tire slime question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by shade tree landscaping, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    The third (back) wheel on my walker keeps going flat on me several times each season. Its always a thorn (twice), screw/nail, all types of fun stuff. My question is does this tire slime really work? Anything negitive about it? I'm thinking of adding it to all my mower tires, and my wheel barrows. Does it add a noticable ammount, if any, of weight to the machine? Just keep plugging the tires or is this stuff really as good as they make it sound?
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    I hear mixed things on slime for tires.

    Some say it damages the inner wall of the tire...others say it does no harm.

    All I know Is that I hate dealing with flat mower tires...
     
  3. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We've been using it for years, no problems and no flats.
     
  4. GracesLandscaping

    GracesLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some people love it BUT i will never ever use it on anything i own... mainly because i worked at a tire place for about 1 1/2 years and it is the biggest P.I.T.A. when you bring a tire in. This doesn't make sense but the best thing you could do is put a tube in the tire. it will outlast the slime 9 out of 10 times, and isn't going to cost much more if any more than a bottle of slime. Oh and btw slime WILL rust your wheels... only benefit i see from it is if your in the middle of a job and the tire goes flat!
     
  5. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I love using slim in all of my mower tires. Its great. If a tire does go flat 99% of the time I only need to air it back up and the slime will seal it. If it will not seal the hole, most likely a plug will not either. Its time for a new tire. Then comes the only down side to slime. Its a mess when you do have to install a new tire. Very sticky and very wet and messy. All in all I love it and use it in all of my equipment.
     
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,199

    I put tubes in my front tires. Then one of them went flat, I got a bottle of that AirUp and sprayed it in, and no problems since. Now I know I'm not damaging the tire or rim.
     
  7. MOWNITDOWN

    MOWNITDOWN LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Posts: 60

    Ive used it many times and it works. But it is bad when got to finally replace the tire. At that point you'll be cursing the day you did it. But what you forget at that time is how happy that you were when you used it and it worked, so it is pick your poison I guess. So I guess I'm saying use it and it will work, but just be ready when you break down that tire when you are getting ready to change it, it will suck.
     
  8. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Get the dealer to do it. They charged me 15.00 for each front tire(including the price of the tube)
     
  9. sandman23

    sandman23 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 212

    Slime is the only way. Sorry for the guy that has to change the tire but I was sick of flats. It also helps maintain consistent tire pressure.
     
  10. Green Machine Mowing

    Green Machine Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    ive never had any luck with it in my bike tires. however specialized (the bike company) makes a similar productm but with fibers in it to help plug the hole, ive heard it works better, however you mush remove the core of your valve to get the stuff in without plugging up the valve
     

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