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Our Guide To Picking The Right Bead Seater

by Rory Neill 04 Sep 2022 0 Comments


Do you frequently struggle to fit large, stubborn tyres? Are you a farmer that finds it a pain to go to town to fit your tractor tyres? Do you want a really fun way to seat tyres? If so, the Gaither Bead Bazooka is the perfect tool for you. It’s easy to use and comes in a range of sizes so you can find one that fits your needs. The price is affordable and it is well worth the money if you want a quality product.

What is a bead seater?

A bead seater is a device that helps you fit beads on stubborn tyres. This blog post will cover the Bead Bazooka by Gaither tools, as it is a quality tool and has become the industry standard. The Bazooka works by shooting powerful bursts of air between the tyre and rim. The burst causes the tyre to expand over its bead, making it easy for you to get tyres on when you don’t have a tyre changer, or your tyre changer cannot handle the job.

What makes the Bead Bazooka so special? Well, for starters, it is the most popular Bead Seater in New Zealand and is becoming an industry standard worldwide. They have an advanced patented MIS valve, which releases air faster than any other bead seater on the market. Their proprietary tank coating means no interior rust for years. Finally, the slotted double barrel directs air for the best overall lift and increases the volume of air forced into the tyres.

Easy to use

To use the bazooka, the first thing you need to do is fill the tank with air, between 50 and 120 PSI is recommended. Then, attach your airline hose to the wheel and hold the bazooka with both hands. Next, pull the trigger while holding the tip of the Bazooka, about 2″-3″ away from the bead and wheel flange. A blast from the Bazooka will set the bead. You may want to flip the wheel over and try the other side. The airline hose attached earlier will help the Bazooka work better and will also continue filling the tyre when the tyre is in place.

What size bead bazooka should I get?

Our best-selling model of the Bead Bazooka is the 3-litre model due to its robust versatility, power and compact size, which makes it very light to carry and therefore easy to operate

Here is what Gaither, the manufacturer recommends:

  • BB3L2 – ATV, motorcycle, car, and light commercial vehicles
  • BB6L2 – passenger and commercial vehicles
  • BB10L2 – heavy commercial, and agricultural vehicles

However, from what we have heard, the 3-litre model is so powerful and capable that it can do everything but struggles a little on very large tractor tyres, provided the airline hose is attached during inflation. The 6-litre model is also fantastic and again, from what we have heard can do very large tractor tyres confidently. The 10-litre model is also amazing and can do everything with ease.

No matter which model you end up choosing – It’s worth every penny and you won’t be disappointed!

Specs and price

The Gaither Bead Bazooka is an amazing bit of kit and as you’re about to learn has really great pricing! At the time of writing, there is only a $50.00 difference between the models. If you have any doubts in your mind about whether a smaller model will meet your needs, then it is not the end of the world to get the next model up. Better to be safe than sorry!

Pricing and specs for each model:

  • The 3L is compact at 23″ by 6″ by 12″, and has an attractive price tag of only NZ $699.99 (at the time of writing)! It only has a weight of about 6 kgs, which will make it easy for anyone to carry around in their shed or workshop.
  • The 6L variant has a weight of about 7.3 kgs, its dimensions are 23″ by 7″ by 12″, and a cost right now of NZ $749.99 on our website.
  • The 10L variant weighs just about 9.5kgs, with it being 30″ by 7″ by 12″ in size, and a cost of NZ $799.99 at the time of writing this.

There is also an optional really cool charging base that you can look at here, to display your prized possession while not in use!

Top features:

  • Half the size twice the power
  • Serviceable/Replaceable 2″ RAR valve
  • Utilizes ultra-compact design
  • Anti-corrosion interior tank coating
  • Each model is intended for different tire sizes


A bead seater is a great way to help turn the difficult, time-consuming and frustrating task of seating tyres into a speedy and fast one. They are easy to use and even the smallest one is very versatile. The price range for these is very acceptable for the time it will save you and the quality of the product, being New Zealand’s most used bead seater and the world’s industry standard.

You can buy the seater from us if you are New Zealand based, at this page.

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