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Jungle Wheels leaving ruts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NBLL, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. NBLL

    NBLL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Has anyone using two-wheel jungle wheels had problems with leaving tracks and packing down the grass. I'm using a 48" Exmark, I alternate stripes each cut and I only weigh about 165. Do I need to get a single wheel and alternate it with the double wheel?:confused:
  2. Nebraska

    Nebraska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 525

    Ground is too wet. Have them change the dates and frequency of water.
  3. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
    Posts: 930

    Nebraska is right. If all yards are like this though, maybe conside a ProSlide or just take it off.

    just my 2 cents
  4. NBLL

    NBLL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    At first I thought is was too wet but it happened on new properties that I began mowing when it was dry. I might experiment with tire pressure. I'm planning on getting a zero-turn to start out the new season and this won't be as much of a problem.:)
  5. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
    Posts: 930

    Make sure you have the recommended tire pressure for that specific mower. I check my tire pressure for both of my prolines every morning before I am out.
  6. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 443

    Tires pressure and wetness of grass ... a single wheel will make things worse, not better. Pro-Slide is a good option too.
  7. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    What kind of grass is it? Sometimes mine will leave some in taller bermuda.
  8. NBLL

    NBLL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Bluegrass and Fescue and the normal grasses found here in KY.
  9. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    You said it happens on new properties. A lot of contractors and subcontractors just throw these homes together, and they dont give a rats butt about the proper installation of topsoil and turf. Its a new soil (maybe, if they even brought in topsoil), and new turf. It is loose, needs to compact some, so thats what you are doing, compacting the loose soil with your tires. Cross our patterns and offset when running the same pattern, but the mowing season is over. Over the course of the winter the soil will harden and compact some, so next year should be fine.

    If that is the problem, just my $.02.
  10. NBLL

    NBLL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    They are new properties to me but not new homes. All of these are established lawns 10+ years.

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