Tired of handling those large sprayer and tractor tires in the farm workshop every time they need to be changed? If so, Alberta entrepreneur Darcy Goossen may have exactly the tool farmers need to avoid all that sweat and back strain. The Tire Grabber is an attachment for a skid steer or ordinary front-end loader that can grab, lift and place tires into a variety of positions.
Goossen says creating the Tire Grabber was the result of responding to a need on his own farm, and it has since developed into a side business producing and selling them.
“We started building this thing on our farm because it was a necessity,” he said while speaking with Grainews at the Tire Grabber display during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in June. “Necessity is the mother of invention. We had these big tires to change. They were big, awkward, hard to lift up, lay down and install. So we built this three-armed unit to grab the tires, pick them up and rotate them.”
The Tire Grabber has three extendable arms that grasp a tire and hold it, adjust its position and rotate it so the loader arms can lift and position it during a removal or installation, or just when moving tires around the farmyard.
“We build them with a connecting link on the back,” he explains. “All three arms move together at the same time. The tire is always centred on your main pivot point, so it doesn’t flop from one side to the other. It’s multi use. So you can use it on a skid steer. There’s a plate on the back. (It will fit) anything that has a hydraulic source. It will fit on front-end loaders.”
Since building his first prototype, Goossen has evolved the design and now produces different models that are capable of lifting tires that weigh from 2,500 to 4,000 pounds.
“I started off with a 3,300-pound model. We advanced and made a couple of models, heavier and lighter,” he explains. “Most of them are built out of heavy spring steel. (The one on display at the show) will go up to 94 inches (of tire diameter). The most popular model we have is 88 inches, which handles 95 per cent of most farm tires. The load rating is 2,500 to 4,000 pounds, depending on the model.
“I also have what is going to be a 3,000-pound model,” he says. “A lighter duty one that is more for a (typical) farmer, not for everyday use.”
Prices for the Tire Grabber models range from $7,500 to $11,000.
“We have a few dealers,” he says.” We also have one gentleman from Minnesota selling for us. But we don’t have many dealers yet.”
For more information or to purchase one directly from Goossen’s company, go to thetiregrabber.com.
“We’ll find a freight company to ship them out to the farmer,” Goossen says.