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Michelin tweels

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by rungreen, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. rungreen

    rungreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    Looking at these for a z930r deere. Wondered who was running them and what they thought? I am mostly worried about how hard they are on wet grass and when turning. I already know they are expensive. Thanks
     
  2. CGros31

    CGros31 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,033

    I was wondering the same thing. I haven't seen them on any of the ZTR's down here yet, but I have seen them on an ATV at a local ATV dealership.
     
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 23,136

    Since they actually have a larger footprint than a standard tire, I would think they'd be easier on grass as long as you apply the same operating techniques as you always have.
     
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 7,442

    That depends on what metric you are measuring. Larger tire ,less rutting, better traction, more tearing on turns.
     
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 23,136

    No, not at all. Larger footprint- less lbs per sq inch. Less lbs per sq inch- less chance of tearing grass all else being equal.
     
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  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,373

    3 point turns you will not tear the grass. i'd like to have a set of tweels but way too expensive to even consider.
     
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 7,442

    Nope, your wrong , more tire , more bite, you have to turn slower .
     
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,314

    No way. Less psi on the ground so they turn easier and don't bite. Actually would have less traction.
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  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 7,442

    Ya right , that's why top fuel dragsters use low pressure tall fat tires, they don't want traction.....silly yard boys.....
     
  10. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,641

    You have to stop and think about the 2 very different situations that you're comparing.

    1) A surface covered with grass that is very prone to (PSI) weight /tire footprint size because of the possible "digging in effect" of a tire on the ground.

    2) A VERY sticky surface that isn't subject to being dug into....bigger footprint /less slippage because of the size of the contact patch and the stickiness of the track.

    A tire on grass will have less traction (and be more apt to spin) with a larger foot print because the larger foot print doesn't create as much downward force (per sq in) so it doesn't dig in as much.

    Treaded tires in dirt are a different thing.
     

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