Choosing the right tire for your lawn and garden equipment: How to maintain your investment!

Making sure you are getting the right tires for your equipment will ensure that your machine will run to its full potential. When it comes to tread patterns, you will see most tires as wither a Turf, Lug, or smooth tire.

Turf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These tires are a happy medium, and are the most common on ride-on tractors. Their designs provides for decent traction on slick surfaces without digging up and damaging turf. Their footprint may result in some compacting and wear on the turf. These tires are generally used on highly trafficked turf, and will in most cases be the best option for the average lawn.

Lug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lug treaded tires are ideal for extreme traction. The term “lug” refers the raised bars that run across the tires. Lug can vary in depth, from shallow to deep. This lug helps to provide extreme traction by allowing the tire to push into the surface. These are particularly useful in slippery, dirty and muddy areas. They are most useful on steep slopes, as they allow the tractor to dig in and push up the slope. Lugs will dig into the ground and alters the turf. They will compact it, and dig it up as they move forward. This causes an issue when you require working on surfaces that shouldn’t be altered.

Smooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These tires are great for avoiding damage to turf. The smooth surface allows for a gentle glide, without compacting or ruining the surface. This is the ideal tread for a tire when uniform, undisturbed surfaces are necessary; like golf courses. They allow the putting green to be mowed without leaving marks or compression that could alter the path of a golf ball. Unfortunately, the smooth treaded tires have the disadvantage of lacking traction. When it comes to slopes, these tires will not be of much use. They will slip and slide and get stuck in wet grass, mud and loose dirt.

Picking the right tread for you is the first step. Check out these helpful solutions to maintain your tires and making sure they last to their full potential.

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Rider Safety: Making sure you and your family know rider safety for any lawn and garden equipment will not only be beneficial to your machine but you and your loved ones.

Flat-Proofing Trylyner®: If flat tires are holding you and your tires back from being long lasting, check out our self-healing polyurethane rubber that is securely adhered to the inside of the tire casing.

Check out our Lawn & Garden tires to see what other types of tires are going to best suit you and your vehicle!

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