By Jena Williams

According to an article published in Light & Medium Truck, shortages of large-engine mechanics are on the way. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15 percent increase in demand from 2010 to 2020. Many of the current positions are held by baby boomers who are expected to retire by 2030.

For this reason, it is especially important to protect the health of the mechanics that you have. Also, if you want to entice new mechanics to your company, you need to show them that you care about their health and that you’ll do what you can to provide the safest working environment.

TIRES research shows that large-engine mechanics are often injured during the process of changing tires, usually from lifting the tires and sometimes from the forces applied in removing the tires from the rims.

What tools are out there to make tires changes safer? I found a few videos on YouTube and am wondering if anyone has tried these tools and if they work. TIRES is always on the lookout for industry best practices. Let us know what you’ve found that works or what you’ve tried that doesn’t work.

Let’s keep mechanics safe and pain-free so they can continue to provide the excellent work desperately needed by the industry.

Tire mounting procedures from YouTube:

Link to Part 1:

Link to Part 2:


Anyone tried this tool? The TEC TNT300:

How about this one? The Ken-Tool’s Blue Cobra:

What about the GTC-J1 tool?

What are your thoughts on these different tools? Does it matter which one you use?

Safety video on tire cages: