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TurfRyder
07-02-2009, 07:09 AM
I knew it would be a long one ~ 461,000 sq. ft. and 150 miles travel time.

When I pull up to my first site I see the turf riddled with drought stress and tire burn:

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x220/MasterPlanMan_2007/DS01.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x220/MasterPlanMan_2007/TB01.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x220/MasterPlanMan_2007/TB02.jpg

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x220/MasterPlanMan_2007/TB03.jpg

Well there is not much I can do about it so I hit the weeds around the edges and did some spot spraying and on I went with my route. As I am tooling down a country highway with my window down I hear the echo of scraping metal bouncing off the trees. Sure enough my ramp gate broke free and was dragging. The tie rod that holds it in place snapped. No big deal I have some extra straps and secure the ramp back up in place. About 5 miles later I hear the same scraping sound. Sure enough the strap snapped. So I secured it with another but at a different angle.

All is now well and I get to my next site. Half way into my app a crazed women in a wheelchair rolls out in front of my machine and tells me I have to stop and that I can not spray. I try to explain to her that I am using 2-4-D and to look it up on the net. After going at it for a few minutes she then proceeds to kick my spray bar so it retracts. I then said sorry lady I have a job to do and went back to work.

Not more than 5 minutes later I find myself stuck in a ditch with my Z and a full hopper. After about 15 minutes of wrestling in the mud I finally managed enough strength to lift the front of my 1,000 lb. Z and turn it 90 degrees. Alas I was free but I did leave a nice mark and I now have a sore shoulder.

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x220/MasterPlanMan_2007/MUD01.jpg

I finally pulled into the shop at 7:30 PM.

Hopefully today will be better!

humble1
07-02-2009, 08:47 AM
good god, that looks like someone was spraying roundup on the tires as they were driving, I think that is the best pics of tire burn any chance of sending me a pm w/ your email address?

bug-guy
07-02-2009, 07:43 PM
take a shower, sleep well and pray for rain... and tommorow will be better(couldn't get much worse than than what you had today)

RigglePLC
07-02-2009, 08:16 PM
We call those "Tire burn" marks "Heat tracks". Ugly in any case. One of the worst i have seen.

dKoester
07-02-2009, 08:22 PM
Thats what happens when you mow on soggy turf.

TurfRyder
07-02-2009, 08:23 PM
All the ingredients for a good tire burn were on hand last week ~ lots of sun to bake the black tires and temps in the mid to lower 90's. Once those tires get hot its like running a curling iron across the lawn.

americanlawn
07-02-2009, 09:12 PM
Hey buddy - at least you have a fine machine to treat lawns such as this. Too bad about the drought damage. We're starting to see drought stress here too (Des Moines). Two weeks ago, it was nothing but rain. Last week it was nothing but heat indeces reaching over 100 degrees each day. Now low humidity & temps in the low 80's. Cracks in the soil too. Pretty soon we'll begin to see brown stripes in lawns caused by lawn mowers. Oh well -- it's that time of year.

Hissing Cobra
07-02-2009, 11:24 PM
Oh man, that's a terrible day! Drink a bud and pray for rain! I've got some rain from the Northeast that I can send your way if you want it.

lifetree
07-03-2009, 12:25 AM
... We're starting to see drought stress here too (Des Moines). Two weeks ago, it was nothing but rain. ...

In Chattanooga we had excessive rain through May but then in July it just stopped ... I haven't mowed my own yard for 4 weeks now and the drought stress is very evident ... brown spots, etc. !!

kirk1701
07-03-2009, 01:08 PM
In Chattanooga we had excessive rain through May but then in July it just stopped ... I haven't mowed my own yard for 4 weeks now and the drought stress is very evident ... brown spots, etc. !!

This whole year has been "one month off".

March was OK but not much rain, then come April we'll as the saying goes "April showers bring May flowers" and we did get some rain here but still not as much. May on the other hand, "Here comes the rain all dressed in flash floods" which carried over into most of June with even more rain, 6" worth for the month and to end it with hot 95 degree humid and heat warnings.

Now, here we are almost the 4th of July and barely breaking 80 :dizzy:
WTF with that

RigglePLC
07-03-2009, 10:26 PM
My information--tire burn has nothing to do with temperature of the tires--rather --it is a reaction of wilted grass to the pressure of the traffic. "Heat tracks" do not usually occur in the shade and it will not occur on well watered grass--no matter what temp is on the tires.

It is a mysterius problem--not fully understood--but most mowing companies have experienced it. Most universities are baffled.
here is a link:
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=254302&highlight=heat+tracks

EVM
07-03-2009, 11:12 PM
I associate those tracks with dry/stressed lawns and commercial mowers. You know it is going to happen if you walk across a lawn and hear the blades crunching. I think the weight of the mowers cracks the blades at the crown; causing it to die. Some cases I have seen can be revived if heavily watered immediately.

THC
07-04-2009, 01:03 AM
It's also not just BIG machines. I've done this with my 36 and my 21.

TurfRyder
07-04-2009, 08:30 AM
My information--tire burn has nothing to do with temperature of the tires--rather --it is a reaction of wilted grass to the pressure of the traffic. "Heat tracks" do not usually occur in the shade and it will not occur on well watered grass--no matter what temp is on the tires.

It is a mysterius problem--not fully understood--but most mowing companies have experienced it. Most universities are baffled.
here is a link:
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=254302&highlight=heat+tracks

So what you are telling me that tires that could fry an egg won't have any effect on heat stressed grass? That's not what I was told but I could be wrong. I'll have to read that link you posted.