Zero-flat tire from J Thomas?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by hackitdown, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    I damaged a wheel last week, so when replacing the wheel I decided to spend a little extra and get a wheel/tire combo sold as "Zero-Flat" by J Thomas. So it arrives today via FedX, excellent delivery time BTW.

    Anyway, it weighs a ton. The driver told me it weighs 125 lbs. It is heavier than my 8 lug Chevy tire+wheel. I only ordered 1 wheel/tire. Am I screwed? Do I need 2 to keep things even?

    Thanks for any input you may have.
  2. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    I've got two smaller "zero-flats" on the back of one of our Grasshoppers, they've been on there for 3 years and 2,000
    hours, so they've certainly been durable except for the original wheel bearings which seemed cheap.

    They are quite heavy, I can imagine how heavy a main wheel/tire would be.

    Keep in mind that these will probably ride considerably harder than air filled main tires.

    If you decide to keep it, I would recommend getting another one to balance out the machine, although I know that they are expensive.

    I'd say that they're good for front/tail wheels, but I don't think that I'd want them for the main wheels/tires,
    mostly because of the ride quality and also because of the extra weight.

    I agree, J. Thomas has been excellent, and I've ordered from them many times. I'm sure they would accept a return/exchange although the return shipping may be costly for 125 lbs.
  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    I have mowed 2 days on it so far, and it rides fine. I can't feel any difference. I guess it is too late to return it at this point. But I must have added 100 lbs to the machine. Some documentation with the tire would be nice, but they sent nada.

    I like the recommendation to get another to balance it out, but they cost about $250 for the wheel/tire combo. I'll have to worry on this for a bit.
  4. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Good to hear that the ride quality is ok,
    at least you shouldn't have to worry about a flat :)
  5. Nick's Neat Landscaping

    Nick's Neat Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    ok i decided im going into the lawn biz. and my neighbor has a 38 deck toro mower he wants out. He doesn't want a ton for it. but he says when you turn the key it cranks but doesn't turn over... and i dont know if its repairable for me to do it and do you think a simple tune-up kit will fix the problem.

    Thx for all your help!!

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