Naturally they will tear up the turf but Im here to tell you, a whole lot less than the stock tires.
I have always been amazed at how much the stock tires tear up the turf. Most of the times you dont even realize you have left a big skid until the next pass.
Or, spun the tires while turning or when stopping. It is next to impossible to mow our yard with out leaving multiple marks in the turf.
I will never have to stop and run the mower on the blacktop, at full speed, to clean the tires again.
As far as turning down hill, well, Hill, What Hill? I can mower our hill with confidence now. With stock tires I would not worry about IF I would loose it, BUT WHEN. Yea I know, someone will say, you just dont know how to mow your hill with this mower. Guess what, maybe not, but now I dont have to know, I just simply mow it, like I have been for 17 years. I like the fact that I can mow our hill and feel safe. Life is good.
I posted on the Exmark site also. Someone will probably say this may cause damage to the hydro pumps or something along those lines but unless Toro stops making parts, so what.
I have a section of horse pasture that I was unable to mow, always wet and forever getting stuck, not any more.
The tires do seem to ride harder. Last night as I was mowing I got laughing to my self, just have to buy the suspension seat now.
I am still playing with the amount of air pressure in the tires. I am running 16lbs now.
Conclusions, I will not be going back to the stock tires.
I still think you should add some REAR balast weight (like to your rear bumper) that is equal or greater than the weight of that Z-Stand you have up front. Front weight on a Z is a big NO-NO. I heard that they only lift like 6-8" or so anyway. Do you like it that much to carry it around on the front all the time?
The Z-Stand, swing it out then extend it, drop it and drive forward.
More like over a foot, as measured at the front casters.
Its a real breeze to change blades and clean the deck.
As a matter of fact I cleaned the deck the other day and after I was done realize the deck was still at the mowing height of 3 inches.
The deck was still easy to clean even though I could have had a couple more inches.
It was a very good investment. IMO.
Toro dealer price $350.00, Internet $189.00.
Nice tires!I had those on my amphibious 6x6.If they do start ripping the turf,which they will,run them backwards.They will still give plenty of traction,but with less damage.(Unless you're in reverse )
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