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The Grass is Growing!

May 6th, 2016

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!

Carlisle Smooth Tire: Perfect for the Putting Green

August 13th, 2013

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

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.

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How to Measure Lawn Tire Tread Depth

April 29th, 2013

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.