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[hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 19, 2013 11:41AM
I overloaded my hand truck with cement bags (oops) and "blew" both tires. So I thought I'd buy new tubes.

But upon inspection the tires say "tubeless." They are not hard rubber or plastic. They hold air and have Schrader valves.

I don't see any damage and so am assuming I just popped the seal where the rubber meets the wheel. But I don't see any evidence of glue or whatever kept the tire to the wheel.

I'm loathe to spend $40 or $50 on new tires for a simple hand truck that doesn't seem worth more than that. Suggestions?
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: billb
Date: August 19, 2013 11:47AM
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 19, 2013 11:49AM
Usually just levering the tires back into the rims with a pair of heavy duty screwdrivers and cleaning the rims inside with steel wool, then blow air into them like crazy.. will do it. Otherwise, you *can* buy tubes that will fit into them, but that's a PITA.
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 19, 2013 11:53AM
Depends on the hand truck, but most don't cost over $50 for a new one unless it is something special like a furniture dolly.

You might be able to find it someplace for cheaper than a Home Depot, got a Harbor Freight store nearby?
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 19, 2013 12:15PM
Harbor Freight?

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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Pat
Date: August 19, 2013 12:28PM
Wrap a tie down around the centerline of the tires to push the beads out towards the rim. Start inflating until beads pop into place.
Obviously you need a compressor that puts out greater volume than any leakage.

There is another way, but I'm not going to recommend it.
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Michael
Date: August 19, 2013 01:18PM
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Pat

There is another way, but I'm not going to recommend it.

I'd bet it involves a match...
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: iaJim
Date: August 19, 2013 02:17PM
Even though the tires are tubless, you can put a tube in them. My hand truck had one tire that was always flat when I wanted to use it. It would take air and then be useable, but it was flat when I needed it next. I put a tube in it, and it's been fine ever since.
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: artie67
Date: August 19, 2013 03:26PM
These tires are usually 10" is size and have split rims. Mine have 4 bolts holding the two piece rim together.
Remove the cotter pin and then the tire. Remove bolts and install new tube. Harbor Freight has them along with new tires. Tubes $4 and tires starting at $6.
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Pat
Date: August 19, 2013 03:43PM
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The "off-gassing" smell is free.

Ha! A familiar scent for anyone who has been to HF.
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Spock
Date: August 19, 2013 03:51PM
Slime could be the answer.





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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 19, 2013 05:40PM
The tires measure 10" but the wheels don't have bolts holding them together. Pat, I can see how that method would work. However I lack the stuff to make it happen.

I'd been to HF but found conflicting information. Now that I've taken a closer look at my hand truck I know what to buy, and one of the wheel/tire combos less than $10 apiece is now a possibility I'll take.
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: August 19, 2013 08:33PM
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Pat
Wrap a tie down around the centerline of the tires to push the beads out towards the rim. Start inflating until beads pop into place.
Obviously you need a compressor that puts out greater volume than any leakage.

There is another way, but I'm not going to recommend it.

Pat's method except I use a belt to compress the tire until the beads seat.
On a Magliner handtruck I replaced the crappy hard tires with 'neverflats'.



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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: August 19, 2013 08:43PM
I just bought new tires for my hand truck. 4.10x3.5 inch tires, on wheels were $6.00 ea at Harbor freight
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Re: [hand trucks!] Replace or repair the tires?
Posted by: Carm
Date: August 20, 2013 12:39AM
Replacements from harborfreight is your best option. I know HD sells the solid tires for over $20 each.
I've dealt with those tires and hate them. I have done the belt compression thing as mentioned by MrNoBody a couple of times.
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