New shoes

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by jbailey52, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

    Hey guys,

    So Its time for new tires on our skid steer ( The machine is only 6 months old, so really has only had about 3 months of use because of the winter) and the front tires on the machine are completely bald. Is this normal or did they come with crappy tires? The machine is sometimes on asphalt which I can see destroys the tire, but most of the time is on dirt at the shop.

    Any recommendations on what to do? Also now about non air tires, or I even saw orange 'non marking' tires. They would be nice for driveways. Regarding them, if they don't mark, do they now wear as quick? Would seem so.
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,565

    Our tires usually last about 2-3 years.

    Remember my thread about how to buy new tires?

    If not, conduct a search on my user name, enter " take offs " for the search word.
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,790

    My dealer did not have any take offs.
    You can rotate skid steer tires like a car to keep wear even. Also try not to skid steer as much. Thats what burns up the fronts.
    Lastly, replace all the tires at once. Otherwise its hell on the drive chains spinning different diameter tires.

    Let me know what you find as far as price ratings reviews etc. me and my uncle both need a set.
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  4. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 800

    You can't go by months or years on tires ..... How many hours do you have on them. We usually get 700-900 hrs on high dollar tires. And about 500 Hrs on cheap tires.
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  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    We used to purchase "beefy babys" they were a long lasting tire.
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,565

    My apologies, but I live my life by years. I'm as simple minded as one comes. I can tell you everything that's happened in the past right down to the month. My tire's lives are remember by years. Not hours. Truely So sorry. Very sorry.
  7. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

    Yea Andrew I emailed my sales guy about 'take offs' I dont know what the deal is.. the machine only has between 100-200 Hrs... I dont know how these tires are so shot... Again they have been "skidded" on some asphalt streets while loading materials for a house or loading mulch at the shop etc.... but this seems pretty drastic to already need 2 new tires. My sales guy said they have solid tires that last longer than the regular skid steer tires... Im very confused how this happens so early... I mean I do see skid steers on the highway with ashpalt guys using them... do their tires get changed every week?!?
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,565

    It's usually the larger dealers that may have take-offs. The dealer we get take-offs from has at least NINE locations! So they have a warehouse in Baltimore full of take-offs and other small parts.

    Out of curiosity - What brand is your machine?

    What brand are the tires?

    Our skidsteers do alotta skidding. Although I do preach to the guys to do multi-point manuavers. It's nearly impossible to avoid skidding on pavement with residential hardscaping, when you're working in planned unit communities. The properties are small, so the trucks are always parked on the street or the driveway. Loading and unloading throughout the day involves driving on solid pavement.
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    DVS what skid do you have? It sounds like you're talkin about alban
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  10. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    The guys around here running on pavement alot, (myself included for snow) use a tire designed for pavement...4th one over

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