Loading the rear tires ??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by coobie, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. coobie

    coobie LawnSite Member
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    I have a kubota ZD 326 pro 60 inch deck.Has anyone ever tried loading the rear tires?Would this help againest tire spin and scuffing?Thanks for any information.coobie:)
     
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Our 61" Scag has some weights on the back and I wondered why? Maybe it is to get some weight on the rear end:confused:
     
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    My scag dealer says that loading the drive tires on mid z's puts too much strain on the pumps/motors. Ok for skidsteers but not for z's. I mounted about 120lbs of weights behind my tiger and it proved great for use on hills
     
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    One complaint I have with my 252 and 260 Gravelys is the weight is too "even". I'm trying to figure a way to weight down the rear end and I actually think it will handle better and safer.
     
  5. 1998tahoe

    1998tahoe LawnSite Member
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    On my Cub Cadet TANK we filled the rear tires full of alcohol/water mixture and it made ONE HECK of a difference. Alot better traction.
     
  6. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you are going to weight the rear tires, fluid would be easier on the pumps and motors because there is no extra rotational mass, just weight on the ground. I did this to my 30 hp tractor and made world of difference. Only thing with fluid in the tires is a big mess if you get a flat.
     
  7. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    Most midmount mowers have enough traction going forward. But when going downhill and stopping to turn back around I can not get any traction with the 260 or for that matter my Exmark. But my Super Z does netter than any midmounts backing uphill that I have tried. So what do we need to do add weight behind the wheels for more backing up traction ? Or in front of the wheels ?
     
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i have the 326 kubota. this is one heavy machine, i would be weary of adding more weight. but does this fluid really make that much of a difference? they are a bit lacking in that in some situations. any firm believers of loading the tires??????
     

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