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Tire Marks on Driveways

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jhawk71, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. jhawk71

    jhawk71 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I have a Wright Stander and it is constantly leaving black tire rubber marks on customers driveways. It's not mud, it usually happens whenever I make a turn, even a very wide turn. Should I adjust tire pressure? I'm 6' 2" and weigh 200 lbs, is that to much weight? I sure hope not. I try to avoid turns on driveways or sidewalks but sometimes its unavoidable. What should I do?

    By the way its a 48"
  2. ScCo

    ScCo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    i do the same thing with all my machines. adjusting the air pressure isn't really gonna have any effect as it is just one of those things that happens when you have a tire pivotting (even if the inside tires is constantly moving) on a driveway. Generally if you look at where the homeowners back out of their garages you will see that their vehicles tires do the same thing.

    Just part of being on the concrete.

  3. Fescue Farmer

    Fescue Farmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202


    I too leave black tire marks on driveways - especially new driveways. I am very careful when I turn, but it is almost impossible on new driveways to not leave a mark. I have posted about this before, and got a few suggestions, and a few grumpy responses that seemed to indicate that I have no business being on a sidewalk or driveway..... :dizzy: ........to each his own, but the patterns I lay in the turf require me when possible to come off of the turf and onto a sidewalk or a driveway.

    My solution - gray-nonmarking rear mower tires. I don't think anyone is making them, but the technology is there, but I think the tire manufacturers will not pursue it due to the fact that they do not see a good $ making market in it. I call the guys at Carlisle tire in SC occasionally and pester them about it. At the Expo in Louisville, I pestered all the vendors representing tire companies and got mixed responses - mostly negative. If I could buy a set of appropriately sized rear tires for my Super Z's, I'd buy them in a heart beat! Anything to leave my finished product that much nicer.....
  4. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    Turn on the Turf...I see these Stripe Obsessed Nutz turning on Hard Surfaces to Preserve their Precious Lines While Blowing Clippings & Creating Tire Marks & Grass Marks on the Hard Surfaces....Grow Up !
  5. ScCo

    ScCo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    criticizing what other people do or the equipment they use (your other favorite past time) is quite immature in and of itself. Maybe you should consider taking the last two words of your post as advice that you apply in your own life.
  6. Fescue Farmer

    Fescue Farmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 202

    Was Fareway born an a**hole, or is he just working at it real hard on lawnsite?
    geogunn likes this.
  7. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    the Truth always Stings....Just a Bit.
  8. ScCo

    ScCo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    so Fareway,

    in your infinite knowledge could you tell me how to turn to approach a curb for an island and how to get up on the island without leaving black marks?

    See, not everything applies just to striping. So, if you can't offer any advice to the poster's original question, what is the point in making off topic remarks?

    The question was is there anything that can be done to minimize marking on pavement via tire pressure adjustments?

    The question was not "what do you think of striping patterns that require driving on hard surfaces?"
  9. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I have a few yards that this happens on too. What I've been doing is turning around in the yard and when I'm done mowing/striping, I do one preminiter cut around the whole yard to try to get rid of the turn around marks.
  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    slower speeds, wider turns, harder compound tires. Tire pressure will not make a difference unless you go to low. Then it will be even worse.

    If the client doesn't say anything don't worry about it. It usually is gone by the next week on my properties anyway.

    If you are marking curbs, your tires might be old or bald or the curb is too high for the mower. I only mark those when the tire spins on them. Burn out mark. Otherwise I don't mark curbs.

    Those painted driveways are the worst.

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