The Grass is Growing!

May 6th, 2016 by lawnadmin No comments »

Lawn mower

The Grass is Growing!

I broke out the mower on Sunday.  For many, that’s not a day they look forward to, for me…I don’t mind it.  It’s mindless, repetitive work that has a way of disconnecting you from the more pressing problems of the world for a few hours.

My lawn is on the border of walk-behind vs. rider size.  I’ve chosen to stay with the push since the exercise is a good thing.  One major regret in owning the walk behind is I don’t get to patronize!  The tires we sell here are more of the rider and tractor size and variety.

“It’s not how fast you mow….”

I see the commercials for the latest riding lawn mower commercials, (i.e. John Deere’s “It’s not how fast you mow, it’s how well you mow fast”) and I really start to think about moving so I could join the brotherhood of riding lawn mowers! Rest assured, if you are in that fraternity we have what you need when it comes to lawnmower tires!

As I finished mowing, I took a peek at our weekend on-line orders, and sure enough, there were a lot of you doing the same thing!  The difference between you and me is–you might have gone to the barn, shed, or garage and found that your rubber tires weren’t holding air, were bald as a cue ball, or the winter had taken its toll.

What Brand Do you Need?

Well, we’re glad you found us.  Unlike many of our competitors, we have dozens of brands and deep inventory for your mower and tractor tire needs.  We proudly stock Carlisle, Cheng Shin, Duro, Deestone, Galaxy, Kenda, OTR, and Titan just to name a few.  We have a wide selection of mower, smooth, garden tractor, wheel barrow, yard cart, trailer tires.

Tread Pattern Trauma?

Were you sliding down your hill?  When the tires engaged, did you spin out like you just won the Daytona 500?  Or, worse yet, are your mower tires more like ATV tires and chew up your lush, green pride and joy with every turn?  We have every tread pattern you’ll need for your mower and garden tractor: smooth, rib, soft turf, bar lug, traction, etc.

Call the Experts

When every other on-line seller is trying to figure out how not to take customer calls, we invite them.  Our team of experienced CSR’s are waiting for your call Monday-Saturday.  They’ll walk you through every question and make sure you have what you need to get the job done the right way.  We look forward to talking to you.

Happy Mowing!!

Until next time, enjoy your mow.  Whether you’re a pusher or rider, there’s one thing we can all do after the job is complete: sit back, take in the straight green lines, sunshine, and the cold beverage of your choice!

Washing your Lawn Mower with a Pressure Washer

April 16th, 2014 by lawnadmin No comments »

One way to get your lawn mower ready for spring is with a good wash. You may see grass, rust and dirt build-up before you get started; but cleaning your mower shouldn’t take a lot of time. When you make use of your garden hose with a pressure washer, you can get the job done in minutes. Just remember that there are parts built in a lawn mower that can be destroyed by a powerful jet of water. Let’s avoid that by washing your lawn mower the right way.

Remove Spark Plugs and Blades

Before we start cleaning, it’s important to remove two of the more sensitive pieces built into your lawn mower: spark plug and blades. There’s a right way to clean your spark plug, and power hosing isn’t it; so make sure you remove the spark lead. Next, remove the lawn mower blades. With plastic, You don’t have to worry about the plastic on your mower rusting, but your blades are another story. It’s not recommended to wash your lawn mower with a hose (particularly high pressure) unless you remove these two objects.

Steps for Hosing The Body of your Lawn Mower

  1. Prop your lawn mower up to spray under the deck. If your lawn mower hasn’t been washed in some time, first apply a cleaning solution. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then hose the deck until the solution is washed away.
  2. Take several steps away from the lawn mower and spray the tires. Lawn mower tires are too fragile for full pressure, so by taking three or more steps back, your tires won’t get punctured.
  3. When the deck and the tires are clean, set your lawn mower on the ground and wash the body. You don’t need to apply any cleaning solution. Just take the hose and do a quick wash until all of the grass clippings and minute debris is removed.

General Tips when Hosing a Lawn Mower

  • Be sure the engine is turned off and the lawn mower has cooled down.
  • Make sure the deck is able to fully dry to prevent rusting, and there are no wet grass clippings stuck underneath. Using lube can assist with drying, such as 3 in 1 Oil, ATF cleaner or WD40.
  • Store the mower in a dry place.

How to Replace your Lawn Mower Spark Plug

March 28th, 2014 by lawnadmin No comments »

To improve the performance of your lawn mower, remember that the tires aren’t the only part of your mower that need occasional replacing. One way to prepare your lawn mower for spring is to replace the spark plug. The spark plug creates the spark to start the engine. If you have difficulty starting your lawn mower, you may need a new one. If it isn’t in top condition, the lawn mower will fail to perform efficiently. But this little maintenance task is simple if you follow the step-by-step process below.

To Clean or Replace the Spark Plug

First, figure out if your spark plug really needs to be replaced, or if it just needs a good cleaning. If the spark plug is dirty or has a light rust, it needs to be cleaned. Spray it with break solution, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then use a wire brush to remove the loosened debris or rust.

If the spark plug is old or rusted beyond repair, it won’t be able to provide the spark to ignite the gasoline. That’s when you should replace it.

Steps to Replace a Lawn Mower Spark Plug

  1. With a spark socket, remove the spark plug wire and then remove the old plug.
  2. When the old spark plug is removed, clean the hole of any dirt or debris that has accumulated over time.
  3. Once the spark plug hole is cleaned out, twist the new plug in until the threads catch. With the socket, twist the new spark plug into the hole until it stops, then gently turn it another quarter turn.

Tips to Consider

You should use a spark socket that is specially designed for the body of spark plugs, because it won’t damage or break the casing. Before you purchase a new spark plug, check the dimensions of the spark plug hole and of the new spark plug to make sure it will fit. And when you twist in the new spark plug, be careful not to overturn and break the plug; or turn it too tightly so it’s impossible to remove when you have to replace it.

Steps to Prepare your Lawn Mower for Spring

March 21st, 2014 by lawnadmin No comments »

During the winter months, you probably prepped your lawn mower to keep it safe for the winter months. Now as the weather warms and the grass begins to grow, you want your lawn mower to work as well as it did last season. Here are a few steps to get it back in prime shape.

Clean the Lawn Mower

After months being tucked away in a shed, dirt and debris can start to accumulate. Clear away any leaves or other material caught in the blades. The only equipment you need for this job is a pair of protected hands. No water, metal or sharp equipment is necessary. Always check that the lawn mower can’t start as you’re cleaning it.

Do a Gas Check

If the gas has been sitting in the tank all winter, you may have difficulties starting it up, even if the tank is full. For winter preparation, it’s always best to hibernate your lawn mower with an empty tank so your gas doesn’t waste. Fill the tank with fresh gas before firing her up.

Check the Spark Plugs

The spark plug makes it possible for the engine to start. If the spark plugs on your lawn mower are dirty or rusted, then you should clean or replace them. You can clean them by first removing them from the lawn mower. Next, use a cleaner and let it soak for a few minutes. With a wire brush, clean the loosened residue.

If your spark plugs have rusted and it’s not possible to clean them, then you should replace them for optimal performance. Always replace with spark plugs that fit your lawn mower. You can figure this out by reading the model number on the old version.

Sharpen the Blades

If you feel that the blades are dull, you can remove the blades from the lawn mower and sharpen them yourself. If this is your first time, search Youtube for a huge selection of videos instructing you on how to sharpen lawn mower blades. If you don’t think you can sharpen them yourself, you can take it to a specialist at a hardware store and pay a small fee.

Change the Oil

You will need to change the oil on a riding lawn mower after removing it from storage. This step is also important for some push mowers. The engine should be warm before you do this; but you don’t want to run out of oil while you are running the mower. Look at the dipstick and if there is no oil registering, add the type and amount that’s recommended by the manufacturer.

Carlisle Smooth Tire: Perfect for the Putting Green

August 13th, 2013 by lawnadmin No comments »

putting greenPutting greens are far too gentle for the use of a regular riding mower tires to maintain a golf course. The tires will tear the grass up where golfers need a smooth course for putting.

More professionals have begun to use smoother tires to keep putting greens in pristine condition. These tires are efficient enough to manicure the grass, but gentle so as not to leave a mark.

Smooth lawn tires, such as the Carlisle smooth tire, are specially designed for minimum turf damage. Their smooth wide tread can undo prior damage caused by “manicuring” with the use of mower blades.

Carlisle’s smooth tire is the perfect example. This popular company is well known for selling tires that professionals trust.[1]No matter what turf you’re working with – steep, rugged hills or a gentle putting green – Carlisle lawn tires offer the benefits your grass needs.

For your putting green, these tires are so smooth, they won’t leave a single trace. Carlisle smooth tires come in a variety of sizes for large putting greens on a golf course, or a smaller version for your backyard.


Choosing the Best Mower & Lawn Tires for Hills

July 8th, 2013 by lawnadmin No comments »

If you have a large lawn with plenty of hills, you will want to invest in the right lawn mower and turf tires to get the job done. Not all riding and push mowers are fully equipped to tackle hills – which means you may be putting in more effort than required, resulting in a poorly mowed lawn. Fortunately, there are lawn tires and mowers that can minimize your work and maximize your lawn’s beauty.

Riding mower by jeffharbert, FlickrSelf Propelled Mowers and Riding Mowers

These two are your best option for mowing hills. Push mowers can work, but their design is intended for flat, smooth surfaces. Push mowers are the cheaper option, but by far the worst option.

Self propelled mowers can tackle a hill if you’re willing to spend the extra cash. While push mowers cost around $90-$300 (the latter being less likely), self propelled mowers start at around $300, and can go up to $900. But they’re designed to glide the contours of a hill as it moves forward with you walking behind it. These mowers do most of the hard work while you walk and steer. Self propelled mowers come with better engines and are designed with excellent maneuverability.

Riding mowers are your single best option for large yards and troublesome hills. It goes without saying that riding mowers are also more expensive, generally costing no less than $1,000. A few popular name brand riding mowers can hit the five digits. But they’re worth the investment, as riding mowers are fully equipped for large hills. Their heavy duty engines move the mower for you and, hence the name, there’s no walking involved. Just ride, control where the mower goes and let its performance and durability do the work for you. Better than self propelled mowers, riding mowers have greater maneuverability. Naturally, it also gives you less work.

Hilly lawn by Nimages DR, FlickrLawn Tires for Hills

Now let’s talk tires, since turf tires are an important part in lawn care. Some may say the tire is more important than the lawn mower itself. So choosing the best for your large, hilly yard is fairly important.

You have many options to choose from, but one of the most popular commercial turf tires in the industry are the Carlisle Turf Master tires. It’s one of the best-known Carlisle lawn tires to date. The Turf Master has a long tire life due to its exceptional puncture resistance and great traction due to a deep tread pattern. But it’s superior turf traction won’t damage your lawn. They come in a variety of sizes and can fit just about any lawn mower.

Ventrac tires are another favorite among the tire industry. The only problem here is price. However, these tires are good for just about any tractor and are serviceable for hilly terrain.

Ria Rankine

Product Review: Carlisle Turf Master and Carlisle Turf Saver

May 8th, 2013 by lawnadmin No comments »

Carlisle is one of the most well known tire brands in the lawn care industry, for their puncture resistance and lasting tire life. The most valuable characteristic is their minimal (at most times, non existent) lawn damage — they’re tough, but without damaging turf.

A couple of favorites among lawncare enthusiasts are the Carlisle Turf Master and the Turf Saver. After a review of both tires, you’ll see one more reason why Carlisle is a favorite: versatility. On one hand, you have the Turf Master, ideal for landscapers and lawn care professionals. Then you have the Carlisle Turf Saver, which is beautifully designed for residential use. Side by side, they’re a perfect reflection of Carlisle’s variety.

carlisle turf master

Carlisle Turf Master

Carlisle Turf Master for Commercial Use

The Turf Master is designed for excellent traction on golf courses or any turf with hills or uneven landscape. The quality of traction comes from their broad tread depth, or as Carlisle puts it, “extra wide” tread. The Turf Master is puncture resistant, due to Carlisle’s long-wear tread compound, and works well under varying weather conditions; perfect for commercial use.

These tires have muscle where it counts, but are gentle where it’s most important: the turf. Carlisle designed their Turf Master with a smooth, contoured shoulder to keep the grass from being harmed. Combined, these features make the Turf Master a forerunner in the golf course and landscaping industries.

carlisle turf saver

Carlisle Turf Saver

Carlisle Turf Saver for Residential Use

Homeowners can also benefit from the dependability of Carlisle with their Turf Saver model of mower tires. A lawnmower equipped with Turf Saver tires will turn even the novice into a pro landscaper.

They’re among the most popular mower tires among residential users for one valuable reason: their design. They were made with an angled tread and square shoulders for quality traction, much like the Turf Master. And also like the Turf Master, the Turf Saver has a broad shoulder, adding to it’s quality traction; so if your lawn is wet and rugged, these tires will come through. They give the quality demanded by your lawncare machine, while providing a soft touch to your lawn.

The Turf Saver comes in a host of sizes, so whatever machine you own — be it John Deere, Cub Cadet or Hustler — the Turf Saver is sure to fit.

Ria Rankine

How to Measure Lawn Tire Tread Depth

April 29th, 2013 by lawnadmin No comments »

While operating commercial lawn vehicles, tires can be worn to a thread over a period of time. Knowing when your mower tires need replacing is crucial, as tread depth is important both for maintaining the reputation of your business and keeping your ride smooth and efficient. The performance of any tires, and the vehicles they propel, emanates from their tread; this is why periodically measuring your tire tread is advised. It will vary by manufacturer, but a tread depth under 4/32″ often means that your tire is no longer under warranty, so it is important to replace your tires before they reach this point.

Measuring Tread Depth on Lawn Tires with a Tire Gauge

tire gauge, by Rich Moffitt, FlickrIt’s uncommon to measure the tread depth of your lawn mower tire with a ruler, but you have two other options. The first of these is to measure with a tire tread depth gauge. eHow offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to measure tread depth. YouTube also has many instructional videos.

You can purchase your tire gauge at an auto parts store. Be mindful of which you purchase; as some tire gauges measure in millimeters, while others measure up to 32nds of an inch.

Measure Tread Depth Using a Coin

tread depth using a pennyThe second option is to measure with a coin; preferably a penny, but a quarter can work, too. The coin option is when your turf tires have practically reached the end of their life. Place the coin (upside down, with the presidents’ head at the bottom of the coin) into various tread grooves on the tire. If Lincoln’s head is completely visible on the penny, the tire is worn to roughly 2/32″ or less. If using a quarter and Washington’s head is not covered by any tread, then you have worn your tread depth to 4/32″ or less.

If your presidents’ heads are covered in rubber, you’re good to go for awhile longer. If you can see their hairlines, it’s time to replace those mower tires.

Why shouldn’t you ride around on bald tires?

It’s all about performance and professionalism. If the tread drops below 4/32″, the performance of the tire decreases. Traction is significantly reduced and you may begin to damage turf (which is a big no-no on a commercial job).

For best lawn mower tire performance and to be covered by manufacturer warranty, it’s best to use a quarter to measure tread depth, instead of a penny.