Tire marks when turning

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimmykubish, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Tha5150

    Tha5150 LawnSite Member
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    there has been a lot of talk about tire pressure. i am assuming the lower pressure would also save you from bouncing around as well as more traction and better grip?
    in the picture below, my tires are getting kind of worn. but it is my first zero turn. i am getting used to it but notice one tire always spinning when i am doing my 3 point turn and in reverse. are these a decent all around tire or should i get something else?

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  2. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You've got it. Lowering the tire pressure can smooth out the ride and increase traction by increasing the size of the contact patch.

    The down side is, when the tire side wall flexes, your Height of Cut changes.

    You also have to be careful with the fronts. Lower the PSI too much and it becomes pretty easy to pop them off the bead.

    I have to admit, I don't have much experience using the type of tires you have on your Chopper. We will have to see what Richard Martin says. He's the resident Dixie Chopper guy.

    I will say this, it's hard to beat a good set of Turf Masters or Multi-Tracs

    Q
     
  3. Tha5150

    Tha5150 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, Jim.

    qurious what pressure i should be running in front and back. i have mine pretty high right now.
     
  4. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just as a rule of thumb, 15 PSI front and rear is a good place to start.

    Q
     
  5. Jimmykubish

    Jimmykubish LawnSite Member
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    yes that is my mower with the exception of no headlights, box ect but same tires, frame, ect... did you have this machine at one point? how much weight would you reccomend? i have had this machine for a year now and had these issues, i have test driven other machines without any issues close to what i am having.... i had to replace the dampners already so i agree with you on that point also
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    I don't want to speak for Jim Q, but since he's not on right now-

    I know he worked at/for Husqvarna for a long time, so he would know as much about them as anyone here.
     
  7. Jimmykubish

    Jimmykubish LawnSite Member
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    just clarifying are you saying he's pretty knowledgeable? im assuming so, but you said he would know as much about them as anyone here... lol sorry just confusing how you said it.
     
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    Yes, Jim worked at Husqvarna. He knows as much, or more (probably lots more) than anyone else here about them.:)
     
  9. Jimmykubish

    Jimmykubish LawnSite Member
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    awesome. thanks. cant wait to hear back from him
     
  10. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks Ridin' Green

    Hi Jimmy.

    I was a Test Engineer in a previous life. I worked as "Manager of Test, Compliance, and Proto" (fancy title, I know. :laugh:) for Husqvarna Turf Care for 6-7 years before they made the decision to close the location here in Beatrice about 18 months ago. I stayed here and opened an Outdoor Power Equipment service and repair business. Now I'm a mechanic / accountant / janitor / receptionist / parts guy....

    The CZ was designed, built, and released to the world before I started with the company so don't blame me! :laugh: Your machine was still in production for a short time while I was there. It was one of the machines that our group was responsible for. So, yeah, I'm very familiar with it.

    Also keep in mind, what I stated were opinions. And you know what they say about opinions... They are just like a-holes and elbows, everyone has 'em.

    Q
     

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