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Old 03-05-2000, 12:27 PM
SLSNursery SLSNursery is offline
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We usually resort to the plug and go option for flats. I keep a few extra tires and rims around for most machines. I was told by the Goodyear dealer and others that the Calcium was for weight not flat prevention. In otherwords, on my backhoe if we were spinning rears when loading (inexperienced operators do this) the calcium would help prevent that and save the tire. <p>I haven't used the slime, but have had so-so luck with similar products. At a show last month I saw that the Bandag dealer will fill new tires with a Gel (like a superball) material, eliminating the need for air and preventing flats. Its quite expensive, but would allow retreads (on skidsteers and tractor tires), however you need to start with new tires for this to work. 4 new tires for skidsteer, with gel, etc. - $1200.00 plus. I will continue to put plug kits in all the trucks for now. I put an air line on the dump truck with air brakes so that we can fill tires or air tanks on the road. If anyone has used this new tire fill system let us know how its holding up.<p>----------<br>Phil Grande - Soundview Landscape Supply - http://members.aol.com/slsnursery<br>Ivy League Landscaping - http://members.aol.com/scagrider
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