Zt flat tire ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mbigred, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    I slime every tire on every piece of equipment as soon as I get them here to my shop. You should probally plug the hole first though. It might take a long time to stop leaking if there already is a hole.
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  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I use tire plugs. The slime will rust the wheels over time.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Yes, and when you get a hole the slime cannot fix...it leaks out and dirt sticks to tire and bead and makes it hard to remount tire.
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  4. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    Flat free front tires on all mowers. Never looked back since.
  5. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Wow, I think I've seen it all.
  6. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    When I bought my Gravely last July I picked it up when the dealer opened at 7am. By 7:30 while on my first mow I picked up a roofing nail in the front caster wheel tire. What a way to start the day with a brand new machine. I carry an air tank and plugs so it got fixed right in the field.
  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Speaking of flat tires get a load of this...

    For the first time ever, I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing...
    About two months ago I was mowing along when I noticed the front tire was flat, so I went to the truck and pulled out the 12v Jump-start Powerpack with the compressor but when I got back to the Z I saw this nasty surprise...

    A wood stick had caused the tire to go flat, somehow this stick had pushed in to the tire just right, it came in where the rubber tire valve stem was and don't ask me how but it managed to slip in beside the valve and the hole in the rim, totally cracked the rubber so even after I pulled the stick the valve stem was just barely hanging there...

    I have a pretty complete set of tire tools but what I don't carry with me are valve stems because the special tool required takes up too much space... Plus re-seating the bead...

    I was hating it thou...
    I knew I had just lost an hour.

    I went back to the truck and grabbed the hydraulic jack and a few tools...
    Lifted the front of the Z off the turf and pulled the front tire off.
    Back to the truck, threw the tire in back, then grabbed all hand tools out of the trailer...
    Threw those in back as well and unhooked the trailer.
    Drove home.

    Had the tire fixed, new valve stem and all, 5, 10 minutes tops.
    But it still cost me an hour in back and forth.

    Pays to come prepared, and have spare parts back at the base.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    What special tool? A pair of pliers is all you need to install valve stems. Stick the valve stem through the hole, grab it with the pliers and yank it into place.
  9. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,393

    I've installed valve stems with the tire on with a small screwdriver..
  10. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    If you slime a tire (witch i do some times) then evry try to tube the tire be sure to clean all the slime out of the tire. The slime degrades a patched tube. I even use a different type of slime ( pink) that is better sited for tubes. Plugs are good I use then as well. I now have spear tire and rims ready in the shop for a quick change. Then when times get slow it use this Harbor Freight great tool.


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