lawn damage from tractor tires

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tractrpowr45, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. tractrpowr45

    tractrpowr45 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 32

    Hi, I'm new to lawnsite and I enjoy reading the informative discussions.
    I am going to be starting up my own landscaping business next spring
    and I have a question. I already have a 4wd compact diesel tractor with a
    loader and rototiller which I want to use for landscaping jobs such as
    moving mulch and topsoil and digging the base for paver patios. The
    only problem is, it has ag tires which have great traction but I'm thinking
    they might tear up customers lawns. What kind of equipment do you
    other landscapers use and what do you do about turf damage? Thanks
    for your advice.
  2. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    If you're doing a major project you could just say screw it, use the AG tires, tear up the turf in as small an area as possible, and repair it when you're done. Or, get some turf tires, at least in the rear, if you dont really need the traction. It all depends on what conditions youre going to use them in. Get yourself into a muddy mess with the turf tires, you could be pulling it out with the truck, but Ive found them to be pretty reliable and useful.
  3. JRAZ

    JRAZ LawnSite Member
    from NW
    Posts: 143

    We just try to keep the damage minimal and soil/reseed as necessary. There are sheets you can lay down over the areas if you are are so inclined.
  4. slicksilverado01

    slicksilverado01 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 173

    if the tractor can go into 2wd it should do ok. a local LCO has a kubota bx23 for moving mulch and small landscape and the ag tires on it do not tear up the ground at all unless it is in 4wd or the rear diff is locked.
  5. bigandy

    bigandy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    We use a Power-Trac 422 and because it is articulated and hydrostatic, it wont put a single scuff on a yard unless you spin, ever. I would recommend a higher hp model because it is a little underpowered but with all the attachments and the versatility, it is great.
  6. slicksilverado01

    slicksilverado01 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 173

    uhh....he already has a tractor.....dont you read?:alien:
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Buy a set of industrial tires, there 1/2 way between the ags & turf and will only tear the turf if your in 4x4 or if its really muddy. Or buy the turfs hard to get stuck with a loader to push you out but you will need ballast on the back.
    The good point of turfs is if you need more traction you can use tire chains, BUT with a 4x4 I doubt that you will ever be in that situation, specialy just starting out.
  8. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

  9. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    olderthandirt is right on. R4 industrial tires are great. I've had more damage from turf tires spinning than my R4's.
  10. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    I use R4s and have had no real problems. In most cases if you are using 4WD for traction on a lawn...the lawn is in bad shape anyway. On occasions I will spin in place trying to pull up a large shrub...then again we are usually redoing or installing a scape and the spin tracks are easily repaired.

    I chose the utility compact tractor over a skid steer because I use my tractor on existing lawns in most cases. In few cases I have brought in topsoil to repair a rut. Tip......You can use a hand help tamper to tamp out ruts on soft soil...Works great.

    To just move material problem....:D

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