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Tires on equipment blowing from heat?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by CL&T, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    It's been hot here but nothing past 100. Friend of mine works for a cemetery cutting grass and yesterday he says there were several instances of tires blowing out, happened to him on the machine he was using while cutting. I said there must be something wrong, can't be just the heat. Anybody hear of this?
  2. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    From what I hear that is normal if your on Goodyear Marathon tires. These mower tires? Kept at a low pressure like 10-14 psi? Likely, dry rot then.
  3. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    Have to ask him. I'll put my money on dry rot. They won't spend a dime on anything unless they have to.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I'd say they're over-inflated and that's the root of the problem.

    I haven't seen or heard anyone around here having issues, and we had 5 days at or near 100*.

  5. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    We got over 100 degrees for about 50 days last summer. Heading for the same this year. Never had any problems with my tires.
  6. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,011

    I wish we had only 50 days like that. We almost doubled you and hit 90 days here in Austin at over 100F. I never want to see a year like 2011 again.

    Older weak tires are going to lose some structural integrity when they get super hot and that may be part of the issue.

    I once drove home from getting a new tire installed on my truck at Discount Tire and got a surprise. I went in my house and just a few moments later I heard boom followed by a whoosh of escaping air. Went back out and a golf ball sized hole was in my tires sidewall. My new tire lasted for all of one hour. It had a defect in the sidewall and just blew up.
  7. nolatoolguy

    nolatoolguy LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 105

    Nope weve had several hot days and no problems at all. Keep your qauilty equitment maintained well an that shouldnt be a problem.
  8. DavidsonLandscaping

    DavidsonLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    dont cut so close to the stones, those bases are sharp!!

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