Larger tires on a 32 stander?

Discussion in 'Wright Manufacturing, Inc. (Archived)' started by limelight, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. limelight

    limelight LawnSite Member
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    I know it defeats the purpose of having a 32" inch mower but I had so many problems last year with tearing the turf that I either need to sell the mower or go to a wider tire.

    Is this possible??
     
  2. WrightCommercial

    WrightCommercial Inactive
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    limelight,

    Can you provide some more detail as to the turf tearing issue? Is it only tearing when turning or happening at any time? Also, can you provide the serial number of your machine so we know which version the of the 32" you have?

    Best Regards
    Wright Mfg. Service Dept.
     
  3. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    What is a serial number going to do? As far as I know there is only 1 version of the 32" machines with serial numbers 26288 and higher.
     
  4. limelight

    limelight LawnSite Member
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    I am not sure of the serial number as the mower is still in storage, but it was purchased last year. Is it a standard size tire on all the 32's?
    The problem is on the turns with the turf damage. Unless the turn is done extremely slow, some damage is caused.
    I was wondering if a wider tire would alleviate this to some degree?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  5. WrightCommercial

    WrightCommercial Inactive
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    pugs,

    You're to good, we thought that might go unoticed. You are correct the 32" was added after the redesign.

    limelight,

    Usually the cause of the turf tear while turning is due to letting the pivot tire completely stop during the turn. The hydro system is very responsive and the tires react to inputs very quickly. You will want to keep the pivoting wheels control lever slightly into forward so the wheel rolls through the turn to prevent the turning on a dime tear marks. Usually a little practice and it becomes second nature or a three point turn can be used. Also, some users will lower the tire pressure slightly but be mindful of the deck pitch.

    Best Regards,
    Wright Mfg. Service Dept.
     
  6. limelight

    limelight LawnSite Member
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    Thank-you, but can a larger tire be used??
     
  7. WrightCommercial

    WrightCommercial Inactive
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    limelight,

    The tire used for the 36" will fit, it is a 18 x 8.50 - 8, as well as the now discountinued 48" set-up which is a 18 x 8 - 10. There are two drawbacks to both these set ups on a 32". Both setups will be beyond the trim edge of the cutter deck and a catcher will no longer fit.

    Best Regards
    Wright Mfg. Service Dept.
     
  8. Downeast

    Downeast LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just curious reading this thread ... Will the 18x8.5x10 fit on the RH models ?
     
  9. WrightCommercial

    WrightCommercial Inactive
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    Downeast,

    The original version of the 48" and 52" RH came with the 18 x 8.50 - 8 set up but it required a different hub. If the RH is a 36" or 42" the hubs would have to be changed to use this set up to prevent the rim from rubbing the hydro fittings. Again there will be an issue with trim edge and catcher fitment on a 36". The current version of all WSES/RH models use the 18 x 8 - 10 tire but the 48" and 52" rim has the opposite offset of the 36" and 42".

    Best Regards
    Wright Mfg. Service Dept.
     
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
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    My experience if you are tearing turf on turns a wider tire will worsen not help as the more traction /surface area the more tire their is to bite in on a turn. A wider tire will help with rutting on wet soil though.
     

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