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Water in tires for traction

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BUSHMASTER, Sep 20, 2000.


    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 519

    I know that most all have heard that folks filled a mix of water and antifreeze in tractor tires for traction before i go out and buy the $20. kit to do this ....has anyone tried this on their drive tires on ya'lls mowers? how did it do?
  2. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    My Ride-On spreader came from the factory that way.

    The idea was to lower the center of gravity.

    You don't leave yourself with a lot of variation in air pressure.

    I wouldn't do it. I'd foam-rubber fill them. Accomplishes the same thing and guarentees against flats.
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,879

    I foam filled the front tired of my Kubota. Made the tires weigh 75 lbs each. What a work out with no power steering. All that weight led to the cracking of the rims. Had to have them welded. Now that the tired are smoothing out, I can't waite to chainsaw those tires off the rims. And just go back to using slime
  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Water in your tires? I would be afraid of the rims rusting, even with the anti-freeze.
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    On our orchard tractor, we have what my dad calls "calcium" in our tires. It's a white foamy liquid that foams everywhere when you get a flat. The tires are pretty heavy, around 75 pounds. It's cool after you get the flat fixed and there's calcium in it, you can hear it sloshing around in the tire.:)
  6. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    Putting water in ztr tyres probably won't make too much
    difference,as they are only small tyres.

    Bob, Before you put water in your tyres you should put a tube in first. Tubeless tyres on mowers and tractors are a waste of time. The rims take too much punishment to remain

  7. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    I asked my Exmark dealer about foaming my tires on my Laser. He said that I should NOT do it, do to the fact that the tires give some as they go over rough terrain!! Tire foam is at a set pressure and has no give.
  8. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    I half agree with him. We do not have any REAR tires on Lazer/Z-Masters foam filled for that very reason.
  9. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    We seem to have gone from a water in the tires topic to a foam in the tires topic. So here's my foam in-put, Grasshoppers with front style decks, have foam filled deck tires from the factory.
  10. zcases

    zcases LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Bushmaster - you mentioned a $20 calcium kit. Where'd you see that? Also - I have been searching for some old posts about adding RV antifreeze to tires but can't find them now. I want to try it too. They talked about removing the valve stem and pumping it in somehow. Doesn't seem like it would be too difficult - I will let you know if I get a chance to try it in the next few days...........

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