchair tires of all types onto most wheelchair rims.

Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool Instructions

Video showing the Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool in use

Please Note
Your bench vise has to be mounted securely to a solid surface (such as a work bench). The work bench (or other surface) itself must be securely fastened to the floor or wall. Remember, you will be using a great deal of force to stretch the tire onto the rim and using an unsecured work surface could pose a danger.

Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool
AC072000, EYLM040E
 Average Rating:  4 Star Rating
 based on 33 Customer Reviews  
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   Worth every penny, November 13, 2022  By Anonymous (Warner Robins, GA)
I've been installing motorcycle tires without tools for decades. Lucky for me, I did some research about wheelchair tires before trying to install mine. Urethane tires are totally different than pneumatic tires. I got my tire installation tool in about 3 days, read the supplied instructions and most helpful, watched the video. I'm a senior, in good condition, but still old. The 1st tire went on with only a good bit of effort required. The 2nd tire was a lot harder because I'd used up my strength reserves. The tool works well, it did not slip in my 5" jaw vise, and soapy water sprayed on everything helped a lot. Once tire is on the rim and removed from the tool, bouncing it on the floor many times gets it completely seated evenly in the rim. It was worth every cent of the price, and shipping was reasonable. Thank you
   Useful tool if guides added, November 6, 2022  By Jesse Blancas (Pasadena, TX)
First of all; Could I have mounted the wheelchair tires without an installation tool? Absolutely not! I bought this economy installation tool because this was going to be used once. I'm fixing up my mom's wheelchair. I don't have a wheelchair repair shop. I'm rather handy and have an above average amount of tools that I own. I watched several tire installation videos before the install. I set up the tool in my vise and began. I quickly found that it was very difficult to keep the tire in the rim channel when turning. After using several different methods to keep the tire seated I found the best way was to use two tie wraps. I placed them between the spokes, side by side to initially secure the tire to the rim channel. As I turned the rim and the tire moved into the channel, I used one tie wrap between the rest of the spokes to keep the tire seated. I quickly found that as I turned the rim with a lot of effort, the tool base began to bow slightly allowing the spindles to tip towards each other. This would allow the rim hub to slide up and out from the spindle. The tire would also rise on its spindle. My solution was to place a large fender washer over the rim hub and secure it with a pair of vise grip locking pliers. Then I did the same for the spindle that stretches the tire. After solving those issues, I found that I unfortunately did not have the strength to turn the rim enough to complete the tire seating. I had to get my wife to help me turn the rim the rest of the way. As the rim turned and seated the tire, I began to cut off the tie wraps as they got closer to the stretcher spindle. I removed the wheel from the tool as per the videos and used a rubber mallet to finish seating the tire into the rim channel evenly. The first tire mounting took me about 45 minutes. The second one, with my additions and learned mounting technique took about 5 minutes. The tool and the videos are unquestionably necessary but both need tweaking to be useful. To improve the tool, I suggest to add retaining washers to each spindle and reinforce the spindle base. The base bent at one of the spindle mounting holes which allowed the spindles to tip towards each other. This tool is sold as an "Economy" tool but with these additions, it could perhaps be useful out of the box.
   Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool;, October 14, 2022  By Anonymous (Bourget)(Verified)
October 13, 2022 (Purchased On 09/09/2022)
Mike here
NOTICE: Please do NOT display my Email address. Thank you
Really …, you should include, your ‘neighbours’ to the north of you (CANADA) too!
Anyway, let me FIRST say, your personnel, who take your calls, should be better listeners and try to be better listeners? Please don’t hesitate to ask me why!
Regarding the Economy Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool; YES … absolutely, the BEST! However, I would like to add some advice, if you’d care to ask.

M. Wood
   Instalation tool, September 4, 2022  By Anonymous (Granite Shoals, TX)(Verified)
Made of good quality heavy materials and works exactly as described. It is a must for tire instalation!
   Wheelchair tire replacement tool, June 30, 2022  By Leonard Thomas (Duluth, GA)(Verified)
When ordering replacement urethane wheelchair tires, I also ordered this wheelchair tire replacement tool in the same shipment. The tool worked great and enabled me to perform the tire replacement myself. It took some muscle, but without the tool, it would not have been possible. Enable Your Life shipped the tires and the tool the same day I placed the order and the shipment arrived two days later. Thanks for the prompt support.
   Needed this!, June 15, 2022  By Anonymous (MA)
I purchased new wheelchair tires for my mothera wheelchair. Tried to get them on with a lever and zip ties. No matter what i did, it wasn’t stretching enough. With this tool, and a well anchored vice, some soapy water, and a little elbow grease, the tire went around rim. Absolutely needed it.
   IT WORKS, June 12, 2022  By Anonymous (NASHVILLE, TN)(Verified)
   Got the job done., June 12, 2022  By Anonymous (Elgin)
Got the job done.
   Tool worked great!, May 7, 2022  By Ron Boyer (camarillo, CA)
Needed tool install 2 new tires, so needed the tool. Worked great, but a lot of muscle was needed. Fortunately, my neighbor helped.
   Tire install tool, March 17, 2022  By Anonymous (Baton Rouge, LA)
It’s a must have item
   Tire Install Tool, March 16, 2022  By Anonymous (Delmar, DE)
I bought the economy model. It did the job, however if I were going to install many tires I would get the better model.
   Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool, March 3, 2022  By Anonymous (MANALAPAN, NJ)(Verified)
If you buy a Solid Urethane Wheelchair Tire, you must have this Wheelchair Tire Installation Tool and a well secured vice. It makes life so much easier. I would even say that if you don't have installation tool don't buy the tire.
   It did the job, February 16, 2022  By Bob in Georgia (GA)
I guess for the price you are not complaining but this tool IS NOT Snap-On quality. A little mad that the other place we purchased the tires from did not mention we need this tool for mounting rubber tires.
   Works just great., November 19, 2019  By Anonymous (CENTRAL ISLIP, NY)(Verified)
Worked perfectly. Definitely read the instructions but it's pretty simple. Easy enough just requires warming the tire, zip-ties, vice and some force. Definitely better then attempting to just pry the tire on.
   Heat the tire first, October 9, 2019  By Anonymous (Silver City, NM)
For the extra small solid tires, (the cheapest ones) heat them in boiling water first. It will make installation much much easier.
   Works good, October 2, 2019  By Anonymous (Casco, ME)
This worked well to install the Medline 24 pyramid style tires I purchased. I bought the newer, larger ones that are $5.00 more each. I had priced the replacements at $150.00 per wheel so the $70.00 purchase, including the tool, seems like a bargain to me. I am sure you could use some other tools to make the installation but I appreciated this pre made tool and it was worth every penny of the $22.49! It literally took me 20 minutes to install the first one (learning curve) and 5 for the second one.I soaked the tires in hot water for 20 minutes before installing which I am sure helped them stretch. The nice thing is there was no damage to the composite wheels utilizing this tool. A++++ in my book
   A Necessary Evil, September 1, 2019  By Anonymous (Wilmington, DE)
Don''t expect it to be as easy as in the video. Like others I questioned whether I got the correct tire it looked too small. My first attempt failed miserably. Two tricks I used.

1) I heated the tires in a toaster oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes to help them stretch

2) Liberal use of zip ties to keep the tire from jumping off during installation.

My main gripe is that the tool does not hold down easily in a vice. It really needs a welded flange to help it. Yes it''s simple and if you have spare steel laying around and want to drill holes in it you can make one. I would NOT make this out of wood as I can''t imagine it holding up to the stress.

I cannot imagine installing the tires without this type of tool.
   This Job is a Class A Knuckle Buster!!!, August 6, 2019  By Anonymous (San Antonio, TX)
A lot to like about this website. Rapid order fulfillment and shipping. Prices are fair. Videos are a big help. I''m an active, healthy 74 years old but I found this job to be quite a struggle to install two 24X1-⅜ tires. Got em on, but if I had to do it again I''d get a professional to do it. The economy tool is no bargain. The baseplate isn''t strong enough to maintain proper alignment as you stretch the new tire. I used large, heavy duty washers under the post nuts to spread out the load but the baseplate bar still ended up being crushed and deformed. Get the tires, forget this tool!
   tire replacement isn''t that easy!, July 27, 2019  By Bruce Whitcher (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Only experienced, extremely cheap and very stubborn individuals should attempt this repair! First, ask yourself if this is worth it because a whole new chair is just over 100.00 and the tool plus 2 tires, tax and shipping was about 80.00. Next, the mandrels that come with the tool may not match your axle size so be prepared to improvise. Better have some extra hardware around. I bought the corded tires because that is what was on the chair, and I think these a tougher to install. Use a really sturdy vise and clamp the tire on the rim with Vice-grips to get it started. Use the middle size mandrel under the tire, the small one will bend plus it digs in. Use lubrication! You will need to extra leverage to turn the tire unless you are pretty strong and for this you''ll need to improvise. I used a 1/2 in breaker bar with a BMW fan clutch tool and that worked pretty well. I am used to changing dirt bike tires out on a trail and this was still a tough job.
   Yes it works, February 12, 2019  By Rob (Boise, ID)
I don''t know what that last guy is saying but this tool works just like it says it will!
   Not as easy as tool video implies, July 11, 2018  By Steve E.  (Baton Rouge, LA)
If you are installing a U2222C 24”x1” tire using this tool you will most likely have the same problem I had with the base channel steel of this tool bending down and allowing the new tire to slip off due to the extreme force required to stretch the rubber sufficiently to complete the installation. I noticed that on a YouTube video featuring the M040E tool that the installer had the same problem and had to keep bending the base plate back to level in order to finish the installation. After my tool bent, I decided to make my own jig base using a 14” long piece of 1/16” x 1.5” angle iron and drilling two holes in it to accept the two bolt posts required for the tool to work. Since I already had the angle iron it only took about 45 minutes to make the tool with a reliable base that would not bend. As others have noted, make sure you have a good vise (5” jaws work ok) and it is mounted to a solid and heavy table. If the table moves, you will have to start over. Also, you may want to eat a bowl of Wheaties before starting. Other tips: use tie-raps about every 10 inches; use spacers to raise the wheel up off the base about 1” in order to keep the hand rail wheel from getting scratched up.
Note: I have recommended to EnableYourLife to talk to this tool maker to replace the base channel with a piece of 1.5” angle iron. This would cost a bit more for shipping since heavier, but would result in a better consumer product.
   Simple tool that works, June 17, 2018  By Jack S (Portland, OR)
The first wheel took several tries. I realized the work bench wasn''t as secure as I thought. The force you use to turn the wheel is wasted if your bench moves even slightly. Zip ties are handy as well both at the start (to hold the tire on the wheel) and at the point where the tire has no more slack. Also I had the hand grip facing up (it is facing down in the video). After figuring everything out, the second tire went on fairly quick.
   As the saying goes, it’s the tools that do the job, March 29, 2018  By Dennis J Garcia (Dallas, TX)
I was skeptical at first because the tire we purchased (elsewhere) was ridiculously smaller than the wheel and I could not imagine any tool that would stretch the tire that much. Followed the instructions and the tire went on. The last bit (with no more slack) was tough but with an extra pair of hands we powered the tire on. If you are buying flat free tire for a wheelchair, this is really the only way I can see a putting it on the wheel.

I would have rated 5 stars but it seems like this tool isn’t built for the long haul. In fact it looks like a local metal fabricator made it (not a criticism) but at least the price was reasonable
   Works great, November 22, 2017  By Anonymous (Philadelphia)
I purchased tires from another site only to find we needed a tool to install them. Now I see the same Shox tire here for less money. The tires took over a week to get here from California yet the tool I purchased here took two days also from California. You now have my business. Thank you!
   Thank you, September 15, 2017  By Helen M (Montclair, NJ)
Thank you for taking the time to help us. My Husband is thrilled we were able to install the tires we purchased elsewhere without paying an arm and a leg to have them installed.

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