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Tandem axle landscape trailer tire wear

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ant, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    Noticed getting some major time wear on the back tire on my landscape trailer.. I don't get a season of that tire. That common?
  2. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    No, you need to make sure your trailer is riding level. If not you will get abnormal wear on the tires.
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  3. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Also the biggest thing I notice many many people do is only have 3500 axles and then overload them and bend them. I did it to my first landscape trailer too, that's with barely overloading it. 7k gvw trailer cant even hold a medium sized skid. its usually the back axle too because that takes all the weight during loading. When they bend they never wear right. I only get 5k axles now
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  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    If you do mostly in town driving, lots of turning and cul-de-sacs, it's perfectly normal to burn up 4 tires a season on a tandem axle trailer. I've been doing it for 12 years... Another thing to check is the bushings and overall wear on the suspension components. Every few years you may need to replace stuff that's worn. All that play will cause the axles to not be square with the trailer, causing more tire wear...
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  5. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,504

    I go through 2 sets of rear tires per year and 1 set on the front. All in town driving with lots of turns. One other thing to check is make sure the wheel bearings are not too loose.
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  6. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    It is normal. I have seen rear tires show wire in 3 months on the real tires 16' trailer hauling 1# 60 and a 52 stander.
    Sitting level ad a brand new trailer. All the mentioned factors will also affect it as well, I consider it a part of doing business. It sucks to because for me a single axle will haul my load and they wont need a set of tires come end of a year.
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  7. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    If your going through tires every 3 months, you have an axle or bearing problem. I have a 16 footer with a 52 stander, 52 zero and a 48 WB and haven't put tires on since last January. I also suggest 10 ply trailer tires not car tires. Car tires wear out quick.
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  8. Just for Cuts

    Just for Cuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    You probably have a broken spring, spring hanger or equalizer arm causing the rear axle to "dog walk" with the front. How exactly is the tire wearing? On the inside? The center? All over?

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