Flat front wheels on a walk behind?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by GoneOverdone, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I run A LOT of Slime in all my ZTR tires. I mow a municipal with groves of honey locust trees. When I finish, there are at least 30 thorns in my tires. Having a flat, 3 miles from my trailer, isn't a good time. Haven't had a single flat, since adding A LOT of Slime.

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  2. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    Observing
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  3. rockymtnnut

    rockymtnnut LawnSite Senior Member
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    One flat in the beginning of the day out weighs the cost of solid fills. Down time kills.
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  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    As I posted earlier in this thread: I would think that the QOC would suffer at some point...especially mowing across slopes, maybe even when turning around at the end of each row?
     
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Maybe on larger deck mowers, or really nice lawns?

    Mine's a 36" and you'd never know it's "flat" unless you step on the tire and feel that it doesn't have air in it. I just get tired of checking it all the time - sometimes it holds air and sometimes it doesn't.
     
  6. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do what's best for you, OakNut. You are your own judge/jury.
    A situation like this would bug me to the point of taking action. In fact, I was in a similar dilemma thanks to a roofing nail that a plug ended up fixing. So, I have two brand new caster forks shod with solid tires waiting in the wings for when this next happens. Hope I like them when the time comes.
     
  7. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I stopped and picked up some Slime today. I figured I'd see how the $9 fix works before spending the money on flat-free tires.

    Slimed both tires and inflated them. As expected, I saw a tint spot seep out on the rim on each of them. Who knows if it will hold - if it doesn't, I'll just get new wheels/tires and be done with it.
     
  8. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just turn them a bit, they're only flat on the bottom.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Need to clean out the bead area and regrease it or it will leak.
     
  10. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They'll seal up. Though, it may take a bit before enough solids get to that area and the liquid sets up. I overinflated mine a good amount and that helped. Once they sealed up, I reduced the pressures back down.
     

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