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Old 12-27-2014, 12:15 AM
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TWEELS for mowers?

Has anyone used or seen the new Michelin tweels?
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:37 AM
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Yeah I'm not willing to be the test bunny this time, let them work out the kinks and bugs, then I might look further into it.

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Old 12-27-2014, 12:43 AM
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Yeah, I checked out their website after someone mentioned it on the GIE thread. Looks like the skid steer market was the first to see them in action.
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:57 AM
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I have seen them on some skid steers around here but thats about it.. i be they are crazy expensive!!
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:41 AM
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I recall watching a video where the wheel flattened out over an obstacle. I could see that happening when I least wanted it to and it doing some scalping. Real flat areas it would probably be fine but I have some tricky spots where I'd only want a pumped up tire out back.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:55 AM
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The huge advantage to aired tires is the ability to alter the tire pressure to match conditions. Say you have two mowers with the same size tire, but one of them has a leaf loader. The heavier mower would need more air in the tires to maintain the same cut height as the lighter mower. Or if you have steep hills that you cut back and forth. You'd want more than normal air pressure in the tires to keep the mower from leaning over and scalping the grass. With the Michelin tires neither of these adjustments is possible.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:03 AM
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And what about the material itself?

What is the tensile strength?

I assume some heavy R and D went into these but many professionals put commercial lawn mowers through an awful lot of abuse...
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:23 PM
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The huge advantage to aired tires is the ability to alter the tire pressure to match conditions. Say you have two mowers with the same size tire, but one of them has a leaf loader. The heavier mower would need more air in the tires to maintain the same cut height as the lighter mower. Or if you have steep hills that you cut back and forth. You'd want more than normal air pressure in the tires to keep the mower from leaning over and scalping the grass. With the Michelin tires neither of these adjustments is possible.
while true, how many people do you think ACTUALLY do this type of stuff in the field?
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:25 PM
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And what about the material itself?

What is the tensile strength?

I assume some heavy R and D went into these but many professionals put commercial lawn mowers through an awful lot of abuse...

If it aint broke, don't fix it.

What's the tweel trying to fix or improve?
Tires going flat?

That seems like a lot of investment to sell "it will never go flat"…not it won't but when it brakes I have to replace something twice the price of a rim and tire.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:31 PM
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If it aint broke, don't fix it.

What's the tweel trying to fix or improve?
Tires going flat?

That seems like a lot of investment to sell "it will never go flat"…not it won't but when it brakes I have to replace something twice the price of a rim and tire.
I know several companies here that do more like industrial mowing. By that I mean city parks, road sides, real heavy duty stuff, irregular cuts etc. Ive done it myself and flat tires were always a potential issue.

In the scheme of things that type of mowing is small potatos but, there is a market for this kind of wheel..
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