Handling tires on the farm has always been a bit risky, but today’s rubber is awkward at best, dangerous at worst
For the second year in a row the TireGrabber won first place for farm safety in the Manitoba Ag Days awards.
The 2021 award was for the company’s updated product, the TireGrabber Reversible, that fits more tire sizes and types.
Darcy Goossen, owner of TireGrabber, said he was asked by prospective customers for the ability to handle smaller tires.
“You can actually pull the arms off and turn around and slide them back on and then you got a smaller circumference, down to 34, 35 inches,” Goossen said.
“You can install them on just about anything you want. We’ve installed them on quite a few different things, telehandlers, skid steers, farm tractors, small-wheel loaders.”
The three-arm device attaches to existing hydraulic systems to safely handle large tires.
Goossen said he never planned on starting a company to build the TireGrabber. He originally designed and built his first model to help him and his employees handle the large tires needed for his farming operation near Ferintosh, Alta.
“We built them for our own safety for our own workers, and we had some encouragement from a friend that we should step out and build them and sell them. That’s what we’re just trying to do I guess, we’re just stumbling along,” Goossen said.
“We have never really been in sales and never had a company in manufacturing before, but you know innovation, ideas and safety has always been a big thing on our farm.”
He said the TireGrabber helps operators store their tires lying flat instead of leaning up against a building, which can be dangerous especially if there are children in the farmyard.
The TireGrabber is much more efficient than forks to stand up the tires that are lying flat, as well as move them to the sprayer, combine or tractor they will be installed on.
“We have three arms. You grab the tire when it’s laying down, pick it up, drive up to the piece of machinery and you can rotate it like 55 degrees, so you can rotate it to find a wheel stud and slide it on,” Goossen said.
He said this attachment works well for producers who farm by themselves.
There are three versions of the TireGrabber, the 4000, the 4000 reversible arm, and the 4000 XL, which is a super-sized version of the 4000.
The TireGrabber retails from $10,500 to $11,500, depending on the model.