I recently did a full service on my 1026R. I haven't had the wheels off since I filled them at the last service in the fall of 2015, (yeah, more than a year but only 142 hours). Of course having to pull the left wheel to remove the tranny screen I knew I had to think of something. Even though these are small wheels, they are hefty when fluid filled. So made a little frame from 2x4 and used it to take the weight off as I pulled the wheel off the studs and to slide them back on. It worked good except next time I would make the frame a little longer under the tractor for a little better leverage and control. I would also consider mounting some little castor wheels on the end under the tractor just to make it easier.