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7 Flats in 2 days

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bob, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    I backed my trailer into the usual spot on one particular commercial job site. Then I heard the sound of rushing air as the tire on my trailer went flat. There were broken bottles all over the pavement. I plugged the tire and pumped it up. I used the backpack blower to clear the glass off of the parking lot. Over the next two days, the same two trailer tires went flat 7 times. Some of the tire plugs leaked, and some new leaks appeared. I'm thinking that maybe some glass was inbedded in the tires and just worked its way through the tread. Anyway, both tires have been replaced. I used to put Slime in my tires, but haven't done this for a couple of years. Maybe its time to be more pro-active.
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    the glass was actually able to go through the tires?
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Yes, the bottles were Smirnoff (sp) . It wasn't like a nail hole (small and round). They were small cuts, so the plugs couldn't stay in very well.
  4. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    Had car flat in wal-mart parking lot a few weeks ago,it was small piece of glass.Once a tire is cut with glass,it will keep tearing,not like a screw or nail.Wal-mart replaced tire with over 10,000 miles on it free.--I don't know how well "SLIME" would work on glass cuts?
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I see.
  6. Man I have been through so many trailer tires this year it's unreal, seem like 3-4 flats a week. Can only plug them so many times.
  7. Dr. Mow

    Dr. Mow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    trailer tires and lawn mower tires must have magnets in them - i get a nice collection of nails, screws, etc every year.
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    me too this year....it seems like trailer flats, weeds, and poison ivy have all decided to go bonkers this year. Finally bought a spare tire for the trailer and monted on the trlr frame on the nose of the trailer....used it twice so far the past 2 months....small cost to save a day of work on both occasions.
  9. mowdini

    mowdini LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    When you get a nail or a screw in a tire it is easily plugged but a piece of glass presents its own set of problems. Best way to repair a hole in a tire other than round is to patch it from the inside. My tire guy, I know him well, uses the patch with great success on my trailers.
  10. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    truck tires, trailer tires mower tires, we usually get like 3-4 flats a week, i've had days where we've had to fix 3 tires in the morning before even leaving the shop.

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