I cut my rear tire on a job this evening and it quickly went flat. The tire shop says the ZTR tires are thin and patches usually don't hold. He suggested having them "foamed". I assume this is some type of rubber foam. Has anyone messed with this?
I've put "Slime", the green stuff, in all my inflatable tires. Works great for me. No more flats. I've read on here (Lawnsite) the foam gives you a very stiff, uncomfortable ride and as all ferris just said they weigh a ton.
I also use the green "Slime". I don't know about San Antonio, but there is a lot of Mesquite trees around here and my tires wouldn't last an hour without "Slime". If the cut is to big for the slime to patch, you're probably gonna have to bite the bullet and buy a new tire, but I would try the slime first.
I had it patched and got a couple of bottles of slime. I doubt if the patch will hold for long. The cut is about 1/2" long. I'll probably buy a new wheel/tire for spare after this fiasco. The foam is still tempting. I wonder how much it weighs. The ferris has pretty good suspension, so I doubt the ride will be substantially affected. Currently, if you're not extra careful, the monster wide tires wreak havoc on the turf, especially if the turf is thin.
You will regret it and it will end up costing you much more than you can imagine. The Ferris may have a good suspension but so do cars and trucks. There are no solid tires on cars or trucks for very good reason.
You will add a significant amount of weight but you will actually shake the mower apart over time. The ride will be unbearable. I have foamed tires on caster wheels only. My Toro Z has the caster wheels foamed and they are heavy and I can notice a difference while mowing. Hard ride. There are some vendors that sell foamed casters and some of them are lighter than the foam you will get at a tire shop. My Walker is very light but then I don't support lots of weight on the out front deck.
My advise to you is buy a back up set of tires and wheels but don't foam them.