Tire Shortage

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HydroGearHead, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. HydroGearHead

    HydroGearHead LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 89

    I was at my dealer on Monday and the owner told me Carisle tires factory burned down and this has caused a shortage of tires in the lawn mower industry. Anyone else hear this? I noticed his tires shelves were basically empty and this is a dealer that seriously had TONS f tires in stock all sizes all of time.
     
  2. MS_SURVEYOR

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. HydroGearHead

    HydroGearHead LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 89

    I heard they are getting tires from China now. My dealer seriously always has TONS in stock but his shelves are bare and he said he's had tires on order over 2 months. He had only 2 24X12X12 tires left so I bought both just to have as spares!
     
  4. Smithco Lawncare

    Smithco Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 143

    What are we going to do??? No more carlisle?????
     
  5. dgfitz

    dgfitz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    A blight has infested the rubber tree plantations in Asia, crimping the
    world market, and Carlisle got a double whammy by having one its
    largest manufacturing facilities burn down.
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Somehow this is just sounding all too familiar...

    If I had to guess, this means they're raising the price, but what do I know?
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    If you want Chinese tires you'd better get them now. Obama's talking about slapping a 40% tariff on them.

    I get a lot of my tires here -->> www.cedarrapidstire.com
     
  8. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    That fire happened last November - 2008. Looks like Carlisle would step up production in their other plants.

    If there is truly a shortage looks like the competition would begin supplying the demand for replacement mower tires. I haven't been out window shopping for new mowers but since reading this thread I wonder which brand of tires is on most of the new mowers ?

    Nosmo
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,083

    That is just exactly what I was thinking.....used to see a lot of China tires on mowers but Carlisle seemed to get the majority across the last few years. Our prez really is helping the middle class..
     
  10. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 811

    Ya think? Looks like the only one he's helping is himself, to our money.
     

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