Drew, Ironically you and I are closer than you might think too as I grew up in Cincinnati, though I haven't been back to the area since 91. But I still get cases of Skyline chilli and La Rosa's spaghetti sauce to feed some old habits / tastes. These machines are simple, well built, and easy to keep up. Do wish there were more in the area, but then again why be like everyone else. Just wish I could find a real reason for a snow caster. Thought about using one as a leaf blower, but I do like my neighbors at least for now.
Scott, Thanks great to see you here too. Also want to take the time to thank your for a suggestion you made on another forum on how to seat a tire to a rim using a tie down strap. I used your idea on some tires the other day that I couldn'get seated and it worked perfectly. No issues. Thank you!
Wow Stewart, wish you would have said some thing, didn't know you were there. I think i just missed meeting Bart about the same time too. Some time it will happen, not sure I am going to be able to make Cherry Valley this year, my employer seems to think a new plant start up is more important than me attending a tractor show.
I didn't realize you were a Texas Buckeye. In my travels I used to stop for a Skyline or a Gold Star chili any time I passed through Cinci, very unique flavor compared to other regions, plus I like the way they stack the shredded cheddar about 4 inches tall on the hot dogs.
I've used the ratchet strap method for seating the beads on a tire, but when I worked at a tire plant we had another way of doing it. When the tires came out of the molds, they had to be post-inflated on a rim to ensure uniformity of the tires. Sometimes they would come out with the sidewalls sucked in to where the beads would almost touch one another. We had inner tubes of various sizes with the valve cores removed. We'd put the tire on the rim, hit the air, put the tube around the outside diameter of the tire and inflate the tube with a blow gun. Since the the valve core was removed from the tube, as soon as the beads seated, we would let off the blow gun and the tire would squeeze the air out of the tube as it (the tire) inflated. Then the tube would just fall off the outside of the tire. Worked slicker than greased owl snot.