Flat tires

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tigs, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. Tigs

    Tigs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    For the 4th time in a row cutting a commercial property the front tire went flat. They have tubes in them. Each time, the tube is punctured but no 'evidence' of staple or nail or whatever. We've searched the property trying to find a 'pile of nails or something'. I'm ready to drop the account.
  2. green-go

    green-go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Slime, use a run flat tire, etc.

    Do a search, I know there's some good advice on the subject in the past.
  3. OrganicBob

    OrganicBob LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Be careful when replacing the tube. Often times the rim will pinch the tube and make a hole. That slime stuff worksw okay, really it is made to last you until your finished and can replace/repair the tire. . . not a permenant fix. Also, if the tube isn't aligned in the rim correctly, it will stress the valve and pull it until a leak starts. Take your time replacing tubes.
  4. OrganicBob

    OrganicBob LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    When I last posted, I did not realize that it always happens at the same job. Maybe glass?? Do you ride mower up a curb. Check over your routine when you do this job. Most likely, there is a common link to these occurrences. retrace your steps, mow in a different pattern/direction. Change your habits. Maybe your luck will change. . . here's hoping! :cool2: :cool2: :cool2:
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Thorns, are there any on this property?
  6. Tigs

    Tigs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    No thorns on the property.

    Glass was mentioned... maybe that's what it is.

    Tire store suggests filling with a foam. Takes 2-3 days to cure, however.
  7. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    J Thomas Zero flat. End of problem, on the fronts anyway.
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I found Zero-Flats to ride way too rough for my tastes.

    Never had to worry about checking pressure in them though.
  9. amlawn

    amlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    i go with organicbob, i'll bet you're catching a curb or other obstruction with the fronts.. jim
  10. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I agree with green-go. Slime will (should) end these flats. Worked for me.


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